1. @Brottmom

    Top books to use in the Classroom


    This was the hardest top list for me to create because I read a lot of books that were perfect for my sixth grade classroom, but knowing that there is a possibility that I will be in a different grade level next year I wanted to take this into account …

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    Top 10 Childhood Favorites- So Nostalgic!


    When I was thinking back to all the books that I read when I was young, I had some very nostalgic thoughts about those times and seeing those covers again while searching for pictures to add to this post. This is such a fun top ten post for me!

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    Would I ever do a mock Newbery?



    I have pondered this question for a while now and I believe that as a classroom educator it might be a difficult task! Not only difficult but take up quite a bit of time and a lot of planning for differentiation. I could see doing this an individual reading …

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    My Overall Top Ten


    Thinking back on this semester’s reading I must say that I have read more and been intentional about my reading than ever before. My list is a combination of early readers on up to young adult novels.


    Wonder by RJ Palacio


    Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens


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    Skype Renaissance- Author Visits Via Tech


    Growing up I had the same librarian from day 1 in elementary school until I left on the last day of 5th grade. Her name was Mrs. Kindred and she had the sweetest smile! She loved books, loved talking about her favorite authors and reading to all ages of kids. …

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    Shelf Control- ??


    My children have shelves and shelves of books- books I’ve bought them through book orders, their annual book from grandparents, book exchanges and even their board books from the showers that were held prior to their births. I feel as though I have read them each hundreds of times. Each …

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    Read-Alouds- Why are they important?


    I’m in my first student teaching experience of my professional year and I am getting to work with 6th grade students. This has been a true joy, because my students can hold meaningful conversations and share their ideas readily. But one thing that I have noticed about the sixth grade …

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    So I have been reading several novels in search of the perfect move for my class to read for our next novel study. I re-read Hatchet, Maniac Magee, and Touching Spirit Bear. All of these books are books I read many, many years ago so I definitely needed the refresher. …

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    Seeing Diversity in Children’s Literature


    Diversity is all around us, we see it in almost every facet of our daily lives. I do believe that as the world progresses people are becoming more open to diversity and accepting of the differences that exist in our world today. I know that I have became more open …

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    This week our football team will play in the football playoffs, our school is Co-Op’ed with another small local school for sports and this is there first ever playoff bout in co-op history. My son is the water boy for the football team and my husband is one of the …

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    Challenge Checkup



    When I originally wrote my reading challenge, I knew that I was only going to be getting busier with student teaching and all that is life around the Brott farm. I absolutely got busier and life has yet to slow down. Student teaching has been a great experience as …

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    This week I have a homecoming hangover! What a week it was, my little girl was honored with the duty of carrying the crowns for the senior homecoming court and received her own crown to wear as she pleases. Does she believe she is a princess now? Well, you might …

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    It’s Monday, What are you Reading?


    This week was homecoming week in Hayes Center, loads of fun and non stop evenings. I created literacy rich lessons for my students this week, that included stories from our reading series and also some short stories that were chosen by my students. With these stories we talked a lot …

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    First 8 Weeks Reading Reflection


    Caption: My son picked up The One and Only Ivan and has been enjoying for his “reading for enjoyment” book!

    Are there enough hours?

    If I were to reflect upon my first 8 weeks of reading I would tell you that it was a bit of a blur. My reading …

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    Creating a Reading Plan


    Each Sunday I plan lessons for my sixth grade class for the following week and make sure all of my copies are made, along with this planning I have a good set of fiction and nonfiction short stories I go through to find anything that may match up or connect …

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    Monday, What are you Reading?

    Old Yeller

    Because most of my reading now consists of reading that will be done with my 6th graders this is one that I have chosen to read with them. We are reading a shortened version of the book because it is just for the weeks lessons, but it has …

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    It’s Monday, What are you Reading?


    As the school starts to really catch a rhythm and I attempt to find the groove of the schedule with my children, I’ve found that the books I’m searching out are ones that I can read with my children. This week with my toddler we have been particularly interested in …

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    Ivan- One of my new FAVORITE Characters


    The one and only-

    When I started to read this book I’ll admit there was a line in the opening “chapters” that turned me off a bit. It went something like “we are distant cousins…”. Being a religious person, I don’t quite believe in the whole evolution theory brought about …

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    Is AR Really Worth the Hype?


    “So and so didn’t read enough books or pass enough tests to participate in the AR party this month, so they are in the principal’s office reading until they have met their goal”.

    I have been on the receiving end of this conversation many times as the elementary librarian. Accelerated …

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    It’s Monday, What are you reading?


    Many have watched the movie The Little Mermaid, it’s a Disney lover’s staple. Ariel takes on a rebellious side when she wants so badly to be human rather than a mergirl and decides to play with the dark side by making a deal with Ursula, the nemesis of the story. …

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    Let’s Read- There is time!


    This picture holds the little loves in my life, and also reminds me of the responsibility that I have been gifted. I’m supposed to foster curiosity, share love and educate these beautiful little faces. I can accomplish these three all within the pages of a book. – Hannah (I’m holding …

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    Create Great Readers…but how?


    I read through the interview with Donalyn Miller several times just to be sure I caught everything. I saw so many good things and some were honestly a bit hard to believe. Every student she has had has been turned into a reader? No bell ringers or warm ups? Read …

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    It’s Monday…what are you reading?


    15 Caldecott Books Reviewed and Loved

    -Locomotive- by Brian Floca

    A tale that takes you back to beginning a trains and the progression of a trip from the plains to the mountains and finally to the ocean. I actually read this book to my 5th grade library class and they …

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    Blogging is such a fun way to share feelings about many things, stories, recipes, etc. I have enjoyed blogging in other college courses and this one has begun to be an enjoyable blogging experience also. Reading children’s books is one of my most favorite things, especially when I have an …

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    Not Always a Reader


    I wouldn’t consider myself to have always been interested in reading, a good reader? Yes. But there have been many times in my life that I have read books that have captivated me and took me into someone else’s life so much to the point that I wonder if I …

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