Reading Carousels are GREAT ways to hear what other teachers are doing effectively in their classrooms! As a council we try to have at least 2 nights of Reading Carousels, because they are that popular to our members! This year we switched it up a bit and had a Family Reading Carousel too, you will hear more about this later!
This year during our Reading Carousel, our members spent the evening learning about:
1. ELL/ESL students in our classrooms- We invited Kathy Haskins and Christa Ondovich, two of our ELL/ESL teachers, to come and discuss what teachers can do to help our the english learners in our classrooms.
2.Make and Take foldables- Kari Thompson, a third grade teacher from Bel Air, taught us how to make many different types of foldables to use in our classrooms. What a great way to take notes and make information memorable to our students!
3. Nonfiction Research Writing- Kaley Chick, a first grade teacher from Edison, discussed how to get nonfiction research writing started in our classrooms, even at the early elementary level! Kaley showed our members some useful tips and tricks with QR codes and even a way to record our own stories!
4. Math Talks- Members from our district Math Committee came and talked to us about the importance of Math talks in our classrooms! We also learned about fun ways to increase number sense. Early Elementary members made rekenreks to take and use in their classrooms!