I’m looking forward to the GaETC Conference next week in Atlanta to learn about new technologies and how they can be used in education. If you have the opportunity, please sign up for my workshop, Tools for Technology Integration in the 21st Century Classroom.
Huge thanks to all the participants in the Candy Corn Pumpkin Contest. David King won with his guess of 150 pumpkins and was able to take home the entire jar. Thank you David, for being a great sport for the photo!
Book Club met on October 23rd to talk discuss The Ghost of Graylock. Group consensus was that it was a great book. Everyone thought it was pretty creepy and many had a bit of trouble getting to sleep after reading certain parts(even though I warned them!). I enjoyed our group discussion with everyone talking about their favorite part of the book. Equally as interesting was our discussion on their belief in ghosts! Club members then divided into groups to complete the ghost masks we started at our last meeting. I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I love how they turned out. My students are so creative. Our next meeting will be in November to distribute our next book. My job is now to find it! Until next month….
To encourage reading, students earning their Accelerated Reader point goal each nine weeks are invited to Game Day in the library. Students can play games on the original PlayStation we have as well as participate in our themed activities. This nine weeks I decided on a hands-on activity in which students worked together as a team to build a marshmallow catapult. Each group was required to use all the materials provided to build a device capable of shooting a miniature marshmallow 12 feet! In addition, I added baby rattle and a cup stacker game to the events. In baby rattle, students were required to move gum balls from one soda bottle to another in the fastest time possible. The students were awesome! They were able to shoot a marshmallow over 15 feet, complete the baby rattle activity in 12 seconds, and stack the cups in 23 seconds.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
Banned Books Week is September 23rd through 27th. To celebrate our freedom to read, we have a display setup in the front of the media center for the event. Students are loving our mug shots of students and teachers “caught” reading banned books. They want to know why I burned some books too! One student has already asked if they were so bad I had to burn them. The best questions of all have come about as a result of seeing some old favorites on the banned books list. The question, “Why did they ban this book, Mrs. Borck?” has led to some great discussions. “Why would anybody ban Where’s Waldo, Mrs. Borck?” Why indeed!
So many of our students love graphic novels and are also wonderful artists. I decided to have a contest that would incorporate the two interests. I placed all of our graphic novels on display along with a poster introducing our contest. Students will need to submit artwork inspired by the graphic novels they read. The prize in the contest is a selection of graphic novels. So far I have had tons of students asking for more details. With the contest ending at the end of September, I can’t wait to see all the finished artwork!