Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday ... the Authors of Books I Own the Most of

This is a weekly feature over at the Broke and the Bookish. First time I'm trying it but many of the prompts look like fun! This list is me personally.

Cheating on this next one. Topic not author.

Hmmm. That is only 8. My picture books are shelved kind of ... skeewampus, though. How ridiculous is that for a kidlit librarian. Probably not much exciting there if we're talking sheer number. Doreen Cronin, Karma Wilson, Laura Numeroff. Probably because of the $5 Kohl's Cares for Kids books. Which I just looked up. AAAAAAAAH! Little Critter! I might have to make visit and see if they still have any. Which I don't need. But I might NEED. Too bad they won't let  me have the stuffed animals at school. :P

Monday, July 28, 2014

#IMWAYR July 28

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

Missed last week (and spent a fair amount of time on a plane or waiting for my brother who works the night watch as a policeman to wake up) so it's a long one. Click though the pics to go to my Goodreads page for more specific info. I will be highlighting a couple of them anyway in the next couple of weeks. And oops. I didn't mean to get the average stars in the pic grab. I don't usually. That is the total average. Mine ... well, my rating was often quite different for several of these, strangely enough. I still hate it when that happens. I either wonder what I missed or why I liked something nobody else did.

A quick rundown ...
Loved Loot.
Sorry to say I did not care for Braving the Brontes ... which surprised me a lot.
Skink (I believe, anyway) is a great book ... but the target audience is higher than previous kidlit titles by Carl Hiassen. Don't think I'll be getting it for our elem. collection but it would be a good one for a MS with the examples of the dangers of giving away too much personal info online.
Absolutely Almost is kind of sad. I felt so sorry for the kid with his clueless parents and teachers! But ... well. He is the everykid, no? Wonder is still my favorite but many kids will see themselves in Albie.
The picture books I got to see at the most fun little INDIE. I visited an Indie! This has been a silly little thing on the bookish unboring list for a while. It's so hard to get to the one that's in my town.

You already know I am in the middle of Invent to Learn. What else to finish? Time is running out!

I am totally chicken to head in to campus to see progress on the library space renovations. Is that silly?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Finally Friday July 25

Click through for embedded content!

I've been in my house for eight months now. Might be time to get some art up on my bedroom walls. How nerdy would this be?

Is this one too springy? Was just going back over OLD pins and remembered how much I liked them. They're a freebie via Google Drive.

Again. If only shopping for clothes was fun. (And yes. I know. Quit whining and go work out and meal plan.)

Harry Potter quotes. Also looked at a couple HP quote versions on Etsy. Though that wouldn't be much less nerdy to have on my walls.

Not QUITE YET. But I guess I'll look at these anyway. Should I do an update? Must think about new titles ...

Oh and if you would like to head over to The Craft of Teaching she's hosting a giveaway!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm reading Invent to Learn

Second post in a day! Blogger Boo Boo. Oh well.

Have you heard of this book? It is about "making" in the classroom. There is a local minimakerfaire coming up in a few days that I'm thinking of checking out. Not educational in focus but maybe it will help me figure out how to bring more real, hands on stuff to the school library.

I'm not done yet but thought I'd post about ... thoughts so far. Here is their webpage. Bold text is just me showing what really stood out ... it wasn't in the actual text. Italics is the reference point as well as I could mark it when reading the Kindle version and my thinking so far.

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomInvent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez

Do I need to get out more? This is the most textbook like thing I have read since ... a textbook. But still interesting enough to keep going. This will probably be long. Sorry. I did try to edit!

THIS book quotes Piaget "to understand is to invent" (So I am a doofus and can't figure out the Kindle page numbers ... location 159 of 5629 if that helps? Are the "locations" consistent across devices? #IdontknowasmuchabouttechasIpretend)

"this 'maker movement' overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing" (location 173)

"The sorts of projects made possible by these materials may make readers nostalgic for what primary education used to be and reinvigorate project-based learning. Classrooms could once again become places of great joy, creativity, and invention.... Tinkering is a powerful form of learning by doing." (locations 191 and 200)

"The maker movement represents a bright spot in a world that too often uses computers biased towards the least empowering aspects of formal education." (location 545 ... and this one made me SIGH the most. Dang if I don't get sick and tired of computerized drill stuff on the computer lab machines.  One reason I try to keep the library machines very occupied with more interesting applications. :( :( :()

A WHOLE BUNCH of stuff about constructivism in education

Britain admits they changed their ICT curriculum because "It is harmful and dull." (quote from another source but in location 697 in this book ... also HA!)

