Monday, September 11, 2017

#IMWAYR Sept 11


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.



Come with Me is the loveliest book.
Quest for Z is the most fascinating.
99 Stormtroopers the funniest.
Miles Morales the coolest.
Serafina the creepiest (plus for being behind ... book three is already out!).
Give Me Back my Book and This is My Book are both the most likely to get used in a lesson.
Henry Whiskers I will talk more about when I read book two. I received it from the publisher. I love all things English so that was a draw!


THIS IS NOT A DRILL LOCKWOOD #5 COMES OUT TOMORROW! CAN I STAY HOME AND READ? Like I love these even more than many Star Wars books. And you know I love Star Wars. I think it's the last one. πŸ€“πŸ™πŸ˜’ But you can't have the joy unless you experience the pain, right?

And Serafina 3. And the poor electronic ARCs that got left behind when school started.  Those are the books I will try to read next week. Plus Hooray for Books because it is getting delivered tomorrow. Amazon Add to Cart is too easy.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Finally Friday Sept 8

Here are some interesting things I saw on the internet ... well, not really this week because I didn't spend all that long on the internet this week. Past times. If you're reading in a blog reader and it looks like something is missing click through ... sometimes embedded pins or what have you don't make it to Bloglovin or Feedly.


Does anyone else find Pinterest not actually quite as fun anymore? There are so many promoted pins that I never asked to be in my feed that are not even interesting to me it's just a distraction. I don't spend nearly as much time on there as I once did. Still a place to keep track of some things I might have found elsewhere. And sometimes I still go on and poke around. But not nearly like I used to.




Because if nothing else noticing how you can drag the address/toolbar? 🀦‍♀️ But then the Emoji KeyboardπŸ€’πŸ‘½πŸ‘Š and Driveslides. And several others. Check it out.


Super weird doing yoga that close to Han's pained face. But I sort of want. It's overpriced. If they'd only done it for under $50 I'd already have ordered it. But I haven't.




Still don't know about this but ... last while have discovered more about this. If that makes sense.


Dummy as all get out preview picture but go check it out because super handy.




Monday, September 4, 2017

#IMWAYR Labor Day Sept. 4


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.


So I've spent the morning cutting bookmarks and other things for school since there's no time or help to do it there and I had nervous energy because I knew my dad was trying to get gas and the past four days that has become a major deal here in south/central TX. Like major deal. I lucked out Saturday morning with a 45 minute wait. He's currently going on eight hours. But not enough gas to drive all over town to different stations and many, many, many stations are out and waiting for deliveries and he works even further away from his house than I do. It's a logistics issue post Harvey, they tell us.

Houston and the coast have bigger worries. Hopefully no one will have bigger worries later next week due to Irma. And ... is it Montana that is having all the fires? So I'm trying to be stressed. But I am.


BOOKS! Not as many as I wanted to. :(

Force Friday brought me these. Only one was for reading, obviously, but it was so fun to get a backstory on our favorite little roly poly droid. He's a good little guy!

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And I also downloaded Claudia Grey's Leia ... but I haven't read it yet. Once I finish Miles Morales I will get to it. Darn it and the E ARCs that I keep putting off. Once I get home from school I look at a few things on the computer and then I fall asleep. It's so silly. What would I do if I had kids?

Oh and I also read The Quest for Z by Greg Pizzoli. A picture book for the OLDER crowd but super cool art direction and a cool non-fic story.

Super excited that next week the audio to book five of Lockwood & Co (Jonathan Stroud) The Empty Grave will be out. I love that series! An alternate slightly spooky London with characters I've gotten to know over the course of the previous four books. Very much looking forward to more time with them.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Throwback Post ...Library QR Code Sign Ins with an iPad and Google Forms

