Learning Skills

I just wrote my Progress Reports and I had a hard time coming up with personalized comments for each student in my class.

I looked at what I had written in the past and I searched online for comments I could use. I then began writing, but I was pretty much making it up as I went along. I don’t know why but I seem to do the same thing every year. I decided that there had to be a better way.

I spent an hour today, making these tracking sheets that should make the job of writing learning skills comments a lot easier for the Term 1 reports later in the year.

Learning Skills

There are six learning skill categories; Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative, and Self-Regulation. Each one of these heading has anywhere from three to five look-fors.

I made these charts that I plan on attaching to a clipboard in the classroom. There will be one set of these per student in my class. I will make sure to take a few notes every week for the rest of the year. That way, when it comes time to writing report cards again, I will have very specific things to say and I will only have to look in this one spot.

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Here are some of the comments I wrote in the Progress Reports this year. I wrote these for my Grade 2 / 3 students, I hope you will find them useful. Of course, the names have been changed.

Learning Skills Comments . . .

Brian follows the classroom expectations and school rules without needing reminders. He demonstrates responsibility by coming into the classroom after recess and going directly to his desk, ready for the next lesson. He organizes his workspace and materials to keep track of academic work. He shares his thoughts, and respectfully listens to the opinions of others when trying to solve problems in groups. Brian establishes positive relationships with peers and adults. He accepts responsibility for his own behaviour. He often takes an active role when problem solving in a group setting, and works well with his peers. He is beginning to take risks in his learning, but should continue to make this a goal for himself. He needs to continue to work on his willingness to seek out necessary teacher assistance so that he better understands the concepts under study. He is a respectful student who demonstrates tolerance and consideration for others. He usually listens attentively and follows instructions throughout the school day. Brian is a trustworthy and reliable student who demonstrates honesty in our classroom. Brian treats his peers fairly and equally in his interactions with others. He is encouraged to use classroom resources to help him during his work, such as dictionaries, textbooks, and classroom charts. Brian is also encouraged to set short-term goals (daily and weekly) and strive to achieve them consistently.

Olivia demonstrates responsibility by fulfilling classroom obligations on a daily basis. She comes to class appropriately prepared with her learning materials and agenda. She frequently completes and submits class work according to agreed upon timelines. Olivia keeps her desk neat and tidy and has no trouble locating and accessing any of the tools she needs to complete her work. She takes great care in her tasks and assignments and works well without supervision. Olivia is able to accurately keep track of assignments and is prepared for class each morning and ready to be dismissed at the end of each school day. She is encouraged to make use of the daily agenda board to stay organized on the tasks that are planned for the day. Olivia regularly collaborates with classmates by providing and accepting new roles, while usually taking on an equitable share of work in a group setting. She enjoys working in small group activities. Olivia often encourages those in her colour house to do their work and to listen attentively. She participates in class by asking and responding to questions during the lessons. She is usually the first one in class to raise her hand and always has something relevant to add to the discussion. Olivia demonstrates initiative in class when studying all subjects by showing a positive interest in the activities presented. She has a natural curiosity when presented with new learning material that is refreshing to see. She frequently monitors her learning and regularly asks questions for clarification and to deepen her understanding. Olivia is encouraged to set short-term goals while striving daily to achieve them.

Joan routinely fulfills responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment. She regularly takes on the responsibility of cleaning up the classroom by sweeping the floor and tidying up around the room. She actively participates in class by asking and responding to questions. She is encouraged to raise her hand and wait to be called upon before speaking out. She has some difficulty resolving conflicts in socially acceptable ways. She is encouraged to develop strategies for resolving conflicts appropriately with her peers. Joan generally keeps a neat workspace and organizes her academic resources throughout the day and across subjects. She works consistently throughout the school day on all academic tasks. She contributes meaningfully to the group work and collaborative tasks that we complete in class. She is usually very interested in taking academic risks in her learning pursuits. She regularly seeks assistance when needed so that she fully understands challenging curriculum concepts. Joan is encouraged to work on cooperating with her peers and demonstrating a more respectful tone while interacting with others, especially during recess and unstructured times. She should continue working on being more empathetic towards her peers in social situations and cooperative activities as well. She should continue using classroom resources to help her during her work, such as dictionaries, textbooks, and classroom charts. Joan is encouraged to set short-term goals (daily and weekly) and strive to achieve them consistently.

