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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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    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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    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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    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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    Piktograph: not the easiest task!


    Our county fair is coming up, and a few of us teacher folk decided to add our own little spin on the county fair with a bale decorating contest. This doesn’t have much to do with my Independent Learning Project, although it is still tied to my job at the …

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    My Tech Usage Logging- too much?


    I was asked to record 5 different 15 minute tech using times throughout last week, and I was able to sit back and take note of what exactly I use my phone for most.

    Monday July 17- 15 minutes, checked Facebook and text messages. Sitting in my chair on my …

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    Being Mindful- The key to life?


    So when I think of being mindful, it takes me to my religious beliefs. I was always told to be mindful of the relationship you have with God and pay attention to the things He is trying to tell you throughout your days. This for some reason comes to mind …

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    Finally getting back into the library!


    After a bit of a hiatus from my library work due to the final cleanings of floors and reapplying wax to the halls and rooms of the school- I was able to get back in my library this last Thursday. I feel a little bit like I have been removed …

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    Just Google it!


    Have you ever googled yourself? The information that google can find is no doubt just as amazing as a personal investigator at times. In my case, I didn’t find that much information. Just your typical everyday information, who my relatives are, my address, how old I am, and an old …

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    ds106: Inspiring Digital Creativity


    I’m not going to lie, as soon as I popped on to the ds106 website- I thought okay there is no way my brain is going to wrap around this. I actually put it off most of the week and decided I needed to be in the right mindset to …

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    Giving this library new life…eventually


    Perseverance is the key, I believe in many aspects of life. If you just keep at it, you’ll reap rewards…eventually. “Eventually” has been the resounding word since I started working on the library revamp a couple weeks ago. “Eventually, there will be a reading area”, “Eventually, the reference book section …

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    Cultivate your PLN: Grow relationships


    Through social media you can have multiple “serendipitous encounters” a day, how you utilize these encounters is up to you. In reading “How to cultivate a PLN: Tips from Howard Rheingold” Chuck Frey gives  Howard Rheingold’s 8 handy tips to think about when trying to have the best people in …

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