So it looks a little silly because the iPad is not actually in there. But usually it is. I just don't trust that I'll remember to take another picture next week so why not get this written. This is what kids see when they first walk in. I do have to take the iPad out to charge because there was not a plug that was handy ... but one COULD run a cord down that pole if you had a plug available.
Kids sign in via a pass with QR code (how to a past post on my blog). I forgot to take another pic once the iPad was in there. They get their shelf marker (next pic ... on class rings with bar codes on one end, yes, sometimes they have trouble with the rings πŸ™„. I modified an idea from @myschoollibrary but I'm mean and couldn't deal with keeping track of punches or handing out prizes anymore 😟). Next pic is the middle circ but that will only be used for problems cause it requires me to be stuck behind it (it is where the majority of book clearing from class drop offs will happen, though, cause it's right by the drop). All the way at the end is the self check in/out. Sort of awkward from the sign in/entrance but it's very handy for the exit. #schoollibrary #circdesk #elementarylibrary
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And these are our library passes! The QR code goes to a Google Form.



Now, do I properly use all of the info that the Google Form could give me? Sharing the data of what grades are coming independently every month in pretty graphs with my admin? No. But in theory I could. And I'm hoping to get better. This is definitely a step up from the spiral notebook we were using before. Which was a bare guess ("23 lines, 13 pages used, how many kids is that?") in a month. And a couple teachers have used the time stamp (I did share the results form with them) to keep an eye on a couple kids who sometimes wandered between the classroom and the library.

How do you set up pre-filled QR codes (the kids only have to fill in why they are in the library (book checkout, finish tech projects, etc ... and their name, of course!) See not prettily formatted but it gets the job done and it is updated to a couple of changes in Forms HERE. (later edit ... link sharing is fixed now. How embarrassing!)

Happy Labor Day weekend. I'm going to take a nap to recover from the silly stress of having to wait in line for 45 minutes to get gas this morning. South TX has gone nuts post Harvey. So lame of me to say stress because Houston has so much more to deal with (keep donating to your preferred places! There are lots of them!) but this weird gas not shortage but supply snafu issue everyone's flipping out thing ... it's just weird. I live too far away from my work to deal with that. Thursday? Lines of cars 70+ long. This morning the line was only like 20 long. But there was one going the other way as well.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Finally Friday Aug 25

This is post 99 ... 6 or 7. All of a sudden forgot what I was just looking at not 3 seconds ago. I feel like I should do something more interesting but my word, what rotten timing. Right when school is starting. Scheduling this post ahead of time. Tonight will be Meet the Teacher. I don't actually get to do anything library related. Just stand in the hall and direct people. And greet some old students so at least there is that.

Like many of you I've been privileged to sit through some really stellar and useful training this week.
As we are going to hear so many times IT IS WHAT IT IS.

So fun things ... well, not found on the internet this week because come home too exhausted or migrained out. But I don't think I've shared them before so this is what I will share today. As always, click through because sometimes embeds don't show up in Bloglovin/Feedly and always click through to go to the original source.


Having very recently dealt with a computer lab scheduling Google meltdown (because the revision history was NOT DOING IT'S JOB I KNOW WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO AND IT WAS NOT DOING IT) ... this jumped out at me. Not that it would have helped because gremlins were at work and truly, I think district tie downs were messing with what should have been a very simple thing ... I thought why not keep this around for reference anyway?



I had to read before I understood what the "template" part meant. But in many cases it WOULD be better than just Make a Copy. Tony Vincent, you knocked it out of the park again.



I'm just super excited for the Ferdinand movie. There are lots of these that are fun. Here is one. I cannot EVER do this in real life so I live vicariously. Are you following them on FB?



And that is all for today. I'm exhausted and just learning to deal with no help even part time (spoiled, I know ... but I could do so much more!). Also there is supposed to be a hurricane this weekend. I'm not even on the very coast and everyone is flipping out. So if you are on the coast please be careful! And if you are not but you are close enough that you also have people worried ... think of us. And if you are off in la la somewhere pretty just enjoy. We all have different trials. :P


Monday, August 21, 2017

#IMWAYR Aug 21


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.


I just flew back this afternoon from my brother's wedding.
Real life reentry ... is not the most fun. Gonna be a long one. Nothing to do but jump in.