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The Car Thief

The Car Thief

The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner

Publishers offer to send me books every single week since I have this great platform in which to share them with you. This story sounded like it would be right up my alley. I love literary fiction and I like classics. This one seemed like it combined both of those.

I have to admit that I trudged my way through this one. It simply didn’t work for me on a few different levels. I didn’t identify the main character and the story moved a little too slowly for me.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact it was written forty years ago. It came out before I was born and apparently was quite popular. I’ve read heaps of praise for Weesner’s debut novel, but it looks like I won’t be adding to that pile.

It’s not that it’s a bad story or that it’s poorly written. It just didn’t grab my attention the way I wanted it to. I put it down and never felt like picking it back up. I managed to finish it, however, but it was a chore.

I’ve been told by several people that it’s okay to abandon a book. I pretty much never do that. I like to see things through to their conclusion. Maybe that’s a character fault.

If you’ve ever wanted to read this book, if you’d like to have it on your bookshelf, please email me, contact me on Twitter, or leave a comment below and I will gladly send you my copy for free. 

Happy Reading! 

My 2014 Reading Log - it’s getting down to the wire. I wonder what the final total will be.

Spider-Woman: Origin

Spider-Woman Origin

Spider-Woman: Origin

I came into this story knowing nothing about this character. I had heard her name before and even seen her in some of The Avenger books I have read, but I didn’t have a grasp on who she was prior to picking up this book.

Brian Michael Bendis is one of my all-time favourite authors. He has penned another great tale, and along with the help of Brian Reed and Luna Brothers, they have created a great book.

It even ties into what is happened in Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right now as it shows a family within the Hydra organization. Jessica Drew’s father was very committed to the terrorist group. He was so committed to it that even his family wasn’t safe from his experiments.

The book follows Jessica Drew’s tragic childhood through to her brainwashing by Hydra to her joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and then eventually becoming an Avenger.

I have a new respect and admiration for the character after reading this. I am looking forward to the Netflix television series that will be focusing on her as well. We are in a golden-age of comic book film, television, and books. I’m glad to experience great stories in all three mediums.

My 2014 Reading Log – 70 books and counting!

How Successful Teachers Lead

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How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell

Teachers are a special kind of leader. We have to lead a classroom full of students who have very diverse needs and attitudes.

I thought reading this book might help me develop further as a leader in education. While it wasn’t written with teachers in mind, I think we can still learn a lot from the wisdom of leaders in business settings too.

Maxwell believes that there are 5 levels of leadership and that successful leaders work their way up to the top echelon.

5 Levels of Leadership

First Level – Position

Every leader starts in a position that relies solely on their job title. Every time, we start over in a new school, we start all over again on this bottom rung.

Second Level – Permission

After you have proved yourself somewhat, people will follow you because they like who you are and what you do. You have gained respect and earned their permission to lead.

Third Level – Production

People follow you because of what you have been able to accomplish at your school. This is a great one for coaches, music teachers, and anyone who runs an extra-curricular club. These accomplishments are quite visible in the school and people take notice.

Fourth Level – People Development

People follow you because of what you have done for them. Teaching is all about building relationships with students and parents. It is a tough job to get to this level as it takes time and personal attention to the student body (and not just the kids in your own class)

Fifth Level – The Pinnacle

According to the author, some people never reach this level. You can fall down at any level because of poor decisions, moving locations, and small failures. It is a constant building process to make your way up this ladder.

Assessment, Feedback, and Communication

Here’s a quote from the book about relates to feedback and purposeful assessment in the classroom. I have paraphrased it slightly to fit educational purposes.

“Our students should understand their mission. Good teacher never assume that their students understand the mission. Don’t take for granted that they know what you know or believe what you believe. Don’t assume they understand how their talents and efforts are supposed to contribute to the mission of the class and their own learning. Communicate it often.

Students, and their parents, should receive feedback about their performance. People always want to know how they are doing. If they are not succeeding, most of the time, they want to know how to make adjustments to improve and are willing to change if they are convinced it will help them win.”

I love the wording “win” here. Students of all ages want to win. What a great way to think about learning!