"Reading and 'remixing' another person's computer program is a sophisticated form of literacy students need today." (location 748)

"Makedo is a series of reusable connectors and hinges for turning cardboard packaging materials into elaborate structures and play objects." (location 776 ... and now I am SO MAD that when Educents had them I didn't go ahead and get some. This was when they were like so new and it was a great deal and I didn't. That always happens. Buyer's remorse goes both ways. Also why do I remember random stuff like that when I still don't know the house phone number of my new place?)

"Although the learning happens inside the learn's head, this happens most reliably when the learner is engaged in a personally meaningful activity outside of heir head that makes the learning real and shareable." (location 825)

"... this is from 1987! 'Seek out open-ended projects that foster students' involvement with a variety of materials, treating computers as just one more material, alongside rules, wire, paper, sand, and so forth." (location 905)

"None of the constraints of school are for the benefit of learning--they create a more manageable, homogeneous, efficient platform for teaching a predetermined bit of content." (location 933)

"The scientific method may work for testing a guess about how the world works, but it is not applicable to things that don't exist yet." (location 1115 ... I like that she points this out ... considering she was part of the group that if I understand correctly invented GPS? Which SAVES MY LIFE?!! #nosenseofdirectionatall)

In location 1364 there are Eight Elements of a Good Project. Go find a copy of the book and look them up. We can discuss later. ;)

"One of the responsibilities of being a teacher is to translate the mandates of the educational system into something that helps children understand their world." (location 1428)

"The value of student projects at all levels needs to be demonstrably obvious to even the most casual observer.... As teachers, we often promote the idea that process is more important than the end product, yet is is often the product that provides context and motivates students to learn ... There is no reason why student projects cannot be both cute and good. Interesting, timely, relevant, sophisticated, moving, whimsical, charming, thoughtful, original, clever, imaginative and innovative are all attributes that contribute to a good project.... Projects are what students remember long after the bell rings. Great teachers know that their highest calling is to make memories." (locations 1556- 1593 ... and that line about "both cute and good" made me laugh ... the following sentence is so true, though!)

"Is there some way I can do less and grant more authority, responsibility, or agency to the learner?" (location 1610)

"The best fun is hard fun." (location 1707)

"Teaching is not testing." (location 1929)

Are you bored out of your minds yet? I'm only a third of the way through!

PS NONE of these links are affiliates. I cannot deal with the forms to start that. :P ;)

Throwback not so Book Related

Here's a quick pic ... just got back from my first return in #nowayamItellingyouhowmanyyears to the Pacific Northwest.

This was 9 & 10 grade. I pass the school where I actually graduated fairly often during the school year as it's only a couple blocks from where I work. This one has a lot of memories, though. It was significantly smaller. 400 or so total as opposed to 600 in just one class ... everything's bigger in TX. :P

Summer is going by TOO FAST!!!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finally Friday July 18

As always click through to see embedded content. I'm off in the great Pacific Northwest visiting family!

So I'm going to start off with a ridiculous one. It's four months early and on the one hand this stuff is just awful. On the other? AWESOME.

Awesome cakes about kids' books!

Here is a random giraffe pic. Just because who doesn't love random giraffe pics?

I would love this outfit if the idea of wearing white pants to school wasn't kind of ridiculous. Also I haven't gotten off the weight I gained back. AGAIN. :P #clotheshoppingisntfun

Oldie pin but goodie.

Monday, July 14, 2014

#IMWAYR July 14

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

In order of favorite to least ...

  • This is a Moose
  • Revolution 
  • The Forbidden Library (can't wait to share this one! I quite liked it!)
  • Jedi Academy 1&2 (jumps ahead of Revolution in terms of Kid Appeal)
  • Reading in the Wild (PD)
  • Scowl 
  • Say What You Will (YA)
  • Young World (YA)
  • Revenant of Thraxton Hall (YA or adult)
Go to Goodreads to see more info on specific titles.
I mentioned Jedi Academy already this week (seriously ... if you are a TL you need it for school and if you are a classroom teacher of grade 4 or above you need them and if you are a parent get them for your readers, too! They're silly but fun!). I will probably have finished Secrets Underground by the time this post goes live.

Well and there is also this one. I can't say I love it, though. #forcedrhyme

What next? This week I am heading to SEATTLE so we will see. I haven't been there since the summer between sophmore and junior year of high school. Visiting family and maybe old stomping grounds. Reading could be light. Pretty sure I will finish Rose and the Lost Princess. Maybe next I will read Carly Keene: Braving the Brontes. Or The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse. Or Loot. Or Skink. Or Guys Read: True Stories. My goal will be two of them. Getting to anything else will be icing on the cake.

Thank you for stopping by!