An amazing thing happened in Bangor, Maine last week: As we were wrapping up the year, we got to fit one more event in and what a special one! Not to name drop or anything, but we had the I Teach K's Keynote speaker, Debbie Clement, visit us in our gym. No, we weren't able to fly her in (although it is still a hope of mine for the future!), but it was definitely the next best thing. By hooking up a projector and some speakers, we were able to Skype with her. If you don't know about Skyping, it is a way to communicate in real time like a phone conversation, but you are also able to see each other. So, we (about 120 kindergarten children and their teachers) got to interact, play, dance and sing with Debbie and she got to watch the childrens' joy as they were entranced and engaged the entire 45 minutes we we Skyped.
Look at all the excitement of these children as they joined in with Debbie's fun! Her excitement is contagious and the children instantly bonded with Debbie via a big screen and were amazed as I that she wasn't really there with us, but was all the way in Ohio!
Even her question and answer session was whole group interactive! I don't want to give away the way she does it, but let's just say this women GETS children and knows how to keep them on their (tippy, tippy, tippy) TOES. I was so pleased with the random kinders that got chosen to ask questions and what an experience for those children! They got to come right up to the computer and talk to Debbie personally. It was soooooooo super cool. Technology never ceases to amaze me!
Next up? A package from Debbie that contained 3 books specifically personalized to my monkeys that haven't been put down since they were opened. The children LOVE her music, LOVE her books and LOVE Debbie Clement....Now, we are practicing (my personal favorite) You're Wonderful to perform at our End of Year Kindergarten Celebration.
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