Week 15

This week, I spent a lot of time getting ready for upcoming events – in the next couple of weeks, we are hosting a Book Swap; participating in the Let’s Read with the Lady Gamecocks program; going on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man (with Kindergarten); and more. We are busy, but that makes us happy, happy, happy!

On Friday morning, my school/Learning Commons hosted a professional development session for the district Library Media Specialists and Technology Integration Specialists, so I spent time planning and organizing that this week…it was a great morning, I think. The morning’s focus was on our PLN (in particular Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Symbaloo, and Edmodo) and sharing people we follow, hashtags we like, boards we like, etc. Each PLN was a 20 minute “session” led by a LMS and/or a TIS. The groups rotated between sessions and I hope everyone learned lots! I shared information about Facebook and pages I like to follow. I will write a post all about my PLN and people I follow during the break. That will give you, readers, something to look forward to 😉

5th grade Media Technology started learning about Scratch. 

I met with Robin Cole from Mackin on Thursday. I’m interested in Mackin Via and I’m looking forward to exploring.

Wednesday was an early release day and we had our last LEAD Time for this semester. We have LEAD Time monthly. Kids decide what they want to go to and they stick with the same LEAD Time for half of a year. My LEAD Time is all about Scratch. My co-teacher is one of our 5th grade teachers and we have fun with it. I like that we get to do it again because we can reflect and make changes.

After the students left on Wednesday, I had MacBookAir training with the district Library Media Specialists. I learned some cool tricks, but I am really interested in learning more about the software, like iBooks Publisher, iMovie, etc. That’s coming in the future, so I am looking forward to that.

Kindergarten is wrapping up their animal research. Since we read Non-Fiction and learned some facts about our animals last week, I thought it would be fun to read some Fiction about our animal this week. So, we read:

Little Hoot on Monday

Epossumondas on Tuesday

Bats at the Library on Friday

After reading the story, I asked them to tell me if it was Fiction or Non-Fiction and why. After checking out, they worked on this activity/center I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. They had to write down if the animal listed was nocturnal or not and then they would check their answer. While they were working, I called them over to practice scanning a QR code with our iPads. This will come in handy next week when we hunt for the gingerbread man. The QR codes led them to a website about the animals we’ve been learning about (bats, owls, opossums, and raccoons).

Week 15 – CHECK!


PS – On Thursday, I got to see Olivia Newton-John at the Newberry Opera House. Somehow, Marty and I totally missed that she was coming, but we were able to get tickets (even though it was a sold out show) by calling the Opera House every afternoon. Apparently, people often turn in tickets they don’t want, so if you call, chances are, you will get lucky and get tickets to the show you want. I’m so glad it worked out for us! I have always loved ONJ. Many childhood memories are of me watching and singing Grease, Xanadu, and ONJ hits like “Let’s Get Physical.” And, the best thing about the show on Thursday was that she sang songs from all of those! My mom told me once that when I was a kid and I would get angry with her, I would say, “I wish Olivia Newton-John was my mommy!” So silly. It was a GREAT night.


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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