Monday, September 26, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/26/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
I am on a huge audiobook roll! I finished listening to This Is Our Rainbow and it is such an awesome collection! Definitely recommend. I also listened to You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, Shuri by Nic Stone, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I have to say I was not prepared for Cemetery Boys to have me freaking out the way it did. It was phenomenal and You Should See Me in a Crown was fabulous as well. I feel super lucky to be able to share such amazing books with students. Most days I find myself marveling at how far books have come from when I was a kid in the 80’s. 

Although I adore all the newly published books, I did also decide to listen to Jonathan Livingston Seagull this week because I’ve noticed birds popping up for different reasons and it’s a book my dad recommended to me when I was young. 

Our school participates in Battle of the Books and I’ve already read some of the books we have on our list but I also listened to two picture books: Above the Rim by Jen Bryant and Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford. I’ve started Twins by VarĂ­an Johnson for BOB as well. 

This Week's Adventures:

I’m making progress with The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes still and plan to finish listening to Twin. After Twins, I plan to read Mac Undercover and A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi (also on our BOB list). Happy reading!

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Monday, September 19, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/19/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
This week I finished That Way Madness Lies and then I cruised through a few more audiobooks! I read Pax which I had never read before and it was so good. And then I also listened to Remarkably Bright Creatures which I absolutely loved. I also was able to listen to The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexterity which was an entertaining mystery. 

I’m still working on The Storm Runner and I’m really loving it but reading a physical book for sure is harder for me than audiobooks.

This Week's Adventures:

I’m planning to continue reading The Storm Runner and then I downloaded This Is Our Rainbow and I’m excited to listen. I love anthologies and seeing what shorter texts I might be able to incorporate into my classes as mentor texts.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/12/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
I’m 2/3 of the way through That Way Madness Lies which has been fun so far. I especially love the spin on Romeo and Juliet. I’m also still reading The Storm Runner

This Week's Adventures:

I’ll be finishing up That Way Madness Lies this week and hopefully spending more time on The Storm Runner. Reading physical books isn’t as easy for me during the school year. Audiobooks help me stay on top of my kidlit reading! I did get an ARC of Fregona by David Bowles that looks so fantastic that I might have to sneak it in asap.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/05/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
I was determined to finish Love In English by Maria E. Andreu this week and I did. It was super cute but also an interesting perspective on coming to the United States and learning English. I’m really close to finishing my Babysitters Club reread too.

This Week's Adventures:

We had our library visit on Friday so I checked out The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes which I cannot believe I haven’t read yet. I bought it two years ago and gave it to a student and I’m not sure I ever got it back. But I have it now! I also started listening to That Way Madness Lies, an anthology edited by Dahlia Adler that  has 15 retelling of Shakeapeare’s classics. It’s unique so far and interesting!

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Monday, August 29, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/29/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
One full week of school is officially in the books! We had a fantastic field trip on Wednesday so it broke up the week…but I didn’t do much reading. This week is a full week with some MAP testing mixed in. 

This Week's Adventures:

I’m going to really focus on finishing my audiobook Love in English and finishing my reread of Raina Telgemeier’s Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Big Idea. And then I can get to Pax.

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Monday, August 22, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/22/22

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
Well…last week was back to school so I didn’t read much. I should have anticipated that. Oh, well.

This Week's Adventures:

I want to finish Love in English and finish rereading Raina Telgemeier’s Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Big Idea. I want to get to Pax after that.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/15/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
This week I read a little more of Creating Inclusive Writing Environments. I listened to some of Love in English. I went back to finish a book called Writing As a Way of Healing and I was reminded how much I adore writing as a powerful self care tool. I reread part of Raina Telgemeier’s Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Big Idea. 

This Week's Adventures:

I’m going to finish Love in English and then, believe it or not, I have never read Pax so I need to remedy that. I know students read it with their previous LA teacher so it seems like it’s time to read it. School starts this week and I’m so excited!!!

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Monday, August 8, 2022

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/08/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
After seeing Mandy Robek’s posts from making writing with Angela Stockman this week, I had to order Creating Inclusive Writing Environments. I’ve only just started it but I’m curious to see what ideas she has to share.

Also Teachers Write Weekly Check In Week #4 is up! It was another great summer of Teachers Write!

This Week's Adventures:

My plan is to REALLY get back to listening to Love in English by Maria E Andreu and to read more of On Becoming a Person BUT this is my last full week before school starts so I also need to get back to school mode! I have a bag full of mentor texts that I brought home so I’ll be rereading some faves this week as I prep.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Weekly Check In #4 - Teachers Write


Welcome back for week four of the Teachers Write Weekly Check-In!

I hope you have had a great time with Teachers Write this summer. I’m working on a pitch for a novel idea I’ve had to submit to America’s Next Great Author and honestly, pitches have always been a challenge for me. Kate’s prompt for the week has been helpful though. 

