I've decided to participate in the "What's Ahead in 2013?" linky party. I realize I'm probably breaking like 2,000 rules of blogging since I'm posting again today, but oh well, I never cared about rules anyway!
Just like the Currently linky each month, if you decide to participate, you need to follow the rule of 3!
I feel like I should probably explain a few of these:
Professional Read: This could have gone under personal read, because I'm so excited to read it! It's been sitting in my house for like 4 months now. I borrowed it from my district's Professional Library, so I really need to get on it! One of these days, I will finish it!
Classroom Must-Have: I got 4 iPods for my listening center from Donors Choose this fall, and I love them! The kids do too. I can load whatever books I want onto each iPod, and the kids can take them anywhere in the room. They love it. I keep the books for each iPod in a bag which is color coded for each iPod (I have 4 different colors). The kids are even independently getting the iPods and books, turning them off, and cleaning off the earphones before they put them back. Since the kids using them aren't all from my class, this is a REALLY big deal!
School-Wide Event: Our school doesn't do a lot of school wide events. We do a pep rally each year for testing that is kind of fun. It's really not my favorite event, but we have so little to choose from I just picked one.
Technology focus: I currently have a Donors Choose project for 6 Chromebooks that is $230 or so from being funded! I would love to get these Chromebooks for my classroom because I can think of so many ways I can use them during math and literacy time, or even during writing. Last year, I took my kids to the computer lab to type up their informational writing pieces, and they thought it was cool. It might be better to do in the classroom if I had enough computers for a small group.
Again, you can find the details about the linky here. :-)
I am also excited because I gave myself a little blog makeover. It's not great, but I wanted something I could do quickly. I'll work on it some more later, because I want to make some changes to my blog header and it involves KPM Doodles clip art. But I managed to figure out Blogger templates and such on my own, so I'm pretty proud of myself. I used to change my Live Journal layout a lot back in the day, but Blogger is quite different, so there was a bit of a learning curve! One thing I would like to learn how to do is keep the background image stable while the posts and stuff in the middle move. I was able to do that with my LJ, but I used HTML to make changes to my layout, and as far as I know, you can't do that with Blogger. :-/ Please let me know if you know any differently!