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Another great week is winding down, and I’m excited to share a handful of things that stood out for me. I hope you all had a wonderful week.
1. Team Awesome
I’m going to try inviting students to come in 45 minutes early once a week to explore some different tools on our computers and iPads. The goal would be that later in the year these experts would be working on cool projects that really push their thinking and the way I look at digital literacy. We met for the first time yesterday and it was super fun. I was able to teach them how to grab images for their book talks from Goodreads, and create avatars for their Write About account. We did something similar during our writing time later in the day. Having a handful of experts on the topic really helped make things run a whole lot smoother.
I’m not really sure what to call this little “club”. Each week I’ll have different students joining in on the fun. Right now I’m just calling it “Team Awesome” in head.
2. A New Book
Mr. Schu and I are working on a little project to celebrate Linda Urban’s 2015 picture book, so Candlewick sent me a copy. Huzzah! I can’t wait to share this book with kids, and for the rest of Nerdy Nation to check out her amazing new book.
3. Grocery Shopping with AJ
During football season I wasn’t able to shop at favorite grocery store, Meijer. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been back in my normal routine, and AJ is very happy about that.
4. Exciting Book News!
Lauren Castillo is one of my favorite illustrators. I love her: books, her tweets, her Instagram feed. When she posted on social media about her new book deal, I was through the roof. My favorite illustrator illustrating a book about one of my all-time favorite books: BLISS!!
Bonus picture (because everyone can use a little hedgehog in their life)!!!
5. Teaching Close to “Home”
I was feeling super sick on Monday. I don’t usually get sick, so I am a bit of a baby when I do. A few minutes before lunch I realized that my lunch was at home. Since my wallet was missing, I didn’t have a whole lot of options. Thankfully, my parents house is a few hundred yards from my classroom door.