1. The One and Only Ivan
Reading aloud Katherine Applegate’s masterpiece to my third graders is changing how my third graders look at reading. I’m not sure that they are aware of the changes happening within them, but I can see it in their eyes.
When exploring news apps or websites I always ask myself, with this tool will my students be creators or consumers? We do use some consuming apps, but I like for a majority of the time my students spend in front of screens to be in the creation mode. The first question I ask myself when I find a creating tool is, can I teach students to use this tool by having them use it to booktalk? My students grow very comfortable giving booktalks in my classroom, so booktalks are a natural way to introduce apps. I am not teaching them to do something new and how to use a new tool. I am just teaching them how to use the new tool with something they are comfortable with (booktalks). Tellagami is a neat little app that I introduced my students to on Halloween. It was a huge hit. You can check out one of their booktalks by clicking on the link below.
3. The Day The Teaches Quit
Over the last two weeks my principal has read every student in the school The Days The Crayons Quit. On Halloween a bunch of us dressed up as crayons. It was super fun!
4. The Day After Halloween PD
Teaching on Halloween isn’t the easiest thing to do. Teaching the day after Halloween is super hard. The kids are exhausted as they recover from a day of excitement, candy, and costumes. This year, the kids in my district had the day off and teachers got a chance to spend the day working together. I really enjoyed getting a chance to get to know the teachers in my district a little better.
5. Halloween Night at Parma Elementary
For the first time our elementary school opened the lobby to pass out candy for Halloween. We took our kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and when we got to Parma I was so happy to see that they school was packed with trick-or-treating families. It was a special night. The school felt like the heart of the community.