Sunday, August 26, 2012


Cari at The Centered School Library made me think, "How can my library space be used more effectively?"  I had several windows that I covered because I didn't like looking into a storage room, my office, and a kitchenette.  I didn't know what I was going to display on these make-shift bulletin boards. Cari's post put things into perspective for me.  My library space is my "co-teacher" and should be used in a way that students will benefit.
Super 3 Posters

Dewey Decimal Posters

There is one cork bulletin board that I decided to use as a theme board. The Library Vocabulary board will be interactive. Students will write definitions for library vocabulary, in their own words.  I will choose a few to display.  PBIS board also includes our matrix for expected behaviors in different areas of the school.  It will not change throughout the year.   
Letters from a 1st Grade Class after reading, The Librarian From the Black Lagoon, in their class

Since this picture was taken, the matrix was added.

Some Daily 5 components will be used in the library.  Students are already looking for "Good Fit" books. Once I have met with each class, I will display the "Good Fit" anchor chart near the circulation desk.

I'm going to move this Genre set to a more prominent spot.  Right now the set is in a corner.  I will put a fun quote in it's place.
I am anxious to find out how others are using their library spaces as a co-teacher.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

After the Conference

As promised, here are pictures of a few resources that we shared at our district conference.   My friend and I presented teachers with online resources to spruce up our curriculum to meet the Common Core needs. Pinterest was the inspiration for our presentation.  We also discussed Donors Choose,  Teachers Pay Teachers, and other resources.  It was our intention to introduce free or almost free online resources.
My Take on Zeek's Zoo Anchor Chart

Another Zeek's Zoo
A Fresh, New  Look for Art Class

Rockin' Second Graders
Not Your Average Rocking Chair

"Word" Tour Bus

Right on Time
iChoose Donors Choose

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Last Days of Summer

I have had so much fun the last few days.  Teachers start back tomorrow.  Thank goodness, I have a zoo pass.  We also went to a "popular" water park.  We ended my summer break by going to a baseball game. 

Dinosaur Exhibit
What Is It?
We go to the zoo at least three times each year.  The temperature and gas prices are the only conditions which hold us back. Although we go often, we always see or experience something different.  We have never seen the animal, pictured above (What Is It?).  When my daughter goes, we avoid the chimpanzees. My niece (standing in the jeep) loves giraffes.  The last time that she went with us, she was able to feed the giraffes. My grand-daughter loves dinosaurs.  We have to see the dinosaurs.  The sea lions are entertaining, but I can't wait for the polar bears to return.

This was my grand-daughter's first trip to a water park.  She insisted on staying in "baby water".  Those were her words.  We tried several times to get her on the little slides, but she wouldn't go.  While her mom went to try the big slides, my grand' ventured to the slide on her own.  Oh MY Goodness! That is all she did for the rest of the day. 

Amazing Sausage Race
Batter Up
Mini-Me and Me
Sittin' with the Hopper 

The company that my brother works for, hosted a get together at a Grasshopper's game.  The food was great and free.  The heat made it uncomfortable for a while, but the breezes were wonderful.  We all had a good time.  The little boy in the "Batter Up" picture is my cousin.  He probably had the most fun. 

It's back to reality tomorrow.  I'll have some pictures of some posters and library bulletin boards after our district conference days.  A colleague and I are presenting, so I don't want to give to much information right now.