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Student Led Conferences/Goal Sharing April 7, 2014

 

Two of my former colleagues from the International School of Dakar (currently residing in Saudi Arabia and Dakar/Texas) put together this wonderful website as part of presentation they gave at the  AISA conference of 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

https://sites.google.com/a/isd.sn/student-led-conferences/

ISD had started with student-led conferences as a pilot the year before and had then added the goal sharing portion to the school year last year. The student-led conferences had been quite successful and well received by families.

The Goal Sharing portion of the conference caused a fair amount of nerves by some teachers, especially those in the primary grades. No one was resistant, but there was a great deal going on at the time and the teachers wanted their students to be well-prepared.

 

 

 

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban June 23, 2013

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Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve read through a book non-stop and then felt compelled to write immediately about it. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban is the book that has done that for me. I LOVE this book. I love it so much, that I want to start reading it again tpfrom the beginning right now. I love it enough that I have already ordered the book that the author references in the “A Conversation with Elizabeth Laban” section at the end of the novel. I love it enough that I think high school English teachers should strongly consider making it required reading along with their student of Shakespeare. It would help their students understand tragedy at a level that classics can not bring to life for them.

I love it as a reader and I love it as a writer.

I wish I could have written it.

It has a map of the setting. I love when there is a map in a book, yet I didn’t even really look at the map. I just love that it is there.

It’s set in a school. I love books set in schools, especially for teens, since everything in their lives revolves around their friends and social contacts.

I love that one of the main character’s, Tim’s, parents are referenced so slightly, almost as if they were an annoyance to him. Yet you can tell he loves them, but just can’t be bothered by them. So dead-on with young people of that age.

I love the details about the locally-grown food throughout the book. Subtle references to the farms and locations the food came from-unnecessary details to the plot of the book, yet so detailed, it allows the reader to be there with the students of Irving School.

I love that I had to just keep reading it from the first page until the last. That it made me stay up late and wake up early, just so I could finish it.

I love the characters. I love that the tension you experience in the first couple chapters is still there, driving the characters on, driving the reading on, through the last page. Never is there a dull point, where you find yourself skimming, to get back to the main plot. I love that it’s set in a boarding school. I have a fascination with boarding schools.

It’s just that good.

Is the author going to be at ALA? I need to meet her and tell her how amazing her book is.

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Along the Corniche April 18, 2013

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Along the Corniche

Along the Corniche

 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? March 4, 2013

Filed under: book clubs,books — bestbookihavenotread @ 5:51 pm

I’m supposed to be reading for book group:


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
 by Isabel Wilkerson

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:

Book Love by Penny Kittle 

 

but it’s not on the Kindle and getting a book here is tough!

 

 

 

2012 in review December 31, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestbookihavenotread @ 9:45 am

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

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Summary 2012

Filed under: Senegal,West Africa — bestbookihavenotread @ 8:35 am
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Books Read: 56

 

Countries:

United States-Ohio & Oregon

Dakar, Senegal

Madrid, Spain

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Miles traveled during 2012:

32,941 miles

 

Graduate hours completed:

18 semester hours towards my superintendency licensure

 

2012 in a nutshell December 29, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestbookihavenotread @ 8:55 am

One half of knowing what you want

is knowing what you must give up

before you get it.

~Sidney Howard

 

You’ll find me most of the time… August 28, 2012

Filed under: Africa,Dakar,International School of Dakar,Senegal — bestbookihavenotread @ 5:34 pm

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.

 

Beginning of the Year Books recommended by The Book Whisperer August 21, 2012

Filed under: book reviews,school — bestbookihavenotread @ 6:25 am

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.

 

What to Keep? What to Pitch? June 10, 2012

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A sample of what’s currently in my recycle box:

  • memoir rubric
  • using prior knowledge to understand unfamiliar text
  • 5 year Strategic Management Plan from 2010-2015
  • certificate of attendance from Ohio Resource Center
  • Ohio Academic content standards with notes
  • thank you note from Ronald McDonald House for former fourth grade economic project
  • Reading Level Correlation Chart

 A sample of what’s currently in my keep pile:

  • Elementary Gifted Service Matrix and Advanced Learner Specialist file
  • PD notes from Promoting a School’s Literacy Community
  • 32 Text Structure notes from Katie Wood Ray
  • Where You Are From George Ella Lyons poem
  • Suggested Expectations for conventions K-12 document
  • pacing guides
  • curriculum maps
  • a copy of the first day of school letter I sent home for all 15 years
  • a xerox copy of an amazing piece of student art work

Do I need any of it?

  • Will I remember what I want to use from what I’ve recycled or kept?
  •  Does it really matter to my remembering if I have “it” or not?

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…

 

 
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