Friday, May 29, 2015

Finally Friday May 29

I will start off with this awesome picture of my little brother. He's a cop much too far away. I actually TOTALLY MISSED THE REFERENCE. How did that happen? It wasn't on purpose, the bird just landed. But my mom saw it before I did. And I call myself a Mo Willems fan ...

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Funny. Even if I'm not sure about the "You never finished reading them anyway."

Note to self when taking Lego pics for possible slide use ...

One of my most favorite conferences I've ever attended. The year I went they had David Shannon, Brandon Mull, Laurie Halse Anderson, Kadir Nelson, and ... drat. I forgot the name of the non-fic author. Enjoyed her presentation immensely. Used to have a sis that lived in the area which made it easy and less expensive. Still have a brother but he's in college and it would be against the rules for me to stay with him. Would love to see him, though. He'll be HERE in August but maybe I should go see him in July anyway?

Yes. This. :P

So I plastered my Yoda Summer Reading Bulletin Board all over. I'll plaster this one, too. Almost as excited about it. The pic was for a contest to get an early beta MakeyMakeyGo.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

TBT Wonder Cards

Time for an update. Suggestions? And yes. we do run into filter issues on the YouTube videos. Not as many as we used to before the "EDU" filter got turned on for the kids (instead of completely nothing) but still more than I'd like.

Originally posted on 10/7/12.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Armchair BEA Intro ?s and a Little Library Love

I have two friends there now. I'm a little jealous!

A Bit About Me I love Star Wars. But if you've been around here long you knew that. Been blogging for several years now. Had a personal one before this one. At that point a lot of my friends and family blogged. When their posts started dwindling I started reading more book blogs, TL blogs, and ed tech blogs. And then I started THIS blog where I combined those. Along with Star Wars rants. :)

What is one book everyone should read? ONE? There Is a Bird on Your Head, by Mo Willems, because it still makes me laugh. After over 100 readings. Or maybe Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, because it's such a HUMAN book for being about zombies. The relationships are the key!. Or maybe The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, just because it's so lovely and I remember visiting Ivan. Picking one is too hard. I didn't even mention Harry Potter or Anne.

 A top book in my TBR pile?

What is my favorite genre?
Again ... one? Historical mysteries, I suppose. Theodosia (RL LaFevers). Enola Holmes (Nancy Springer). Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters). The Agency (YS Lee). Finishing School (Gail Carriger ... though this one is not so historically accurate as steampunk). Anne Perry.

If I was stranded on a desert island, what author would I want to have with me?
The one who wrote the wilderness survival and boat building book. Not very creative, I know. I always get a little starstruck with authors. Most strangers in general, I guess. It's much easier to blog than to think of cool questions and comments on the spot!

Without even knowing it would be a thing tonight I took #abeashelfie of the library at school today. Circ has closed since we're almost out and the shelves are a mess! It's driving me nuts!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alohas and Summer To Dos

And not a good pic of me (hair frizzed out from a busy and hot day and ugh that shirt/skirt combo highlight the need for the first goal but ...)

Worst picture taker ever as many friends from years past (staff and parents) came by to say hello to Mary. She's just been that awesome. #criesquietly

Numero uno is more exercise. I recently joined a group training class. We do four week on and one week ... well. I don't want to say off because we're still supposed to exercise. He actually sent out an email on it. Anyway. Point being ... last week when we were not meeting? Notable difference in sleep quality. Like it went way down. So they were closed yesterday and I missed the class today because of the retirement celebration. And I'll miss it tomorrow because of a staff meeting. But Thursday I am THERE. And in the summer? Every weekday and a few Saturdays. No, it's still not fun. But it's important. Especially if some ... things around school don't change. Sanity & perspective. :)

Number two is of course #bookaday. My new library does not have the same resources as my past system so there may be some "trips into town" to check out the B&N. I'd love to say indie bookstore but that one is 80 minutes away. Half Price is like 20, B&N, depending on traffic, 35. For picture books, anyway. Chapter books of both the middle grade, YA, and grown-up varieties I can often get on Overdrive or via Netgalley/Edelweiss. There are so many good books in the world! Is there a "must read" for the summer? Only fun books. Only prof. one I want to read is Making Thinking Visible. Is it terrible I found out today that in August they will have a Teach Like a Pirate training but I will NOT be attending? It's on one of the three days I will have with my entire family in town. We haven't ALL been together in ... five years? Might even be more. No way am I sitting in a training before I'm on contract when I could be hanging out with them.

