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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

What I am doing this summer…

I wanted to tell you about some of the things that I am doing this summer. I found a group of teachers that wanted to write this summer online. So, an author, Kate Messner (check out her website) set up an opportunity for teachers to write over the summer and be mentored by authors. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity for me. Also, I will be reading.


One book I found on Twitter is One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This is her first book and I was able to connect with her just a few days ago on Twitter. I am a few chapters in the book and so far it’s awesome. This is what the book is about.

About the book: Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.


I have been hearing great things about this book and I can’t wait to finish it. I will tell you all what I think about it when I am finished. Also, I will be excited to share this book with all of you. If you do get the chance, see if you can check it out at the library. If you want to buy it, you will need to order it (like I had to). Also, the author tweeted me this:


Question: What are you doing this summer and what book are you reading RIGHT now? Tell me about it. What do you like about it so far? What do you not like about it so far? 


It’s Monday: What are you reading?


Here are two books I am going to finish and start this upcoming week!

This is the book I am going to finish:


This is the book I am going to start:



Teacher’s Write Summer Workshop #1

I am going to participate in Teacher’s Write Summer Workshop. I am so lucky to have found such awesome teachers, librarians, and authors/illustrators via Twitter and through various blogs. The first writing prompt is answering the following questions:

  1. What you found that you might be able to cut out of your schedule or cut back on to make time to write.  I am going to spend the night after my children go to sleep to write. Because I work, the time after I get off teaching is important time for my family.
  2. When you’ll be writing each day & for how long. Remember to be realistic. 15 minutes is fine to start. I am going to spend 15-30 minutes a night starting out. This may vary from night to night.
  3. Where you’ll usually write.  This can be different places on different days, depending on your schedule. I will be writing in the living room to start. We will be moving so another place may come about.
  4. Who you told about your plans. Remember, sharing your writing plans with the people in your life helps to make them real and reminds your family & friends to give you that space for writing. I have mentioned this awesome workshop with my wife.

If you haven’t heard about this, follow the hashtag #teacherswrite on Twitter or head to Kate Messner’s blog, Gae Polisner’s blog, or teachmentortexts blog.  This will be a quite exciting time.

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