Posted in May 2016

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Students LOVE anything written by Matthew Quick so when this popped up on Netgalley, I requested a copy. Summary by Goodreads: Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his … Continue reading

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Summary by Goodreads: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind … Continue reading

#WWW Wednesday #8

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week… To join in, just answer the following three questions… What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? … Continue reading

Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal

**I received an ebook of Hurricane Kiss from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** Summary by Goodreads For sixteen-year-old Jillian McKay, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means a long car ride with her neighbors–including River Daughtry, the former star quarterback of Harrison High. The guy who was headed to glory until suddenly he disappeared to … Continue reading

#WWW Wednesday #7

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week… To join in, just answer the following three questions… What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? … Continue reading

#WWW Wednesday #6

Somehow I got a day behind!  Here is my WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week… To join in, just answer the following three questions… … Continue reading

SOTW: Peer Revision Resources

With the end of the year closing in, students are writing papers like crazy and teachers are overwhelmed keeping up with the revisions and grading.  They are always on the lookout for tools to use with students to help teach them how to do peer revision and editing effectively.  I came across these resources on … Continue reading

The Power in Video When Coaching

This fall I attended Jim Knight’s Focus on Teaching two day workshop and was reminded of the power that video can have on improving instruction in the classroom. In his book, Focus on Teaching: Using Video in High Impact Instruction, Knight writes: The major reason video is so useful for learning is that it helps us see … Continue reading

Booked by Kwame Alexander

If you have not read Crossover by Kwame Alexander, you must add it to your to-read list today!  Kwame Alexander writes in a way that gets boys reading poetry.  And then, once you finish it, I highly recommend his latest book in verse, Booked. Summary by Goodreads: Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered … Continue reading