Friday, October 23, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Every year in the spring teachers in the building nominate someone for Teacher of the Year. We all have a chance to nominate, then there is a vote, then the winner is announced at the District-wide Back-to-School Breakfast at the beginning of the year.
Monday, August 24, 2020
As many of you know, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award program is being renamed. The Vermont Department of Libraries formed a committee last spring, consisting of teachers, students, and Dept. of Libraries staff. Students from around the state submitted name ideas and I was hoping the committee would have a new name before school starts, but instead they have picked their top 10 and will let students vote on the final name. I'll be sure to share the voting information when it becomes available.
For now, regardless of the name, there are new award books to read this year! As usual, read them and enjoy them. When you read five or more books you get to vote on your favorite one. The book that gets the most votes from students around the state gets an award.
(Click on any book to view the book trailer.)
2020 - Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden2019 - Refugee, by Alan Gratz2018 - Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II, by Alan Gratz2017 - The Terrible Two, by Jory John & Mac Barnett2016 - El Deafo, by Cece Bell2015 - Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein2014 - Wonder, by R. J. Palacio2013 - The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen2012 - Smile, by Raina Telgemeier2011 - 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass2010 - Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
* Formerly the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
Friday, June 19, 2020
Then select Sign in with Google and find or enter your school email account and password.
Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
It's hard to believe, but we are in our sixth week of remote learning, with six more weeks to go! If you had asked me back in February if we would have closed schools, I never would have guessed it! The idea that we took a whole school (a whole district, and state, and country!) and switched withing a mater of days from classroom learning to remote learning is just mind boggling! I saw this quote on Facebook today and really like it.
Apparently he is a professor of religion, but don't mind that. I just connect with the idea that we are figuring out how to do remote learning only moments before trying to teach it to children and families. Every step of the way we are trying to decide what is best for teachers, students, and families. How can we engage kids, keep them learning (or at least stop them from un-learning!), while also supporting families and teachers in this unprecedented time of trauma and uncertainty. It is certainly an experience we will never forget.
That said, I am extremely impressed with how well we as a school community are doing with this new experience. The teachers and staff are all working hard to deliver the best possible lessons, while trying to teach students how to use the technology, and trying to balance the amount of time kids spend online and off. Students are working hard to engage with their teachers and get their school work done, even though we know they are missing friends and school activities. The district is working hard to make sure everyone has food they need for their bellies, the technology they need for their education, the child care that essential workers need to keep our society functioning, and the milestone experiences that we all have all been hoping for and planning on. These are not easy tasks for anyone, yet everyone in this community is pulling together to make it work. I'm proud to be part of this community and this school.
On a lighter note, in the past two weeks my library assignments have included art activities to create a patchwork elephant (Elmer) and a rainbow garden (Planting a Rainbow). Check out some of the beautiful elephants and gardens that are filling my Seesaw feed!
I could go on and on with the beautiful elephants and rainbow gardens, but I'll stop here. We are now moving on to a few weeks of digital citizenship lessons. Less colorful, but maybe a little more educational. :)
Saturday, March 21, 2020
- The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
This is a curated list of authors who are reading their own books and offering literacy activities. Some authors have done one-time readings,while others are offering daily stories on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
- Storyline Online
Well-known celebrities read popular picture books. This is a project from the Screen Actor's Guild Foundation.
- Story Time from Space
This is one of my favorites! Astronauts read popular children's books FROM SPACE! You can see them floating in the International Space Station. You can see the Space Station behind them. It's very cool!
Audible is one of the most popular audio book services. My family uses it all the time! We listen to classics, and new books, YA novels and self-help books, picture books and best sellers. They have everything (mostly) and they are offering it free to students whose schools have been closed due to coronavirus.
- Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic has created day-by-day literacy projects to keep kids learning at home home. These are great supplemental activities to your child's literacy education -- and fun too!
Epic! provides thousands of digital books for students to read free online. Check with your classroom teacher for a class code.