Book Review: Walk on the Wild Side

Title: Walk on the Wild Side Author: Nicholas Oldland Publisher: Kids Can Press Year: 2015 Pages: 36 [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I am not required to publish a positive review, just an honest one. So…here you go.] Walk on the Wild Side is… Continue reading Book Review: Walk on the Wild Side

Transitions in Teaching, Lenten Reflection #12

Probably the most significant change that took place within the last year is that I changed schools, changed classrooms, changed students, and moved. So the past seven months or so have been spent getting to know an entirely new population of students: teaching years 1-3 were spent in an MD classroom with a variety of… Continue reading Transitions in Teaching, Lenten Reflection #12

Book Review: Dear Dragon Goes to the Aquarium

Title: Dear Dragon Goes to the Aquarium Author: Margaret Hillert Illustrator: Jack Pullan Publisher: Norwood House Press Year: 2015 Pages: 32 [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my fair review of this book. I was in no way compensated or asked to write a positive review. I was asked to… Continue reading Book Review: Dear Dragon Goes to the Aquarium

Book Review: Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble

Title: Jasper John Dooley: You're in Trouble See also: Jasper John Dooley: You're in Trouble Author: Caroline Adderson Illustrator: Ben Clanton See also: Ben Clanton's Squiggles and Scribbles Publisher: Kids Can Press Year: March 1, 2015 Pages: 124 [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of… Continue reading Book Review: Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble

Book Review: Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job

Title: Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job Author: Brooks Olbrys Illustrator: Kevin Keele Publisher: Children's Success Unlimited, LLC Year: 2015 Pages: 51+ Blue Ocean Bob Website [Disclaimer: In exchange for my fair and unbiased review, I was provided an ARC by the publisher through NetGalley. The views expressed here are mine alone. I was not… Continue reading Book Review: Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job

Book Review: Middle School: The Inside Story

Title: Middle School: The Inside Story Authors: Cynthia Tobias & Sue Acuna Cynthia Ulrich Tobias Publisher: Tyndale in association with Focus on the Family Year: 2014 Pages: 208 [Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I was not provided with… Continue reading Book Review: Middle School: The Inside Story

Book Review: How We Learn

Title: How We Learn Author: Benedict Carey Publisher: Random House Year: 2014 Pages: 200 (e-Book (Nook), ARC; hardcover book 272) [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of this book. I was given no compensation and I am not required to write a… Continue reading Book Review: How We Learn

Math Sorting Game: Addition

I am happy to say that I did not make this task. One of the paraprofessionals who worked in my classroom did. All I had to contribute was a 'seal of approval' and a grateful heart that she put her skills to use and make something wonderful and useful for the students. This was not… Continue reading Math Sorting Game: Addition

Book Review: Schools in Crisis (Barna FRAME Book)

Title: Schools in Crisis Author: Nicole Baker Fulgham Publisher: Zondervan Year: 2013 Pages: 90 Barna Group FRAMES on Twitter: @barnaframes FRAMES Be Undivided [WE BELIEVE building strong community means making sure kids and schools thrive. Be|Undivided is churches investing time and effort year-round in students and schools. Whatever the need. And without agenda or strings… Continue reading Book Review: Schools in Crisis (Barna FRAME Book)

Book Review: Myth of the Spoiled Child

Title: The Myth of the Spoiled Child Author: Alfie Kohn Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books Date: 2014 Pages: (preview copy e-book) via netgalley: 282 Author Page: Alfie Kohn [You need to read this before you take another glance at this page: the FCC wants you to know that it is imperative information that I received… Continue reading Book Review: Myth of the Spoiled Child

500 Words Per Day: Changing

I've been reading this book called The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn. I'll be reviewing it on this blog soon so I won't spoil much with this post, except to say that if what Kohn is saying is true, and at this juncture of my reading I'm leaning towards that particular assessment,… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Changing

500 Words Per Day: No Math, No Calculations, No Counting

There I was: at work, not so much enjoying my day. The day didn't start off too well. It didn't continue too well either. There is so much to do and so many distractions. People coming in and taking students off for therapy, phones ringing, school psychologist stopping in and handing me a stack of… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: No Math, No Calculations, No Counting

500 Words Per Day: Long Days at School

Today was a long day at school, hence the title of this post. It was a long day of teaching that began as most of my days do: waking up from a night of restlessness and nightmares. The day ended with me sitting here at my laptop writing about what a long day it was… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Long Days at School

500 Words Per Day: Bus Duty

It probably sounds somehow wrong, but I am one of those sort of teachers who actually enjoys bus duty at school. I love it so much that I do it twice per day: once in the morning when all the little children are arriving at school full of joy and happiness and songs (0nly to… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Bus Duty

500 Words Per Day: Testing Anxiety

I read an article today that had something to do with Jerry Seinfeld. I'm a huge fan of Seinfeld to the extent that I still laugh out-loud when watching the reruns in syndication. The article had something to do with something called the 'Seinfeld Strategy.' I haven't the slightest idea if there is any truth… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Testing Anxiety