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Versatile Blogger continued plus my grad school rambling October 1, 2011

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Since I haven’t been a faithful blogger of recent, I’m going to take the time to tap my go-to blogs (in addition to Franki and Mary Lee @ A Year of Reading):

Sarah @ The Reading Zone

Karen & Bill @ Literate Lives

Stacey and Ruth @ Two Writing Teacher

Abby @ Abby the Librarian

Travis @ 100 Scope Notes

Jen @ Jen Robinson’s Book Page

Katie @ Creative Literacy 

I could keep going, but I have to get back to the task at hand today, which is to make a huge dent, if not finish my gazillion hours of documentation for the hours and projects that I have done TO COMPLETE MY PRINCIPAL LICENSURE!

(I won’t start in on how Muskingum University changed all the requirements for principal licensure over the summer and the new licensure candidates have to complete only 2/3 of what we who have been in the program for only six additional months have to complete or how all those extra courses they made me take cost my family an additional $4500. I’ll just stop with WTH!! and go back to focusing on something positive. I’ve now admired my problem, acknowledged there is nothing I can do about it and am moving on.)

The finish line is within sight! I never, ever thought I was going to get a principal licensure, but that past three+ years have moved me down a path I didn’t anticipate for myself back when I was a very happy fourth grade teacher. (see my first post as Scaredy Teacher/Squirrel)

 

Up in the middle of the night… September 27, 2011

Filed under: ALAN,bloggers,Calkins,meme,Mo Willems,NCTE,TCRWP,Teachers College — bestbookihavenotread @ 3:02 am

Not sleeping can have it’s advantages. After all, if I was sleeping, who knows when I would have had time to blog surf? Who know when I would have found A Year of Reading’s nice Versatile Blogger mention. Thank you Franki and Mary Lee. You’ve snapped me out of my writing funk.

 
Thank you to A Year of Reading for recognizing me!After accepting this honor there are some things the blogger is requested to do:
1. Thank the person (people) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
2. Share 7 things about you.
3. Pass this award along to 15 other blogs that you have discovered.
 
So, here are 7 things about me:
 
1. I sometimes can’t sleep so I try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I still haven’t figured it out.
2. It’s hard to believe that I have 570 posts. If I could just learn to not over-analyze my own writing, I’d have lots more than that.
3. I was contemplating how to sell my husband the great idea of a weekend road trip to NYC to Teachers College in October for their reunion so I could see Mo Willems AND Lucy Calkins all in one day. Hmmm….
 4. I have a new dog, bringing us to three. He’s a rescue collie from Tri-State Collie rescue. Anything I know about collies is due to the reading I did when I was little. He is the best dog.
 5. I am so excited to attend NCTE/ALAN this November! It’s been too long!
6. My youngest child is in the grade that I taught for fifteen years.
7. I’m still always looking for the next best book!
 
Here is the first of 15 bloggers that I’m recognizing as Versatile Bloggers:
 
Others will be forth coming. I think I might be able to sleep!
 

Central Ohio’s Got Talent! August 28, 2010

How exciting! A first successful week of school is under our belts and we have a get-together planned for  Central Ohio KidLit bloggers at our favorite indy children’s bookstore. Not only that, but the event ties in with a great author visit and a trip to a favorite eatery.

How could it get better? It’s hard, but today news came through the KidLit blog pipe that  Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers won NCTE’s Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing! How does one find out they have won the award? With a phone call from none other than Katie Wood Ray!

Holy Cow!  I can’t even imagine answering the phone and hearing that southern drawl?

I first met Julie when I was fortuatnte enough to attend The Literacy Connection’s Carl Anderson visit 2 Aprils ago. Participants got to see Julie in action with Carl and her students in her Hilliard, Ohio classroom. A KidLit friend introduced us, it turned out she also had started a blog AND had taught with my former co-teacher in another life in another district. Small World!

Julie happens to be one of “them” that I refer to in my guest post over at Two Writing Teachers. If she happened to read that article, she probably didn’t know she was a “them” for me. Julie is one of “them” because she made the time for writing in her life both through the Central Ohio Writing Project AND her own classroom. She had a writing club! Ah…

One of her first posts on her blog was about the writing community her principal and fellow teachers were forming. Wow! The dedication…I still can dream of that day…

Congratulations Julie! What a deserving winner. May you continue to be an inspiration for people not just in your school, classroom, and community, but even further with the audience of your blog.

 

Maybe I Should Have Looked in the Freezer… January 19, 2010

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I couldn’t find my socks today. Perhaps like Hobo Bob from Wayside School, I should have looked in the freezer.

I do actually know that the freezer is one place the socks definitely aren’t. My freezer is empty, but my house is full of boxes. The socks lurk in one of the many unpacked boxes. I should be looking for them right now, but books are on my brain. Maybe I couldn’t find my socks, but I did take time to meet my Kidlit Book Blogger friends yesterday to celebrate the Newbery announcements with breakfast and a trip to the awesome Cover to Cover! Some would question my priorities, but if you know me….

