• books,  librarian

    Teachers Are Readers, Too!

    Most teachers consider themselves lifelong learners. At North Greenville University, that was actually one of the criteria for student teaching – prove you are a lifelong learner. At the time, I thought that was dumb, but as I continue to grow as an educator, I see the value of it. There are lots of ways to learn, educate yourself, and continue to hone your craft. You can attend conferences (whether in-person or virtual), go to professional developments, grow a PLN or connect with other teachers. But one of the best ways (and the focus of this blog) is to read professional books. Now, not all books are created equal –…

  • books,  librarian

    Mapril Madness Tournament of Books!

    The coronavirus certainly made things in the education world a little difficult. Teachers had to design eLearning plans on the fly, grading is different, and parents are having to monitor their children’s usage of the Chromebooks – are they really doing work or are they just playing NitroType? It affected my “work” as an aspiring librarian as well. Not only did I end up having to complete my practicum hours by watching webinars but my March Madness Tournament of Books – something that had been going really well in the first two weeks of March, when we were in school – kind of fizzled out once all the kids were…

  • books,  librarian,  media specialist,  Uncategorized

    Blind Date with a Book Success!

    So, last month was my first big project as a fake “librarian” in my school. Since I’m doing my practicum this semester, I’m doing different activities in my library to get hours and to get practice as a librarian. My first big project/display was a “Blind Date with a Book” display for the month of February and it was a much bigger success than I expected! Woo-hoo! Today’s blog is going to recap what I did to set-up the Blind Date display, how I monitored it, and some of the key takeaways. That way, if you’re an aspiring librarian you can get some suggestions for how to do this in…

  • beta club,  books,  classroom,  literacy,  new books,  reading,  school,  students,  teacher,  teachers,  teaching,  teaching books,  Uncategorized

    For the Love of a Book, Week 16

    My “For the Love of a Book” series is back!! Mostly because I’m back. I still don’t think many are reading my blog (and that’s a crying shame because it’s awesome) but I’m going to keep resolutely pushing forward! I’ve been doing a lot of reading this summer and so today I am going to recommend an author, rather than one particular book. I don’t know how I missed this author and his books but I read one this summer and fell.in.love! Then I read his other four books in like a week. They are that good. His name is Alan Gratz. You may already be familiar with his work…

  • #starringthesixers,  back to school,  books,  classroom,  librarian,  literacy,  marshall,  marshall university,  media specialist,  reading,  teacher,  teaching

    Looking Ahead to Next Stages

    I think that, in life, it’s important to find your passion. It just doesn’t make sense to me to go through life doing something you don’t enjoy. Why be miserable when you can be happy? Now, I do understand that some people, through circumstances or choices or whatever, are not able to live their passion in their job but I have always thought that it is important to be happy at what you do. I enjoy my job (most days). I love who I work with and I love who I work for. On most days, I even love every single one of my students, except maybe when they’re screaming…

  • #starringthesixers,  beta,  beta club,  beta convention,  books,  brandon mull,  fablehaven,  reading,  students,  teacher,  teaching

    For the Love of a Book, Week 15

    The only problem with these “For the Love of a Book” weekly posts is that I tend to re-read books I like and so I am having trouble coming up with books that I haven’t done yet! Solution? Read new books! I am going to have to get on that… For this week, I am going to show how a book can come to life! This whole week has been dedicated to blog posts about the Beta Convention and today is no different. One of the competitions we look forward to the most is Living Literature, where students recreate a scene from a book. Last year, we did The Lion,…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  books,  classroom,  new students,  new teacher,  new year,  reading,  sixth grade,  student engagement,  students,  summer,  teacher,  teaching books

    Reading Teacher Books Should Count as Professional Development!

    Over the summer, I have tried to do summer break things. I have hung out at the animal shelter (probably way too much), spent time with family, watched way too many episodes of Bones and Say Yes to the Dress, and taken a lot of naps. Ahhh…summer.But I have also gotten bored. And itchy to get started with school prep because I always try to do something new, bigger, and better each year. So not only did I work on new lesson materials and my new classroom theme (which I will reveal in a new blog series starting next week so stay tuned!!) but I read several new teaching books.And that’s…

  • #starringthesixers,  a dog and his girl mysteries,  academics,  books,  classroom,  goodwill,  literacy,  new books,  reading,  sixth grade,  students,  teacher,  teaching

    For the Love of a Book, Week 14

    It’s time for another installment of “For the Love of a Book!” And I know you’re super-duper excited. I’m going to attempt to keep this one short because I have a zillion errands to run today (I’m hunting all the Goodwills in a 30 mile radius for camo cargo pants for my time traveler costume) so here we go! Today’s book recommendation is actually another Goodwill find. I swear, I cannot go into a Goodwill and not come out with at least 5 books. According to my records on LibraryThing, I have 549 books in my classroom library. Now, I know that’s probably not accurate because my books tend to grow legs…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  books,  classroom,  literacy,  reading,  teacher

    For the Love of a Book, Week 13

    Welcome back to my favorite series, all about books that are awesome! I love books. In two weeks, there’s a “First Thursday” book sale from our local library system and I am so pumped. I love buying books and I especially love getting new books for my classroom.Today, though, I’m going to leave my typical ‘what book am I recommending this week’ format and talk about something that’s on my mind lately. So hang on and feel free to chime in.I believe that books for young adults and even middle-grades are becoming more and more inappropriate. I am constantly worried about the level of ‘adult’ content that we are exposing…

  • #starringthesixers,  academics,  books,  classroom,  gordon korman,  literacy,  reading,  students,  ungifted

    For the Love of a Book, Week 12

    Okay, okay, okay. I know…I’ve been MIA for a while now. Like a month. Probably no one has even noticed but if you have, my apologies. The end of the school year is crazy and then I just wanted to lie around and do nothing this first week of summer. But today I am starting to browse Pinterest for lesson ideas and so I thought I’d get back into my blog with today’s installment of “super awesome book you should definitely read and recommend.” You all know that I absolutely love Gordon Korman. When I go to book sales, the first books I look for are ones by Korman (although I’m…