Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cultural Kindergarten on Kaua'i: Author/Illustrator Visit!


My Author-Illustrator School Visit in Paradise! 
A bucket list trip with an amazing experience. 
Pinch me! Pinch me! Pinch me! 
HAWAII. Kaua'i to be exact. 
It really happened. 
I signed it at the school office and that is about the end of the similarity to most of the other school visits that I've ever made. 


Looking around the Kindergarten classroom at Kanuikapono before the students arrived, I couldn't help but spot some of the 'differences' in the surroundings. 





Here's where I need to spend some time to explain how the day starts at this amazing charter school. The entire community gathers in the common courtyard for "piko." Before piko begins the teachers and administrators of the school all gather together for the specifics of the day. Here's the view I had from the K porch. Teachers holding hands in a circle. Daily. Announcements. Family. 



Each classroom of students then filed down the steps for piko. 
The youngest -- kinders -- led the way and then stood in a line facing the leaders. 
Behind them filed in a row of first graders. 
Then second. 
Each standing behind their younger peers.
All the way through the rows of high school students. 
Respectful. In silence. 
I was already in awe. 
The Pacific ocean glimmering over on the horizon. 
Pinch me. 

Then. 
The blowing of the conch shells. 
Long, low calls. 
Hovering over the gathering. 
The call by one student. Then the conch response. 

Then we all turned 180 degrees for the duo to repeat. 
Until all four corners of the island, and the planet were acknowledged. 
Even though I was there in the back row as an observer, 
I had to pinch my lips not to allow my tears to cascade. 
Foreign. Yet somehow amazingly familiar. 
Hadn't my mentor-Mimi told me of such a rite? 
On a native American reservation she visited. 



I didn't wear a watch during our visit to paradise. 
But I know that the schedule allowed for half-an-hour dedicated to piko. 
It passed in the blink of an eye. 
What followed were call and response Hawaiian chants. 
Then singing. 
All of us standing the whole time, with the Ocean off our shoulder. 

This was barely the second week of school. 
How is it that kinder-kiddos could show such self control? 

My heart was full as we all made our way back to our classrooms. 
As is the way of the island, our shoes were removed as we entered the building. 

Yes. I asked my audience to pose for me! 
























Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brain Resiliency: Building Better Brains!


It's Tuesday! Time to Tweet with Teachers! 
What? Don't 'get' Twitter? 
Have we got the chat for you!  
A PRACTICE Twitter Chat!

Tonight marks the ninth Tuesday in a row, where we have been 'practicing' chatting together with our #TeacherFriends. 


We have had between 50 and 100 fellow teaching peers meeting, tweeting, supporting each other, in real time every week. 

Let's just say, it/the chat/your twitter stream -- moves fast!

I LUV LUV LUV Michaele's analogy of a dinner party! 
You're not going to get every tidbit of all of the contributions in real time. Unless of course you're bionic. 

Never fear! Kim of "Educators Spin on It" has taught us how to 'storify' the chat. Here's the entire conversation from last week when we discussed classroom design under Erin Klein's direction. 





Now the happiest part of this story is unfolding in real time as I type. Our guest tonight is Deborah McNelis of "Brain Insights." Guess what? She's sitting in our little living room in real, actual time! I could call out her name, but she's editing her next project for Redleaf and I am not going to disturb her. We totally need to take a picture of ourselves together! That's on the agenda for today! Promise! We totally forgot last night when we went running down to our sunset and nearly missed it! 



Join us! You'll be glad you did! You'll learn some of the recent brain research as it relates to resiliency and you'll learn how to chat on Twitter. PLUS! You'll build your PLN {Professional Learning Network} for your future growth and development by meeting and following some Teacher Tweeps! Join us. You know you want to! 



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Readers and Writers and Teachers: OH MY!


Have I mentioned that I'm in Hawaii? 
Have I mentioned that I am taking a gen-u-ine vacation? 
Have I mentioned that it is quite a distance between WI + HI? 

