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New Awards

Are you innovative and connected to teachers? Of course you are! Don’t be shy. You deserve some recognition. Take the time now to apply for the new ISTE SIGMS Award sponsored by Linworth Publishing and Follett Software.  I’m passing along most of their press release below because it is essential to get the word out [...]

Tisch’s Response

Hello out there, I would like to set the record straight about this whole spider business. I didn’t know it could be so risky being Diane’s friend! Because I really am NOT a scaredy cat when it comes to creepy crawly things. However, before getting into my virtuous diatribe, I’d like to congratulate the publishers of the No [...]

Washington Lives On

So, you’ve been teaching since the 60′s and you’re tired of the same old units year after year. What? How can you possibly make George Washington interesting this year? Ah, you teacher-librarians…you forget that our students seem to have amnesia each year in February. You can tell them facts about George Washington in ways that [...]

Why War is Never Good

Why War is Never a Good Idea. Poem by Alice Walker. illustrations by Stefano Vitale. Harper Collins. 2007

Nonfiction No Backbone

<wink> Listen, Bearport Publishers, whoever your photographers are, they are grossing me out. I can’t take any more full frontal views of huge stink bugs. Are those eyes looking at me? I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking this weekend. I’ve been thinking about how much I dislike most invertebrates. Why does watching a show with [...]

Flu Has struck

Influenza A has struck my house. My #3 son is finally on his feet after 6 days today (meds, IV’s, tea, fluids, rest). When I realized I was getting "something" (let’s not give in and say the flu word), I took the Vitamin C the doctor ordered and have plunked myself in bed to rest. [...]

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is a favorite genre for many students when they reach middle school. Have you met adults who avidly read Sci-Fi? When asked most of them can remember the very first titles and series they ever read usually around 9 years of age. You can see the lists I’ve scrabbled together below, but what do [...]

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is a favorite genre for many students when they reach middle school. Have you met adults who avidly read Sci-Fi? When asked most of them can remember the very first titles and series they ever read usually around 9 years of age. You can see the lists I’ve scrabbled together below, but what do [...]

Monday Nonfiction Smart Animals

I’ll be taking my son’s stuffed orangutan doll to school Monday. After reading Bearport Publishing’s Smart Animals! Orangutans book by Meish Goldish, I have spent hours reading more about these amazing animals. Did you know they have passed chimpanzees in the nonhuman primate intelligence list to rise to the top? Whether it’s using sticks to [...]

Monday Nonfiction Smart Animals

I’ll be taking my son’s stuffed orangutan doll to school Monday. After reading Bearport Publishing’s Smart Animals! Orangutans book by Meish Goldish, I have spent hours reading more about these amazing animals. Did you know they have passed chimpanzees in the nonhuman primate intelligence list to rise to the top? Whether it’s using sticks to [...]