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IMWAYR: Begin the Holiday Reading!

I looked at my Goodreads account before I left for the NCTE Annual Convention and I found that I’m 53 books behind my goal. Whoa! It’s time to begin reading again and I need to post my titles on Goodreads, apparently. I’m starting over this week with the reading categories: Physical Books,, and NetGalley (I’m SO BAD about NetGalley, but there are some new titles that I’m excited about).

Physical Books: Nonfiction November includes a new title I heard about at an all-members session at NCTE. I will read What the Fact? Finding the Truth In All the Noise by Dr. Seema Yasmin this week. Dr. Yasmin’s talk was so interesting! I can’t wait to dig into this book that is NOT about “fake news.” (You’ll see what that means when you read it.) My guilty pleasure in TV-land is watching episodes of Friends, so I had to check out Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry. I find his story sad, but it sounds like he’s coming back to life. One can only hope.

NetGalley: NCTE inspired me to gather some new titles from my reading/writing friends. Jasmine Warga’s newest, A Rover’s Story, was released in October and I’m excited to read it since I love everything Jasmine writes. Torrey Maldonado’s Hands and T.P. Jagger’s Hide and Geek #2: The Treasure Test both come out in February 2023.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you find time to reflect and rejoice this week.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs each week.

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Middle Level Matters — #NCTE17

The NCTE Annual Conference began with a question from the #middlelevelmatters meeting: What would YOU write about? This year is the 25th anniversary for the professional journal, Voices From the Middle, and a special edition was unveiled. (Thank you for the copy, NCTE!) This collection of past articles from the journal inspired talk, about struggles and celebrations, and included a challenge — to write.

What will I write about? I’ll write about my reading, my thinking, and my goals for the future as a literacy educator. Since I love sharing my learning, I hope you will join me.

I’ll consider the hashtag presented last Thursday evening: #middlelevelmatters. Middle school is a crazy time for students and their teachers, and I love the days I spend living in the mix of it all. The three main take-aways presented at the NCTE conference about middle level learners are: 1) they need a voice, 2) they need choice, and 3) they need to know that someone loves them.

Stay tuned for posts about these three vital parts of middle level education.

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Slice of Life Tuesday: Starting a New Club for Those Slicers NOT going to NCTE!

I’m starting a new club — who wants to join?

Requirement for my club: You will NOT be attending the FABULOUS NCTE conference at the Gaylord Resort at National Harbor this week! (#NCTE14)

Just kidding.

I WAS going, but…you know, life. And money. And work. Well, I will definitely be logged in on Twitter and Facebook to see all the wonderful learning posts and all the reunion comments by those in attendance.  I will be working, going to the orthodontist with my daughter, grading reading and writing notebooks, and attending a parent conference. Later this weekend, I will complain of the cold, make some crock pot dinner, and watch movies with a cup of hot tea. Then, I will try to get some Christmas shopping done, pay the bills, and read more books. Finally, I will let the dog out, write some essays, and get some sleep… and dream of “next time” –when I will be able to attend the conference and meet all of my Slicer friends in person!

Have a great week everybody!