So....how'd it go? Back to School, I mean...
Mine had its highs and lows. Of course, I'm still exhausted, but I am bursting with ideas for the year!
I'll start with the lowest low. My school laptop died. Yup, the day before school started. Fortunately, our awesome school Tech Master (Marcia) gave me a student laptop loaner until she can get her hands on a replacement for me. Unfortunately, that laptop decided it doesn't like me and logged out every chance it got, particularly during my orientations. At one point, I had all the fifth graders (about 100 kids) and their five teachers staring at me, waiting patiently, while I tried to log back on. When that didn't happen, I went on without my slide show. But, (and here's what I LOVE about kids), one of the 5th grade girls prompted me through it, predicting what I might say. (Way to go!)
Now for the high...I got a library mouse. (No picture yet; I'll post one as soon as I can get a good one of him--or her.)
Here's how it happened (and no, I didn't catch him running around the library.) I was shelving books in the 800s (literature, of course) and I had a huge brainstorm! What if we made our theme this year "What Writers Do?" That led me to thinking about the book Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk (if you haven't read it, you need to), which led to me driving to the pet store to get our own library mouse.
More on this topic later, but here's the point of my little story. This mouse is ADORABLE! And so smart! And the kids are SO EXCITED. As I introduced our little friend to each class this week, there were quiet squeals of excitement (I had warned them to keep it quiet so our mouse wouldn't be scared). Oh My. The joy of children is just about the best thing ever.
I want to hear your stories of your back to school week. How'd it go? Share your most memorable experiences.
Now here's for the really exciting news! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a One Day Bonus Sale!!!
And...they gave me a $10 gift card to give to one of you!!
Here's how you can win it. Tell us about your most memorable back to school events. If you haven't started yet, it can be from another year. Share by commenting here or on my Facebook page.
I'll pick a random winner the night of Monday, August 22 by 5 p.m. (mountain standard time). Given my battles with technology this week, I'm going to picking the winner the old-fashioned way -- yup, by drawing an entry out of hat. Nice and easy!
I'll announce the winner by commenting on the winning entry here or on the Facebook page, so be sure to check back that evening!
Start commenting! And good luck!