For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
Another student led group that was started out of the “Library Shark Tank” was the creation of a “Book Club” … this idea blossomed with five young ladies who wanted to read to other students.
At first the students wanted all of the second grade classes to have the same book, but luckily, I was able to persuade them to just use the books we have in the library to help promote reading. These young ladies, 5th graders at the time, won the “Library Shark Tank” as 4th graders. They saw about 65 kids between four classes. Both the readers and the kids being read to loved the event. The kid met once a month with each class during a week time period.
So, back to present day …. the first “BOOK CLUB” started today. Instead of five readers, there is a total of 24 readers divided up between four 2nd grade classes. Which is much better because there is a good ration between “reader” and “listener”. The readers today were nervous, but excited at the same time. Each reader read two books within a 15 min. time period. I did sacrifice some of my lunch, but at the same time, I eat about seven times a day, so I was okay.
This 15 min. activity also gave the teachers a little extra time, so it was a “win / win” for all. The best part of the entire day was that I was able to get pictures of the kids smiling when listening, as well as reading to each other.