Here’s my original list:

This got me thinking about what things I can bring into my story. But I REALLY love the idea from Laura Ruby to write my story as a picture book to help me see the story arc and get a better understanding of what the book is about.

Sometimes the prompt that shows up is exactly what I need whether I realize it or not! I always appreciate that remind. Whenever I feel stuck, being open to trying different prompts or strategies helps me out. Oftentimes, it’s just about getting some momentum going and then I find a way to move ahead.

And now it’s time to hear from you! I'm curious to hear how you navigated this week's prompts and how your writing life is going. 

Teachers Write Weekly Check-In Agreements:
1. We respect each other and the type of writing we each do do.
2. We are positive and encourage each other.
3. We recognize and maintain this as a safe, inclusive environment for all.
4. We have fun!

Ideas for today in the comments section:
How did you do this week? Did you meet your weekly goal(s)?
What was the pit of your week? (The hardest part, the non-fun part?)
What was the peak of your week? (The best part, the most-fun part?)
How was your overall Teachers Write experience?

My Weekly Check-In: I love Teachers Write. Thank you for being a teacher who writes! I’m so glad to be amongst great company. It truly does make a difference. I love how my writing has evolved over time and how I have changed as a writer. While I didn’t have one specific project I was working on this summer, I still got exactly what I needed from the prompts and I have ideas to share with students. 

I’m looking forward to hearing how Teachers Write is going for you and how you might take the energy from Teachers Write into your school year. If you have any questions or if I can help with anything, please let me know!

Monday, August 1, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/01/2022

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing ReadersThe original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It's a great way to share what you're reading and get recommendations. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Last Week's Adventures:
I ended up doing a little more just-for-me reading this week...I read a book called The Mayan Oracle which talks about Mayan symbols and meanings and then I read a book called Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass after seeing him in Michael Pollan's documentary How to Change Your Mind on Netflix. 


This Week's Adventures:

My plan is to get back to listening to Love in English by Maria E Andreu and to read more of On Becoming a Person

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Weekly Check-In #3 - #teacherswrite


Welcome back for week two of the Teachers Write Weekly Check-In!

I spent a little time at school this week getting organized. Taking over for a woman who retired from the position means I'm inheriting an awesome classroom library but it also means merging our things. It felt good to clean and sort and get everything into it's own space and ready for kids. One of our coaches helped me which made it super fast and I'm so grateful. Here are before and after pictures: 
I still need to go back and finish my bulletin boards and put up posters and then it'll be time to really zone in on lesson design for the first few weeks. 

Kate's prompt for us this week was all about world building. While I'm not in the headspace to do world building for a novel, I am totally thinking about the "world" or space I'm creating in my classroom as an anti-racist, anti-bias educator. AND I'm also thinking about the world I wish I lived in. Sometimes we have to imagine the possibilities really clearly to be able to better turn them into reality. 

Living with integrity for me means going back again and again to what I truly believe and what I value. Here's some thinking I did about this in my notebook:


While I'm a Language Arts teacher, I'm a teacher of humans first. I know I do a great job of seeing students as humans and seeing the gifts that they are in being them as they are. Educators preach growth mindset A LOT but I believe in starting by affirming that we are already perfect just as we are and then talking about the importance of being open. Then when we have a purpose for growth, we can step into a growth mindset. 
I'm feeling a little vulnerable in sharing this because there's a voice in my head telling me I "should" already be super clear about what type of "world" I'm co-creating in my classroom but the truth is, I'm still refining it. I'm still adding ideas and adjusting and boiling it down to its essence. And I do think that it's important to reflect and incorporate my own learning as I go so I'm sharing this messy, all-over-the-place thinking I did in my notebook. 


This was how I chose to use Kate's prompts this week! Being able to make Teachers Write my own is one thing I love about it!

And now it’s time to hear from you! I'm curious to hear how you navigated this week's prompts and how your writing life is going. 

Teachers Write Weekly Check-In Agreements:
1. We respect each other and the type of writing we each do do.
2. We are positive and encourage each other.
3. We recognize and maintain this as a safe, inclusive environment for all.
4. We have fun!

Ideas for today in the comments section:
How did you do this week? Did you meet your weekly goal(s)?
What was the pit of your week? (The hardest part, the non-fun part?)
What was the peak of your week? (The best part, the most-fun part?)

My Weekly Check-In: This week I have been doing a lot of writing as I think about where I'm going with Story Exploratory. I started it as a fun and funky writing community in 2019 and I lead monthly workshops and coach writers but it has evolved into using writing to live a life more aware, awake, and aligned so my writing lately has been about helping me see the new direction I'm taking Story Exploratory. I guess in a way, this writing is also about world building too!  

I’m looking forward to hearing how Teachers Write is going for you! If you have any questions or if I can help with anything, please let me know!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/26/2022

  It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!   It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop I co-host with ...