Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers for more slices of life.

Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers for more slices of life.

One week ago, I attended a conference where I was able to attend a couple of sessions led by John Schumacher. I don’t remember how I stumbled on his blog, Watch, Connect. Read, but I am forever grateful that I did. If I want to know what’s happening in the world of books, I only need to check his blog or find his tweets (@MrSchuReads). He lives and breathes children’s books. That’s a great way to live!

One of his sessions was titled Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. I feel like I’m always behind when it comes to current websites for teaching. This session was just what I needed.

We began by playing a game on of matching one star reviews to book titles. I can see this site being a great way to review information in a fun way. One Star Reviews is a fun feature that Travis Jonkers puts on his blog 100 Scope Notes, but now it was turned into a game by using our devices. I logged in on my iPad. Erin, a friend and co-worker, would partner up with me.

After the first question we discovered that speed was a factor in scoring points. We were in a dismal eighth place after the first question. There were ten questions. Slowly we moved up the ranks. We were in third going into the final round. Our speed had greatly improved. Final question . . . were we quick enough to take over first place? No, but we moved into second place.

“If your name is on the screen, come and pick a book from the table,” announced Mr. GlowSchu. My name was on the screen, I picked a book, but I knew I wasn’t the only winner. Erin played a role in the winning, too. But how could I share this fabulous book I had selected?

A quick visit to Amazon solved that problem. So Erin, check your mailbox at the office. There is something waiting for you.

If you have not discovered Erin’s blog, Steps in the Literacy Journey, you, dear reader, should check that out.

22 thoughts on “Winning!

  1. Leigh Anne says:

    Sounds like you were both winners! I love playing Kahoot and so do my students. At our familt Christmas this year, we even played it with Christmas trivia! Board games move over!

  2. You kept me guessing as to whether or not you would finish in first place. Great explode a moment. And what a great conference that must have been! Was it WTL? I loved it last year.

  3. I’m so excited to hear that Mr. Schu’s PD was as wonderful as I thought it would be!!! I am registered for “Breakfast with Mr. Schu” at the Scholastic Reading Summit in July. I can hardly wait; and now, thanks to this wonderful slice, I’m even more excited about the Reading Summit.

  4. I’m absolutely green with envy over your time with Mr. Schu and your new book! I love the idea of the game for reviewing books–I’ll definitely be trying it out! (I especially love this post because I missed out on going to this particular conference last week and I feel like I was able to steal a little piece of your learning from what you’ve shared here–Thank you!)

  5. I like how you describe moving up from ‘dismal eighth’ to second. I’ll have to check out these resources – great slice. Thank you!

  6. Elsie, I am always grateful when I read your blog. Whether it is a way to cook, a way to notice something in nature or great websites, whenever I come to your blog I go away with something. Thank you.

  7. So I’m scrolling through my reader and BAM there’s that crazy looking angler fish that all my third graders were always obsessed about! Which led me to stumble into a post and make me wish I was there too! I love that blog. What a great friend you are as well. Enjoy your prize.

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