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Places and Spaces

Good teachers have always had comfy areas in their rooms, complete with a variety of seating, pillows, beanbags, etc. This big deal about redesigning learning spaces, though, IS a big deal–cause at least in our county , it comes with money to do some of those things that, in the past, have come out of teachers’ pockets. Teachers are decorating their rooms with seating choices, we’ve gotten new tables and chairs in many classes, and our library and our “Wonder Lounge” have some funky new furniture. One whole wall of our Wonder Lounge is idea paint, and our principal has already taken a bunch of pictures of different classes using it.

In fact, she tweets out pics all the time of our school activities and classrooms.  To get a feel for our school, follow @gcrummie on Twitter, and check out all the pictures she tweets.  We also populate both our kid account, @Crozetkids and our school account, @CrozetElem, as well as a Facebook page, a website and several of us here at Crozet are  bloggers, and even more of us participate on Pinterest and Facebook.  I would say many of our teachers are pretty connected, overall. But I have to give credit to Ms. Crummie for being the most faithful about blogging about school–she really uses hers to keep the community informed (  Check here for some great pictures of our new-to-our-school-community spaces and places!

Bucket Brigade…or is it?

Today many of our Crozet Elementary kids participated in a piece of history making.  You see, our small town has been building a new library all summer and it is due to open this week.  BUT, all the books weren’t moved yet, so someone had a brilliant idea–instead of hiring professional movers, involve the community!

So, today we had a “Book Brigade” where kids and community members lined up and passed books from one hand to another, while people inside our new library shelved them as they reached the door.  And, even cooler, it not only was tweeted out (and made the old-timey TV news as well), one of our main proponents for the new library, @janekulow,  STORIFIED the pictures and tweets.  Check it out here!

I get to work with those adorable (and smart!) kids every day….Aren’t I the lucky one?


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