This year all 6 elementary schools participated in our 4th Annual Battle of the Books event. Students read books from the Bluestem 2017 nominee list and studied the plot, title and author. Our Sheridan School team came in 3rd place and had their best showing thus far. I had a wonderful judges panel including: Cindy Helmers, Dr. Hannah, Shirley Jacobs, Jim Cooper, Stacie Ochiltree, Laura Wilson, Janice Ochiltree, Bridgette Beasley and Mary Yount. Washington School came out on top of the double elimination bracket and everyone had a wonderful day!
I was very excited to volunteer at the I Survived STEM Read event at the Invocation Center in DeKalb today. Knowing that we would be doing a similar event in Bloomington next month, I had the opportunity to help out with this event to better plan for ours. 800 5th through 9th graders were actively involved in the design challenges based on the I Survived series. Beyond engineering design challenges
what the critical numbers are for the 4 digit lock. I wanted to make sure that our first challenge was fairly straight forward to allow for success. This was a HUGE hit with the 3rd through 5th grade. I can't wait to find another challenge for next semester. The students are requesting that there be an Escape each quarter and I agree.
During the Moveable Feast, teachers pick which technologies they want to learn about, build out projects using those technologies, and network with other teachers. Teachers receive 30 hours of CPDUs for attending, or they can even elect to take it for graduate credit. If you do nothing else professionally next summer, the Moveable Feast is well worth your time!
content, Symbaloo! It was a first for me, working in a booth during a conference and I have to admit I loved it! Symbaloo is such a great tool that it was exciting to share the power with people who had not used it before or were not familiar with their new product, Symbaloo Lesson Plans.
In 2009 I was given the chance to move into the best job in the world- Library Media Specialist!