Goodbye Days is a YA title I read on the plane. Well written (about a teen who accidentally (?) sends a text while his friends are driving and they have an accident and die) ... and SAD. Gut wrenching. :( Well written but wow :(.

Creepy Pair of Underwear. Ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous. I cannot read it without laughing myself. Can't wait to share it with kiddos. In fact have planned a Skype chat with nieces and nephews because it was delivered Thursday and I was so beflustered from our first day of PD for the year (more on that later) and packing for the quick trip to the wedding that I didn't bring it with me. I SHOULD HAVE.

Nerdy Birdy. Yes, I read them out of order. SO CUTE. Love this one, too.

Nothing Rhymes with Orange. A good one for the beginning of the year and community building/ reminders for kindness always.

Earth Children are Weird is not really for kids. The art is adorable and I may still share it with the upper level grades as a slightly spooky read aloud but unless their parents have made them watch X Files (and let's face it that is not a kid's show) they won't really get it.

This week? I may get some audiobook hours in but that may be it. Crazy long with BTS stuff and then genius church people scheduled something on Saturday. :/ That's a terrible attitude. I get anything in I will be happy. Is what it is, right? More reading time will come in a week or two.





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BTS Reads and #bookoftheweek in the Library

Have you joined the #classroombookaday group on FB yet? You should! So many great conversations going on there. I love all the bright and shiny and BLANK bulletin boards of classroom teachers that are going to read a book every single day. And of course there is still the hashtag on Twitter.

Can't do it, can we? Not to every single class. But we can read a book a week to many classes (or every grade if you see every class for read alouds every single week ... I don't). So I am going to do maybe a weekly one for PreK/kinder and first. Everyone else gets read alouds every once in a while mixed in with lessons but since they are not as consistent ... no pretty visual. They might get jealous, actually. Stay tuned to the IG feed. It's 98% certain coming.


You probably know about these but here are five BTS reads I'm planning on.


OLDIE. But I still like it. Showing my age that I continue to use it? It's just so good! You can relate behaviors to all of the animals! Maybe I don't need it ... looking at the schedule. But I like it. It's hard to get now, looking at Amazon. At least new.


Because it makes me laugh. And it's true ... Goat judges but then he learns. Get some freebie bookmarks here.


This is a new one. Still working out how to best turn it into a lesson. Shoulda finished that already. It's late August!


Just ordered this one (oh, my Amazon bill this month. It's not pretty. It just takes SOOOOOOOO LONG to get anything at school anymore :/). Their description? "We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange."

I love the other HOORAY books so it was a given when I saw one about BOOKS I had to click add to cart, no matter how bad my bill is. :( I'll figure out what to do with it when it comes! "Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it's nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, Owl, Giraffe, Elephant, or Lion. As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won't do. Or is it time for Turtle to try something different? A tribute to books, reading, and the joy of sharing stories with others from Brian Won, the author/illustrator of Hooray for Hat! and Hooray for Today!."


Monday, August 14, 2017

#IMWAYR Aug 14


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 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.

And now to the tortoise goes the race, right? It's not a race. Even though my Goodreads goal was overly optimistic at the beginning of the year. Unless I catch up with a LOT of picture books. Which could still happen. Picture books count when you are a teacher librarian.



Didn't get the other ones I was planning on done. Maybe this week? But I don't know. Lots of school set up then a bit of travel for a family wedding. I'm so weird-ed out ... it's my youngest brother! He's supposed to stay little forever, right? No. He's grown up into such a cool young adult. Haven't met the fiance yet. But little Charlie ... I used to read Harry Potter out loud to him. I pronounced Hermione incorrectly. OOPS!

Nerdy Birdy Tweets would be pretty good for digital citizenship discussions in a classroom, though. Pus he's adorable.

