Lots of amazing quotes and ideas have been shared this week here at Scholastic as we host teachers from across the area for our Teacher Appreciation Week; we’re sharing them all at #TeacherWeek, so be sure to follow the hashtag and @ScholasticTeach for them! Plus, head over to frizzle for more great posts.
Meanwhile, though, here’s one of my favorites. It reminds me: the point of school isn’t to walk into a classroom and know the answers. The learning happens in the mistakes, in the false assumptions. The magic is in the not-knowing.
This week, teachers will want to visit The Scholastic Store in SoHo, where we’re hosting our annual Teacher Appreciation Week.
We know, of course, that many of you are not in the New York area — but you can still follow along! We’re live-tweeting from @ScholasticTeach, and folks are using #TeacherWeek to share stories and insights. Join us!
The smell of fresh pencil shavings. The yellow school bus rounding the corner. Desks lined up in neat rows. It’s the first day of school.
Every year around this time, in classrooms and homes across the country, teachers, parents, and kids are getting ready to go back to school.
We love this time of year. The first day of school can be so special, and we’d love to see how you’re capturing it. For the next month, we’re going to try something fun. It’s called #FirstDay. We’ll be sharing resources on social media that are all about the first day of school, and we’d love for you to share your pictures, memories, or quotes that express what the first day of school means to you. Continue reading Share your #FirstDay with us!→
Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing from some teachers and parents who have concerns about the new Scholastic Reading Club flyers, which are now grade specific. We truly appreciate customers taking the time to share their passion for the iconic Scholastic flyers. Back to school is nearly upon us, as is a return to the monthly classroom excitement when the Scholastic book box arrives! We thought it would be a good time to give you a closer look at how the changes in the flyers will work to support—not hinder—every reader in your classroom or family, regardless of their reading level.
By now you’ve probably heard that the flyers are now labeled for the students in the grades they are aimed to reach: “First Graders,” “Second Graders,” “Third Graders,” and so on. It’s easy to understand how people might think these new grade level flyers only offer books on a single grade level – but that is far from the case. We know that no teacher has students who all read at one reading level, so each flyer includes a wide range of reading levels and interests to ensure that there are choices for kids reading above and below grade level. Continue reading A range of reading levels: check out the NEW Reading Club flyers→
Big news today! The iconic school book club flyers beloved by students, parents and teachers since 1948 will arrive in virtually every pre-K to 8 classroom this school year with a whole new look, and with grade-specific book selections to help all students reach higher levels of reading proficiency through increased independent reading.
Other new features that make the new Scholastic Reading Club flyers even better for teachers, parents and children include:
Leveling for Books [K – Middle School flyers] – Teachers and parents can now find leveling guides on books in the Scholastic Reading Club flyers.
The SpotLit™ Collection [Pre-K – Middle School flyers] – Created by a committee of 24 top children’s literature experts from across the country, this collection includes classic and timeless favorite children’s books that every child should read. All 50 books for each grade are available online at www.scholastic.com/top50.
20/20 Daily Reading Routine [1st – 3rd Grade flyers] – To reinforce the importance of daily reading practice, Scholastic Reading Club recommends a 20/20 daily reading routine – 20 minutes of reading alone and 20 minutes of reading aloud. Each month, teachers and parents can find “20 MINUTE” book recommendations.
Storia® eBooks (Pre-K – Young Adult titles online) – The Scholastic teacher-recommended and award-winning ereading app for kids has a great selection of ebooks for all ages, with advanced digital features including read-aloud and highlighting functionality as well as vocabulary and comprehension activities. With the new dashboard, teachers and parents can organize and keep track of children’s reading progress.
A few weeks ago, fellow OOMer Nadia posted about our Scholastic desks that are filled with various objects that are either personal, such as photos or cards, or work-related. We are very lucky to have very fun work items like my Clifford and Liz stuffed animals, Harry Potter books and Scholastic Art & Writing artwork. It seems to be inherent in our nature to surround ourselves with inspiration and reminders of what we are here for each day. I recently had the privledge of attending the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy with my colleagues from Math Solutions and saw perhaps the root of why we do this – classrooms.
As I sat in a blank canvas of a conference room with teachers doing a fun math lesson, I was taken by how the hosting teachers took it upon themselves to plaster the walls with learning. There was simply no question what we were there for – we were going to learn and it was going to happen all over the room and in all sorts of ways. You can check out more about my observations of the experience here on #frizzle!
All this is to say – thank you, teachers! Your extra effort to immerse students in learning is a lesson we take beyond the classroom. Thanks for showing us how it is done and while you’re setting up your classrooms this summer, let the inspiration flow.
This past Saturday marked the 44th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landing on the moon. On July 20, 1969, millions of Americans sat riveted to their television sets as the men set foot on the moon’s rocky terrain and Armstrong uttered the famous (and recently debated) line, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” I often wish I had been around to witness it happen, but watching the old footage is still a pretty remarkable experience.
In honor of this patriotic milestone, we thought we’d round up our favorite books, activities and resource collections that have to do with the moon and space. Enjoy!