Classics Challenge: Esio Trot By Roald Dahl

WHEN I Discovered This Classic: I discovered this classic when looking through some other Roald Dahl books a few months ago. I added it to my shelf to read, and finally got around to it.
WHY I Chose to Read It: There is not a solid reason why I chose to read this book, other than I wanted to read some more of Roald Dahl’s works and was in between books at the time.
WHAT Makes It A Classic: This shorter story has all the classic Roald Dahl humor and wittiness. It is a charming story, and I rooted for Mr. Hoppy to land Mrs. Silver’s love in the end. 
WILL It Stay A Classic: This book will stay a classic, but I do not think it is as well-known as Roald Dahl’s other works. 
WHO I’d Recommend It To:
I would recommend this book to anyone that needs a quick, good read. I was in a reading slump, but did not want to start a long book. This was the perfect fix to get me into the reading bug again.


Thing 33: Taking the Lead: Connecting with your Stakeholders

“Your Stakholder Connected Librarian Toolkit” by Heidi Neltner provided some excellent ideas to help me improve my outreach and advocacy. Here they are below:


  • Creating more effective signage for the collection. Visuals are key to help students explore different books and collections. Simple things like colorful signage can increase student confidence to independently look for a book. The library fiction chapter books are genrified, but better signage is needed
  • A Google Form for students that come to the library that are not in a library special. We have a sign-in sheet now and students must provide a name, teacher and reason for visit. It might be time for this process to reach 2016
  • Annual library theme. I love this idea. It creates community between all grade levels

Teachers & Administrator

  • Create a monthly digital newsletter that will showcase tech tips, highlight resources that can be used for research, holidays, etc. Smore would be a helpful format for this information
  • Infographic as an annual report. I do need to add some more information to an inforgraphic, other than circulation statistics, but how the library does enhance student achievement

Community & Parents

  • Re-create what I submit to the monthly newsletters that go home. Right now, I write about what happens in library specials and standards that are covered. That can be done in the report card comments. I like the idea of submitting tips for digital citizenship and information literacy, plus showcasing library events and programming more than I do currently
  • Instead of a parent letter that goes home each September with students that explains procedures and programs, I want to switch to a brochure. This makes the information more inviting and I can distribute this to new students (and we receive many transfer-ins throughout the year)

Thing 8: Screencasting and Screen Sharing

This lesson was a fun one to complete because I tried a tool that was new to me: Snagit for Chrome. It was simple to download; best of all, it was free. (I use Screencastomatic to upload videos into my students’ Schoology accounts, and this is one of my favorite tools to use). 

At first, Snagit did not seem intuitive and user-friendly. I had to navigate for some time to learn how to use the tool. After time spent tinkering, Snagit became easier to use.

I decided to create a video tutorial for teachers and staff that shows how to use the calendars to reserve time for technology and mobile devices. Teachers regularly ask how to complete this task, but a video sent through email or posted on my website will make others independent and save me time. I do have a similar video using Screencastomatic, but the pathway has changed. I needed to create a new video anyway, so why not use Snagit?

Here is my first draft below. I need to complete another few takes, but this is the general idea.

After using the two tools, I prefer Screencastomatic. It is easier to convert files, especially into YouTube. I discovered how to convert files into YouTube from Snagit, but it was not intuitive as Screencastomatic.