Happy Saturday, friends! Be sure to check out Mr. Schu’s Saturday video.
Last night I finished The Losers Club, and I LOVED it. I talk about it and two other books in today’s video.
Books Featured in Today’s video.
It was a whole lot of fun volunteering at Keicher Elementary’s Tech Day. I brought a couple of Parma Elementary students with me, and they did a great job teaching the Keicher students how to use iMovie.
Our day started with a visit from the varsity football team. It led to a day filled with conversations around the pigskin.
The Book Of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken is brilliant. I hope to teach until I’m super old, and I will read this book to every student that I teach for the rest of my career. This book is going to help kids in so many ways. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Corinna was kind enough to answer a handful of my interview questions. Thank you, Corinna!
The Book of Mistakes begins with one mistake. That mistake leads to more mistakes, and eventually, to some good ideas.
While this is a book about mistakes in art (and life), it is also a book about perception. About how we become who we are. It is about limits and transformation, potential and possibility.
There are two best parts. The first is that moment of watching something emerge from nothing. The other is finding out that something I’ve made has touched the heart of another person.
Practicing patience can be difficult, and the book industry moves slowly!
This is not an easy question, because my answer will change tomorrow. But for today, I’ll say Pool by JiHyeon Lee. To make a new friend, to explore underwater with all those strange fish, and then to meet that enormous white creature with the big blue eye. Oh my!
Be yourself. Your job as an artist (and human being) is only and always to be the very best YOU that you can be.
The Michigan Breakfast has been an annual event since before I was a student at Parma Elementary in the mid and late 80s. It is a pretty cool thing, and it was totally the best part of my day.
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I haven’t written a “5 Things I Loved About Last Week” post in a while. I miss reflecting on the week as a whole, so I decided to try and get back into the swing of things.
1. Worm Club A couple of my students started a worm club last week. How cool is that? They are all about hunting worms, but never hurting worms. It is fun to see kids come together around their passions. Even if their passions are things like worms.
A couple of my students started a worm club last week. How cool is that? They are all about hunting worms, but never hurting worms. It is fun to see kids come together around their passions. Even if their passions are things like worms.
2. Pioneer Day
My third grade daughter’s class spent a day last week in a one-room school house. She was so excited for the day, and it did not disappoint. I’m thankful that she has a teacher that creates unforgettable moments.
3. Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
On Friday, I finished Chris Grabenstein’s forthcoming Mr. Lemoncello book. The third book in the series. I absolutely loved it. Kids are going to be so happy jumping back into this series, and they will learn a whole lot about how failure can be a good thing.
4. Bearded Dragon
We spent pretty much all of Tuesday taking the state test. It was a looonnggg day. We finished with about 20 minutes left in the day. One of my students had his dad bring in his bearded dragon. We spent the last part of our day with the dragon, and it was awesome. The kids loved thinking about how the bearded dragon’s physical adaptations. It helped turn a long day into a good day.
5. My Readers
I love my readers. I love that hearing about the books that they are reading, and my heart sings when I think about how much they have grown this year as readers. We only have three weeks left, and that isn’t enough time for me. I’m going to miss them. They are ready for fourth grade, but I am not ready to say goodbye.
I hope everyone is having a lovely day. It is a rainy spring day here in Michigan.
During our morning brain break, I noticed a few boys huddled together on the blacktop with a notebook between them. I went over to see what sort of awesome thing was taking place. I was so excited to hear that they started a worm club.