Happy Saturday: The Vanderbeekers

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Mr. Schu, I hope your clavicle is healing nicely. Please don’t try to do too much work.

Books Featured In This Video

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Pelé the King of Soccer by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider by Barbara Herbert and Lauren Castillo

Falling Water by Mark Harshmanm Anna Egan Smucker and LeUyen Pham



Setting Up My Classroom Day 1

Setting up a new classroom is a big project. This year I’m moving from third to fifth grade, and with that move I’m headed to the opposite end of the school. Yesterday, was my first day working in my new room. It felt good to get some things done. I’ll probably head in tomorrow and then take a week off before I hit it really hard. I thought it would be cool to make a video showing my room from where it started to what it looks like when school starts, but I just don’t have the patience. Instead, I made a video all about Day 1. Maybe I’ll make another one tomorrow, or maybe I’ll wait until the room is nearing completion.

I made this video of seeing my classroom for the first time the Monday after school got out.

Using Anchor to Podcast With Your Students

I’ve always wanted to start a podcast with my students. The stress of finding a site to host, finding music, and sending it to iTunes made it a little to intimidating for me. This summer I found Anchor when listening to an episode of Gary Vanerchuck‘s podcast. I checked it out, and I very quickly discovered that this platform has tremendous potential in the classroom. Anchor is a free app that can be found in both the Apple and Google Play stores.

It isn’t perfect, but I guess nothing is. I wish you could pay to remove the Anchor branding from the beginning and end of the podcast, but that seems like a fair price to pay for a free service.

I made a little video showing just how easy it is to use Anchor.

If you’d like to hear the sound quality and the look of an Anchor show sent to iTunes and Google Play, you can click on the link below and listen to the show I created: Reading With Mr. Sharp.

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If you have any questions or ideas about using Anchor please leave a comment below, or send me an email. I’d love to learn and grow with you!


Vlogging In Seattle

I had a blast and I learned a ton at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Seattle. I attempted to vlog each day. VLOGGING IS REALLY HARD. Editing each vlog was frustrating because I kept thinking about what pieces of video I should have recorded. I’m still learning how to create quality vlogs. Hopefully, I’ll get better each time.

Please let me know what you think!