And Gamer Squad #2 was fun! I did a whole post on the two books a couple days ago.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Almost Friday Aug 11

And tomorrow I am sitting through the first part of a training on responsive discipline and running morning meeting circles with your class. The class that I don't have in the mornings because I am putting away announcements and makermornings materials and checking in books. The second part is tomorrow. Did I mention this is unpaid/uncomp-ed hours? And we've already sat through probably 8 hours on this last year? I don't mean to sound grabby. I don't ask others to sit through training on things they won't do. I'm already tired of hearing the word austerity and why are teachers expected to do so much volunteer work? SO MUCH? As if we don't pay out of pocket enough just to keep things going.  There's been too much talk in TX of issues with teacher retirement and healthcare (and current personal issues with healthcare and junk diagnoses). Enough of the soapbox. I had a clue of what I was getting into and kids are still cute and mostly fun.

Here are some more interesting things found on the web. Click through if you're in a reader like Bloglovin or Feedly because embeds don't always show up. Weird that way. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. And click all the way through to go to the original source! No more whining.

By now you may have seen it but a new Wonder trailer!



And this is a little independent film that is only showing in UT (I saw a clip about it on a IG feed I follow) but it looks funny. It might end up being stupid but it looks so funny. An author writing super successful YA romance but hates himself for it? I am watching for when it goes to Netflix or iTunes or video.




I used to do Terracycling (chip bags and drink pouches) just outside the library space. It brought in a bit of money and helped the environment. But in order to further help the environment shipments had to get bigger ... and that got hard to keep the stuff sitting around the library until we collected enough in big boxes of what basically seemed like trash. Plus it got time consuming because people didn't always make sure the drink pouches were empty :( so there was cleaning of mess. We had to stop. BUT ... dry markers? That's easy to recycle! No fund raising here but who cares about that part. And no sticky, stinky mess keeping them around until you have enough for a good size shipment!



Here's an old one but a good reminder from Tony Vincent. Printing on Sticky Notes! Click through for the Google Slides templates. And remember there are LOTS more fonts on Google than just the few defaults. Keep them legible for the kiddos, of course. Cutesy isn't always legible. But they don't need to be boring, either.



And speaking of old TV content and Google Slides and printing on sticky notes ...




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Gamer Squad Books 1 & 2

The publisher sent me these books to review but I'm glad they did because I might not have picked them up otherwise. Yes, in many ways I might be considered a geek. I love Star Wars and Star Trek and all things tech and sci fi and fantasy. But I don't necessarily love gaming. I think it has to do with my lack of a sense of direction. Truly. I can get lost in my own backyard. The times I've tried to play Minecraft or SW The Old Republic or even Cars Driven to Win my little nephew wanted me to race with him ... I turn around and walk into walls or drive into walls constantly. Can't find my way around the virtual world and never tried the augmented reality world. When there were rumors of a Harry Potter version of a P.Go type game I was ready to get lost as I went "hunting" but that never ended up happening, now, did it. BUMMER.

Puzzle games, maybe. But any other type of video game not so much. So gaming books I might not have picked up without a little encouragement. And they are so fun! I think kids will really like them. The question will be ... do I now give them to a niece or nephew? Or a colleague for their classroom? Or a student?


Book one brings monsters to real life and book two brings aliens to planet earth.

I thought the discussions of coding in book two were actually a nice addition. There ARE kids who know an awful lot about all the coding languages!

I mean, grand classical literature they are not. No huge metaphors for life or beautiful turns of phrase. But you'll laugh. You might bite your nails a couple of times when the main characters are in trouble. And for sure you will recognize student bullies and geeks and "popular" kids as well as kids just trying to navigate the late elementary/early middle school years.
I would say ... fourth or fifth grade? Up to mid-sixth grade. By seventh the books would seem a little young, I would think. A strong third grade reader, maybe, though the second book talks a lot more about "liking" each other, just as an FYI.

Who is this Veratrum Games Corp that keeps releasing these popular pastimes that end up causing so much trouble? That's what I'd like to know. And the teaser for book three's "big baddie" had me hooked.


The author, Kim Harrington, has written several other YA novels and another middle grade series.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday Tech Fave Audiobooks

What are some of your favorites? Cause said commute and all.
Not EVERY book is good on audio. Some topics and plots work better than others. Not to mention narrators (like I was not a huge fan of the Percy Jackson narrator ... was it the same for all of them? I didn't even try past book 1). Here are just a few of specifically audio ones I have enjoyed.

