Today I went to the Apple store at the mall, and bought myself a birthday present... my very own ipad!! I bought an ipad 3 in black. It's beautiful!! I'm still working on how to use it. I think it will take a while before I'm really handy with it.
I'm definitely open for suggestions on ways to use it in the classroom.
Of course, this all got me thinking about birthdays and my students. As a second grade teacher, birthdays are pretty important to my students! I have a little tradition that I've had for years in my classroom.
Rather than giving each student a book for their birthday, I have the children choose a book to give to the class library. The child gets to bring the book home to share it, and brings the book back when he/she is done to be put into the class collection of books. The child's name will always live inside the cover of the book, so in a way, the child will always be "a part of my classroom", even long after they're gone.
Trust me, they remember this, and come back to my classroom years later, still remembering the book that is in their honor. As I sort my class library year to year, I peek inside the covers to remember those special people who are still a part of my life.
If you click HERE (or the image), you can download the materials I use for my birthday tradition!