Learn All the Time

I constantly learn how to improve my own teaching by trying new methods, reading professional books, and even from books outside of education practice. I hope you have found this post useful. Come back next Tuesday for another dose of inspiration.

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Warwick Conservation Area

Warwick Conservation Area

I found myself near Warwick, Ontario so I decided to see what the conservation area had to offer.

Blue Flag Trail

I started my run on The Blue Flag trail, not knowing exactly what to expect. But that is half of the fun!

Blue Trail

It wasn’t long before this trail reached the perimeter fence.

Perimeter Trail

There is camping at this park as well. It’s way out of season though. It definitely was a cold day to be running.

Warwick Road

I didn’t want my run to be over so I continued to run down the main road.

Viewing Deck 1

There were two nice viewing platforms by the lake.

Viewing Platform

This would be a great place for a picnic (on a much warmer day, of course)

White Pine Trail

The White Pine Trail was more of what I was expecting when I decided to come visit this place. But unfortunately, it was less than a kilometer in length as well.

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I had to go back and run the first trail again today to get my 5 kilometers in today. But when you explore trails at random like this, you never know what you are going to get.

Want more trails? 

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The Taylor Swift – Tiffany Connection

I posted this to Facebook last week

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because I truly was excited about the new Taylor Swift album dropping.

I am not ashamed to admit that I love music of all different sorts of genres. I know that certain people know me as a hip-hop DJ and radio personality and would be surprised to learn that I also love some country and pop music.

I used to be a huge Tiffany fan back in the day and I have loved Taylor Swift since the first time I heard her. But until right now, I never really saw the connection between them.

Taylor Swift CD

When I opened the album, I was immediately struck by the packaging and presentation. It is an absolutely beautiful release.

But I thought back to Jeff’s comment on my post, “It’s Tiffany all over again”

And it really is. Tiffany was already a popular singer in 1989, the very year that Taylor Swift was born. In fact, in the liner notes to this album, Taylor writes . . .

“I listened to a lot of music from the decade in which I was born and I listened to my intuition that it was a good thing to follow this gut feeling.”

So, Taylor Swift was influenced by Tiffany. It makes sense!

I’m really enjoying this new album that is a throwback to the original debut album by my favourite pop princess from the late 1980s. It’s the best of both worlds.

I don’t know if I could have done what Taylor has done here. Channeling the music of the year you were born, and doing it in an authentic way that doesn’t detract from the current body of work. ‘

Taylor Swift truly is amazing!

Northern Lights Art Project

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Photo credit – David Bebee, Kitchener Record

Ten years ago this week, I had to get some gas on the way to work. As I went in the store to pay, I noticed this brilliant photo on the front page of the newspaper. I was immediately inspired by this gorgeous image.

First, we don’t normally get to see the Northern Lights in my part of South Western Ontario, Canada. Secondly, I was scheduled to teach visual arts that day and thought this would be a great a timely piece to recreate.

Since then, I have done this lesson several times with many different classes in different cities. And it has always been a hit.

I even purchased an 8×10 photo of the image and have it framed in my living room. Did you know that newspapers provide that service?

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Here is how we recreate the photo in my visual arts classes.

1) We use pencil crayons to create ribbons of colour across the entire page.

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2) Make sure that there is absolutely no white space. Once the entire background is drawn to show the colourful night-time sky, you are ready to colour the foreground.

student examples

3) Use a black crayon to draw a hill, tree, and any other thing you might want to add.

I never want to simply recreate an image in art class. I want my students to use their own imagination and create however they see fit (that is the point of art after all)

The key here is to press down on the black crayon to so that the foreground is solid and dark. The bottom right image above did the best job.

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Fanshawe Park – Lake Trail

Fanshawe Lake Trail Sign

Fanshawe Conservation Area is located in London, Ontario and it is a great place to come for a picnic, to visit a working Pioneer Village, and to experience all that natural beauty of the area.

Fanshawe Lake Trail

Today, we will be exploring The Lake Trail.

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The Lake Trail runs through several types of terrain. It goes through the bush a few times, but keeps coming back to the shore line.

Hill ahead

There are a few hills along the route but there is fair warning for cyclists to slow down as they approach them.

Bridge

I absolutely loved running this trail on the weekend.

