For the second year in a row, Clinton Elementary students had a short film featured in the SOMA Film Festival. This particular film was created during an after school enrichment program and the 2 students had never worked together before. Before a packed movie theater crowd, this endearing short film was received gleefully!
I am hooked… (to the podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel) and cannot wait for season 2. As a huge fan of podcasts this happens often as I discover a new podcast and just can’t stop talking about it. What makes this show so much more exciting is that it is written for and recorded by kids. One of my students is even in the cast and I didn’t know it till episode 10!
This middle grade mystery centers around strange happenings at Pruitt Prep and if you give it a chance, it will make you a fan of the spoken word as well.
Podcasts… the new old school way to learn. I love them and listen to them regularly as well as want to make one with students in 2016-2017. So, when I was told about Brains On last week, I instantly placed it in my podcast feed and anxiously awaited a few minutes of uninterrupted time to test it out. Well… I am happy to say that I am hooked and am more excited to start my own next school year. Brains On encourages curiosity and explains in kid friendly terms answers to their questions. Here is a sample from their website.
Clinton Elementary students were super psyched to meet author/illustrator Dave Roman in March. His visit marked the first time we have had a comic writer speak and it was worth the wait. His talk focused on his craft, but also on Astronaut Academy. Third – fifth grade students had been getting ready to meet him by creating their own versions of a space academy and were ready to discuss their ideas. Thank you Dave for visiting!
Kids have stories that bubble out of them. In this presentation at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative conference, I led a presentation on alternative forms of storytelling to inspire teachers to be creative with their use of technology. The two main focuses were stop motion animation and book trailer creation.
In November, I was honored to not only present on the topic of modern storytelling, but to also receive the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Award. It was so special to be recognized for the work done at the Clinton Elementary School Library. One of the library world’s great champions, Dr. Joyce Valenza, featured my acceptance speech on her School Library Journal blog, NeverEnding Search.
As I prepare to attend and present at this year’s New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference, I watched one of my favorite inspirational videos. If you have ever wondered how people motivate themselves (or just want to get inside my head), here it is. Thank you to Jonathan Rochelle of Google who first showed this video at the NJECC Conference at Montclair State.