Monday, February 1, 2016

#IMWAYR Feb. 1 and Currently February

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. 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.

The list of finished is ... also very short this week.

Dear Hank WilliamsDear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

I don't know how many stars to give this one. Parts of it I really liked. I didn't stop to write down any quotes but the writing was well done. I love it when I go back to a sentence and am blown away by how the author put words together. "Why can't I do that?" I think. It sort of meandered a bit through the story but then with a letter writing plot structure maybe that's OK? My students as a general rule don't care much for historical fiction but I would have tried it with a few.

A possible spoiler ahead. I missed it if others had ever said anything. I'd just heard how good it was.

Near the end BAM! Straight to the heart. Insert sad face. Didn't see that one coming!

Will be spending some time in the car over the next week so I will be listening to some YA lit ...

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

ArmadaArmada by Ernest Cline

And now I'm linking up with Farley ...

Right now I'm digging the quiet. We had two classes of first grade animal research today with their fourth grade buddies. Loved it. It was loud.
I got a Spark Planner. I am trying to be more ... intentional. Plan better. Make more stuff happen instead of waiting around? I'm finding that sometimes it's hard to figure out what goals to set. Surprised me. Plus it's kind of fun to make stickers for it. #howoldamIagain
I am going to TCEA on Tuesday and Friday. I was not allowed to go on Wednesday and Thursday even though I still had to pay registration. And ... that is all I will say about that. :/
I wish my presentations were done! They stress me out! I apply to present so that I won't be told I can't go to any of a professional learning conference. If I am thought to know anything about books and tech it came from blogs and conferences. Not, actually, from district PD.
I need to exercise. I didn't make it to the gym class today. In a bit of irony, I was sitting in a meeting about our school "fun run" fundraiser.
I didn't really know what to put here so I just said Poe Dameron. Star Wars.


  1. I'm very intrigued by Armada - while I am not an active gamer, I did play videogames a few years back.

  2. Oscar Isaacs is an incredible actor! Definitely worth swooning over!

  3. So glad I stumbled across your blog! It is fun to get a perspective from another role in the building besides classroom teacher. :)

    Emily Leedy