Posted in Book Nook

June Reading Recap

June was a light reading month. With the end of the school year, my brother’s high school graduation, a family vacation, and my continued job search, I most definitely dropped the ball on reading. That being said, this is what I managed to read:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oates

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Posted in Book Nook, Classroom Ideas

Classroom Library

I am a firm believer in reading. And I am a firm believer that English teachers have an obligation to encourage reading. Not just reading for class, but reading for reading’s sake. I also feel that the best way to encourage reading is to have a classroom library and encourage students to explore it.

I don’t yet have a classroom to call my own, but I hope to in the very near future. In the meanwhile, I’ve been collecting books for my future classroom library whenever possible. I’ve gone through my own store of books and put aside the ones I plan on incorporating. I’ve also been searching for free books whenever possible and stashing away the ones I think I want to include.

Once I’ve secured a classroom of my own I plan on going to the Book Barn. If you’ve never been there you’re definitely missing out. It’s in Niantic, CT, and it’s amazing. There are so so so many books and they are so reasonably priced because they are all used. Used doesn’t mean beat up though. The books are amazing and the selection is unbelievable.

If you have any suggestions for how to build a classroom library, please let me know in the comments. Until then, happy reading!

BB

Posted in Book Nook

Book Reflection #2

It’s no secret that I’ve been reading a crazy amount lately. I’ve been going through books like there’s no tomorrow; luckily there continues to be both tomorrow and more books.

Last week I read Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge. It’s a mystery, and I do love mysteries. But this mystery was far darker than what I normally read. Typically I read lighter mysteries. Mysteries with happy people and happier endings. This mystery was dark from page one.

This probably isn’t a book I would have chosen for myself. My brother got it for Christmas and was nice enough to share it with me. He read it first and highly recommended it, and from page one I was hooked. I read it in less than 24 hours because I just had to know what happened.

One of the things I love about this book is that even though it was nearly 400 pages, the chapters were short. Some of them were only a page or two. That allowed for me to read quickly and take in a lot of the story all at once. It’s also part of how I read the book so fast. I moved through the chapters so quickly, and I just had to know what happened next and next and next.

This isn’t the book for everyone. It’s definitely dark and twisty. At the same time, I would definitely recommend it. It kept me completely intrigued and wanting to know more the entire time I was reading. To me, that’s a sign of a good book.

BB

Posted in Regular Update

Hello, 2016!

I’m the type of person who gets excited about the new year. I feel that it holds endless opportunities and adventures and so many other fun and exciting things. Here’s what’s on my mind right now.

I am excited to share 2016 with all of you.

I can’t wait to share the books I’m reading. And feel free to share what you’re reading with me.

I am planning on blogging more regularly this year than I did last year.

Very shortly this blog will be 1 year old. I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I started englishnook. Where has the time gone?

Grad school is done. School in general is done for me, at least for the time being. That’s never been an event in my life before. I’ve always had school, and I’m excited to have more free time.

I’m looking forward to growing professionally. I have a new job that I love, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

What’s new with all of you? What do you have in store for 2016? Let me know!

BB

Posted in Food for Thought, Regular Update

Updating and Pondering

First, a simple update. I have finished grad school! My certification paperwork is in the works. I am moving into the next chapter of life, and I am very excited about all of that. I am currently substitute teaching and looking for jobs. I am also very excited about the holidays and everything the future holds.

Now to move onto the pondering. I have a journal where I keep notes for this blog, teaching ideas, teaching resources, professional development notes, and all sorts of other job related things. This journal goes to work with me every day. And sometimes when I’m at work I just sit and think. Today I started thinking about technology and the classroom and how the two relate and all sorts of other related things. And as I thought I came up with a list of questions. I thought that here would be a great place to share those questions and see what all of you thought.

  • What are good ways to use cell phones in the classroom?
  • What are good ways to bring technology into the classroom?
  • How can technology be used for differentiation?
  • How can social media connect to English class?
  • How can students connect with English class?
  • How can writing be made fun and accessible?
  • What are ways students can connect with older/classic texts?
  • What are students reading and how can that be brought into the classroom?
  • How can grammar be fun?
  • How can I get my students to read on their own and on a regular basis?
  • How can I make a great class library?
  • What are good ways to connect texts to today’s world?
  • How can I make reading and writing relevant?

I’m sure that with time I’ll add more questions to the list. And please feel free to share your own questions with me or give me your thoughts on my questions.

BB