Books I Got For Christmas

I am not sure my mother was quite prepared for the length of my Christmas book wish list, but she gamely and generously ordered all of them. Even though I knew what all of the books were, it was still very exciting to open all of them yesterday. Now I have piles of wonderful new…

Slice of Life: On Required Reading

It started sometime in grad school. This aversion to assigned reading. This rebellious streak about books. Grad school nearly derailed my reading life. So many books I was “supposed” to read. So many books I was supposed to have already read. Reading became a competition and an occasional source of shame. “What do you mean…

5 Things I Loved About Last Week 6/14/14 #celebratelu

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find positives at the end of the week. 1. Books! For the first time in many, many years, I ordered books online from a company other than Amazon. And I realized I am entirely spoiled to Amazon. Receiving a book order in the…

Teach Like a Pirate: Some Thoughts

Here’s why I wanted to like Teach Like a Pirate: There is so much enthusiasm for this book among my PLN, and I do love to see teachers enthusiastic about their work and looking for new ways to engage students and create excitement about learning. Burgess loves his work, and he’s incredibly enthusiastic about his…