My friend, Britni Coffey, and I have been challenged to spruce up our morning announcements. How Exciting, a Challenge! With a little trial and error and a lot of patience from Britni (I was a slow learner on this one.) we have come up with our first published attempts at "Tiger News Network"! Each episode is as unique as the students that anchor. We've tweaked it here and there, added a ROAR at the beginning, a few props with our jokes and we have several new ideas up our sleeve. The link below will take you to our archived announcements. Check back often to see the latest and greatest of our changes.
My friend, Tamie Williams is an amazing library media specialist from Neosho, Missouri. She recently introduced me to the idea of "Worthwhile Wednesdays". This quick after school professional development opportunity is completely voluntary. It is created by teachers for teachers and is packed with valuable information in a short amount of time.
Willard East will be having our first Worthwhile Wednesday on August 24. Teachers will have about 15 minutes to hear about and then play with the educational tool, OSMO.
Next week's topic will be using the DoInk app with our new green screen.
Future topics include; the Follett Destiny library system app, creating a Symbaloo, and topics to be determined by the Willard East faculty.
I'm posting this before school "mess" to motivate me to update soon with my "Ta Da" pictures. I don't understand why it takes me a whole entire day at school to get ready to start getting ready, AUGH! It seems like a day I've wasted but actually that day is needed to just get my head back in the game and get a grasp on what needs to be tackled first. Otherwise, I start several dozen projects and don't accomplish anything with any of them. So, here are a few of my "before" pictures. (I didn't think about this soon enough to take pics of the furniture all piled up, so you will just have to imagine that.)
To do list:
Chromebook roll out to the 3rd and 4th grade teachers X
Green screen set up X
Mart Twain Book Club board and instructions and plan
Show Me Reader display
Reading response notebooks/shelf savers/self check out cards for 2nd - 4th
Shelf saver/self check out cards for K-1st
STEM/Makerspace set up
Volunteer invitations and plan
A+ tutor plan
Green screen tutorial
New Teacher Meeting to explain Destiny library program, inter library loan, holds, self checkout, digital resources, etc.
Lunch duty plan
And a few more dozen things that I've forgotten. :)
Yes, I put two things on the list that are already complete :). (Don't judge me, it makes me feel better)
I'm very excited about out new green screen! It's bigger than I thought but should fit nicely into our "creator room". Teachers will be trained to use the "DoInk" app and encouraged to use it as a class or send students to create presentations for the classroom.
We will also be using the green screen for our "Meet the Teacher" night.
School starts August 11. Check back soon for my "ta da" pictures after that.