There is lots of scrolling on this post because of long skinny pics. Sorry. Click on the pic to go to Audible to listen to a snippet, at least of the top books I've listened to.

The entire Lockwood & Co series. Book 5 comes out next month and so far there is no pre-ordering the audio, just the book or Kindle version. WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG TO POST THE AUDIO?  DO NOT EVEN PROPOSE THE HORRIBLE THOUGHT THAT THEY WON'T HAVE AN AUDIO VERSION. It's slightly spooky but only slightly so. Set in an alternate London. I've recommended it to my stronger upper grade readers before. We don't have it in our elementary library, though.  They have to go find it at the public library ... but they enjoyed it! The later ones especially go into YA territory. Nothing major so I feel OK recommending the series to a few of my kiddos.

 Lockwood and Co link to Audible

Cosmic. I seriously stayed on the treadmill longer than planned just to keep listening. Laughed like a crazy person in the middle of the gym. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but for those of you that share the same sense of humor? HILARIOUS!!!! About a kid who looks older than he is and it gets him in ... shall we say a spot of trouble?

 Cosmic link to Audible


HP goes without saying. Only I should have done the screenshot in two parts because now it's so long and skinny. I am not a new blogger. I should know my images better.

 HP link to Audible

He could read just about anything and I'd listen. Sorry. I digress from proper reviewing.
 BC reads Sherlock link to Audible

Definitely not the best of the best stories but worth a listen.



I also have a couple new Star Wars books downloaded still to listen to.

I know I need to listen to Echo. I've already read it but I heard it was a great audiobook. I got it when they had a recent kids' audiobook sale. $4, I think.


And I downloaded the first Audible X-Files book because MULDER and SCULLY original full cast audio. But I haven't listened to it yet. They already have a book two in the works that I might as well go ahead and preorder. I'm sure there will be time. Remember this? Normal. Not an out of the norm day. Sigh.




I just have a one credit a month subscription to Audible. There's always Overdrive, too. Though our district recently made a change to the login. Trying to be patient until we learn more about it because right now? ACK! DO NOT LIKE! TAKES WAY TOO LONG AND WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH TYPING ON A MOBILE DEVICE (I actually really like the changes on the desktop) TO LOG IN! I've had problems and got sent in login loops every single time I've tried. And that's me, a user who is motivated to log in. Patience. All will be revealed, right? Patience.



Monday, August 7, 2017

#IMWAYR Aug 7


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.






Yep. Already slowed down. Is it because I didn't love any of them or because I didn't sleep all that well?

Red Queen #3 continued to surprise. To the point that ... it started to get a little annoying. I will still be there for book #4 this winter because I can't stand not knowing how things end. But seriously. Enough with the pulling the rug out from underneath "me"(ie the main character) EVERY SINGLE STINKING TIME.

Children of Exile #2 a free E-ARC from Edelweiss finished. Not a big fan, actually. Surprised me as I usually enjoy her stuff.

Full Wolf Moon was OK. Supposed real life werewolves in the Adirondacks. I like it when Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston work together the best (I've read some of DP's solo work as well).

Gamer Squad #1 will get it's own post (well, along with #2 when I finish that one!) a little later this week. The publisher sent them to me.

I will finish Mysteries of Cove #3 and Dragonwatch next week. Oh and HP #1 audio (you would think not sleeping well I would be finished ... but I fall asleep and miss enough I have to go back. I just don't sleep well to get stuff done :P). Got far enough to know that. Full Wolf Moon coming in from a hold at the library sort of distracted me from them.I have a few authors that are just auto set to put me on hold for anything the library buys by them. They don't even offer it for every author.

I got Refugee on my Kindle from a bit of credit I got from ... somewhere. Not even sure where, they just said "hey, you have $3 credit" and I used it toward that. So if I can I'll get started on that. Everyone says it's so good.

I don't know if I'll get to And I Rise. The first chapter confused me. Sometimes when it's been a while you forget things about the first book. We'll see. Maybe I have to just get back into the groove of that one. But I should finish the professional reading.