Rowing Tower

The Doug Wells Control Tower is used to watch rowers as they train and compete on the water. This is one of the main training grounds in the area and has produced quite a few athletes.

Fanshawe Lake

The Lake Trail is 21 kilometers long. I only ran 3 kilometers of it today before turning around. There is a lot more to explore and I hope to go back soon.

Photographic Tour Archive – over 5 dozen trails to explore

Daredevil – One Shots

Dardevil x Captain America

This one-off story was originally published in Italy and has never been presented to North American audiences until now.

DD x Cap

The villain in this one is Death Stalker, who first appeared in Frank Miller’s legendary run on the Daredevil title. The story was translated into English for this edition but it seems to work just fine. It’s standard super-hero team-up fair but a nice read nonetheless.

DD Black and White

Matt Murdock was blinded as a young boy. The rest of his senses became so acute that he can function perfectly fine without sight. He has a radar sense that basically allows him to see in 360 degrees. He uses these powers for good and fights crime as Daredevil.

So, when given the chance to actually see with real eyes again, will it change his life for the better, or is it better to remain as he is. It’s a tough decision considering that Bullseye is back in town and a gang war seems to be wreaking havoc in the city as well.

This one-shot title is in black and white and tells a great story!

DD Blood of Tarantula

Carlos LaMuerto is the Black Tarantula and he has gone through a lot in his lifetime. He is trying to do the right thing by fighting crime with the powers that have been en-gifted to him. His cousin tries to steal this power. Daredevil helps foil the plans but doesn’t like Tarantula’s methods that often go a tad overboard.

I didn’t know much about this character but did enjoy this short tale featuring my favourite super-hero, Daredevil.

DD Cage Match

This is an origin story of the relationship between Luke Cage and Daredevil. Typical guys who are not above knocking each other around to prove something to themselves and one another.

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I don’t often seek out these one-offs to read but couldn’t help myself since I had the Marvel Unlimited App on my phone for a trial subscription. I really enjoyed reading all of the comics I have been posting about for the past two months. This app is a great tool to have. It’s so nice being able to carry around digital comic books that live in my phone. I can read whenever I get a spare moment. It’s awesome!

My 2014 Reading Log – pretty impressive list so far too!

My Favourite Ex-Girlfriend

Today is Stacy’s birthday. I was hoping that I would be celebrating it with her. Instead, I am feeling a familiar pang of heartbreak. I really thought she was the one.

I watched a movie on DVD the other day, and one of the characters said a line that has really stuck with me. The character was talking to an ex, she walked away, and then turned back to him and said, “You will always be my favourite ex-boyfriend.”

I feel the same way about Stacy. So, I dedicated this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio to her.

MKV and Adamatic – Joy and Pian
Frankie Payne – Give Thanks
Skulastic – What Yoou’ve Got
Chris Green – Just Know
Muneshine – Venus and Mars
Part-Time Cooks – Nowhere But Up
Grimace Love – Chances
Relic and Soul – Good Enough
Typewriters – Heaven
Soundminds – 3 MCs 1 DJ
The Nicest – Still Going Nowhere
Ngajuana – B.R.A.I.L.L.E.
Dustin Moore – Go Get What You Deserve
Branded Moore – Admire the Belt
Mad Hattr – Who’s Next

It’s amazing how music can help you get over a break-up. So, if you are going through the same thing I am right now, I hope these tunes can give you some perspective.

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The Write Club – National Novel Writing Month at School

Participant-2014-NaNoWriMoNovember is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

The goal is to write an entire novel in the course of 30 days. It’s a tough challenge that I have only participated in one year. I was able to win it though by completing my 50,000 word novel on time. It was quite the accomplishment and a lot of fun.

This year, I want to try something new. I have started “The Write Club” at my school. I have booked the computer lab during the first nutrition break every single day throughout the month. I have also booked it for an hour after school Tuesday – Thursday.

I have 30 students who have signed up for the challenge. I will be assisting them as a writing coach so I’m not sure I will have the chance to write as well. Hopefully, I will.

If this is something you’d like to try at your school, sign up as an educator in The Young Writer’s Program. 

There are great resources, including lesson plans, student workbooks, incentive prizes, and forums.

Why not start a writing club at your school?

