How awesome is this library program?! Not only can you sign out fishing gear, but you can sign out a day pass to local parks. Amazing!!!
About to make this surprisingly comfy chair at the library, my reading home for the next hour or so #chairlove
So I was wandering around the library this morning while waiting for a student. Happened upon this book and thought I should give it a shot. Anyone read this one? (I know, I'm 7 or 8 years behind the times)
Resource of the day - this is a great way to engage the more active/outdoorsy types, in an English classroom. Gets them reading and also provides great discussion points around what makes a good infographic and how to write thorough instructions (the book does not always succeed at this) #resources #teacherlife #engagement
It's finally that time of year again - have moved the chairs out to the reading shed (AKA she-shed) and can sit reading, basking in sunlight. This is just the first of many evenings I plan to spend here.
Today's resource is for some of my older students (and who am I kiddding, me too!) It covers so many different things, from getting a job/keeping it, dressing like a grown up, financial literacy, personal health, and so much more. Great to have students read small sections (relevant to their current life) as reading comprehension exercises. Learning + real life info = a huge win #resources #teacherlife
I knew from the start this book was going to rip my heart out & tear it into tiny pieces, yet I still was not prepared for the grief I'm feeling. A truly amazing novel that shows the best & worst of mankind, & everything in between. The 4 friends, & extended cast of characters, were all fascinating & wouldn't let me quit, even when the going got tough (which it did frequently.) Trigger warnings - any conceivable trigger is covered at some point.
One more for today...a book I use with my secondary students, despite its obvious target being much younger. I love how fun it is to explore a story in map form. It is a great way to get students thinking about not just setting, but how the characters *interact* with the setting over time #genius #notjustforkids
Today's nerd out over professional resources is this fascinating book relating to Russian Mennonite history, culture, and food. I have a very diverse population of students, and this is culturally relevant for many of them. #culture #food #history
More geeking out over professional resources. This is one of my favourites in terms of expanding my understanding of the situations and context of how my students live. If anyone has the chance to attend a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, you absolutely should attend!
I am such a nerd, but I LOVE a good resource book for school, and this one is fantastic. Teaching the art of debate and critical thinking skills, and then translating it into writing. So good for all those students who love to argue, but think that they aren't able to write
Just about to sit down with the book my uncle Hans wrote. He rarely talks about the war (he was a young child during WWII) and I am so excited to finally learn a bit more about his life. I do know he had to leave his parents home for several years due to the bombings in his hometown. This will likely be very eye opening!
Well, we're taking the plunge and getting a puppy! Won't likely be bringing a pup home until August, but might as well start the reading now while I'm still rested enough to do it. Figured this book was a good place to start - surely if he can train the tiger from The Hangover, he can teach me how to train my pup 🤣
Spring has officially arrived now that the sidewalks are clear enough to lace up my sneakers, instead of winter boots, for my audiobook walking sessions! 🌼🌿
Cannot praise this one enough. What could have been simply depressing or shock value, was written with care and poignancy. A look at a life both remarkable and tragic at the same time. Listening to this I cheered Sandra on, was frustrated by her actions, and wept for her. Ultimately I grew to love her spirit, as I hoped she would rise above her own trauma and interact differently with loved ones.
I can't begin to explain how hard hitting this was. Highly recommended! Can't sum it up, so here's a quotation to help
"The years have been quick; the days have been long and messy. Dawn till dusk trying to find our way back to ordinary, wondering every day why our existence must be so much more effort than it was before. Our tragedy will not be our crutch. We will not let it keep us from having a fully lived life. And yet we are so damn tired."
Had a wonderful, and busy, day chasing the god-children around. Finally home & have a chance to ice my injured knee (well...frozen mango it. Lol) and dive back into this memoir. If only I was eating the magos instead, it would be the perfect day 😊
Taking a break from the hard hitting Maslin memoir, to enjoy listening to the first Octavia Butler novel I ever read. My first time round I read on ebook, this time on audio. Quite enjoying the audio, although if I was not already familiar with the plot and names, it might be a bit tough to keep straight #octaviabutler #dawn #xenogenesis #lilithsbrood
"It's all a mind-fuck - a roller coaster barreling from peaks of gratitude to valleys of seething anger and resentment...Eventually though, I must learn to quiet the anger that...leaves me screaming inside...If I don't...I know I will harden - losing my balance and everything else I'm trying to protect."
#abi #tbi #caregiver
Spending my morning crying as I continue this book. So many things were different in terms of the medical/situational details, yet those same feelings were all there. Even the quotations she includes almost tear my heart out, knowing how much I experienced them on a gut level after my husbands injury #gutpunch
Just cried my way through the first 35 pages of this gem. Not sure that everyone would find it quite so emotional, but it took me back to my hours spent waiting for my husband to have a craniotomy done due to a head/brain injury. This is going to be a *tough* read, but I love everything she writes on her blog, so it will be totally worth it! #abi #tbi #hardlove #loveeverysecond ❤
Not sure if I like this more or less than Wild Seed, it needs to percolate in my mind for a bit longer, but I do know that Octavia Butler is a genius. I could easily live for many years reading nothing but her writing. She takes something like eugenics, & discusses it in such a way that at times you almost forget it's happening. I find myself being swallowed up in the characters & then all of a sudden being hit again with the enormity of the topic
Planning jewelry while listening to The Great Courses Death & Dying lectures. Bizarrely effective combination
This audiobook is one of the best I've ever listened to. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a memoir about not only the prisons others try to keep us in, but the ways we imprison ourselves. The most incredible part is the lack of bitterness that often accompanies memoirs in this vein. Truly remarkable
Can't even begin to explain how weird and wonderful this one is. Octavia Butler manages to paint the most intricate portraits of her characters, without ever resorting to flowery prose. And the subjects she tackles - wow! I'm left with a total love-hate relationship with Doro, & the feeling that his son Isaac and Sam Hamilton (from East of Eden) woud be great friends #brilliant #octaviaforthewin
Loving this book, but really struggling to put my finger on why it reminds me of East of Eden. In many ways Isaac reminds me of Sam Hamilton, but it's definitely more than that. I might drive myself crazy trying to figure it out - too bad I can't just let it go because then it would probably come to me in a second. Anyone who read this and got the same feeling I have?