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Learning Goes Two Ways

July 10, 2013

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I found this photo today while doing some scanning.  Although I wouldn’t try skateboarding now, I’m glad I did.  Donnie, the student in the picture with me, was so proud to be the teacher for a change.  For once he was the expert and I was the novice. We all need to trade places with […]

Top 10 Signs You Read Too Much British Literature

February 2, 2013

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10. You change your spellcheck settings to British English so you won’t get words like “colour” and “curiousity” marked incorrectly spelled. 9. You name your daughter Emma, Jane, Mary, Lydia, Elizabeth or Anne. 8. You get excited when you’re at the UF College of Pharmacy and meet a man named Charles Dickens in the cafeteria […]

21st Century Dinosaurs

April 12, 2012

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A teacher I know was recently told that she was a dinosaur because she preferred books to iPads or Kindles.  A dinosaur?  We both thought that was a little harsh.  No, she doesn’t rush out to buy the latest tech gadget as soon as it comes out.  But she’s no Luddite; she is open to […]

Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian

April 12, 2012

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In October 2011 I took a very new career path.  I moved from the librarian at a private school to a middle school ELA teacher at a charter school.  While I adore my students and enjoy the subject area, I’m beginning to think I might miss being a librarian. For example, whenever I see students […]

The Newest Must-Have Gadget

March 29, 2011

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Great article today from The New York Times about which gadgets you should keep, and which you can give away. I love what the author, Sam Grobart, had to say about books: BOOKS Keep them (with one exception). Yes, e-readers are amazing, and yes, they will probably become a more dominant reading platform over time, […]

46 year old Returns to 2nd Grade

March 22, 2011

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Today I went to one of our 2nd grade classes to view their bat book.  The students were so proud and excited.  At the same time, I was listening to their vocal tones to see what I would have to teach them in our upcoming project.  They did a superb job with great intonation, phrasing […]

Death and Dying

March 17, 2011

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Author’s note:  I’ve been attending a 7th grade Hebrew class while they learn about Jewish death and burial customs and traditions. My Grandaddy Jim died when I was 9 years old. But I still remember him every day. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, love of books, and love of […]