Before the school year started, I met the new teachers in our district at new teacher orientation. It was a two-day event that all the new teachers attended so it was a large group all at once. This week, we started smaller group professional development for our new teachers and their mentors. We had three different groups come to us this week. It was so exciting to spend time with them and to be able to share my passion for literacy. This year, we are modeling how to develop a culture of literacy and a community of readers and writers. Throughout the day, we shared professional texts that aligned with what we were discussing and I set up several bookish displays around the room. I have lots of ideas, but here's what I have set up so far:
Reading Now - Reading Next
If you liked:
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
You may like:
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Coming October 2012!
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A digital frame that cycles through pictures of people I caught reading
Wonder by RJ Palacio - Choose Kind!
Great Wall of Books - everyone is invited to share a book they love or to comment on a book someone else has shared - star ratings match GoodReads - markers hang from strings
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda,
Darth Paper Strikes Back
and The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
by Tom Angleberger
It's so much fun to be able to share my love of all things books in this new position I am in. Seeing everyone's classrooms and their ways of building a community of readers and writers on Twitter and blogs has been great. I love getting ideas and then making them my own. If you have shared your own classrooms or pictures on Twitter, I would love if you would share the links in the comments so others can visit and get a glimpse into how you develop a community of readers and writers!