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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trying to get Activities Organized

I was hoping to get several extra-curricular activities organized for this year. My plan was

-Ultimate Frisbee starting earlier in the year, so that when the tournament happens in the spring students have been playing for more than a couple of weeks

-coding activities for elementary grades, and maybe a primary

After speaking with some of the students I realized that most DON'T want to do activities at lunch time. They enjoying spending time with their friends during play time, and if it looks like something fun is going to happen, they will just skip the activity to play. I am big fan of unstructured play time, so I can easily understand this sentiment. Also, I don't have a lot of free lunches. I have lunch duty 3/7 days, and toss in even 1 extra lunch time activity and I am down to 3 days that I have only 25 minutes to eat.

This is definitely going to lead to some more creative scheduling. Due to the reduciton in my learning resources allocation, I won't have as much time during the school day either. So it looks like after school is going to be the way to go for anything fun and interesting to happen. Which leads to an entire other issue, because not all kids have the flexibility to be able to stay after school to take part.

Organizing in Elementary school is not easy.

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Harry Potter!

The library certainly had a copy of all the Harry Potter books at one point, but honestly, most of them are in bad shape. Extensive damage from over use really. Last year I replaced copies of books 4, 5, 6, and 7 because they were literally falling apart. In the last two months though the first three books have been in great demand and I actually had to discard all of them. The demand had been so high that I realized one copy of each of the first three books wasn't going to cut it, so I got 3 copies of each! Can't wait to put them into circulation this week.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Some Nice Computer Books for the Library

The library just got some great new books for the library.

I've really been making a push to get some interesting non-fiction titles in the library, and I'm hoping that these will be a great addition. There are a number of kids interested in Scratch, and I have had more than one student ask me about youtube videos.

I really like the youtube book, it was less about using youtube, and more about how to properly plan and execute a video. Very well done.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Doing new course in Mobile Computing

I just found a great course on Mobile computing and creating apps called "TrinityX: T007x Mobile Computing with App Inventor - CS Principles". 
It looks great! I am one week late starting, but hopefully I will catch up! There is even a section 
for making a walking tour based on GPS locations, something I have always wanted 
to do. 

https://www.edx.org/course/mobile-computing-app-inventor-cs-trinityx-t007x

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Books, almost ready to go!

3 Crates of new books, almost ready to go on the shelves! All chapter books, they are just awaiting stickers and shelf labels to make it there.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Outside Gym and Snow Forts

On Friday of last week and Monday of this week we had gym outside, in the fresh snow on Monday. It was fun, and we spent some time digging snow forts and snow tunnels.





Sunday, January 1, 2017