I found some awesome photos in my camera memory cards...........
during the flight between here and there. 

There's a little theme here. 





We will return to the mainland all together too soon. 

Very hard to leave paradise. 

The trip of a lifetime! 

Take a peek around our Island of Kauai. 
Yes. This is the backdrop for Jurassic Park. 
And Pirates of the Caribbean. 
And South Pacific. 
And King Kong. 
And Blue Hawaii. 
And Raiders of the Lost Ark. 
And Fantasy Island. 

You get the idea! 
Pretty amazing place!!!!!

(Here's a few pictures for those of you that somehow have not seen them on FB or IG.)



Photo: Lighthouse LUV! Our postcard adventure continues as we explore the north shore!


Photo: My rendition of a happy Hawaiian Hula..... On yet another private beach! #blessed

Photo: Paradise report. Today's agenda? Make a school visit in Anahola HAWAI'I and sing with KinderKids, beach, beach, beach. Twitter Chat w my Tweeps. Evening luau where tradition meets Circ du Soleil!!!! That's us yesterday aboard snorkel tour and me seeing a mermaid!!!!!

Photo: Yes! I did get my Hawaiian lei! I never expected the Kauai tongue!

Photo: Can you believe this? Did you see Jurassic Park? This is where they discovered the eggs!!!! I took a three hour hike through the National Tropical Botanical Garden!!!! This is the Allerton Garden!!!! 30 hours left in paradise!

If you think it looks like we had an amazing time, that I was deliriously happy and that I'm willing to go on another adventure -- you're right! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teacher Twitter Tuesday! PRACTICE Chat with Erin Klein! MEGA Giveaway!


TEACHER TWITTER TUESDAY!!!

What an exciting adventure this Twitter "PRACTICE" Chat has become! 

What a thrill to welcome our newest #GuestEduCelebrity! 

ERIN KLEIN of Kleinspiration!!!!
Erin is a classroom teacher, tech guru and all round ed-consultant.  


It takes a whole team to help host such an exciting event! 

I get to have the visible job of 'moderating' the fun..........

Our hostess team includes Kristen, Maggie and Kim! 



The really HUGE news this week is that Erin has secured some MEGA prizes to be given away at the conclusion of our official hour of 'practice' chatting. 

This week we will be giving 3 HUGE Prizes from IPEVO

There will be a Google Doc for you to register to win. 
A random number generator will select the winners!

This is a first, so be sure you get your name in the hat! 



Sunday, August 17, 2014

133 TREES in the Classroom! HUGE RoundUP of 'Tree' Projects

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Today's RoundUP is all about Trees!
I'm a picture book author/illustrator. 
I visit TONS of classrooms every year!

photo of: Three Picture Books by Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach

There are my three babies. 
I get invited to schools to sing and sign my song/books!
Last spring in Indiana I saw the most epic 'tree' in a classroom. EVER!  
I realized it was time to update my tree collection. 
Here are several pictures of this tree structure, 
complete with little puppet houses. 
The teacher wasn't even in the classroom, 
so I couldn't ask any specifics. 

Be inspired. Be very inspired! 


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a little peak at the attachment to the wall construction. 
Obviously. A labor of love! 

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Now on to another hundred TREE projects. 
This rain forest growing in the hallway was also in Indiana! 
Same school district. 


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Season Mural (From Hand RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)

Bulletin Board: Fall in Love with Reading {Hand Print RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach}

Fall Painted Leaves Displayed on Autumn Bulletin Board (RainbowsWithinReach)


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Painted Hand Print Bulletin Board {via Hand RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach}

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Sculptures with Silk Leaves on Pipe Cleaners (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Back-to-School 3D Apple Tree Bulletin Board: RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach




133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Painted Hand Prints as Christmas Trees at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Tree Made from Hand Tracings {Hand RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach}


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach




133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

 "Our Family Tree" Painted Mural in Elementary School

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

 Florida Wildlife Habitat Student Mural

Trees by the Season in Elementary School (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Trees by the Season with Colored Tissue Paper (via RainbowsWithinReach)


