Tuesday, September 26, 2017

One of the Top 50

Top 50 Teacher Blogs
Last week I got an email congratulating me as my blog Successful Teaching had been selected by their team as one of the Top 50 Teacher Blogs on Shoutabout’s site. I always feel so honored when I’m chosen to be on someone’s list. I was also glad to see that many of the blogs that I like to read where also on the list. I feel so humble to be listed among them. I hope you get a chance to look at the list and consider reading some of the other ones that are there also. Thank you for reading my blog! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #77 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Big Bingo Ballyhoo

Irma has been playing bingo for over 50 years. She had her favorite seat at her favorite table where she has been sitting every Friday night for years. All her friends knew that was her seat and no one sat in that seat except Irma.

When Irma had to stay home to take care of her sick husband, chaos erupted. Her friends called her to say there was a young person who showed up and sat in Irma’s seat. They tried to tell her that no one could sit there but she ignored them. She refused to move and told them that she would get there early next week and sit there again!

Irma was livid!! She would show that young whippersnapper! Next week she was bringing her pistol to show her who would sit in that seat! Read more to see who got the best seat! (147 words)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 9/22/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Purdue Online Writing Lab – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.  (L:G; SA:A)

Read2Me – “Instantly convert articles from your favorite websites or uploaded files into audio which you can listen to while you're driving, walking or chillin like a boss.” (L:G; SA:A)

Email Your Teacher with Captain Communicator – email etiquette when emailing your teacher (L:G; SA:A)

Front Row – “Front Row helps you deliver the perfect lesson to every student across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science” (L:G; SA:A)

Kids Discover – free reference articles on a variety of topics (L:E,M; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 21, 2017

All Things New – Book Review

I recently read All Things New by Lauren Miller. I read a review copy compliments of Netgalley. I am not being paid to give this review.

This story is about a high school girl who has a car accident and the traumatic experience changes her life and how she perceives herself.  She already has a panic disorder that was brought on earlier in her life at the time her parents divorced. Now things are worse and she goes to live with her dad. It is hard starting over with new friends though. This story is a great book to read to open discussions about panic disorders, physical appearances and perceptions, relationships, prescription medicine abuse, obsessions, and attitudes.

I think this book would be great in a high school library and I think many students would enjoy reading it. In fact, there may be many who could relate to some of the characters in the story and not feel so all alone. Maybe by reading this book, many can get comfort and possibly be willing to seek help if they aren’t already getting it.