Sunday, February 25, 2018

U.S. Wins GOLD in Women's Hockey

U.S.A. wins GOLD medal!
I have loved hockey ever since I was a young (tomboy) child playing street hockey with the boys in the cul de sac of a wonderful neighborhood. You could find me wearing an authentic Chicago BlackHawks jersey, sporting #5 Phi Russel (mid 1970's).  

Anyway...I am super excited that the US won gold in the women's hockey.  While there lots of images on Goolge to choose from, I chose this one because it shows the pure joy and excitement on the faces of the players and the American flag is interwoven among many of them.  As the winter Olympics come to a close (I am actually watching the closing ceremony as I write this post), it seems as if they just started.  Although Norway had the highest medal count for the 2018 Olympics, we should be proud and show our support for our athletes, who represented the U.S. as they took home a total of 23 medals (4th behind Norway, Germany, & Canada). 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Historical Fiction with an Eerie NonFiction Story at its Core

Reading is absolutely one of my most favorite hobbies! I read to relax, travel to different times, places, and to meet different people; but most of all, I read!  

Before We Were Yours was recently recommended by a former professor from my graduate program at FGCU.  After reading her blog post, I couldn't wait to download the book.  Blog Link

Very rarely does a book leave me speechless, but this one nearly did that!  What a raw, emotional story of a tragic and unbelievable "practice" of adoption.  It is hard to imagine that a person as evil as Georgia Tann actually existed and even more troubling that she had help from so many other powerful individuals at that time.  She ran the Tennessee Children's Home Society from 1924-1950 in Memphis, TN.  She kidnapped children, fooled and lied to parents and sold their babies to people willing to pay top dollar.  In fact, she earned a very lucrative living off of this most despicable act.  It is a must read and one that will have you turning pages so quickly. In fact, you will not be able to put it down until it is finished.  And when you finish it, it will stay with you!  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Homophones: Tricky Words Made Fun

Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.  While they can be so fun to learn (and the English language has SO many), they can also be tricky, challenging, and frustrating!  Dear Deer written by Gene Barretta is an adorable book that offers readers a look at homophones.  It provides colorful and detailed illustrations as well as well written context clues, which help the reader discern the meaning of each and every homophone!  

Homophones can be especially challenging for English language learners, so it is important to provide students with multiple activities and opportunities to help reinforce word recognition and knowledge.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Perusing Twitter, I found where award-winning author, Jacqueline Woodson tweeted her equation for reading:  Reading = Hope X Change and asked, "What's your equation?"

What a GREAT question.  I pondered for awhile and finally replied with my equation for reading:

Reading = Thinking X Sharing

For me, I find that reading always makes me think (more deeply) and I usually find ways (and people) to share my reading; therefore, I devised my own reading equation.  So, in the words of Woodson, what is your equation?
How do you view reading?  How do you (or will you) impact reading in the lives of your students?  
Your excitement, energy, and love of books is will you spread it?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Books: Why I Can't Stay Within My Budget

When it comes to books, I have NO shelf control.  Amazon Prime is SO tempting...I mean all I have to do is search, add to cart, & click check out...and in TWO package arrives! It's so quick and's scary (in a good way).
Evenings are when I think, plan, contemplate and in that moment when an idea strikes...I suddenly receive a confirmation email that my order has been received?!  😊
So, I have decided that when it comes to staying within my purchase of books cannot be part of it. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

World Read Aloud Day

What a great way to start the day:  Author, Jacqueline Woodson tweeted the link to her video celebrating World Read Aloud Day, by reading her book, Each Kindness.  She was just recently named the Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!  Her platform is:  Reading = Hope x Change
She is also the award-winning author of many amazing books, such as:
Brown Girl Dreaming, 2014
Each Kindness, 2012
Peace, Locomotion, 2009
Coming On Home Soon, 2004
Miracle's Boys, 2000


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


It happened!  I was "bit by the flu bug" of 2018!  It started with a fever, that lasted about 4 days.  I am not sure if I can remember a time where I have felt so miserable (and utterly exhausted).  You know it's bad, when I didn't spend any of my four days in bed reading.  My head, eyes, and just about every joint in my body ached.

Thankfully, due to rest, lots of fluids, and of course, my antibiotic, I am on the mend and was able to return to my classes today.  

Here's hoping for a healthy 2018!