The title of the post, No More Arts and Crafts, didn't prepare me for the first several paragraphs that essentially called out teachers who do not keep up professionally with both current reading research and current reading material for our kids. I read it through several times and found myself agreeing with her and feeling that our QAE parents need to hear this. I also felt very excited by what is happening at QAE. The accompanying picture is one example of how our staff IS keeping up and providing a rich reading environment for our students. This poster is outside Kristi Leland's room in the Treehouse and has led to off-shoots in our classrooms created by excited readers. Then they head to our library, which has always been an exciting place for searching readers.
This year has seen a commitment to sharing. By that I mean that we have made a conscious decision to share our classrooms, our work, and our learning. We are sharing with each other via Twitter, blog posts, and invitations to each other rooms. We are sharing with teachers around the world--you should follow our staff on Twitter and see the interactions occurring with other teachers and experts in all areas. I sat in on a discussion among our kindergarten teachers to use their blogs as communication with other educators first. Parents will be invited to look in and while it's not directed at you there will certainly be much to take from it, just a slightly different view. This commitment is intentional--we want to share with others and we want to learn together. We want our kids to share and learn from others and our teachers are leading the way.
I share often how excited I am to work with this group of educators at QAE. This explosion of connections, genuinely giddy conversations about books teachers are reading, authors, reading conferences, what books our kids are reading, and continuous adjustments to how they teach reading has become a highlight of the last few months for me. I love this staff.