I'm always on Twitter and recently I saw a photo of a school hallway with signs next to the doors sharing what the teacher was reading. I've been leading and supporting several reading initiatives in my building this year, I knew this was something I had to add! Within the hour I had created a sign for every staff member including cooks, custodians, school resource officers, associates and secretary. These signs were sent to our district's print shop to be made and laminated. As I handed out the signs, I stressed the importance of letting students see the staff members as readers and that I wanted them to join in as we celebrate and promote literacy in our building. It's been a week since I delivered the signs, and I love walking through the halls and see these signs outside the doors!
Let me know if you're interested in using our template for your staff. I've had several teachers tweet and email me already, and I'm happy to share!
Our Little Free Library is here!
After this summer's International Literacy Association Conference in St. Louis I set out to bring a Little Free Library to my school and the local community. I had heard about these free libraries and had even seen them in other locations around our state. This school year I've been leading and promoting several literacy initiatives in my building, and knew that adding a Little Free Library to our school grounds would provide our students and the community access to a variety of texts. Once I have an idea in my head, especially one that will positively impact our students, I move fast! I soon had permission from my administrator, wrote up a Donor's Choose project (which was posted by our fourth grade teacher since I'm an Instructional Coach and don't technically qualify to participate in Donor's Choose), asked our PTA to pay for the initial charter membership, and contacted a community member to build the pictured library. Three months later, the Little Free Library was delivered and is about to get installed outside! Our Little Free Library is adorable, and coincidentally was delivered a few hours before our Technology and Literacy Day community outreach. The best part: thanks to the work of our PTA, community members, and donors online, there was no cost to my building or our community.
I can't wait to see how our students and community benefit from this opportunity!