To all of my friends who have started school, WELCOME BACK!

We are back in action in my district in South Carolina. I shared this “pep talk” from my favorite guy, Kid President, on our school social media…LOVE HIM!

Last week, we were busy getting our teachers ready. This week, students are back and we are checking out and acting like we never left! I am doing orientation all week to 1st – 5th grade – I’m really just reviewing and making it quick and simple. One thing I added this year (and I am embarrassed that it wasn’t in there in other years) was our “reading life.” I talked about how each person in the Learning Commons is a reader and what we are into. It’s good, because we all have a wide range of things we like to read. We admit that we don’t read as much as we would like and some of our reading might be Facebook and blogs and not even books! I am able to share that that’s okay! A reader is a reader is a reader.

Something new I am doing this year is reading a book aloud (or doing a book talk) to our faculty at our monthly meetings. For the first one, I chose Teachers Rock! by Todd Parr. I love his bright and colorful illustrations! The purpose of doing this is not to make the meetings longer (ha!), but to introduce books and authors to our teachers and hopefully get them excited about reading. I feel like we have many teachers who have a true love of reading, but that they can’t find time to express it, if that makes sense? I want to share new books and authors with them and encourage them to do the same in their classroom. We cannot encourage our students to become readers if we are not readers. But, I can soapbox this forever. I hope it will work 🙂

First newsletter went out this week – check it out! I love using Smore for our monthly newsletters. I pay $59 a year for an educator account and I love it.

Happy New Year!




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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