Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author Visit Prompts Journal Writing in First Grade

AUTHENTIC JOURNAL WRITING MOTIVATED BY AUTHOR VISIT
Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

AUTHOR SCHOOL VISIT INSPIRES WRITING!



Dateline: DALLAS. Think lots of traffic! Lots of EXCITEMENT! Lots of kids in a GYM! 

As an author-illustrator of picture books I have LOTS of favorite things about my work. I LUV to meet teachers passionate about literacy. I LUV to meet educators excited about the ARTS! I LUV to walk into a new building and see excellence that I can share! 



But I triple scoop LUV LUV LUV when my travels take me INTO THE SCHOOLS and I get to receive group hugs and adoration just by showing up with my 'floogle woogle bugle' and some polka-dot-zip from a gymnasium's worth of PreK, K and Firsties.


I am ALWAYS THRILLED to share the quilts that I make from fabric and explain how they become my picture book's illustrations. We always take a couple of minutes to compare and contrast original quilt to completed picture book! 



What could possibly be better than all of this excitement and immediate reaction?

AUTHENTIC JOURNAL WRITING!


Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

Just as I was rolling my way out of the elementary building a very animated, highly excited teacher came running down the hall, wildly waving a journal in my direction. 
"Don't go! Don't go! You have to see!" 

Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

As great good fortune would have it, there was ample time to follow her back to her room and see with my own eyes what our time together had wrought! I still had battery power AND some remaining space on my memory card. 

As an author, reading the immediate thoughts of these firsties brought tears to my eyes! 

That's me and my floogle! 
PLUS I have an entire flank of 'captains' chosen to help me lead the fun! 


Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement


If you look closely at the student illustrations of their writing, apparently the fact that I involve their peers up on the stage makes QUITE an impression! I was so delighted to see so many different images including a 'line up' of our captains! 


Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

This next one looks almost EXACTLY like the photo above! 
Must have had the exact same perspective as the photographer. 
Only a few boys are showing and a whole ton of the girls!

Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

Authentic Journal Writing Motivated by Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

This last journal that I photographed, seriously captured my attention. 
The drawing is without a doubt, the most advanced -- or at least it probably received the most attention. 

Then take a long look at the journal writing that accompanies the giraffe! 

 

Is it code? Is it invented spelling? 
It is an attempt to communicate! 
Remember I was only in the room for a total of about seven minutes. 

There are times when I just want to HUG a student. 
This is one of those kiddos.

We just had a discussion at our Twitter chat on the topic of RIGOR. 
I dug up these slides of my thoughts on Rigor over at "PreK+K Sharing."  



I so enjoy dashing about a building catching glimpses of excellence. 
I know that people enjoy seeing the decorated doors and bulletin boards I glimpse! 

Super Hero Decorated Door for Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach

Take a look at this amazing "No David" Anchor Chart!

"No David" Anchor Chart: 'A Great Student' via RainbowsWithinReach

"No David' Mask for Storytelling and ReTelling via RainbowsWithinReach
"No David" Mask for Storytelling and ReTelling 

"No David!" Picture Book for Back-to-School Setting Expectations + Behavior at RainbowsWithinReach

I had an earlier "No David" RoundUP for Back-to-School.

100 Day Counting Chart: Fingers on Hands Count via RainbowsWithinReach

100 Day Counting Chart: Fingers on Hands Count via RainbowsWithinReach




BTW: Here's my Pinterest Board for all Things "100 Days" 

Debbie Clement's Pinterest Board for "100 Days"
Debbie Clement is Searching for Author-Illustrator School Visits in Florida



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Deanna Jump on "Rigor + DAP" Guest at #TeacherFriends Twitter Chat

Deanna Jump #GuestEduCelebrity "Rigor + DAP" #TeacherFriends Twitter Chat

Tuesday #TeacherFriends Twitter Chat w PRACTICE WarmUP!

Tonight's the night! Chat with Deanna Jump in 'real time.' Discuss the significant topic of "Rigor + DAP" finding a balance between the two. Build your PLN: Professional Learning Network! AND WIN PRIZES!!!!!! What could be better? 

The best part of my traveling to conferences and making presentations? Hands down: the opportunity to meet and get to know others who share a passion for children and early literacy.

Yes. I have spent some quality time with Deanna Jump. We have stayed up past our bedtime and conjured up brainstorms for the future. She is truly an enormous gift in a teeny tiny package.   


