5 Classroom Library Tweaks

For a classroom library to be effective it must be treated as if it is a living organism. A library that doesn’t evolve with your students probably isn’t going to be very effective for very long. My classroom library has changed a ton the first 100 days of the school year (We haven’t actually had 100 days of school, I just like that nice round number). In the video below I share 5 ways in which the library has changed based on the needs of my readers.

Below you’ll find my classroom library tour video from the start of the school year.

I’d love to know how your classroom/school library has changed so far during the school year. Please let me know in the comments below!



One Question With Trevor Muir

This week’s episode of One Question with Mr. Sharp featured the amazing Michigan educator/author Trevor Muir. Trevor is a project based learning enthusiast. Through that passion he wrote the book The Epic Classroom  (I’m giving away one copy of the book away to someone that comments on the video below.)

I asked Trevor what tips he had for educators that want to make their classrooms more epic. Check out the video below to see what he had to say.

Check out the other videos in my One Question With Mr. Sharp series below.

Teach Me, Teacher PODCAST

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A few weeks ago, I went into my classroom on a Saturday morning to record an episode of the Teach, Me Teacher podcast with Jacob Chastain. I really enjoyed chatting with Jacob about the importance of educators sharing their stories. I hope that the episode brings people value. Even if you decide you don’t want to listen to me on the show, you should probably check out the podcast. Jacob is doing really great work.

Click on the image below to check out the episode.

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Check Out These 4 AMAZING 2018 Children’s Books |It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I feel like I’m starting to get back in the reading groove. Last week I read some pretty awesome books, by some pretty awesome authors and illustrators. Check them out in the video below!

Books Featured In This Video

The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo


Road Trip With Max and His Mom

By Linda Urban

Illustrated by Katie Kath


Between the Lines: How Ernie Banks Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery

By: Sandra Neil Wallace

Illustrated by Brian Collier


A House That Once Was

By Julie Foliano

Illustrated by Lane Smith


Previous It’s Monday What Are You Reading Videos

Graph Novel Tips From Victoria Jamieson

I was extremely lucky to sit down with Victoria Jamieson at NCTE in St. Louis back in November. After recording audio for an episode of The Yarn podcast, we turned on the video camera and I asked her if she had any tips for kids that want to create comics. Her response was amazing! We watched it in class, and so many of my students picked up a pencil and started making comics. It was magical. I hope you find value in the video (below).

Be sure to check out the other episodes in my One Question with Mr. Sharp playlist (below).

Thank you so much for tuning in. If you ever need anything, just shoot me an email: colbysharp@gmail.com

5 Ways You to Support Authors and Illustrators

Yesterday at lunch, I created a quick video with some tips for how you can easily support book creators. The more support they get from their readers, the more likely they will be able to continue to write awesome books for kids!

Here’s another video I made about the importance of supporting independent bookstores.


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It’s A Wonderful Sweater! | Interview

I absolutely love teaching in my hometown. LOVE IT. A lot of kids that grow up in Jackson County are under the impression that Jackson is a place that is forced to live in, and the goal in life should be to get out as fast as you can. While I have respect for view, it is pretty much the opposite of how I have always felt. Jackson is filled with some pretty amazing people, and I feel blessed to call it my home.

Nicholas Rush runs The Resale Depot. It is a resale store ran by a local church. They divide the profits up and donate the to various ministries. Mr. Rush is working on changing the perception of Jackson by highlighting local community members in his series: It’s A Wonderful Sweater. Each episode features a Jacksonian talking about what they do, and why they love the city.

It was an honor to be a part of It’s A Wonderful Sweater. You can find my episode below.

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