Monday, September 27, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/27/2021

 

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 forgot to post last week! I listened to Fake ID by Lamar Giles and read Quincredible and Be More Chill as a graphic novel. I was so happy to do some short reads. That has been my key to success with any kind of reading lately. 

This Week's Adventures:

I'm now listening to Lupe Wong Won't Dance/Lupe Wong No Baila and reading Success is for You by David Hawkins and Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education by Alex Shervrin Venet. I need both of this soooooo much. This year is no joke! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your reading life with me/us!

What are you reading this week? 
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Monday, September 13, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/13/2021

 

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 listened to I'm Not Dying With You Tonight - soooooo good! And I also finished listening to A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow. I had started it but never finished it. I loved the book but the fantasy part of it had me a bit confused. Not sure if it was me not paying enough attention or the way it shifted but it took me a long time to figure out the fantasy part of it. I also started listening to Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas.

This Week's Adventures:

I'll finish listening to Concrete Rose this week and then I'd like to listen to Lupe Wong No Baila (Lupe Wong Won't Dance) by Donna Barba Higuera. I'm still reading After the Shot Drops because I am just not the best at physical books lately but I'd love to know what happens in the story so I'd love to make it a priority.

What are you reading this week? 
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Monday, September 6, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 09/06/2021

 

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:

Last week I finished listening to Sanctuary and then also listened to The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. 


This Week's Adventures:

This week I'll be listening to I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal and read Miles Morales: Shock Waves

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Monday, August 30, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/30/2021

 

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, Firekeeper's Daughter was amazing! I finished listening last week and started listening to Sanctuary by Raola Mendoza and Abby Sher. 

This Week's Adventures:

I'm interested to listen to more of Sanctuary and I have Miles Morales: Shock Waves which is a graphic novel from Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon that I'm super excited about. 

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Monday, August 16, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/16/2021

 

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 re-reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I actually listened to it and it was great how they brought it to life on audio. I also started listening to The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley.

This Week's Adventures:

I'm really into The Firekeeper's Daughter and am excited to read more. I also really need to read Sanctuary! 

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Monday, August 9, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/09/2021

 

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 explored a few books as mentor texts: Biográfico Kahlo by Sophie Collins, Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster, and Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen. They were all so great! Each unique in their own way and with lots to think about in terms of content and how they formatted the information. 

This Week's Adventures:

For real, I really need to read Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher! And I also am excited to read What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis. It is back-to-school week for me! We have an institute day on Wednesday and students come Thursday! I am so excited to start my 20th year in education!

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Monday, August 2, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 08/02/2021

 

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 was a busy week but I did read The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by
Shaenon K. Garrity and illustrated by Christopher J. Baldwin. It was so fun to dive into a graphic novel and this one was a blast.

This Week's Adventures:

I definitely need to read Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher before school starts on the 12th and I also have two Frida books: What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis and Biográfico Kahlo by Sophie Collins (this one is in Spanish!). 

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Monday, July 26, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 07/26/2021

 

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:
Last week I listened to more of A Song Below Water and read Counting Descent by Clint Smith. Whoa. It's seriously so good and there are a lot of poems I'm going to use as mentor texts for our identity unit to start the school year. I also read Layers of Learning and essays from Roxane Gay in Hunger. I also read Awkward and I have no idea why I never read that series before. It was so cute!


This Week's Adventures:

I have a ton of graphic novels to read this week and I'm so excited to dive in! I'm also going to read Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

#TeachersWrite Weekly Check-In #4 2021!

Welcome to our fourth and last Weekly Check-In! It's the end already!

I've been in PD this week and didn't spend time with my novel this week. BUT I have been thinking a lot about identity and what it means to live with integrity as part of a community/communities. We're starting the year launching reader's and writer's workshop and writing poetry related to who we are and how we show up in our classroom community and other communities.

Here's my thinking:
And here I was exploring essential questions:
Kate asked us to capture one small moment and I've been collecting resources for students to think about how to capture a small moment as we co-create our workshop space together this year. 

Yesterday I went home and crawled into bed (yes at 4:00 in the afternoon after two full days of curriculum writing...) and I grabbed Counting Descent by Clint Smith and started reading. It's exactly what I needed and exactly the mentor text to help me as I reflect back and think forward. 

I'm so glad you joined us this summer and I'd love to hear what your next steps are now that our official summer of Teachers Write is over.

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:
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?)
What are you hoping your writing life will look like beyond summer?

I can't wait to hear how this summer's Teachers Write experience was for you! Thanks for writing with us!

Monday, July 19, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 07/19/2021

 

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'll be attending three full days of PD this week but am planning to finish A Song Below Water and read more of Layers of Learning. I really do want to read Counting Descent by Clint Smith, I have a mini stack of graphic novels to explore AND I've been thinking a lot about Captain Underpants and Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I really want to do a deep dive into funny books with illustrations and think about what reading ladders look like as students shift from middle school to high school. (Not sure this will happen this week...but we'll see!)


This Week's Adventures:


What are you reading this week? 
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Thursday, July 15, 2021

#TeachersWrite Weekly Check-In #3 2021!

Welcome to our third Weekly Check-In! On Monday, Kate shared a video for us to try some play in our writing. I'm obsessed with play right now so this was perfect! I've been exploring ideas for play and just shared some of my exploration on Instagram

I decided I'd take Kate's three-column idea and try it with characters from the YA novel I'm drafting. I may have made it easy on myself and added a panadería for setting and jealousy for a mood because that's exactly the scene I needed to happen next. Actually, I didn't see the story headed this direction but it's perfect!

Here's what my notebook entry looked like for this exercise:


After I had the idea for the scene, I wrote it out in my notebook.

If you did the prompt from Monday, I'd love to hear how it went for you! What stories came up? Please share in the comments!

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:
What character, setting, and mood/big idea did you play with this week?
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 actually worked more on writing I'm doing about teaching and it was really cathartic. I looked over notes and anecdotes I collected throughout the year and saw a big theme emerge. I started to write about that and explored a couple of ways into what I'm writing about. It's neat to see how sometimes I need to write things a certain way to then see a different way to start.

I loved how the playful exercise from Kate helped me move forward in my YA novel. This is why it's so important! I'm very much practicing not taking myself so seriously. This might just mean I'm missing being around tons of kids all day. :)

I can't wait to hear 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? 09/27/2021

  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 ...