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We made it before the deadline! As part of the swap, the participants were supposed to mail each other’s “swap items” by September 30th. Normally this would mean I’d be mailing it on that date a few minutes before the post office closed. But due to the generosity of some fellow bloggers and a sprinkle of good mojo/karma, I got to do my teacher swap in person. Megan from Read, Read, Read and I were randomly assigned each other at The Teacher Swap on The Reading Zone. Several other bloggers had decided to have a get-together for books and breakfast (since Kidlit Conference in Portland, Oregon was just too far away) and both Megan and I were fortunate enough to be invited to join them. So Megan from Dayton and me from Licking County, met up with the group this morning. I just got home from a get-together with the Central Ohio Kidlitosphere Book Bloggers.Despite going to the wrong restaurant for the breakfast part, things were great (I didn’t know there were two Northstar Cafe on High Street.
S-Something fun to write on during long meetings!
C-colorful tools to keep you busy…(Sharpies)
H-a Hairy Distrcation (a set of hairstyle playing cards-my favorite is the mullet!)
O-One more Professional Book-Becoming a Literacy Leader by Jennifer Allen (expect a review soon!)
O-A teacher always organizes (even her pasttimes and hobbies!)
L-Lazy Day Treats-chocolates and Hot Tamales (my favorite-I don’t know if you can tell, but the box is open since I ate a few on the way home!)
Thanks Megan, Cover to Cover, and other Ohio kidlit bloggers!
I had the opportunity to go see a school in a different district this afternoon. The staff had a work day, so I didn’t get to see teachers in action, but I did get to see how many of them have their rooms set up and see how they set up their Primary Literacy Folders that follow the students from kindergarten through third grade. What a smart idea. The one kindergarten room where I got the most in-depth tour has a reading loft, an amazing word wall, and organization that would put Martha Stewart to shame (if she was a teacher). The teacher painted three large coffee cans and added some fronds to the top to make her very own Chick-a-Chick-a Boom-Boom tree-since the cans are metal-magnetic letters attach and can “climb” up the tree! So cute! The room is truly another teacher for her students. Her word wall has student names, photos of the students who are “experts” for that letter wearing a very cute letter visor, a book that has a sentence with that letter. She has two different whole group meeting areas, a science area, and has attached short section of vinyl gutter to the wall to display books with the covers facing out. I always find the best ideas when I get to talk to other teachers and see how they use their space. If you ever have the opportunity to go to another school, take it so you can be inspired as well!!