Today...is a wrap your hands around a mug of hotness and settle in. All week the weather has been up and down and we have been told that we were going to get snow. Well, you can't really call what we have gotten snow, but it has been cooler and there has been some rain. I love this kind of weather and I love getting a cup of something warm and cuddle in, usually with a book.
Today... I discovered the author Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She wrote several children's books and even some fun ones for adults. I have to be honest in saying that I haven't read any of her books. I didn't live in the picture book world for every long before I moved to fourth grade and the adventures of middle grade books. I found her through Instagram and one of my favorite authors. Today is Amy's birthday, and the first one since she passed away about six weeks ago from cancer. I spent the morning pouring over Amy's Instagram page and her blog. This woman inspires me. I can't wait to start on my own Project 1,2,3.
Today...leaves us with fourteen days of school left. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what I am gong to do this summer. It's almost time to build my Summer Adventure list. I do know that there will be lots of books read and lots of naps taken.
What are you up to today?
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Lately I have been reading a book called The Pages Between Us by by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom.
In the book Olivia and Piper have a notebook that they write to each other in and pass during passing periods at school because they no longer have class together and can't talk as easily. I love the idea and the format of the book.
But mostly I like what each girl writes at the end of each letter. They make a list of five things they are grateful for. I have thought a lot about this the past few weeks I have been reading it. I really like the idea. I myself need to focus on the things that I am grateful for more often. Some times the girls had a hard time coming up with five, but they always did. Some days it is hard to find things to be grateful for, but I feel like this applies to that also:
If you can't thing of anything to be grateful for, you aren't thinking hard enough.
I am going to start thinking harder each day.
Here are a few things I have been thankful this week:
-The amazing growth our students have shown on their districts tests
-Blogging twice in one day (but making myself wait to post)
-Being able to pay off a credit card
-Automatic coffee makers
-Friendships that form when you least expect it
What are you grateful for?
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Four years ago I stumbled on to Two Writing Teachers and the adventure of Slice of Life. Each March they have the Slice of Life Challenge and encourage writers to write everyday for the whole month. They even challenge writers in the classroom to participate. So, I pitched it to my class and got four girls to join me. I loved it, even though I myself wasn't successful with the challenge.
Now, is my chance to redeem myself! Fourth times a charm right? Oh wait, that's the third.
This year, most of my class said that they wanted to do it. We rounded up notebooks and recovered some of the old covers and are ready. I kept forgetting that it starts tomorrow and they would say they were so excited for Wednesday and I always had to ask why. I am hoping that this isn't an omen to how I am going to do. Did I mention that I have not ever been successful with this challenge?
I want to do this. I want to succeed. I want to be a writer, even if is is only for this month. I know that I am going to need topics to write about, so I have a slew of writing prompts to pick from when this time comes.
Year four starts tomorrow. The month of success. This time, I will complete the challenge!
Do you want to join me in this writing adventure?
What are some topics you could add to my What-should-I-write-about list?
Friday, February 17, 2017
Anyone else have good intentions of doing something and then it doesn't get done? Story of my life!
I wanted to blog on or around the 17th of each month to update my journey with 17. Did you see one in January? Yeah, me neither.
I win in February!
I am not super happy about these stats, but the good news is that I have 10 more months to improve!