Monday, April 7, 2014

Pitter, patter, what's with all this Twitter chatter?

Principal ponderings...
Twitter is...
"A minute-by-minute pulse of the education world."
"An amazing resource for personalized and professional learning!"
"A platform for reflective teaching and for sharing your expertise."
"A constant source of new ideas to explore."

But I realize that for many teachers this is something that is: new, scary, overwhelming, exhausting.

However, I am going to continue to push people to check it out, try it out, set up an account...

Here are some interesting visual stats about Twitter:
And here some examples of how I have interacted on Twitter:

So now if you are ready to give Twitter a's a cheat sheet for you!

Currently reading:
I am still working on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I started reading a book recommended to me by Mrs. Potter.  It's called The Reason I Jump.  Definitely seems like an appropriate book to read during Autism Awareness Month since it is described as "the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism.

Events this week:
**Scholastic Book Fair will be going on all week at the Middle School!  Be sure to submit your wish list to get books added to your classroom library!
Monday - 4th grade will be participating in the NNAT testing in their classrooms
Tuesday - Datashredder container will be emptied today.
Wednesday - 3rd grade chorus practice in the gym @ School Council Meeting @ 3:30 in the office, Middle School Orientation Night @ 6:30, School Committee Meeting @ 7:00
Thursday - Book Fair Family Night @ 6:00-8:00
Friday - 3rd grade Hands on History presentation in the PAC @ 1:00

Great things I noticed last week:
A big thank you to our literacy-minded parent and volunteer, Jill Pierantozzi for organizing this year's Community Reader Day!

We had lots of visitors on Thursday, including our outgoing interim superintendent, Dr. Bent, and our incoming superintendent, Dr. Rodriguez.  Here are some pics from some of the visits:

Check it out:
Sue Weeks has been helping us create an Amazon wish list site that contains books we want donated to the school library.  We will send this out to parents and post it on our website.  Please take a look at the lists and send me recommendations you have for books you would like to see added to the list.

**I have ordered several bins for classroom libraries.  Please send me an email if you are interested in some bins.  I have 2 sizes, one set that is chapter book size and one that is picture book size.

Even though March Madness is winding down...I thought this was a great idea to get kids talking about books:
You could do a bracket with books that you have read to the class throughout the year.  Fun!

And to make you laugh on this Monday morning...

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