Along the Corniche
I’m supposed to be reading for book group:
It’s interesting, but I don’t love non-fiction and it’s 640 pages long! Good God!
I’m actually reading:
The Madness Underneath (The Shades of London book 2) by Maureen Johnson–had to buy it on my Kindle the day it came out
PS-I don’t love the new covers for the series
I’m wanting to read:
but it’s not on the Kindle and getting a book here is tough!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 35,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals
Books Read: 56
United States-Ohio & Oregon
Johannesburg, South Africa
Miles traveled during 2012:
Graduate hours completed:
18 semester hours towards my superintendency licensure
Over at my new blog abroadinsenegal.wordpress.com
Come check it out. You’ll ever enjoy reading along with my adventure or think that I’ve lost my mind by giving up all things familiar for the next several years. You decide.
I’m still going to post BestBook posts that I think belong here, but my daily posting can be found over there.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Donalyn Miller’s column at Education Week, it is well worth a look! She’s gathered up several recommendations for ‘Books that Build Community’, something educators the world over are working on this first month of school.
A sample of what’s currently in my recycle box:
A sample of what’s currently in my keep pile:
Do I need any of it?
When I was a teacher I used to keep things in case I needed or wanted to replicate or modify something I had done in the past.
When I was a curriculum coordinator I kept things to show work in progress and keep us moving forward.
With a change in administrations twice in nine months, I kept things because no one else would have ever known things existed.
In many ways I am a blank slate, starting over. I bring with me my prior knowledge and background of experiences.
No one from my new school is going to ask me to see something from my old district because they won’t know it existed, nor would it be relevant.
Why am I re-sorting for the twentieth time, rather than just pitching it all?
It took me three years to part with all my fourth grade files, and I should learn from that. Never once did I go back and use anything in those files.
Part of my brain still thinks, “When I write a book about this….”, I will want hard copies of things to help with my writing.
I want to just dump it all as I look forward, but I still just can’t make myself do it…
The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell
All you parents trying to figure out how to keep your kid reading, check out this summer’s free downloads at Sync. There is a popular new title and a classic each week all summer long. Some of them are right off the summer’s required reading list.
June14 – June 20, 2012
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)
July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
TBA (Brilliance Audio)