Friday, August 27, 2010

A Peek Into My New Building/Office

My classroom in the new School of Education
I am so lucky! This week, the fall semester started at The College of William & Mary and the first group of students entered a brand new School of Education! The picture above is of the classroom in which I am teaching. It is so beautiful. There is so much light and space and everything is new. Including the technology.

The picture to the right is the podium from which I can choose to use the computer, document camera, VCR, or television, all at the touch of a button. Let me tell you, it is a wondrous thing, especially when I have had access to none of it in the old building (and when you teach on a campus that is over 300 years old, "old" takes on a new meaning:-).

My office, however, is still in need of work. I did get pictures hung on the wall though. Does anyone know from which picturebook I took these pictures?

And, I did get most of my picturebooks shelved. 

But, as I said, I still have a lot of work to do! Oh well, it's a good problem to have.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Art & Max by David Wiesner

Did you know that two time Caldecott Medal winner, David Wiesner has a new picturebook coming out in October? Well, you do now! It looks and sounds amazing, but of course, we would not expect anything less, right? Check out the video below to see what a treat we are all in for when the book comes out in 43 days (not that I'm counting). You might also be interested in A Tribute to David Wiesner, written by David Macaulay, that appeared in Horn Book Magazine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Countdown to Mockingjay Release

Are you impatiently waiting for August 24th? If so, here are a few links to blog posts that might help past the time...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Ning's the Thing!
I have excellent news! The publisher of The Joy of Children's Literature is sponsoring the JCL Ning for the upcoming year. You do not have to be an adopter of JCL to use the Ning. It is simply a gathering place for those interested in discussing children's literature.

If you are unfamiliar with a Ning, go to the JCL Ning and look around.  Here are some of the things you can do:
  • Start a book club group. Any book. Any group. Want to discuss the third book in the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins coming out next week? Start a discussion. Want your students to form groups to discuss their books all year? Start a group.
  • Start a forum. Have questions for other teachers about books they are reading in their classroom? Need ideas for books on specific topics or genres? Have ideas you'd like to share with others? Start a forum. Wendy has started a forum on literature that supports writing workshop. Share your ideas with her.
  • Join the JCL Ning Diigo group. Diigo is a great bookmarking site that allows you to highlight and annotate online articles. Add your favorite online articles to the JCL Ning Diigo group as a way to share with and learn from the community.
  • Share videos and  pictures. Have a video or pictures of your classroom library or reading centers that you would like to share? How about video of students discussing literature or of your favorite authors or book trailers? Sharing these resources with others.
  • Start your own blog or have your students start their own blog. Write reflections on books, topics, themes, etc.
  • Chat with others. The online chat allows instant communication between members of the JCL Ning.
  • Add to the calendar of events. Know of upcoming events that others might be interested in? Share them on the JCL Ning calendar.
 The JCL Ning can be a vibrant community for sharing and learning. Take a look and consider the possibilities for yourself and your students. Ask questions and share ideas. Join today!