January 2015

  • January 2015 Recap

    I normally do a best of list at the start of every month. I think it is a great way to highlight content from this blog that we may have forgotten about or want to revisit it. I call the feature Chasing Content and feature the best posts from the year before. I do this […]

  • 2015 Reading Challenge

    Here is an intriguing reading challenge that I have seen floating around on social media. I have challenged myself for the past three years to keep a detailed reading log and blog about every single title I read. Here are my totals so far 2012 – 65 2013 – 61 2014 – 78 As you […]

  • Building an Independent Reading Culture in the Classroom

    In the past, I have had a hard time getting the students in my class to read. I could get them to pick out books and to look at them, but I couldn’t seem to motivate them to actually read the book or stay quiet during Silent Reading time. I have finally figured out how […]

  • No one Can Live Without Art

    I have never had much in the way of money. I have more or less scraped by my entire life. However, I have never gone without. And for that I am thankful. I know what I need most of all in life though. That is story. I need great novels, film, and television. I need […]

  • The Animal Man Series Concludes

    My brother bought me the first trade paperback of Animal Man last year for Christmas and I was immediately drawn into the fictional world. I read Volume 2 of the book as well but only just got around to reading the complete series. Animal Man – Volume 3: Rotworld – The Red Kingdom Animal Man […]

  • First Nations Research Info for Kids

    I have had a really hard time finding appropriate resources to use to for my Grade 3 Social Studies Unit. The problem is that most of the teaching resources are written for middle or high school students. Very few texts are suitable for elementary school and our new curriculum. I just recently discovered that my board has a […]

  • Long Live the Audio Book

    Technology changes so fast that it is sometimes hard to keep up. I remember when books first appeared on cassette. They were simply called Books on Tape at that time. A few years ago, I noticed audio books available for free at the public library. Some of the stories take anywhere from 10 to 20 […]

  • 20th Anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager

    20 years ago today, Star Trek: Voyager soared onto our television screens. I have always been an avid Trekkie. My dad and I used to watch reruns on the original series back in the 1980s. We then watched Star Trek: The Next Generation together. It wasn’t quite the same as the original series, but we […]

  • Wake – A Great Read!

    Wake by Robert J. Sawyer Caitlin Decter is a bright 15 year old girl. She navigates the web with ease despite being born blind. She has a braille interface for her computer but manages to remember the order of links she clicks on to quickly traverse the pages she wants to access. One day, she […]

  • Quitting Teaching Super Sale

    I have been collecting teaching resources for the past 15 years. I have bins and bins of resources that I have grouped together by grade level. And they are ALL FOR SALE! It’s my “Going Out of Business Teaching Sale”  These bins are too heavy for me to ship them, so you can pick them […]