A DIY project: using Scholastic’s celebrity Bookprints in school
By Megan on November 26th, 2012
We love when parents and teachers share with us stories about how they use our books, products or programs at home or in the classroom. When a mom posts on her blog about how she loves using Storia with her child who is learning to read, or a teacher tells us about the Hunger Games trivia her students created, there is no better form of thanks or encouragement for what we do here at Scholastic.
That’s why we were thrilled when we came across this blog post from a teacher who used the celebrity Bookprints featured on our Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. website for a project with teachers at her school. This teacher’s name is Jessica Johnston, and she’s an Instructional Technologist at Brenham ISD. She’s incredibly tech-savvy; she writes a blog on educational technology called Ed Tech Chic and she shares great tech-related content for educators on Twitter (@edtechchic).
Check out the creative project she came up with—we’re loving it!
Her idea: Jessica came across the Celebrity Bookprint section on our Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. site. She wrote on her blog: “Scholastic defines a Bookprint as the ‘list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.’ It really got me thinking about the 5 books that I feel have shaped MY life and then I got to thinking about my staff and even our students! I decided to pose this task to my teachers at BMS. It was awesome to see their responses and get a sort of sneak-peak into what makes them tick!”
Her project: In a Google doc, she asked teachers to list the five books they would include in their Bookprints. Using their selections, she created individual footprint graphics for each teacher, with their five books and book covers inside. (Get it? Bookprint, footprint?) She then printed the footprints and displayed them on a bulletin board in her school building’s hallway. On her blog, she challenged other teachers to try the experiment themselves and with their students.
We think it’s a marvelous idea, and if you do give it a try, send us your pictures! Start by getting a little inspiration from some of the authors, actors, athletes and world leaders who have shared their Bookprints with us.
(image via Jessica Johnston)