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Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekly Update, February 22

Reflections on this week…

You may have noticed that I like to take pictures. It has been a hobby of mine since I was about 14, when I had dreams of becoming a famous photographer and getting rich off of my inspiring images. Now that I exist in reality (usually), taking pictures has become my convenient way to document life. I rarely delete any images, which is wreaking havoc on my storage space; I just don’t have the heart to hit that little trashcan icon when I see a picture that sparks a memory.

Anyway, I was feeling a little gloomy yesterday evening and I was frustrated with some technology, when I got sidetracked by the photo album on my phone. I flipped through all 300 + images and was reenergized by colorful classrooms, thoughtful student work, and dozens of smiling faces at MWE. I don’t remember being so happy when I was in school, and it just made me remember how lucky the kids are and how lucky I am to be with you all every day.

New BOOKS!!!!
Karyn Lewis has been bustin’ her librarian buns to gather more resources for our Literacy Library.
Watch this short video to see our newest additions.

Upcoming professional development opportunities and district meetings…

Science Curriculum Roll Out Meetings
Tuesday, February 26, 3:45-5:45
Spring Woods High School
Register in Eduphoria

Language Arts Curriculum Roll Out Meetings
Thursday, February 28, 3:30-5:00
Wilchester Elementary
Register in Eduphoria

Math Curriculum Roll Out Meetings
Tuesday, March 5, 3:30-5:00
Stratford High School
Register on Eduphoria

New Jersey Writing Project
Summer 2013
(Click HERE to download fliers)

Abydos 3-Week Summer Literacy Institute
WTC Library, June 10-27 (except Fridays)

Abydos Reading Week (Grades 3-12)
WTC Library, July 8-12

Abydos Grammar Week
WTC Library, July 22-25

Some stuff I’ve been reading…

Reclaiming Your Teacher Mojo

Projecting Possibilities for Writers: The How, What, & Why of Designing Units of Study
by Matt Glover & Mary Alice Berry

Some sites/apps worth exploring…

Environmental Interdependency Videos
These videos were produced by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium specifically for 4th and 5th grade SBISD students when learning about ecosystems.

An extensive and detailed App List

Some FREE (for a limited time) apps that look fun:
ABC Sounds Lite
Even  Monsters Get Sick
From Cheese
Pinocchio: Interactive Kids Storybook (free TODAY only)

Don’t forget, you can find more at…
Teacher Learners on Edmodo
Group code: 9fq5dz

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