Monday, December 11, 2017
It's been a rough year, but the good news is that I've inspiration for a wondrous 2018! With that being said, I bet it would surprise most of you to know that I wanted to be a park ranger when I was younger. It's was a "wildling wish" that I abandoned after thinking I was too chunky for a ballerina and had altitude sickness to prevent me from piloting a plane!
I wanted to learn about the plants and surviving with the earth. I knew it would inspire my writing and creativity. Plus, I could connect with nature without the cages of the zoo. But then the thought of crossing paths with a cougar reminded me of the need for cages and pushed me away from that aspiration too! Fear is such the motivator!
Where am I going with this? Though this city girl talked herself out of one of her dreams, doesn't mean you should. When you're looking for direction, don't let fear guide your compass. Self-doubt eats away any inspiration fate whispers to you. Though I chose the path of a writer and educator, I limited myself. This morning, when I came across this video of the illustrious Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, whose mother was a slave and who became the oldest and still radiantly working Park Ranger, I caught a lump in my throat. This video hugged the inner child in me. This theme has shadowed my entire year. It gave me a hope that I haven't felt in what feels like ages. So I decided to use my mini-platform and share it with the world. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."Dale Carnegie
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Without giving away, much of the plot, this wonderful read discusses the theme of being true to yourself, loving the unique features of you and how to handle the inevitable jealousy/envy that pops up in life. Though it's an adaptation of a Zambian folktale, this book has a universal theme of "wonderfully me." Additionally, this book would work well for those kiddos that don't feel like they fit in with the popular crowd: “Color on the outside is not what’s on the inside.” Beautiful Blackbird encompasses timeless themes for those young and old!
What touched my heart were the reflections of my "lunch-bunch" Blerd Book Club. We made a little podcast of our debriefing discussion. Please enjoy my very first PODCAST!
For my younger kids (grades 2nd-4th), we kept the lesson simple with 4 easy steps and, of course, fun!
DO NOW: Choose your favorite color and defend it with this sentence stem: My favorite color is ______ because of _______.
"I love purple and gold because my mother wears a lot of gold ring and I love to wear my favorite purple dress. In India, gold is a treasure. My mommy says I'm her treasure." Khanak T.
DO TOGETHER: Read the story, Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan.
DO NEXT: Create your own community bird pond, decorating your birds like those in the story.
DO REFLECT: Turn to your shoulder partner and discuss what each of you love about yourselves for 2 minutes. Be prepared to stand up and discuss what your partner loves about themselves and vice-versa.
We had a whole nestful of fun celebrating all the beautiful colors in the world! We hope you enjoyed our cut-paper artwork and our thoughtful discussion!
P.S. To continue our theme of love, self-acceptance and black being beautiful, here's a love-letter to the Blerd Community!
Monday, November 13, 2017
There rules are quite simple:
1. Choose a book.
2. Choose a teacher.
3. Write a note of gratitude to your teacher.
4. Take the book (with librarian's permission of course).
5. Give book/note to the teacher.
6. Watch their joy and feel great!
Once a student has selected the book and submitted their gift the teacher, I plan to leave the name of that teacher on a little placard.
This is a wonderful opportunity to pay it forward, promote #growthmindset and get a jumpstart on Thanksgiving and the feeling of gratitude.
Here are the links to the cute paper templates BOY and GIRL.
Here's a bonus treat from my #blerdbookclub! We're reading former President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters with illustrations by Loren Long.
BONUS MATERIAL: We have our first awarded educator! Congratulations to these educators!!
Congratulations to Mrs. Jenkins for being the 1st recipient of our free #picturebook for giveaway! A note & love for your teacher is all you need @GLECPVA students! Come take advantage of this #Kindnessmatters opportunity! #HISDStrong #AwakenLibrarian pic.twitter.com/sIW2dx8kuS— AwakenLibrarian (@awakenlibrarian) November 14, 2017
We have 2 winners today for our free picture book giveaway: Mr. Bolden & Mrs. Mirasol! Way to go @GLECPVA Panther staff/students! #GLECLibrary #AwakenLibrarian #NationalPictureBookMonth #HISDStrong #tlchat #libraryswag #librarylife pic.twitter.com/yXX8hnUSu7— AwakenLibrarian (@awakenlibrarian) November 15, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
I began to show them all the newly acquired library books...and they squealed with glee! 💗
Then, they did the unthinkable...the asked for a book club! 💜
What's even more AMAZING, they returned at their lunch w/a prepared greeting, to begin the book club. They persisted like the uncut diamonds they are! 💖
Here's to the 1st Blerd Book Club Meeting...ENJOY it as much as I did!
Blerd Book Club from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.
P.S.: May I just say that these group of girls are the "best friends" I needed when I was their age? Full circle moment, I tell you...this heals my inner child most definitely! I ❤ being their librarian!
Monday, October 16, 2017
Good Day to you all! I'm super excited about my upcoming book fair! This year, I'm having a BUCKAROOS & BOOKS! Fair, along with Scholastic Books! I'm UBER EXCITED to see my kiddos build their piggy banks, plan ahead by saving loose change, and coming to the fair with smiles and savings! Here's to a wonderful book fair! Check back for updates on the fundraising total and other surprises!
Monday, October 9, 2017
You know when you have those impromptu discussions about pop-culture and it leads to brilliant debates and philosophical discussions by your students???
THAT happened to me today. In my Makerspace, I have a Thor and his hammer. I had it out as a coping mechanism for one of my autistic learners. Some of my male students saw it and began playing with it. Sadly, I didn't have my camera ready to go. I was in the "welcome to class" mode.
Nevertheless, the arguement began on who can pick up Thor's hammer, all while they acted out trying to pick up the hammer. After watching them struggle on who could, I chimed in with Vision, as the current winner was Magneto. Being the best diplomat I could, I conceded that Magneto and Ultron could both pick up the hammer! I had to get started with class!!!
While they worked, I did some RESEARCH--after all, I AM A LIBRARIAN--as they walked out the door, I told them that WONDER WOMAN also picked up Thor's hammer, along with 14 others! I wish you could've seen their bug-eyes!
Oh...did I forget to mention the Villianess Hela, Goddess of Death??
This whim of an argument today called to mind this Big Bang Theory clip on no other topic but THOR'S HAMMER! Here's the EdPuzzle that I'm starting the next class with to add MORE fuel to the fire...after all, I'm a comic book nerd too!😏😂
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
I can't stop thinking of a variety of ways to add tech components to the class! I must remember to slow down...but trust me, my students will leave DIGITAL MASTERS! I must brag on one of my students, Andy! He finished his blog, following all the directions and being otherwise AMAZING! Check out my #DigitalJediBlogger Andy!
Now to the meat of this post. I LOVE Padlet and Quizlet! They LET learning continue with techonology! You see what I did there with the word, "let?" Lol, yup-I'm that kind of nerdy! :)
Please check out this virtual word wall I created for my class. The Quizlet is embedded within! Enjoy!
For my students, BEWARE! Embedded in the padlet below is a QUIZ Pay attention to the details and find the quiz. It will take you to Quizlet, where you have flashcards that will help you before you click the quiz link. Ask for more details in class and good luck! :)