My husband and I both grew up in the small town we live in. When we met, we both lived in the village, and when we were first married we loved the many plusses of being able to walk to the library, to school, etc. Needing more space than our home had for children and dogs, we spent the last eleven years outside of town, hoping to move back into the village at some point. I might not know where those socks are, but I am thrilled to be back in walking distance of the library, school, and have the built in exercise of dogs that need multiple walks a day. I love our 1920′s home with the old woodwork and old house charm and quirks! Today my friend told me it reminds her of the original book Cheaper by the Dozen and for me it brings back memories of illustrations from the Betsy and Tacy books for me! Yet another thing to love about our move-a house that brings back happy childhood reading memories for myself and my friends!

Back to 2010 Newbery awards! While I was disappointed to have not predicted (or read-yikes!) any of the Newbery winners, I was thrilled that Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me won! She was delightful at NCTE this fall and having a personalized, autographed copy of the book is pretty darn cool! It’s been in my TBR pile, but my daughter got to it first. She really enjoyed it and loved how the cover came together for her like pieces in a puzzle as she read.

Great job to fellow bloggers A Year of Reading’s Mary Lee and Franki, Literate Lives’ Karen and Bill, and Cover to Cover’s Beth and Sally on reading and having the winner on their short list.  Check out their blogs for the group photo.

Also in my TBR pile are Newbery Honor The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer Figg and Printz Honor Book Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith. I picked up When The Mountain Meets the Moon. 

Printz winner Going Bovine was the 2010 Printz winner, so I’ll give myself credit for having read that one already. What an interesting, funny, quirky book. All winners can be found at ALA.

Big oops over at Random House for announcing the award winners on Twitter before ALA announced. Wonder if anyone lost their job over that faux-pas!

 

Fourth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge May 16, 2009

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As the planning of a Summer Reading Kick-Off Event (flyers go home Monday electronically to families) and the dreaming of reading books under a shade tree merge, it’s the perfect time to plan on taking part of the Fourth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge (Check it at Mother Reader).

I’ve started my stack with The Mysterious Benedict Society by and Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky and am looking forward to a get-together during those 48 hours with the Central Ohio KidLit Bloggers

 

Dublin Literacy Conference 2009 February 21, 2009

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The “Sisters”

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Barbara O’Connor

Blogger Friends

Even though the day started early (with great coffee) and is just ending (with more coffee), it was filled with good learning and good friends from work and Blogging!

 

P.S. for James Preller-See Bill was there!

 

My husband says I’m addicted to the Internet January 29, 2009

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I don’t think I agree with him. Completely. Part of my “addiction” might also be described as an over-reliance on the Internet. I still do plenty of non-internet activities. 

E-mail, Google Calendar-they are a necessary part of my working life. I love that Google Calendar e-mails me my calendar for the day at 4:34 a.m. and that I can have it send reminders about items as often as I like. 

Blogs, Twitter-I am pretty fascinated by the instantaneous access to information.  No longer do I have to wait until the next day to read about Gov. Strickland’s State of the State address. Multiple sources of info are tweeted, posted, and blogged-almost instantly as the speech takes place. 

I don’t think it’s an addiction or an over-reliance. I’ve decided to embrace those 21st Century Technologies as they appear-try to figure out the good and the bad of them to decide if they’ll be helpful to me in any part of my life and then move on.  

Being me, I will feel the need to add some more about the good and the bad over the next several days, so be prepared. Or just skip the blog entries or notes on this topic.

 

Central Ohio KidLit Bloggers get together to celebrate Award Winning Books January 26, 2009

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img_1706Central Ohio KidLit Bloggers just can’t get enough of Cover to Cover or books! To celebrate the annoucements of the award winners, we met at our favorite book store and then had dinner at Northstar Cafe. It can’t get much better than that!

Me (Bestbookihavenotread), Karen (half of Literate Lives ), Sally Oddi (bookstore owner extraordinaire!), Katie (Creative Literacy),  Authentic Learner authors,  Franki Sibberson (half of A Year of Reading), author Amjed Qamar (Beneath My Mother’s Feet), and Mary Lee (other half of A Year of Reading).

I’m sure you’ve read the Newbery announcements, but here you go:

Newbery
The Graveyard Book-Neil Gaiman (posted MouseCircus link last week, but just bought tonight)-Franki wins since she and Sally are the only two who have already read it!

Honors:

The Underneath-Kathi Appelt (reviewed here-so glad it is recognized for the amazing book it is!)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (started, but loaned to a student and haven’t finished)

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson 

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle

Caldecott:  The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson (Love her Tweets and her book To Be Like the Sun! Will need to purchase this asap!)

 

 
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