I know school is on my mind because I’ve hit one of those points in the year when it’s wise for me to keep pen and paper on my nightstand. If I don’t write the thoughts down that wake me up, then I’m up.
A few nights ago I awoke with “suitcase” on the brain. This picture in my mind was for the classroom “traveling” that we do. I love connecting and learning from and with others around the world. My classroom destination checked list is still small, but it continues to grow!
I considered the next day where to find the suitcase pictured in my mind…. a teacher’s natural dilemma…. imagining something and then figuring out how to make it happen. I’m surprised that no one in Hobby Lobby came to see if everything was ok in ‘aisle 10’ because my breathing had to be audible as I dug through shelving holding suitcase-type boxes. What I found there was IT! Next, stickers of course. (What do you expect? I’m a teacher after all!) State stickers, world traveler, printed duct tape, you get the idea. It’s now stickered-up with the places my classes have “been” the last two years by way of Skypes for Mystery, Author, and class sharing, Edmodo Pen Pals, Global Read Aloud, and Kidblog: Mexico, Australia, Tasmania, Canada, England, Rhode Island, Illinois, Nebraska, Georgia, California, and Michigan.
This suitcase is the perfect depth to hold the treasures that have come in the mail thanks to Global Read Aloud and Edmodo Global Pen Pals. A book, lapel pins, postcards, and coins from Canada (so cool, Mr. H!), postcards, trading cards, a book, and money from Tasmania (Mr. Fitzpatrick, awesome!), a book, Vegemite, candy, and stuffed emu from Australia (shout out to my first world connection, Mr. Dunn!) and a book share from Illinois & Mrs. Hurckes’ class (special wrap-up!).
So now I have a suitcase “hook” (#tlap lingo…) with world learning lessons and experiences to share. Time will tell what this year will add to this growing treasure. I’m looking forward to connecting with others, expanding knowledge and relationships, and opening a window of possibility to my students. The world awaits!
If you want to connect with my classroom, that’d be great. Just let me know! I especially enjoy continuing a connection to learn and share over multiple occasions.