It's never a good time to lose your voice when you're a teacher, but do you know whats' a really BAD day for it to happen? Yeah, the first day of your book fair. But, this whole crazy venture rests on my shoulders, so in I went.
At about midnight last night, I decided to email all the teachers again and tell them that I was going to take their classes in groups of 7 (roughly a third of a class at a time) instead of the originally planned half, since the space wouldn't allow for it. I have to say, despite not having a voice, and without the help of two of the paras who would usually be there (one was out sick, the other had to supervise lunch/recess because we got way behind schedule), we made it, and the day was a relative success.
It helped tremendously that I had two mothers and a grandmother show up for the craziest part of the day. They took care of the kids (the youngest ones, who can't fill in their own sheets), and I got to finish putting the price tags on my book displays (more on that in a future post). I do worry that it's going to take some time for the message to get across that the kids need to bring in money to pay for the books, but I'm hoping that since we did previews on Monday and I'll be in all week, that eventually we'll hit decent sales as the kids get the idea that they can bring in money any day this week.
Even my parent night event is coming together - after an urgent plea sent out over the weekend, I got three parents saying they could help with stations for part of the evening, which is better than no parents. I even managed to wrangle a face painter/balloon artist for the low price of $100 for two hours, and my principal OK'd the idea. Dinner might not materialize in the form of pizza as hoped since none of the local pizza joints seem to have general managers who work five days a week, but I think between parents bringing some food, popcorn and cookies, we'll have enough nibbles to go around.
I keep reminding myself that other than Thursday, today was the most stressful day. It's downhill from here, and for that my mind and my voice are truly grateful.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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