It appears, I'm slightly addicted to Smore as an information sharing tool. It's easy, clean, and can be shared on a multitude of platforms. Let's not forget that it's free too! Think about using it for parent newsletters or any information you wish to share!
This year we've been experimenting with Makerspace Mondays on a low budget with success. We've run a Cardboard Challenge & up-cycled books to create trees and jewelry, but nothing has been more successful than coding with Scratch! Mondays were a busy lunch recess, but now it's been expanded to a Grade 3-5 Monday Makerspace and a Grade 6-8 Friday Makerspace to accommodate everyone. The library is jumping. It can be overwhelming, but If you have the skills to run a Workshop program, you have the skills to run a Coding Club. With the excitement and enthusiasm, a Coding Club brings, you'll need those skills too! Here are five reasons why!
It's that time of year again! What will the library theme be this year? Well, I'd love everyone in our school to just Get Lost! It's actually much more positive than it sounds...
I was out walking in the forest with Lily & she was very concerned with where we were and did I know how to get back. I know one of her greatest fears is getting lost, but as a kid I got lost all the time. I swear sometimes we'd even pretend we were lost because it added an exciting element to whatever game we were playing in the back field. Road trips in high school & university often had a large getting lost aspect to them. I remember yelling at a Do Not Enter sign, "I'm not entering; I'm exiting!" because somehow we had gotten turned around in a place we weren't even supposed to be in.
But isn't that the point of growing and learning? Thinking you are going one way and finding it's not the right way. Trying to figure out where you'll go next or following an exciting path that you like and finding you are somewhere new, maybe even somewhere better. It involves failure. It involves our students taking risks & exploring areas of interest. It involves the engagement that comes with choice. I believe our students should be experiencing that!
I'm making my library board up in a couple weeks & want to know how you Get Lost! I have good guesses for some of you & I'm sure you know I get lost in words & the ideas they share. Unfortunately I don't get lost in the forest or on road trips as much any more.