1 Amazing Author = Pure Magic!
grade students, their teachers, our principal and I got to meet and visit with
the inspiring Ame Dyckman! We had been
reading her books, Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, which are fabulous friendship
setting, events and even the central message (yes, Fabulous Firsties can
grasp such a sophisticated concept when they can connect with the right
literature!). We laughed, reflected and
created responses to the stories.
we were going to get to visit with Ame in person (well, practically – through
the magic of Skype!)! So we reflected
some more and brainstormed questions we could ask during our visit. Oh my, the questions they came up with!!
enlisted the help of 4th& 5th graders to move tables
and chairs and set out cookies for our students.
proudly marched into the library wearing their Tea Party Rules pins. Our questioners sat in the front
row. As we were getting settled, many
smiling faces found their reflection in the web cam projected on the screen, waving at
began. Ame’s smiling face greeted us
along with her beautiful black cat, Sabrina!
Ame captivated us all as she shared her inspiration for her writing, her
robot collection, favorite childhood books (which we so enthusiastically
recognized), and her latest library haul (great recommendations for purchases
for our library!).
some cookies in their classrooms, bringing inspiration and connections with
them along with the warm feeling that they had just made a new friend. Some of my favorite comments from a class
that came back later:
and I’m good at it!”
without my prodding. We read some shapes
books today and then made illustrations out of paper shapes and many
students created Bot!
Standards, Progress Monitoring, and a multi-tiered approach to student behavior
and academics, I almost questioned myself about whether there was really time
for this type of activity. I’m so glad I
went with my heart. While I may need to look
in my Common Core Flip Books to find the exact ELA standards covered by meeting
our new friend, I sure felt the power of connection on Tuesday morning! I have a feeling that connection is going to
stick with these kids for awhile.