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Last week I had the privilege of previewing a new school slated to open this fall in Graham, WA. Wow! What a place! Nelson Elementary opens this fall, and teachers had input into the design of their new facility. The principal and a few teachers took me on a tour during our lunch break so I could help them think about their new space. They are all teaching with literacy work stations and small groups and have done studies of my books. Here are a few pics of some of their great space-efficient ideas. Look for more pics after they move into their new school!
Built-in cubbies hold coats behind closed doors, along with other student stuff

Built-in cubbies hold coats behind closed doors, along with other student stuff

I love this new writing easel with built-in storage

I love this new writing easel with built-in storage

Look at these sliding dry-erase boards with shelving built in behind them in the whole-group area! Built-in storage below, too!

Look at these sliding dry-erase boards with shelving built in behind them in the whole-group area! Built-in storage below, too!

Me and my new friends from Nelson Elementary

Me and my new friends from Nelson Elementary

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This past week I worked with about 200 dedicated educators in Bethel Public Schools in Spanaway, WA. The workshop was on Spaces & Places and using every inch of space for instruction. As part of the session, I walked teachers through the process of setting up their rooms, step by step. After class, Tom and I drove to Gig Harbor and enjoyed some quiet time by the marina there. Pure bliss! It was 70 degrees with no humidity. Quite a change from our home in Houston!

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers discuss Spaces and Places

Teachers map their space during the workshop

Teachers map their space during the workshop

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

My husband, Tom, reading a sign at Gig Harbor marina

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Last week in Ozark wasn’t all just about work! I decided to take a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Part of my quest these days is to “live an interesting life.” I’d read about Eureka Springs, but had never been there. It was almost a two-hour drive but was well worth it. Such lovely scenery along the way, too!

When I arrived, I was greeted by a burst of color and such amazing architecture! I saw one of three flatiron buildings in the U.S. (I have seen one in NYC before.) I met Blakely Wilson in her shop, Wilson & Wilson Folkart and had so much fun browsing (and buying a few trinkets for my home, too). Her shop was filled with layers of whimsical pieces that made me smile. I watched her work on one of her original paintings and heard about the talented artisans whose work she sells in her shop.

Colorful storefronts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Colorful storefronts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Flatiron building

Flatiron building

My favorite store, WIlson and Wilson

My favorite store, Wilson and Wilson

Owner Blakely Wilson painting in her shop

Owner Blakely Wilson painting in her shop

Some cheery folk art at Wilson and Wilson

Some cheery folk art at Wilson and Wilson

Smile!

Smile!

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