World’s Best Guest Reader | VLOG

12th day of school

Yesterday was a great day at school. I got to mail ARCs of The Creativity Project to friends. My friend Margie Culver read to my students, and writing in my writer’s notebooks with my students was AMAZING.

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Am I Faster Than A Fifth Grader? | VLOG

Running the mile in fourth and fifth grade at Parma Elementary is a really big deal. Kids run it at the start of the year and then work all year to try and improve their time. Yesterday my student ran their beginning of the year mile. I decided to run it with them. It was so much fun.

Check out the rest of my 2017-2018 VLOGS, so far this year I’ve managed to create a video for every single school day.

The Creativity Project ARCs Have Arrived | VLOG

It was very exciting to open a box of advanced reader copies of my book The Creativity Project in my classroom. I gave a copy to my principal and Margie Culver. They asked me to sign their books!

The 9th day of school was wonderful. We have a bunch of testing to do the next couple of days, so I tried my best to soak up each and every minute with my students yesterday.

Check out my previous VLOGS below. So far I’ve vlogged each day of the school year (EXHAUSTING).

Our Classroom Is A Hot Mess | VLOG

Day 8

Has something new in your classroom ever caused you to move just about everything around? That happened to me yesterday, and it resulted in the room becoming pretty wild messy. Eight days in and we’re still trying to figure out how to make the room work for us.

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My new series: One Question With Mr. Sharp

One Question With Nora Raleigh Baskin

nine ten

If you haven’t read Nora Baskin’s Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story you are really missing out. With the anniversary of September 11th right around the corner, I thought that this would be a good time to ask Nora if she had any advice for educators about how to talk with their students about 9/11. You’ll find her response in the video below.

Nora was a recent guest of The Yarn podcast.

Be sure to check out my first episode of One Question With Mr. Sharp.

New Book A Day 2017-2018

This post will be updated weekly during the 2017-2018 school year.

My goal this year is to add at least one new book to my classroom library each day during the school year.

Below you will find the books that I’ve added to my classroom library during the 2017-2018 school year.


Day 11

Snow & Rose

By Emily Winfield Martin



Day 10

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

By: Nick Bruel


Day 9

Stick Dog 6

By: Tom Watson


Day 8

It Takes A Village

By: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marla Frazee


Day 7

Swing It, Sunny

By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


Day 6

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

By: Rita Williams Garcia

Day 5

The First Rule of Punk

By: Celia C Peréz


Day 4

Writing Radar

By: Jack Gantos


Day 3

Babymouse Tales From The Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School!

By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Day 2
The Land of Stories Series
By: Chris Colfer
Day 1

Gregor The Overlander

By: Suzanne Collins


Check out the video below to see what my classroom library looked like before school started.

VLOG | Top Secret Meeting

(seventh day of school)

I was feeling a little off yesterday, but today I felt amazing. Probably the best day of the school year! Looking forward to a four day weekend with my family.

Catch up on my classroom VLOG. I’ve managed to VLOG each of the first seven days of school.

VLOG | It Almost Felt Like A Normal Day

(The sixth day of school)

Things are starting to settle in, and I could not love my class any more than I already do. They are amazing. This VLOG was a little challenging because I had a hard time taking any videos or pictures during the school day, and I didn’t have time to do the editing that I wanted to do. I hope it still manages to bring you some value. Thanks for checking it out!

Check out the rest of my 2017-2018 blogs!

VLOG | Receiving Notes From My Former Students

I was about to go home yesterday, when I decided that it had been a while since I checked my school mailbox. Inside my box I found a handful of notes from the third graders I taught yesterday. It made my heart so happy that they chose to write letters to reconnect with me. It was a wonderful day.

Catch up on previous 2017-2018 school vlogs in the playlist below.

I started a new video series called One Question With Mr. Sharp. Check out the first episode below!