Sunday, August 25, 2013

Principal's Book of the Month

Principal's Book of the Month or also known as (BOM)

I have received some questions about our Book of the Month program so here's a basic outline.  This is also part of the Pearson (America's Choice) school program.

Principal, Conrad Streeter
  • Gather a BOM committee and make sure members are from cross curricular areas.
  • I collaborate with the 4 core subject areas in choosing the month they want to sponsor BOM.  For example L.A. might want April for Poetry Month, Science may want May for Earth Day, Math may want March for Pi Day, and History may want November for Election Day.
  • Through collaboration with the principal, the committee, and myself books are selected to read aloud in a particular month alternating the 4 core subject areas.  Books with a lesson and/or positive theme are chosen. Many departments choose children's literature but primary documents, letters, passages, and chapters of novels have also been selected.
  • Each teacher in a department will read the BOM usually on the same day.  Once the department reads the book aloud then students will engage in a specific activity. The activity is blended within the subject area along with the theme or message from the book.  Ideas for the activity are also a collaboration of the committee, departments, and myself.
  • Samples of the student work are put on display on a BOM bulletin board that is in a very visible hallway.
  • The events are monthly, publicized, and enjoyed by all.
  • Last year our administrative staff brought the students to the library and read aloud to "kick-off" the event.  The activities are cross curricular.
  • The books were read, discussed, and an activity followed. The process took roughly a day with maybe time to complete the activity on a second day.
  • Variations to the event could include inviting members of the public or even district personnel from outside your school to read the BOM to students. It might even be awesome to Skype with an author for the reading.  How cool would it be to get the actual author of the book to participate?  I may have to investigate this thought.  It would even be thrilling if we could get a twitter chat going with the author.  Other variations might include the drama students presenting a skit or even inviting the high school drama students over to present their creative interpretation of the BOM.
  • The BOM books are all on display in a glass case at the entrance of the school.
  • Publication for the event includes using our school's Facebook, Twitter, and website accounts.  This year I plan to expand the publication to the marquee in the front of our school and the TV at our front entrance.  

Examples of books that were selected last year included:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Dubs Goes to Washington by Dick Morris
Letters from the Revolutionary War
A chapter from House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Sir Circumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander

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