IMM 13 & misc.catching up

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello blogging world! It's been a while!
I am actually alive and well, even though I've been missing from this blog for, oh three months or so... Basically, this summer, I was taking grad classes online, reading books, and blogging. Then at the end of July I went to a teacher workshop in Virginia (which was AMAZING) and when I got back, I realized that I hadn't done anything to prepare for the new school year...and found out I'd have 30 students instead of the 21 I had last year. Since then, I've been in a frantic world of teaching, planning, grading, and of course, grad school.
So...In My Mailbox this week, I had a great surprise! One of my professors published a book about differentiated instruction and included some of my work in it! So on Monday, I came home to find a copy in my mailbox! (Pages 95 and 96 are my ideas.)

Other goodies came weeks ago, but during my "OMG my world is crashing down" phase, so I'm just now getting them on here. James from Book Chic sent me the following to use in my classroom:
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn
School of Fear: Class is Not Dismissed by Gitty Daneshvari
President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
& a bunch of fun book marks.
And two weeks ago, on a trip to Philadelphia, I scored a copy of The Words We Live By by Linda Monk, which is a book about the Constitution - another of my passions. She also signed it for me!
Other than that, things have been pretty boring. I've been reading at a much slower rate than normal, but have read some good books! I'm hoping to catch up by doing some mini reviews in the next few weeks...
So that's what's been going on in my about you?
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