Sunday, June 30, 2019


Dothan Brook School will be implementing the Seesaw platform in most grades next school year.  This is an amazing tool for students to take ownership of their learning, have access to authentic audiences, and better connect with families.  Last year we used it with 2nd and 3rd graders and they loved it. Students, teachers, and parents alike!

I spent this week taking the Seesaw Ambassador training so I can utilize the program in the library and support teachers throughout the building. I'm looking forward to sharing what I've learned and helping students share their learning as well.

Check out the following video for more information about Seesaw.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Three Little Pigs and First Grade

For the past few weeks in library, first graders have been studying different versions of The Three Little Pigs fairy tale.  We talked about when it was first written and how the variety of versions are similar and different.  The story was first written in the late 1800's by  James Halliwell-Phillipps, with a more popular version written several years later by Joseph Jacobs, crediting Halliwell-Phillipps.

After reading several versions of the story and retelling it, we started making our own stop motion version of the fairy tale.

Next week we'll finish the video and students will have a chance to make their own stop motion fairy tales.  I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Book Awards and Celebrations

The Red Clover and Dorothy Canfield Fisher book awards have been decided for the 2018/19 school year.

Students at DBS were on the mark with both awards!  For the Red Clover book award, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, by Drew Daywalt, won the vote at DBS and went on to win the state-wide vote as well.

This funny book explains the back story of these three great warriors and without fail every child starts playing the game as soon as the book is over.

The older kids were busy reading Dorothy Canfield Fisher book award nominees all year and when they got the chance to vote the results were a tie: Refugee and Ban This Book, both written by Alan Gratz!  When the votes were tallied across the state, Refugee took the win.

Refugee is a powerful story of three separate children, in three separate periods of time, escaping their dangerous homelands and seeking refuge in a safer place.

Sadly we can't go to the award ceremony this year, but I hosted a little celebration in the library for those who read and voted in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award.  We had brownies, ice cream, and a fun Skype session with Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Falcon Wild!  She talked about falconing, mushing (dog sleds!), and her new book.  The kids had lots of great questions for her.

The 2019/20 list is out for both awards and the books are in.  I'm looking forward to sharing them with students next fall.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Shelf markers

This week kindergartners have been learning a "big kid skill" and loving it!  Earlier in the year they each decorated a paint stick in art class, then I added bar codes and called them shelf markers.  This week the kiddos learned how to use them. They were very responsible with them.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Dorothy's List on NPR

Did you know that NPR has a podcast series for kids called Dorothy's List?  Once a month they focus on one of the book from the Dorothy Canfield Fisher book award list.  They visit children in school to find out what they think of the book, what projects they're doing related to the book, and what questions they might have for the author. Then they ask the author!  This is a great introduction to the books and an engaging podcast series for kids and adults alike.  Check it out on NPR!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

More real-world STEM

These kiddos finished two bookshelves and a book display!  Now they are moving on to an even trickier project -- creating shelves without instructions.  I love their enthusiasm!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Library / Spanish Collaboration

One of the Red Clover books this year has several Spanish words, so the Spanish teacher and I are taking advantage of that for a few collaborative lessons!  With second grade several weeks ago, and again this week with third (3U) we were able to co-teach the class. We met in the library with the kids in their spots. We started with the regular Spanish greeting, then I read The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! while she wrote down the Spanish words on the board as we read.  We took breaks to discuss the words and add additional words based on the illustrations.  The kids pointed out things they already knew, in Spanish, from the book's illustrations.  It was a really engaging class.  I'm looking forward to finding more opportunities for collaboration.