Happy last part of of summer reading to you. Stay cooled off!

Friday, August 4, 2017

First Friday in August

It came. Whether we wanted it to or not (CONFLICT!!!!!) it came.
I think I've forgotten to mention lately ... if you're in a reader like Bloglovin or Feedly the embedded pins might not show up. So you might need to click through to see them, then click through to go to the creator's source cause they are the ones that made them.

Except for the videos. Just straight up embedding those instead of the pins.

Things I found interesting on the Internet this week ...


So many funny ones. I mean, a-ha is my favorite 80s band of all time. They are actually still around. But at first the Elmo clip was my favorite reading specific snippet. Then the Abby/Journey one grew on me. I want them to do a full length version! But of course Super Grouch is funny. As is (sorry if this is a spoiler) the Rickroll. I actually really liked Rick Astley back in the day. Had his tape. Tapes? Do I have it in digital form? I do not know.


I like this idea. Not quite sure how to do it for school as I find the ordering process really frustrating and I cannot foot the bill for everything. Not that we have the money for everything at school either, but we do have some. But in this case it's all contained in a box so ... portions. Now keeping what ... a class set would be like 10-12? One per every 2 kids? Keeping a class set stocked could get cumbersome. So for now it's just an idea.



She actually did a talk at BYU as well (they do bring in outside speakers sometimes!). They couldn't post that one (re my podcast reference earlier in the week). :( But here's her TED talk which you've probably seen but if not? TOTALLY RECOMMEND! and if you haven't read her book? Either Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking or the one for kids (I really don't know that kids would read it but still ... there are a couple of chapters that talk about school that could be really helpful to teachers) Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts. Seen that "Introverts Unite, At Home, Alone?" I am. But in reality it just needs to be a balance. Sometimes school is just so much people needing overload it's draining, right? But sometimes summer is so much alone time that's a little draining, too. Balance.



I signed up to do this Vlogging challenge (learned about via the Tech with Us community on FB?). There's no way I'll get to every day in August but hey, if I get even 5 done that's a win. And I've already got 2 posted and 1 ready ahead of time. So I think I can do more than 5. They are not good ... the first never are. But maybe they will get better? Dunno, we'll see. Posting them to Instastories and Youtube. If they get anybetter I'll embed them here. I might make video creation my TTESS goal (state educator requirement ... it's a little different for librarians than classroom teachers but you get the idea) this year ... since I already did the Google certifications over the summer. What was I thinking? I should've waited!


I am not a big fan of fall. Back to school is so crazy. Allergies kick back into high gear. There's a looooooong stretch of no school holidays (kids get a couple but teachers still work). It's still hot in TX. So I have to convince myself.


Anyone get something cool at the sale? I got some fun clip art--as if I didn't have enough already. And I got some coding stuff from Brittanny Washburn, a fun little book study on Stick and Stone from Cara's Creative Playground, and an iPad project on Dig Citizenship from Erintegration. Before the sale I'd already tried one PB font set and a digital librarian planner. I was going to say tell us what you got but then if it's awesome I'll spend more money! That could be bad ... πŸ˜›

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tech Fave Podcasts

The COMMUTE will soon start back up. And a big five year construction job 😟 has just started on the main way I get between home and school. There are very limited alternate routes that will also fill up with people trying to avoid the madness. :(



This is an old pic I took once back when I used to go to the gym. I now live about what, eighteen miles further down that road (what was I thinking? Honestly I was thinking I'd change schools but that is another story). It sort of gives you a glimpse of why they had to do something. But five years. And WHILE they do the something. πŸ˜’ Did I mention I have a manual transmission car?







So I will probably get even more time for audiobooks and PODCASTS. Thought I'd share some of my faves with you. Some are library or book or education related, some are not. I actually wasn't much of a podcast listener until like maybe November?



Pretend I inserted a fun graphic of someone listening to a podcast here.



