Today I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class from Blairsburg, Iowa. This was my first time skyping with a class in Iowa andthis was Mrs. Jody Kelley’s students first time skyping.
This is such a remarkable class with a remarkable teacher. Mrs. Jody Kelley met another teacher from Dublin, Ireland and the students have been using Twitter to learn about each other. The class in Dublin sent a package containing items from Ireland. Inside of the box was chocolate, tea, crisps (also known as chips), and a school jumper (also known as a sweatshirt). Through this amazing interaction the students have been able to grow their knowledge in Geography and time zones.
Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class is planning on sending peanut butter and maple syrup because the student’s in Dublin have never heard of it before. First however, the students need to find out if peanut butter and maple syrup can be sent over. So, there is a little bit of research that needs to be done before they can make that happen. Also, Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class got a donation of a build a bear and they are going to send that over with a school sweatshirt on it. Before they send it, they are going to take a picture of their own bear with the sweatshirt/jumper from Dublin.
The students in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class love to read. If you want to find out a good title of book, then this is the class to go to. They are not only knowledgeable, but they have tried out a wide range of authors. They suggested title like Deep, Dark and Dangerous, Amulet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and A-Z mysteries.
Today I introduced the class to a new series called Conspiracy 365. This is a set of 12 books that is a high action packed thriller. The father is on his way to discovering a major family secret that will be worth millions of dollars. Unfortunately, the father dies and his son has 365 days to figure it out. Check out the trailer to this series. You will be hooked just like I am. Each book gets you closer to figuring out the secret. I am currently on May.
Here is my version of a book trailer below. Enjoy!
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I get the wonderful opportunity to work with some amazing families that are extremely resilient. My wonderful student Julia’s dad was out of town and took the laptop with him that Julia uses for tutoring. Her amazing mom, thought about how she could solve this conundrum. She came up with setting up her iPad. She connected her system to Skype, gave me a call, and we had a regular session together.
I was so amazed. I had never envisioned myself tutoring a child in reading over an iPad. The concept just blows my mind away. Just 2 years ago, this concept would not have even been possible. I personally wouldn’t suggest tutoring over anything smaller than an iPad because it would be difficult to see the words. An iPad however, was just right.
For me, there wasn’t anything that I had to do differently to tutor Julia. After her mom had everything set up for Julia, there wasn’t anything different that Julia had to do either. She got to take her iPad to a quiet spot, lay down with a comfy blanket, and continue to get better at reading.
I love what I do and experiences like this have me loving it even more. I am so grateful to be able to tutor children in reading from the comfort of my own home and keep as much of a balanced life as possible with three kids and a dog.
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Have you ever heard a term or a phrase and fallen in love with it instantly? Well that happened to me today. I read a story about The Greedy Python to a group of students. Afterward I asked the students if they thought the story was fiction or non-fiction and they instantly replied fiction. I was so amazed that such a young group of students knew the answer so quickly. The teacher responded that her class is working on their smarticles.
The word reminded me of barnicles from Spongebob. I love the word so much and the way that she used it, that I am going to use it. I have a group of students that I tutor in reading everyday that are working on their smarticles and they certainly are smart.
Today I had the wonderful pleasure to read to Mrs. Magyar’s 1st grade computer class in New york. I was so jealous to hear that many of the students have had the wonderful opportunity to see the Thanksgiving Parade live instead of just on t.v. What an awesome opportunity for them.
These students have been learning about Eric Carle and have read some of his amazing books like Pancake, Pancake, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Clumsy Cricket, and Papa, Please Get me the Moon. I explained to the children that Eric Carle is both an author and an illustrator. In the book that I shared with them, The Greedy Python, Carle is the illustrator. The Greedy Python is sooo greedy that he eats many animals including an elephant. Click on the video below to see what he ends up eating. The surprise ending is hilarious.