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Goals? What Goals?

Didn’t you set goals last July/August at the beginning of school? Time to dust them out and see what you have accomplished this year. I put my goals on a temperature gauge accidentally and decided to print it out so I could color in red progress towards my goals. For one of them, I labeled [...]

Goals? What Goals?

Didn’t you set goals last July/August at the beginning of school? Time to dust them out and see what you have accomplished this year. I put my goals on a temperature gauge accidentally and decided to print it out so I could color in red progress towards my goals. For one of them, I labeled [...]

Studying Overseas

I want to go to central London this summer with FSU for 6 weeks. It’s not going to happen for me because I’m already doublebooked and have a son to monitor, but it could happen to you. If you haven’t read Dr. Nancy Everhart’s announcement below, DREAM NOW and DO IT. This is a chance [...]

Studying Overseas

I want to go to central London this summer with FSU for 6 weeks. It’s not going to happen for me because I’m already doublebooked and have a son to monitor, but it could happen to you. If you haven’t read Dr. Nancy Everhart’s announcement below, DREAM NOW and DO IT. This is a chance [...]

Ms Chen, would you tell the author…

I love my students. They know it. They know that I go to elaborate lengths to get new materials for them. Yes, I’ll attend that 5 hour meeting to earn $50 in free books. Yes, I’ll work the Scholastic Warehouse sale as a volunteer to earn books for Book Bingo prizes. Yes, I’ll review this [...]

Ms Chen, would you tell the author…

I love my students. They know it. They know that I go to elaborate lengths to get new materials for them. Yes, I’ll attend that 5 hour meeting to earn $50 in free books. Yes, I’ll work the Scholastic Warehouse sale as a volunteer to earn books for Book Bingo prizes. Yes, I’ll review this [...]

Can you ever say anything negative?

What happens if you read a book and DON’T like it? If you are a reviewer for SLJ, you identify the flaws and sit back to see if the author/ illustrator/ publisher/ reader responds. If you are a reviewer for Booklist, you just don’t write about it.  What if you are a blogger? Just because [...]

Can you ever say anything negative?

What happens if you read a book and DON’T like it? If you are a reviewer for SLJ, you identify the flaws and sit back to see if the author/ illustrator/ publisher/ reader responds. If you are a reviewer for Booklist, you just don’t write about it.  What if you are a blogger? Just because [...]

Cookie Angel

Wasn’t sure if Cookie Angel (written by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Vladimir Vagin) would be a hit so I tried it on my second graders. They love twitching their noses and being my guinea pigs for new titles. This Henry Holt book involving Christmas toys coming alive on Christmas Eve with it’s unusual approach [...]

Cookie Angel

Wasn’t sure if Cookie Angel (written by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Vladimir Vagin) would be a hit so I tried it on my second graders. They love twitching their noses and being my guinea pigs for new titles. This Henry Holt book involving Christmas toys coming alive on Christmas Eve with it’s unusual approach [...]