Some I listen to every episode ASAP, some I might subscribe but end up deleting episodes before I ever get them listened to because I get behind and I hate seeing them stack up, some I don't actually subscribe to but I've gone in and downloaded specific episodes from their back catalog because at least one has proved super interesting. Not telling you which is which cause everyone needs to decide for themselves. Just like every book has its reader, every podcast has their listeners!





In no particular order and I feel like I'm forgetting some (linked to webpages where you could try episodes out or get show notes and decide about subscribing ... most have the link to iTunes or Stitcher there) ...





Mike Rowe's The Way I Heard It (hilarious and interesting!)



The Google Teacher Tribe (I've fangirled before I think!)



Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers



Books Between



Fangirls Going Rogue (STAR WARS and general all things GEEK ALERT ;))



Star Wars Bookworms  (They don't do junior books and not many YA, which is actually what I read the most of. Big surprise. But it's still interesting to the super fan!)



Levar Burton Reads



All the Wonders



Masterpiece Studio (because I loved Downton and Sherlock and Victoria and what else ...)



Brains On! Science Podcast



House of #EdTech



Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast



TeacherCast Educational Broadcast Network (I'm not sure I got all these links right on the webpage ... but searching for podcasts they are different)



The TeacherCast Podcast



TechEducator Podcast



Song Talks with Richard Marx (there is some language on this one which personally I can do w/o)



The Wildlife Photography Podcast (this one is more interesting if you follow his IG feed as well, and have some interest in photography)



BYU Speeches (This one is quite faith based, though not entirely. I didn't take advantage of all the great speakers when I was there so now I listen to devotionals. Makes all the sense in the world, right? But they are not all devotionals. Some of them are just interesting sort of like TED talks? But the majority faith based.)





I wonder if later I will wish I had done this on like a Listly or something. Anyway. Later!






Monday, July 31, 2017

#IMWAYR July 31


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.


Click on the image to go to Goodreads for a bit more detail. 







The Duck & Goose and There's Nothing to Do! were both E-ARCs coming out later this fall and so cute. I want to get both of them for our school collection. We'll have to see if we have the $$.

Mrs. Smith's Spy School was also an E-ARC. I loved the idea of it but the execution fell a bit short for me. At least in this book one. Maybe book two will tighten things up a bit? It sort of skipped around a little (I thought) for the sake of brevity. It's not necessarily easy to write for kids! You still have to cover bases but you have to do it succinctly! I liked the idea so I'll take a peak at book two.

Hunting Hour was an adult mystery. If you're a dog lover  (or a Lifetime/Hallmark movie lover) then totally give it a shot. Wasn't my cup of tea but I didn't actively dislike it.

I LOVE STAR WARS LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS! They are sort of retro. Like Mary Blair-ish? I'm no expert but that's the vibe they give me. The text to I am a Hero is simple but fine for what it is. The text to the starship one ... did not make my teacher librarian heart happy, as much as my Star Wars heart loved it. No organization to the starship madness. Is that nitpicky? Does there NEED to be organization to a made up non-fic book?

I actually read Children of Exile last week but forgot to put it on here! That's what happens when you read stuff on a short road trip. Totally weird ("Fred town"?) but I will be back. She comes up with some of the strangest premises and yet leaves you totally wanting more!


Still enjoying the Red Queen series. I keep falling for the same things Mare does and getting the rug pulled out from under me. It's so silly ... I actually highlighted several lines in this one. Kindle location 4847 (I wonder what page that is? "“I see you as you could become, no longer the lightning, but the storm. The storm that will swallow the world entire.”) Fits the story. Actually already started book three so that will be on next week's finished pile for sure.


And I finally finished Gears of Revolution. It took me a long time for some reason which is so not fair because I actually really like the series (it was a digital arc that kept getting hidden on my device ... books that are visible on a shelf are easier to keep track of but harder to read. Makes no sense at all, right?). Upper midgrade fantasy with a touch of steampunk. Flying robotic dragons ... to battle real dragons? Book three comes out in early Sept., I think it is?

I hope this will turn into my "Read" list next week. We'll see?! I might be dreaming too big but I want to finish these before back to school gets too crazy.



