71 Days

What I did during my summer vacation…

Day 2: teacher work day

As I dug through a year’s worth of lesson plans, photographs and the general “stuff” I accumulate at work, I thought about what the best thing I’ve done this year to promote reading for my students.
I think I would have to say our One School, One Book program did the most to get our students excited about reading. The whole school read The World According to Humphrey, and it was a great experience. I know some kids didn’t read but many did, and the ones that didn’t got the feeling they were missing out on something. So maybe they’ll read it next time.
Purchasing a hamster for the library who looked not-so-coincidentally like the book’s main character also added to the excitement. I also added a critter cam to our online video network. Students could tune in any time to watch Humphrey sleep mostly….and we all learned hamsters are nocturnal. A teacher told me when she asked a young student who was telling the story, he replied I think that crazy hamster in the library is telling the story.
This experience has proven to me that animals are the path to involvement, excitement, and interest in reading…hmmmm..food for thought.
What kind of animal/book combo will we embark on next year? My cousin extolled the virtues of bearded dragons this weekend….I don’t think so. But you could’t have convinced me six moths go what effect my little rodent would have on the kids. I’ve learned to never say never. I look forward to seeing what my future as a zoobrarian holds for me.





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3 thoughts on “Day 2: teacher work day

  1. Jennifer Brown on said:

    So Excited you are doing this again this summer šŸ™‚ Where is the Hamster’s new residence?


  2. I had a hamster in my library for years as well as a pair of birds. They were loads of fun. The kids really enjoyed it. I am not allowed to have pets now, but I have always wanted a library cat!


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