If your classroom is participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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Chasing Content – The Best of Last November

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at the highlights from this blog exactly one year ago.

Read all of the posts from last November . . .

or just these favs . . .

Jet Aircraft Museum 

The Jet Aircraft Museum was a great place to visit last year during Doors Open London. I went back again this year and saw a Lancaster Bomber up close. I even got to see it take off. It was amazing!

A Birthday Cookie For Day

My father passed away last year on Halloween, so I spent the next week sharing stories and memories of him on my blog. This is one of my favourites. My dad never had much of a sweet tooth. He didn’t care for birthday cakes, so my brother and I made him a giant birthday cookie.

Know Your History – A Tribute to My Dad

I dedicated a radio show to him as well. I will be re-running this on my radio show tonight as well. It seems fitting somehow. And I know he’d appreciate it.

Star Trek: Destiny

This was a great trilogy of books. About halfway through Book 3, there was a reveal that was absolutely mind-blowing. I never saw it coming but it made perfect sense. I actually yelled at the book in delight. I love it when a story can do that.

Family of Referees 

Here’s another great story about my dad and how supportive he always was. He truly is missed.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Trail Run to Albion Falls (Hamilton, ON)

Red Hill Trail Sign

Let’s explore the Red Hill Valley Trail and make our way to the gorgeous Albion Falls.

Mt Albion Entrance

This portion of the trail starts on the old road, that is now completely closed to traffic.

Under the Expressway

At this point, the trail continues underneath The Red Hill Expressway. I used to run here all the time when I was a kid. It was my favourite place to run and I was saddened when the new highway was built.

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Fortunately though, the trail system is still really nice and the sounds of the busy city fade away as you get further back into the natural area.

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To get to the falls, you have to take the side trail along the river. It is a treacherous path as it is full of rocks, tree routes, and narrow passages.

Trail along river

The view is incredible and it only gets better the further you make your way up the river.

Mount Albion Falls

I hadn’t been here in about 15 years and I have no idea why. It is absolutely beautiful. And it was such a nice day on Saturday, that several families were out enjoying the view.

Mt Albion Falls

I didn’t slow down. It was like I was running parkour as I ran across small rocks to cross the river, jumping up on larger rocks to get this nice close-up shot of Albion Falls.

Mt Albion Falls 2

I took a date here once and we sat at the bottom of these falls. It was awesome. It is great how accessible Mount Albion Falls actually is. It’s probably a better hike though than it is a trail run.

Regardless of that, I loved being back in Hamilton for the weekend and I loved running in Red Hill Valley again.

Photographic Tours Archive – dozens and dozens of great trails to explore

Weekly Classroom Newsletter

I have decided to start a weekly classroom newsletter to keep parents informed of what is happening in our classroom.

We have a 10-day week in my school, which means that I only have to design one of these every two weeks. And it really isn’t as much work as it sounds. I’ve already planned out the entire 19 weeks of learning for the year. This detailed long-range plan is pretty much never seen by anyone other than myself. This is a way to share with parents what exactly is happening. I think it’s worth the effort.

So here it is. My first weekly newsletter.

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Here is the plan for this week. It includes the topic of study for each subject area, along with curriculum expectations that we will be focusing on.

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The station runs with the help of volunteers who are committed to bringing you quality radio. We provide you with music, interviews, and commentary that just can’t be found on commercial radio.

We rely on your support to continue broadcasting. The station needs money for new equipment and repairs.

Our goal for this year’s fundraiser is $8000 and here are a few ways you can help:

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Superior Spider-Man Teams Up with Villains and Heroes

Superior Spider-Man Team Up - Vol 1

Superior Spider-Man Team Up: Volume 1 – Versus

No one in the Marvel Universe realizes that Doc Ock has taken over Peter Parker’s life. Not even when he battles them all. There are some pretty good fights here and an interesting way to kick off the new on-going team-up series.

It looks like, perhaps, Doc Ock is back to his evil ways. But ever since he rededicated himself to be an even better Spider-Man than Parker ever was, he has been fighting crime in his own way. And of course, this time it is no different.

Superior Spider-Man Team Up - Vol 2

Superior Spider-Man Team Up: Volume 2 – Superior Six

The Superior Spider-Man is on probation with The Avengers because of his peculiar actions as of late. He decides that he needs his own team and uses technology to control the Sinister Six. He uses them like puppets to form his new hero team, The Superior Six. But not everything goes according to plan.

