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Classroom Happenings: Library Orientation and Finished Bulletin Board!

Tuesday we had library orientation, and it was awesome! My classes were the first group of the year to get in the library, and I felt like they devoured it. Each student walked away with at least one book, if not three, and wrote other books down on their "Books to Consider" sheet. They were really great about asking for recommendations, and overall it was a very positive experience for everyone!

Remember my bulletin board?

It's finally finished! To finish it up I asked students to write a Six-Word Memoir about Reading. Here were the rules:

It must be positive
It must be EXACTLY six words
It needs to be BIG
You must put your first and last name at the end.

They wrote these on large index cards, and then I folded them in half to look like little books. I stapled them to the bulletin board.  :)

This week we have open house, which is always nerve wracking for me. Not because I am afraid of parents, but because I feel like I have so much to share, and less than ten minutes to do it. I also feel like I talk too fast, and then I forget important things or stumble over my words and feel like a dolt. I'm glad parents will get to see what their kids wrote about reading on the bulletin board at least :)

I had this idea that I liked, but I didn't end up doing it.
Stations with Presentation Boards: I thought it would be cool to have each class make a presentation board and allow parents to walk around independently, but the AP hubster thought it might not be a good idea, because parents are there to meet me. (He is so smart) :)

I'm at a loss. I don't want to do a power point, but I don't really know what else to do. Suggestions?? (Welcomed, Appreciated, and Needed!)


  1. You could create stations around the room with varying information or maybe a video of you introducing yourself projecting in the background the whole time. This would free you up to talk to parents in smaller groups so you can put faces with names.

    I just came across your blog today and have to say that I LOVE it! I'm also in the western burbs, so when I saw that, I instantly started stalking your old posts. Happy to be your newest follower!

  2. Open House gives me hives!!=)

  3. It's good that you write about it on your blog.

  4. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.


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