Deanna Jump + Debbie Clement Join Forces for #TeacherFriends Twitter Chat

Deanna has been on Twitter since 2011. She will be the first to admit that she is still acquiring a taste for this unique social network. It took more than a little bit of arm twisting and messaging to get her to commit to taking the spotlight in our weekly #TeacherFriends chat! 

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! Set your alarm! 



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teacher Twitter PRACTICE Chat with Dr. Mary Howard

Teachers on Twitter: PRACTICE Chat with Prizes 

#TeacherFriends Twitter Practice Chat with Dr. Mary Howard, moderated by Debbie Clement

Where else can you:
  •  chat with your peers in real time, 
  • expand your support system 
  • and win prizes all at the same time!!?! 
First things first.
Figure out the time zone conversion factor. 
 
#TeacherFriends Time Zones for Twitter Chat Participation

If you are REALLY new to Twitter, 
by all means plan to arrive at 8:30 for a session of 
EARLY BIRDS 
where the chat will move slow and we can help sort out any questions. 

I act as moderator and post a question to our guest + participants. 

It will look like: 
#TeacherFriends Q1: What is the VISION for the literacy work that you hold dear? 

Our guest, Dr. Mary and all participants will respond: 
#TeacherFriends A1: XYZ PDQ LMNOP!!!!


Each chat is archived and saved for reference at your leisure! 
Look at our line-up through the end of the year!!!
Mark your calendars now!


#TeacherFriends Twitter Schedule of Guests: Tuesdays!






Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veterans + Heroes + Teachers = Gratitude {Humility}

Mimi Chenfeld at NAEYC2014 Dallas: Sharing and Story Telling

NAEYC. Dallas. Mimi-FEST: Songs, Stories + Sharing

What do my nearly 80 year old mentor Mimi and Veterans Day have in common? Let me attempt to recount an amazing story that unfolded in Dallas at NAEYC during her annual concluding Share Fest. 

Every year Mim invites several of us songsters to share with the gathered teachers in attendance for some show-n-tell. Typically I have led everyone is a sign language rendition of my classic "You're Wonderful." This year I was asked to lead "Red, White and Blue" in honor of Veterans Day. I did as requested. The ballroom was filled with voices and sign language. I was enthralled at the response. I sat back down. 

Then master-kinder teacher Janis took the microphone. She told the story of a kindergarten student whose older brother perished while serving in Afghanistan. She went on to tell us that my song, "Red, White and Blue" was sung by the kindergarten students in honor of the big brother. 


I am completely humbled at the thought of a kindergarten teacher supporting a family in the midst of their deepest grief, by using a song that I've written. There are all sorts of heroes that walk in our midst. They shop next to us at the grocery store and sit next to us in the darkness of the local movie theater. 

Some heroes have collections of sharpies and Scentos. 

I just got this message on FB from another teacher-hero.

Hello Debbie!!
Today our school hosted Bring a Veteran to School Day and the response was overwhelming, to say the least! We held a school-wide flag ceremony and veterans were honored with thank you cards, poem readings, and art projects from the children. Our kindergarten class signed and sang your, "Red, White, and Blue!" The veterans in attendance choked back tears and signed along with us as my kiddos sang with all the gusto and earnest a group of five-year-old hearts could possibly muster! On behalf of my students, my colleagues, and the many veterans in attendance, thank you for this beautiful memory. On those rare days when I doubt the impact I can make on the world, I'm certain this memory will quickly remind me just how powerful we all are!
Most Sincerely,
Mr. Arlee Hall

Then there are the larger-than-life HEROES that have indeed served our country. Recently we were flying on Southwest and departing from our nation's capitol when an Honor Flight from Arizona was announced as arriving at a nearby gate. Nearly two dozen veterans arrived to cheers and waving flags. One gentleman was celebrating his 94th birthday, the recipient of SIX Purple Heart Awards, he was cheered and saluted. 

HONOR FLIGHT: AZ to DC 

Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach


Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach

Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach


Veteran's Day Honor Flight shared at RainbowsWithinReach

Honor Flight Tshirt: "We can't all be heroes.... some of us get to stand on the curb + clap as they go by."
"We can't all be heroes..... some of us get to stand on the curb + clap as they go by." ~~ Will Rogers 

"Red, White and Blue" by Debbie Clement: Song in Picture Book Format

Both the picture book version and the digital download of my song are available at TpT. 

Digital Download: "Red, White and Blue" by Debbie Clement


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