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach




133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


Monkey Theme Chicka Chicka Classroom Door Decoration (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree in Preschool Classroom via RainbowsWithinReach

Three Dimensional Life-size Chicka Boom Boom Classroom Tree via RainbowsWithinReach

Chicka Chicka Palm Tree in the Classroom via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Bulletin Board "Wall" for Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom

Bulletin Board for Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom (from Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)


Chicka Chicka Tree in Colorado Kindergarten (Tree RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Decorated Kindergarten Classroom Door, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme via RainbowsWithinReach

Palm Tree Bulletin Board in the Classroom

Three Dimensional Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in the Classroom

Three Dimensional Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in the Classroom


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


Palm Tree in Kindergarten Corner via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


Kindergarten Classroom Library with Classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Palm via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Monkey theme Classroom door decoration, zoo bulletin board, jungle reading decoration

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach



Trees in the Classroom (RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)

Three Dimensional Tree inside a Preschool Classroom Corner via RainbowsWithinReach

Slab of Tree Mounted in Preschool Classroom (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Slabs of Tree Bark in the Preschool Classroom for Loose Parts via RainbowsWIthinReach

Tree Mural in Preschool Classroom (from Tree RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Fall Trees Painted in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Autumn Trees Painted on the Preschool Easel via RainbowsWithinReach

Tree Changes with the Seasons in the Classroom Setting (Tree RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Fall Trees in Painted Pointillism via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees Reflected in Water: Kindergarten Paintings via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Autumn Trees with Mosaic Construction Paper (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Bulletin Board Apple of our Eye (Back to School Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Fall Leaf Project in Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Colors on Tree Created by Painted Handprints from Tree RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Painted Hand Print Bulletin Board {via Tree RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach}

Collaborative Fall Leaf Bulletin Board for Back-to-School (Handprint Cut Outs Roundup via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Apple Trees in Elementary School (Tree RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Tree in the Classroom (via RainbowsWithinReach)

Tree in Preschool Classroom via RainbowsWithinReach

Tree for Apple Matching in Preschool (via RainbowsWIthinReach)

 Apple Tree Handprint Bulletin Board for Back-to-School (Bulletin Board Round-UP via RainbowsWithinReach)

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Family Tree Theme for Back to School Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

Character OWL Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach


133 TREE Projects in the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

So very grateful for your visit. 
Two ways that you could show your appreciation: 
1. Pin this image or as many images as you'd like. 
2. Click on one of the ads at the top of the blog. 
(I get some cha-ching for people that click on the ads.) 
I'm very grateful for all of your support! 
Thanks. Mahalo. 
{Yes. We are actually in Hawaii as I type.}


Today, my blogging buddie, Erin is hosting a RoundUP of pins for back-to-school
on her MEGA Pinterest board for New Teachers. 

Here are the ROUND pins that I'm contributing! 
{Click the image to go back to my MEGA RoundUPs from earlier this summer!}

200+ Back to School Bulletin Boards + Classroom Doors at RainbowsWithinReach

185 Ways to Organize your Classroom NOW! at RainbowsWithinReach

137 Hand Print Projects! at RainbowsWithinReach


Have you seen our WOBBLE SEATS??? 
I fell in LUV with them at a conference. 
Now we distribute them. 
Yes. We take purchase orders. 
Here's our site for all of the specifics.
Contact my husband Allen with any questions.  

Wobble Seats available through RainbowsWIthinReach

I do have my picture books at Teachers Pay Teachers
I also have digital versions of the songs available for immediate purchase. 
Two of my three books are PERFECT for back-to-school.


Begin the Year Performance Songs by Debbie Clement

You simply *MUST* go over to the blog,
"Kid World Citizen"
to see this RoundUP of Picture BOOKS on TREES!

Join my 161,000+ Pin Followers, Click the pic! 

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Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Homeschooler - TeachersPayTeachers.com



Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!

Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!
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