HAPPY READING!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday that is Almost (gulp) August

Well.
Two weeks from today I go back for two days of "voluntary" training (yes, that includes a Saturday).
Then two last days of break. Then back on contract! And a family wedding. Summer. There needs to be more balance. There's almost too much free time in summer but the school year. It's just too crazy and I get overwhelmed. Does anyone else get overwhelmed? I don't want to say I hope so .... Anyway.
Last Saturday when I was at the Houston Harry Potter Symphony with one of my sisters and my niece I thought about changing my Star Wars in the Library for HP. I really did. Kept thinking about it all week. It's his birthday week! So this week's "This is what I found on the webs" is pretty much all HP themed. Click through for original sources cause they created them.
(I am 90% sure I won't do it. But I was pretty tempted because it would be just as awesome as Star Wars. I heart Star Wars the most. But it's only a very little bit more most. HP is right up there.)


I have something sort of like this (not from this shop, but hey, they have some) but Star Wars themed in my living room. They are 11X17 but on wood so I didn't have to get them framed and they would last longer than canvas. Look at the fun HP ones! (Oh, when I clicked through I saw the set of three. Even more tempted now.) Only not a vendor so if I got them for school it would be on my own dime. Hmmm ...



Craft alert! Makerspace? Or just for fun ...



The pin goes to an Etsy store. The idea is so cute.



This could be kind of fun. Could take some doing but find the right sounds (takes going to another link) for transitions?



There are a couple more but they are being weird about embedding. Which in the end is OK ... who knows if embedding is the best idea, anyway. A set of growth mindset/quote posters (I think in that case quotes are more OK, because the maker added more of her own value. I used to have some freebie HP quote posters but then I took them down because I decided even freebie ... who am I to say I can use HP quotes? Even short ones? I didn't add a bit of my own to it. Copyright can be so confusing sometimes, especially when you add in layers of movies and product licensing and such) that are super cool. Make your own sorting hat! You can find them all easy enough via my recent Pinterest and then to their own respective original sources.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pineapple Bookmarks

Been on a computer kick and (very quickly) made these. May have to take a rest, though, cause my word. Knots in the shoulders. Anyway. Can you tell I like coloring? Simple things? None of the super complicated "adult" style coloring books for me. Is that terrible it all started with what I liked? But the kids seem to like the same things ... they go crazy for them. Click on the pic to get a (not editable) pdf copy from Google Drive.





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday (Google) Tool: Keep

Can you tell I'm trying? Hopefully it's useful to someone.
Anyway. Google Keep. I'm actually still really just learning about it ... it's been on my phone for a while but I didn't really pay attention to it until I started reviewing for the Google Certified Educator test. One of those things I download and sort of forget about until later. I do that sometimes. :/

It's available online and as an app on your mobile device. It syncs to your Google account.
You can add images and photos and audio recordings. You can add labels.. Checkboxes (who doesn't love to check things off?!). Color coding.

If you are moving to digital planning (for school ... I still like my paper planner for personal stuff. I even spent hours last summer working on a set of Avery printable teacher librarian planner stickers for paper planning ... and then found for school it just ... ugh. Didn't work for me. So I never ended up finishing them. I love analog planning for personal stuff but school, let's just go with digital) this is a MUST! There is no no no reason to keep a simple To Do list in Slides or Docs or Sheets. You can even add collaborators in Keep (though that part is easier to do on the desktop version).

Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning has a great article (and lots of other things ... she's half of the Google Teacher Tribe) and lots of other things linked if you click through from the infographic found below.



So mine is too messy to actually show you. I'm too paranoid for that. But here's a glimpse.



Here's one short tutorial.


But here is a longer one from Matt Miller of Ditch that Textbook. He's an educator so it's worth the extra time! You might already have heard of him? He's the other half of the Google Teacher Tribe than anything but hey, whatever. He does it better than I could so we'll just let him, shall we? Since I was naughty and just got an Apple watch the GPS based reminders are especially interesting to me ... more help even than a buzzing phone. That could be helpful. You may hear about them again later.


Here's the link to the Chrome Extension.