Sunday, March 5, 2017

Book Lists

Principal ponderings...

In keeping with the theme of spreading the literacy love for the month of March, I thought I would post some book lists to give you some ideas of books to read for yourself or read to your class or recommend to your students.

This blog post has a list of books that are "favorite first novels to read aloud with kids":

It just wouldn't be a list of book lists if I didn't include one about Oprah's Book Club:

Here is a list of picture books that are coming out in 2017:

Check out these winners on Goodreads...these were voted the best middle grade and children's books:

Just came across this 50 books for teachers for professional development:

We always need a good laugh; here's a list of 46 hilarious books guaranteed to make you laugh out loud:

Currently reading:
I was excited that I had an Amazon credit from some returns that allowed me to purchase some new books!  I started reading the stories in the book Flying Lessons and Other Stories.  This book is a collection of unique stories celebrating diversity written by many different children's authors.

I also began reading a new professional development book that I am enjoying so far: Your School Rocks, So Tell People: Passionately Pitch and Promote the Positives Happening on Your Campus. 
I am looking forward to diving into another PD book I purchased.  It's called Escaping the School Leader's Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See You Drown.  The authors of the book are actually moderating the #MESPAchat this Wednesday so I am looking forward to learning more from them.

Events this week:
 Monday - Elementary Curriculum Committee Meeting, 12-3
Wednesday - 1st grade chorus practice @ 2:25
Thursday - Curriculum half day, dismissal at 12:15, Family Literacy Night from 6:00-7:30
Friday - Liz and Dianna at SLT in the am @ Prescott

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Check out the new bulletin board that Mrs. Fulreader created!  Let's talk about respect! 
  • Students and staff had fun dressing up for Dr. Seuss days!  Crazy sock day, Hat day and Green day! 
  • Music class with kindergartners and drumming on containers!? I want to be in that class! 
  • 4th graders enjoying some awesome yoga time! 
  • Mrs. Fournier's 3rd graders had fun doing this STEM activity where they had to make the longest chain they could using only one piece of paper. 
  • I had so much fun watching our principal for the day, Alisa, going into all of the classrooms.  She was definitely a great leader! 

Check it out:
We should not be taking recess away from any of our students.  But don't just take my word for it...take a look at some of these articles:

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