Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Titles week 2

Look at me!  I'm posting two weeks in a row!  Granted, I should be posting more...but at least I'm getting somewhere.  I'm going to try really hard to post a Tuesday Title every week.  I'm hoping, as I become more consistent, that I might turn this into a linky.  We'll see though.

Anyway, here's my title for this week:


That's right!  The Book with No Pictures!  If you haven't heard of this book, it literally lives up to it's name.  There are no pictures.  Instead, it has pages like this:

The book is HILARIOUS!  It's all in the way you read the story and how ridiculous you can be.  My 4th graders loved it.  And if my 4th graders liked you, you know your kids will like it.

Try it, let me know how it goes in your class.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday Titles

So, it occurred to me (well, repeatedly) that I don't post as often as I want to.  I just can't "find the time" to post.  Or, sometimes it's the content.  What will I post?  So, I thought to myself...I should try to do something weekly.  And maybe, one day, make it a linky party.  But what?

And then it occurred to me...I have read a lot of good books lately...why not share them?

So...Tuesday Titles it is...
every Tuesday I will be sharing a book I've read lately.  I'll try to stick to books that will be good for your classroom, or your professional development, but if I read something that I want to share, I will.

So, for my first Tuesday Title, I wanted to share the first book in a trilogy...


The first book, The Wishing Spell, of the Land of Stories series is amazing.  The story takes well-known fairy tales and flips them.  Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Mother Goose, Goldilocks...they're all here.

The main characters are a set of siblings, who get transported into the Land of Stories.  This story would be a great read aloud for the elementary ages, or as a book study for 5th-7th(ish).  There are so many things you can do with this story...compare what we "know" about fairy tales with the characters in the story, use the story to introduce new characters of our own, etc.

There are other books in this series, with more adventure around every corner.

Have you read this book?  What could you do with it in your class?

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's January again...

That's right...it's time for another Currently post with


If you've never linked up before, go do it!  It's probably my favorite link up, and one of my favorite bloggers!

Anyway, here goes...



Listening: When I started this, I was listening to music by Eli Lieb.  But then the wifey got out of the shower so we turned on Big Bang Theory.  I love this show...but watching it back-to-back makes me want to hit Sheldon.  :-P

Loving: I am loving that I still have a few days left of break.  There are a lot of things I want to get done, and I have been busy up to this point.

Thinking & Wanting: I'm putting these two together because they go together.  I am thinking about everything that I need to get done the next few days, and I want to get off my keister and get it done.  I need to plan for next week and grade a stack of papers and clean out my middle room (full of stuff that I've brought home from work) and organize the office and rearrange the book nook and read a book (or two) and create my first book study.  Sheesh.  That's a lot to get done.

Wanting: I always want more money...but this time I would just settle for one extra paycheck.  :-P

Yes: I WILL lose weight this year.  My wife and I have even signed up for an exercise class at the school district's wellness center.

Maybe: After years of trying, the wifey and I have officially decided to adopt.  It's a "maybe" because adopting in Florida is crazy expensive.  So we're starting the process and just hoping to get through all of the steps as fast as possible.  That way prospective moms can start seeing us on the list.

I wish: FSA is our new state assessment.  Since I'm the ESE teacher, I'm not expecting Level 3 and up.  But I'm just hoping for some level 2s.  I also know that if my ESE kids are level 1s, then one or two of the teachers at my school are just going to eat that up.  I'd really like to just shut them up and prove that I do know what I'm doing.  Ughh.

Anyway, thanks for sticking out this long post!