Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm happy to report that, even though this car wasn't the fastest, the creativity was not all for naught.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
This is actually the first Brandon Sanderson book I have ever read. My students rave about his Elantris and MistBorn books, but I just haven't got there yet. If they are as enjoyable to read as this, I will get there sooner rather than later.
This is Sanderson's first exploration of YA fiction. There are a couple things I really like. First, it is written about a subject that is fun enough that Will could enjoy the plot, but Sanderson understands the target audience of this book is older and there are many parts that are just for them. He doesn't talk down to his audience, but has explanations and sarcasm that every teen I know who has read even part is laughing and wanting to read more. I don't think these have stayed checked in our school library for a couple months now.
This is really a fun read - and I have it on good authority that the audiobook is absolutely delightful. Really, if you want a fun story that is imaginative and easy to read, give Alcatraz a try. Afterall, any book that starts with a description of being tied to an alter of encyclopedias, about to be killed by the evil librarians deserves a try, right? :)
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here is my proposal - I think it is complete
I'm thrilled nothing happened causing it to delete
I'd like to think it's done with nothing more to do
But experience explains that just cannot be true.
For though this was a challenge, a most difficult task
There is STILL work to do; I need an oxygen mask.
Data to collect, rubrics and curriculums to create
Paperwork is collecting, for my attention it awaits.
Here is my one happy thing, that for today I'm done.
And could write this little poem just for fun!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
However, some things are more fun in theory than reality.
Catie got sick on the Sunday before the classes were to start, and I thought about not putting her in, but she wanted to do it. She sat by Enoch the whole time (I was in class) said she wanted to do it, but didn't. Ellie loved it.
Tuesday, I took Catie. She wanted to go practice, but if I put her with the other girls, she would cry. So I told her we would just go watch Ellie, and she cried. She finally got into the idea when they played Duck, Duck, Goose. Ellie loved it.
Wednesday, I realized I wasn't going to get a refund, chalked this up to a learning experience for Catie to overcome future inhibitions about trying new things and she did an okay job in practice. Kindof danced, didn't cry, just pulled out what we like to call the Decker Scowl. Ellie loved it.
Wednesday night was the Mohey Review, time of the performance. We decided to take pictures of the girls before the Review started, and clearly Catie loves to perform. So does Ellie, but at this point we are well aware of that.