It’s Saturday. Time to celebrate the week with others at Ruth Ayres Writes.
Students returned to school this week. Everyone has the spirit and promise of a new year. I love seeing that in not only the students but the parents and staff.
Students love reading and they want to know you are a reader.
Two comments from students (one actually a sigh)…in answer the question of “what’s your favorite part of the library?” The answer was “I’m surrounded by books.”
The other was a sigh when I answered the question to “did you read more than ten books this summer?” I said no ( I read nine both kid and adult books). I rechecked my list after class and discovered I actually read ten books. So I plan to share my list.
Am reading Reading in the Wild by Donalynn Miller (was the PD online book for the summer which with shoulder surgery I missed). I. Love. It. So needed this inspiration.
Als reading Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Incredible.
Meeting with three other writers through Google Chat on my writing this week. Such a great way to connect.
Signs of fall sneaking in:
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Making progress on my re-shelving project in the library. It’s providing interest in the kid because the books are not in the normal places.
Reading the CYBILS’ Graphic Novel Finalists. A judge needed to leave because of a family emergency. These for for both elementary and young adult.
Try-outs for the school play!! I have about fifty students trying out for Mowgli: Boy of the Jungle.
Sunshine! After several weeks of an inversion and socked in fog, I am happy to see the sun.
A kinder told me that an “author paints words”. Another kinder wondered why the mouse didn’t just burrow out of the deep, deep hole in the book, Oh, No! by Candice Fleming.
What are you celebrating?
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The return of my library volunteer. She’s a retired teacher librarian. I am so happy when she can come to help as she is one busy woman these days. Well, she’s always been a busy bee and retirement has nothing on her. But she was able to put up a bulletin board for me to publicize those who had recorded minutes of reading in November. (I do this bi-monthly).
Discovering websites and apps. Whole Brain Teaching thanks to the link from the music teacher. It has great strategies for working with challenging students. My challenges are with the K-2 crowd. They seem to arrive at school with few social skills.
I also discovered Follet Destiny and Destiny Quest apps for both my IPad and my phone. The library is with me always.
My friend and colleague visited my library week to do a serious reorganization of the fiction shelves. I believe in easy access for students so my goal is to weed my fiction collection so it will fit along that wall.
Series and possibly a shelf for Award Books will go along this back shelf.
It’s a lot of weeding of books. Our budgets are so limited that getting rid of water damaged and ratty books is difficult. But it helps to have a friend with you.
Getting back to teaching. I loved my two-week break but it was good to get back into a routine. I like being able to rise early enough to get my workout completed before heading to school.
Santa gave me an Amazon gift card. These arrived this week. Thank you, Santa.
There are so many things to share this week. So here are the top five.
1. See these books? Do you know what kind of books they are? According to a first grader they are ‘secret books’. You can’t tell what’s inside them until you read them. There aren’t many. This first grader is seeking the ole rebound books with no covers to find out what’s in them.
2. The Veteran’s Day Assembly. Simplicity. The veteran in front said, Thank you, I never felt like a hero until today.” He served in Vietnam Nam and is the grandfather of a fifth grade student. We were all in tears. Then there was a receiving line to say thank you.
3. The events at the book fair: Donuts and Dads, Family Library Night, Grandparents’ Day, and Muffins and Moms. Everyone has been so generous.
4. Books for the “Read to Dog” program with Lisa and Chance. Delivered by Altrusa International from a former colleague and retired librarian. In 2010, I was the recipient of the Librarian of the Year Award from Altrusa. They do so much good for literacy in the library. br />
5. The arrival of this book from the publisher. Jeff Kinney just keeps knocking out of the park. Students love, love, love these books.
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