I know that there's been very little blogging here the first half of the academic year. In part it's because of a massive project we've been working on for the past two years that needed to be finished by the start of Winter Break. Well... ok, part one of the project needed to be finished. … Continue reading Feeling vindicated
Another not bad year - there's been a lot going on at work and in life*, so getting this much done was an accomplishment. And my choices for the best books of 2018? * including learning that I can easily stream/bingewatch Netflix, Acorn and BritBox in my bedroom. Definitely could have… Continue reading My Year in Reading
At one school I taught a storytelling class to the 4/5 grade. It was a combined grade and so I had to rotate between Cinderella stories and something else, usually fractured fairy tales. One year I did trickster tales with them and after trying to read the Joel Chandler Harris Uncle Remus stories decided instead… Continue reading Difficult Discussions
The other day a friend at work was sitting in our conference room reading about creating an educational biography. What was that, I wondered? It's a summary of the influences your teachers and other educational experiences had on making you "you". Here's one way to approach one, and here's another version. By coincidence, there was… Continue reading Learning from the past
Not a bad year, reading-wise, especially given what else is going on (more on that later). The best books of 2018?
Several years ago, I posted the following on Goodreads: One poster suggested Stars Under the Tent; I bought it and, well, it wasn't the book I remembered. Earlier this year I read about The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books and thought about the book again. What I didn't say on Goodreads was that… Continue reading Treasure Found
Because second semester is essentially Research Semester, with three months of classes (often 15-20 classes a day), we tend to tackle major projects in first semester. Perhaps not the smartest idea, given the exhaustion I and the other librarians face by, well, now. Luckily Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner, and then it's a… Continue reading Time to breathe
Towards the end of the (academic) year, two of the best sixth grade readers and I challenged each other to see who could read more. The prize? Bragging rights. And maybe a baked good. In joking with their English teacher, I said I could beat them handily if I limited myself to YA books (lower… Continue reading A Summer’s Reading
At least one or two of my friends and my staff like to play the game "Six Degrees of Laura Pearle" because I can come up with odd connections to people (example, last February during the TSA check in Denver, the agent asked how long I'd lived in my current home; turns out, he'd grown… Continue reading I’m not a stalker, I promise!
One final round-up before school begins. Books, Reading, etc. If you do any Dewey instruction or are moving books around in your collection, think about some of the problems with DDC and how of its time it was. PW talks about middle grade fiction, in case you need ideas or a refresher. School Life Do… Continue reading Minor Musings