#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.1.14

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

Nothing has changed since last week! Clearly, the new school year is cutting into my reading time! ;) I’m STILL reading…

In Print: Ungifted by Korman yesterday.

Listening to: All Fall Down by Weiner.

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 2!

Week 2!

This week, I focused on book care with my Kindergarten classes. We read Mr. Wiggle’s Book and talked about what is good and bad to have around library books. I have a book bag filled with items like a stuffed animal, pictures of a puppy and a baby, markers, etc. I tell the kids that the book bag belongs to Mr. Wiggle and as I pull things out, they decide if it is something good or bad to have around library books.

I only saw my 5th graders once this week. We started working on our Digital Passport. This week’s lesson focused on communication with devices. We talked about making sure you aren’t too distracted when you are on your device and that you remember to put it down sometimes and speak face to face with your friends and family!

The Technology Integration Specialist and I have also been busy doing iPad Review Classes with all grade levels (K-5) this week. Each classroom gets 1 iPad for classroom use and before they get the iPad, we go over district “I Can” statements for mobile devices and make sure they know the basic parts of the device.

I’ve also been planning for Dot Day and our upcoming Lion Cub Story Time = both are coming soon!

This is a short week for me (not at school today) because I am headed to the National Book Festival with some library and teacher friends. A Nerdcation! So excited!

What did you do this week?

VBF

PS – My dogs have an announcement to share :)

LuckyandMozzy

 

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.25.14

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In Print: On to another South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee – I started Ungifted by Korman yesterday.

Listening to: Still listening to (and LOVING) All Fall Down by Weiner.

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

What are you reading?

VBF

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We! Are! Back! 2014 – 2015 WEEK 1

Our first week with students is behind us! I had a great week.

Just about ALL of my 1st – 5th graders went through library “orientation” and checked out books. I made a little video last year using the Sock Puppet app for orientation…not much has changed since last year, soI showed that again this year. Quick and easy!

My fixed Kindergarten classes got an introduction to the Learning Commons and will check out their first book this week (after a Book Care lesson). My first week lesson with Kindergarten was pretty much the same from years past (I talked about library rules, we read Wild About Books, etc.)

With my fixed 5th grade Media Technology class (I see them two days a week), we created “about me” Wordles and Tagxedos.

I celebrated summer readers with POP ROCKS. The theme at the public library this summer was Fizz! Boom! READ!, so Pop Rocks were a natural fit for my prize to students this year.

I sent out my August Newsletter. Still using (and loving) Smore.

I started planning for Dot Day with our Art Teacher. Speaking of Dot Day, it is so cool to be listed as a Superhero Educator of Dot Day :)

I learned something VERY cool about our library software this week. We, like many of you, use Follett Destiny in our library. Our state has a “virtual library” (DISCUS) where we have access to fantastic databases like BrainPOP Jr., online encyclopedias, Novelist K -8, and more. I learned this week that I can integrate those resources into our library’s search. So, when students and teachers are looking for books about a particular topic, not only do they see books that we have in our library about that topic, but they can search databases through DISCUS! WHAT?! I also figured out about to connect Learn360 and PebbleGo into the search! I’m looking forward to sharing this with students and teachers.

Finally, we hosted our regular “back to school” events and meetings in the Learning Commons this week – Sip and Sob and Faculty Meeting on the first day and Substitute and Volunteer Orientation on Friday.

I’m looking forward to an AWESOME year! How about YOU?!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.18.14

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

Happy New Year!

TODAY is my first day back at school with students. Teachers have been back for a week. We are READY!

In Print: Finished You Should Have Known by Korelitz. Now starting on the South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees – reading This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Cavanaugh. I like the strong female main character.

Listening to: Really enjoyed One Plus One by Moyes. Now I’m listening to All Fall Down by Weiner. Started it yesterday and I liked it right away.

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

VBF

PS – My #bookaday challenge for this summer is OVER! You can see what I read on my library Facebook pageGoodreads and on Instagram. Until next summer!

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.11.14

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In Print: Reading You Should Have Known by Korelitz. I almost let this one go…it wasn’t engaging me, but I’m so glad I stuck with it – very good!

Listening to: One Plus One by Moyes. I’m pulling for Tanzi! Love her character!

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

VBF

PS – Don’t forget – I am participating in Donalyn Miller’s Sixth Annual Book-a-Day Challenge this summer…it will be my third year participating. You can follow me on my library Facebook pageGoodreads and on Instagram to checkout the books I read this summer (#bookaday). I will mention many of the books I read this summer in my #imwayr blog posts, but chances are, I won’t mention ALL of them :)

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.4.14

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In Print: Finished Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff last week. Excellent book! I can totally see this being a great read aloud in 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Started You Should Have Known by Korelitz yesterday. So far, so good!

Listening to: One Plus One by Moyes. Love the accents and the multiple story lines…not sure yet how they will all connect.

Both of the books I’m reading are for adults! That never happens! What are you reading?

VBF

PS – Don’t forget – I am participating in Donalyn Miller’s Sixth Annual Book-a-Day Challenge this summer…it will be my third year participating. You can follow me on my library Facebook pageGoodreads and on Instagram to checkout the books I read this summer (#bookaday). I will mention many of the books I read this summer in my #imwayr blog posts, but chances are, I won’t mention ALL of them :)

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