I have tried keeping book journals before to keep track of my reading. It’s never worked out. For one thing, I read several books at once. I even keep books in my car for when I’m waiting in line. For another, I read for different purposes. I read to keep up with what is in vogue among my students. I read professional books. i read for research. I read for pleasure. I simply could not keep track of my reading in a paper journal.
Then I discovered GoodReads. In addition to keeping track of my books for me, I can participate in discussions about books. My book club is active on GoodReads; our book club readings are kept up-to-date and I can look ahead to future readings. I have even won free books on GoodReads.
i love the GoodReads app. I can scan the barcode or enter the ISBN to keep track of the exact edition. I can easily categorie a book on my “bookshelf” and I get to create my bookshelves according to my particular needs.
GoodReads is my favorite book journal.
Posted in Reviews ,Tech Tagged: Book reviews, Books, Goodreads, Reviews December 18, 2013
Attention, students! The walkout scheduled for noon has been rescheduled for 4:15. Please update your Instagrams, Facebooks, and Snapchats! If you do it, we’ll catch you!
Comments from Students in the Hall at 11:52
- Were you going to walk out?
- Who was going to walk out?
- Was ______ going to walk out?
- Why didn’t anyone tell me?
Posted in In School November 26, 2013
Red Ribbon Week began back in the 80s with the “Just Say ‘No’ to Drugs” campaign. PTA sponsors the themes and week. Students learn the dangerous effects of drugs and wear silly outfits to silly themes like “Tie One On for Drugs” where everyone wore a necktie.
I had just finished the dangers of marijuana PowerPoint when I turned to face my class. This was the point I always dreaded.
“Does anyone have any questions?”
A tall girl in the second row shyly raised her hand, then quickly jerked it down, before raising it again with more confidence.
I motioned to her to ask away.
“I’ve heard of the word before but what is marijuana?”
There is such innocence in that question and I rejoice that I have a thirteen-year old who doesn’t know what marijuana is.
Posted in In School ,Students Tagged: Red Ribbon Week November 24, 2013
Today was the day I most look forward to every fall at school: Thanksgiving Feast Day.
And I skipped it.
The Thanksgiving Feast has changed since the state changed the nutritional rules to meet federal guidelines: 600 calories for middle school lunches.
The Old Feast:
- gravy (white)
- green beans
- mashed potatoess
- whole wheat roll with butter
- cranberry sauce (whole berry)
- 1 piece of pumpkin pie
- (iced tea for teachers)
The New Feast:
- white gravy
- cranberry sauce
- green beans
- whole wheat roll, dry
I think the cranberry sauce counts as a dessert. There’s no more pie but the meal now meets federal guidelines.
So I had a turkey sandwich instead.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged: Thanksgiving November 21, 2013
“I need to see you, please.”
I hesitate. I’m passing out tests. Couldn’t the assistant principal come by later?
He motions, again.
I ask the students to sharpen their pencils while I go to the door.
“I need you to read this.”
He hands me a paper. At the top are the words “Pending Alternative Education Placement.” Underneath is the explanation: Weapons – Possession.
My heart sinks and breaks.
Two days ago, I heard from this same student, “Miss. I’m new to your class.Where do I sit?”
I motioned him over to the only empty seat in the classroom. My room is stuffed with 32 desks. He’s just filled the last seat.
Fortunately, the day’s assignment was a prewrite. As I look over his work, I realize he’s a pretty good writer. He’s got good ideas although atrocious spelling.
He was absent yesterday.
Word all over the teacher’s lounge at lunch was that a student had to be taken down by the officers. Someone reported that a 6th grader had spotted an unknown student being hauled off in handcuffs into a police car.
I think, now, I know who that student was. I wish I didn’t.
Posted in In School Tagged: at school, DAEP, middle school, new student October 21, 2013