Dianne Wright, media coordinator from Friendship Elementary, is this week's guest blogger.
At this Thanksgiving season, I am so thankful for my career as a classroom teacher and school librarian! Beginning in 1977 as a fifth-grade teacher and serving now in my 39th year of education, I am still loving what I do! Why? I enjoy learning and igniting a passion for learning in elementary-age students!
In September, I attended NCCAT for the first time ever! I attended the first Library Media Specialist session that NCCAT has ever held. Let me encourage you to apply for the January session below! If you are a PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina) member, you may be able to receive NCCAT “Subs on Us” Grant to pay for your substitute like I did—just go to the PENC website and apply!
Consider applying to NCCAT for their January session below:
Below you will find some of the valuable resources about which I learned:
Flocabulary.com—free 14-day trial for individual, school, or district. Especially note the Common Core area at https://www.flocabulary.com/standards/
Connecting literature to inquiry-based science—possible Maker Space ideahttp://static.nsta.org/files/PB186X2-19.pdf
Great read: IGNITING A PASSION FOR READING, by Steven Layne
“From read-alouds to creating reading lounges to author visits and so much more, this book will help schools create a vibrant reading culture. The book also includes reminiscences from many of today's well-known children's and young adult authors—Mem Fox, Sharon Draper, Steven Kellogg, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohman, Neal Shusterman, and Joan Bauer—about the teacher who ignited their passion for reading.
This year I have two major focuses to support student learning at Friendship Elementary. One is vocabulary and the second is math facts.
I am using a 5-gallon Word Jar for students to drop words and definitions in that they encounter in their reading. In May we will have the magician, Mark Daniels, visit our school if students fill the jar with words 2 or 3 times through the year!
Students in grades 3-5 are being invited to “Silly String Mrs. Wright” by memorizing their multiplication and division facts. Meanwhile, first and second graders are challenged to learn their addition and subtraction facts.
What are you thankful for relative to your teaching career? Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as we all IGNITE A PASSION FOR LEARNING in our students!
Dianne Wright, Friendship Elementary School
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