Number three? Should I tell you or just see how it works out?

Who am I kidding. If you're still reading I'll tell. New fascination with Lego minifigs. Plus on my mental health day off on my birthday I discovered a used Lego store in town and it is awesome. It's a long drive but if I time it to visit my brother/niece/nephews/sis-in-law then it doesn't seem so bad. So HOPEFULLY I can get some fun shots and blog posts next year will be illustrated. Or at least include silly quote pics. Here's the shot from the dashboard of my birthday purchases. I have a long way to go, do I not? Yes, many but not all will be SW related. Next year will be the year of Star Wars in the Library. My way of getting excited about things again.

Thinking five to dos would be good. One should be techy but I'm not sure what yet. Make some Kahoots or Nearpod presentations? Or some flipped videos? Then don't know what the other one should be. Haven't decided yet. Maybe there will be a part two.

Anyone tried a Piggie & Elephant dance party? Or made "birds on your head"? Just be prepared with lots of pink and light blue plates for P&E. Which add up when it's entire grade levels and 100 kids each. But they will all think you are the coolest TL ever. They will still smile as they line up to go out the door. Even though you've also just given them the what for for so many books that they didn't keep in their backpacks when they weren't reading them!

Monday, May 25, 2015

#IMWAYR May 25

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.

Still slower than what used to be the usual by a long shot. #bookaday is now ...12 days away? Including weekends and PD.

Stuart Gibbs has some fun ideas for stories. In this one the main character is a kid living on the first manned base on the moon. Stuff happens. Now I need to catch up on the Spy School series. Seeing as how I'm pretty sure I have an E-ARC for at least one of them. And one was on the Bluebonnet list last year.

If you're not already a SW fan the Jeffrey Brown books will not make you one. You have to know at least something about the movies. But if you are a fan? THEY ARE GENIUS.

Tomorrow is the retirement celebration for my assistant of 10 years. I know. As mentioned I've been SERIOUSLY spoiled. She is great. If I've ever been thought of as being good at what I do ... it's because of her. Knowing she could keep all the day to day stuff going while I dreamed of bigger things for the kids has been a lifesaver. Next year = great big fat unknown. How do you big things and deal with the fact there are still 187 accounts with overdue books? Some, we've discovered, are actually on the shelf. But it takes a long time to verify all of them. Can't do that and teach at the same time. Many, many, many are sitting under beds or in dad's cars. Can't call all of them and teach at the same time. Which is the priority? I would have always said teaching but we've wanted some of these checked out and not returned books already.

The fiction section is jam packed with books sitting horizontally on top of books. That drives me insane. At least it's only at the end of the year.

Also ... hope you had a great (dry and twister free ... as so many places are NOT) Memorial Day. There are so many people to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Part 2 #keptmesane #drovemealittleinsane

Long day. Long day. No time for lunch. iPads out, iPads away (I know. First world problem.) Glue sticks out. Glue sticks away. Internet working. Internet not working.

A good portion of today was spent with a class on what was sort of an "darn it I have no idea" project that is turning out to be kind of fun. "We want to do research. We don't care on what." Well. Not sure how much this counts toward research but we did get some keyword discussion going. And notetaking means HIGHLIGHTS, not every word. And "Cite your pics!"

So far this is the only one who is "done." This was her first draft of the persuasive writing, we didn't do any editing. 

If the other kids finish their writing we'll have an entire book that I will post so they can go back and reference it all summer. I hope they can finish things. Not sure I can continue to spend as much time with them but we shall see. If it works out I will make a better cover and a ToC.

If it looks at all fun to you here's the info. The kids used the new Pic Collage Kids app for the collages. They are working on the writing in Google Docs and sharing it with me. Then I can copy/paste into this Book Creator file.

Finally Friday May 22

Home stretch, friends. Home stretch. 8 more days with students and then another 5 more or so with cleaning up and PD.

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We do love our Magnatiles. Turn out the lights?

Lovely color combo.

Old one that still makes me laugh.

Another old one. But after a postponed evaluation ... yeah. #funny

I WANT. Still months away. And hello, already know the story. But I want all three!