I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reading with students

Yesterday I was helping an 8th grader with a reading assignment. He had to read "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry and answer a few questions. I remembered the story but needed to re-read the story because some of the questions were text specific.

Anyway, as I read the story silently I laughed at the descriptions and dialogue. My student asked why was I laughing as I read. I told him it was because I saw pictures in my mind and what was happening was funny. Sadly, he said he didn't get that when he read.

Wishing for pictures in my students' minds when they read.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Obsessed with a trilogy

We watched the movie Divergent recently. I had seen parts of it but never sat thru the whole movie.
There was a copy of the book in the room I share at school, so I thought I would compare the book and the movie. The book is better. Then I had to find out what happens next, so I read Insurgent. Stayed up late one night and finished it in 3 days. 

Now I'm reading the 3rd book. It is hard to put down. 

I have other books checked out but can't seem to break away from reading this series.
Have you ever had to keep reading a book? 
Looking forward to finishing but also dreading the end.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Busy Spring Break

A few random photos of flowers Mr. M. kept covering to keep from freezing. The broken sticks are to keep the covers from crushing the plants. And then it didn't get as cold as predicted.




The week has flown by. Last Friday we drove to Memphis to see Garrison Keillor at the Orpheum. Thanks Joey & Jessie for the tickets. He was joined by his pianist Mitch? and singer Heather Masse. It was an entertaining evening of stories and songs.

Then back home-time change-long list of to-do/to-sew/to-read items.
Checked off
Tax forms completed and sent
Cat Sitter book read
Turbo Twenty-three (Janet Evanovich's latest book) read
Ava's Quillow finished
David's Quillow started
Liam and David entertained
Mom's patio chairs painted-Thanks Mr. M
Fannie Flag book read
Recent photos printed and put in photo album!
Fudge made with Liam's help
Four bunny ear drawstring bags made

I think that's it. I didn't think I would get that much done. There are a few things on the list that have to wait for Sunday night-emails and school stuff.

How was your week?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I recommend these books

Well, back to my original purpose for this blog...
I am recommending two books for my many readers.

Tuesdays with Morrie came my way because two of my high school students are reading it in English. They had to have a copy of the book and asked me to buy it. They work after school and weren't sure when they would be able to get to a bookstore. I bought it on a Friday and couldn't get it to them until Monday... so.... I read it on Saturday. It is a great book for thinking about life. Not sure 10th graders are going to be that wild about it but if you haven't read it, you should.

The other book was a Christmas present. I had it on the list to read but had not gotten around to buying it or getting it from the library. The thing I like about Dispatches from Pluto is the writer's perspective on my home state, especially the Delta. We lived in the Delta for a short time in the 70's.
It is a different kind of place. Not at all like the Mississippi of my childhood and youth. Mr. M. wasn't as fond as I was of this book. Maybe you have to be from Mississippi to connect with it.

Now a few photos of flowers to finish up this post.

Weird February weather today but these flowers brightened my day.

Read a good book?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mid Winter Musings

In the bleak mid-winter...
In Mississippi it isn't too bleak. Sure the days are shorter and the weather is unpredictable but there are still plenty of growing things around our house.

The baby doll bed has a healthy crop of hardy succulents and the viney things in the corner will continue to live through the cold in their protected space near the bubbling fountain.

Violas and parsley are doing well in this pot and Mr. M recently planted pansies in a sunny spot.

These red berries look festive by the front door. I think if the birds get hungry enough, the berries will get eaten.

I'm enjoying all the Christmas music on PBS-TV and radio.
What am I reading? I've started a binge on mysteries by Leslie Meier. The setting is Maine. It's not hard to visualize since we visited Maine on our way to PEI a few summers ago.

This two week break is flying by. I'm trying to savor each day and not hurry back to thoughts of work.
How about you? Do you like this time of year?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Summer Books from ILA Convention

Here are three books I received this summer at the ILA Convention. I may have mentioned in an earlier post that I mailed a box of books to myself from Boston. One good reason to attend the conference is all the free books that publishers give away to the attendees. 

These books are for young adults-mature middle and high school students. Most of my students aren't ready to read on this level, so I'm giving these away to a friend who teaches high school English.

Unexpected Everything is a great book about an independent girl who rigidly organizes her life and finds in the course of the book that experiencing unexpected things can be rewarding.

The Graces really pulls the reader into the narrator's life and explores the manipulation of teens from different view points. The ending is very surprising.

Iron Cast is science fiction that travels back in time to the early 1900's to an imaginary place where some people use the arts to create fantasy situations for all who see or hear. These special people are misunderstood, hated, and feared. A great way to explore differences in people.

I enjoyed reading these books and the others in the box. Can't wait for next summer to get some more books to preview.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November's almost gone

The month is almost over and it is feeling like fall.
I was inspired to do a little fall planting.
Added violas to this pot with a geranium.

I decided to convert the doll bed into a succulent garden. I hope these make it thru the winter.
The parsley has been moved into the pot with the geranium.

I finished reading the books I was given at ILA in July. Most of the books were for middle and high school students and are too hard for my students to enjoy. I'm passing them on as door prizes at the reading conference in a few days.

This book is now in stores and was a good read. Target audience-teen girls.

What are you reading?