Friday, August 29, 2008

Best School Ever!

I'm not going to lie. I was excited about my new job at a new school, but a part of me was a little worried that something might go wrong, that I wouldn't fit in with my team, or the community was going to be hard for me to become part of, or that the community would be one that I didn't like.

Well after this week (and especially the past 2 days) I know I have nothing to worry about. Everyone has been so incredibly helpful, kind, thoughtful, and considerate. When I say everyone I mean everyone. I am so excited to be a part of this community. I feel like I fit in and that I am going to have a wonderful time at this school. I want to thank everyone who went above and beyond the call of duty. I am so full of joy that I can't even think what else I want to say right now. Just that I'm thankful and very appreciative to work at such a wonderful place. If I think of more I'll add it...

Update on Classroom

Hey all. Here are some photos of my classroom as of this afternoon. As you can see it's still under construction.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Delicious Library

This year will be my first experience with my very own classroom library. I don't have a lot of books, but I value the ones that I do have. I spent this summer pondering how I was going to set up my library for 'checking out' purposes. I'd like to know which kids have what books and for how long they've had that book, are they checking out different kinds of books or always the same type, are the books just right or too hard, etc. Well lucky me I found just the thing, a library that uses images and works on the computer, Delicious Library. This program is made for a MAC (sorry PC users). There is a program that is supposed to be similar to Delicious Library but for the PC made by MediaMan. I haven't tried this one, but both offer a free download for you to try. (Both cost $40 for a license)

I absolutely love Delicious Library. It's very easy to use and fun too! I plan on having a job titled, "Librarian." This job will go to a student who will use Delicious Library to check in/out books to students. This will allow me to keep track of my books and see what students are reading. Because the program uses images it could be used with students of all ages. Students do not necessarily need to know how to read.

This program also keeps track of other items like games. So if I wanted to I could allow students to check out games as well.

It's very easy to add an item. All you do is put in the ISBN or the title of the book. Delicious Library will look up your item and give you a list of what matches as well as images to go along with the items.

I highly recommend this program. Thanks Delicious Library!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Can you see it?

So I wanted to do something different to my books so that I can easily recognize which books are mine, and which books belong to someone else (i.e. student, library, teacher, etc.). I decided I wanted to go with a logo, printed on clear a sticker so that I wouldn't interfere with the cover of the book. Below is a picture of my logo I think.... I've tried it out on a few books and it looks good. You can see it but it isn't blaringly obvious.

For those of you who know me I added something extra....The body of the jaguar is made up of the letters of my last name....can you see it?

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Wow....I've been away for some time now.
Well now I'm back!!!
I got to take a look at my future classroom....
Take a look..........