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Why I bought a microphone for my classroom. And why you should too!

The Tutu Teacher

About a month ago, I bought a karaoke mic from Amazon and it is hands down one of the best purchases I've ever made.
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This mic was the life of the party during my travels to Vegas and Los Angeles (it also works as the perfect way to annoy my husband).  When I found a similar mic on sale during the Amazon Prime day sale, I scooped it up right away!
One for school and one for home.

Let me tell you a little about this mic.  Everything you need comes in the box! You won't need to purchase anything else to make this mic "work". My mic needed about 2-3 hours to charge before it was able to work out of the box (the charging cord comes in the box).  The mic is bluetooth enabled so you can connect it to your phone or speaker system.  You just need to connect the mic as you would any other bluetooth enabled product, but in case you're not sure, directions come in the box.  You can choose to use it with or without music, which makes it even more perfect for the classroom!

I shared my purchases on my Instagram and Facebook page and folks had lots of questions!
So, I decided to blog about some ways I plan to use the mic in my classroom.

1.  Morning Meeting
At the beginning of the school year, we sit in a circle and take turns talking about ourselves.  We introduce ourselves and name a few of our favorite things.  This mic will be a great way for students to introduce themselves, while making sure everyone is heard!

2. Calendar Helper
After my students are finished with their Morning Work, we roll right into Calendar Time. I don't know about your classroom, but some days I STRUGGLE to hear the calendar helper led the class in saying the days of the weeks. I try to encourage them to speak up and use a strong voice...but OMG some days all I get is a whisper.  This mic is going to be the perfect way to get my introverted or shyer speakers to use their quiet voices, and still be heard.

3.  Retelling
Retelling stories is a great way to strengthen reading comprehension skills.  Using popsicle sticks, I'll choose a student to retell our read aloud using this mic.  It will be a great opportunity for me to informally assess a student while they practice their listening skills!

4.  Singing of course!
We sing ALL THE TIME in kindergarten! Like, everyday...and sometimes multiple times during the day.  This mic is going to be the perfect addition to our singing time. Again, I'll randomly choose a student to lead us in a song and let them use the mic to belt their heart out. If you're looking for a great resource to incorporate singing into your classroom, check out this resource.

5.  Fun!
Just plain fun! We only have a short time with these's so important to spend as much time with them having fun! We have spur of the moment dance parties on a regular basis in our classroom.  This mic is going to up our fun game by 200%!

What other ways would you use a mic in your classroom? 
What's the first song you plan on singing once your mic arrives?

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Diversity Matters: The Graphic Novel Edition

Dear reader,
I am so sorry for my absence...
I've been spending A LOT of time reading and I recently fell in love with graphic novels.
I've always loved comics...well, mostly Archie comics.
I started with El Deafo and my collection has slowly and steadily grown.
I want to share a few books I've added to my collection recently.

If you have questions on how to take advantage of these (and many other books) wonderful books during the entire school year, please email me at can chat!
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And here's how I score the books:

I think technically this is a comic and not a graphic novel, but it's great nevertheless. Kamala Khan is a typical teenager until one day, she suddenly isn't typical anymore. I think this comic provides an opportunity for an avid comic book reader to see a new spin on a classic, while simultaneously providing new readers an exciting and fresh experience.wWhile, I don't know if this book is appropriate for the early childhood classroom, but I could easily see ways secondary teachers could incorporate this series into their teaching.  

Ben Hatke is an amazing author/illustrator. He is also the author/illustrator of the book Little Robot (another graphic novel). Zita the Space Girl is a quick read and a great edition to any early childhood classroom. Zita is a rambunctious girl who quickly gets herself into trouble.  What I love about this book is how easy it will be for our students (especially our girls) to identify with Zita. There are more books in this series, so once your students fall in love with book one, you may want to grab all the others!

                                                       Persepolis by: Marjane Satrapi
This is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read.  This story opened my eyes to culture and history I knew very little about.  While it isn't appropriate for an early elementary classroom, I am sure secondary teachers could definitely use this in their classrooms.  I would HIGHLY recommend this book for any teacher. Persepolis is a memoir of Marjane's childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  I was captivated by Marjane's story and could not put the book down. 

This book is just incredible. I can't begin to imagine the pain and hard-ache that the residents of New Orleans went through during hurricane Katrina.  Don Brown does an incredible job recalling the inhumanity and humanity that comes when a natural disaster strikes. Although this book is not appropriate for elementary students, I could see teachers making some amazing connections with secondary students.

What a great beginning graphic novel for elementary aged students.  Jaden is a five year old on a mission, to get more screen time. This quick paced novel is perfect for kindergarteners or first graders.  There are so many ways for students to connect to Jaden.  This is the first book in the series, and again you will want them all!

Another great graphic novel that may not be appropriate for early elementary but would work perfectly for upper elementary and secondary classrooms, is Amulet.  This brother and sister team suffer a major loss and have to work together to rescue their mother.  There's emotion, adventure, and fun throughout this book. Again, this is one in a set of series. Another quick read, but your students will definitely be hooked.

Ok real talk. I bought this book because I was hoping to entice some of my girls.  Babymouse is all about the glam; singing and dancing and excitement.  I have a few girls in my class who are all about the glam and I thought this might be a great hook for them.  And while I didn't LOVE it, many of my girls did enjoy it. And really that's all that matters.  Babymouse is another book  in a set of series, and I will definitely purchase the next couple of books for my kiddos.

COULD NOT STOP READING THIS BOOK! It's so good. It's such a great story and provides a window to a cultural celebration some readers may be unfamiliar with. I saw myself in this book and learned so much at the same time.  I think this book is perfect for upper elementary and most secondary classrooms. I was left wanting more, I really wish it was a series because I want to gobble up more of this!

Hopefully you found a few new books to add to your classroom library! 
What other graphic novels would be a great addition to this list?

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