Also, in this collection is a team-up with my favourite super-hero, Daredevil. he knows that something is off with Peter Parker as well. He doesn’t bring it full circle to discover the true secret, however.

A Great Companion Title

So far, this title has been a great addition to the on-going Superior Spider-Man title. It’s an amazing series and I highly recommend it.

In fact, I would love to see the new movie franchise go down this route in the next few movies. I couldn’t help but thinking that as I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It feels like it would be a natural progression.

My List of 2014 Reads – My detailed reading log for the year

Barracks Skatepark (London, Ontario)

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Wolseley Skatepark in London, Ontario is skateboard wonderland.

Barracks Skatepark 1

The park is huge and has a great flow to it. Several skaters, BMXers, and scooter kids can ride here and not get in each other’s way often.

Barracks Skatepark 3

There are a bunch of stairs and rails throughout the course.

Barracks wide shot

The only thing missing here is a mini-ramp half pipe.

bowl

But it does have this really cool kidney-shaped bowl. It’s about eight feet deep and scary to drop in.

I slid in, then threw my board under my feet, and had a great time skating around in it.

quarter pipe

This is a nice quarter pipe. I just wish it wasn’t elevated so much with a fairly big drop-off at the back.

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This is part of the street course which stands off to the side of the ramps and obstacles.

street course

There are launch ramps, a box, and a few rails. Plus there is a lot of room to do ollies, kickflips, manuals, and other flatland tricks.

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This is a launch ramp to enter the coolest obstacle of all at this park.

waves and spine

There is a three bump wave here that feels amazing to go zooming over. Right beside it is a spine, wave, spine combination.

I had so much fun skating here and I bet you will too.

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Ender’s Game Concludes with Children of the Mind

Children of the Mind

Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

It’s taken me a while but I have finally read the original Ender’s Game series.

The first novel is a science fiction classic that I stumbled upon seven years ago. I was completely blown away by the tale and it became one of my all-time favourite books.

The second book in the series, Speaker for the Dead, did the impossible. It topped the original. Sequels rarely do that, but the second book stands as my favourite of the series.

The third book was enjoyable but couldn’t quite compare to the two back-to-back knock-out punches. Fortunately though, Orson Scott Card brings it all home in the fourth and final chapter of the series.

But like all good characters and stories, this one lives on. Card is apparently working on a new trilogy focusing on the alien species, The Formics.

That would bring the grand total up to 19 novels. I have only read 7 of them so I still have some work to do to exhaust the complete Enderverse Saga.

I highly recommend the audio books of this series. They are produced with full-cast narration and sound effects. They sound amazing and are, quite frankly, the best way to experience the stories.

My Reading Log of 2014 - continually updated all year long

This is an Avenger’s World. It is Protected!

Avengers Vol 1

Avengers: Volume 1 – Avengers World

Trouble is brewing and it seems like the only hope for earth is The Avengers. Captain America and Iron-Man realize that the team, as it is, won’t be enough. So they start recruiting to make the team even bigger and more powerful.

Avengers Vol 2

Avengers: Volume 2 – The Last White Event

I read this series a little out of order. I started with this title over a year ago simply because it was at the public library. You never know what you will find there. I love the randomness, but I also like the binge reading I’ve been doing lately as well.

Avengers Vol 3

Avengers: Volume 3 – Prelude to Infinity

Alien beings have launched weapons to spark a new evolution on Earth. They are part of an ancient race that have been doing this since the beginning of time. They have visited planet after planet and have never met resistance like they are about to on Earth.

Avengers Vol 4

Avengers: Volume 4 – Infinity

The Avengers get some help fighting an alien menace that is determined to reshape the Earth.

S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) and even the Skrulls help fight the aliens. The Avengers truly are living up to their mandate to grow and expand, even if it is with temporary allies.

Avengers Vol 5

Avengers: Volume 5 – Adapt or Die

A rogue planet is hurtling through space and is on a collision course with the Earth. And it seems like one of Iron-Man’s descendants might have to key to save the day. Time-travelling members of the team? Things truly are expanding.

That is all for my Avenger’s binge reading . . . for now! 

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