Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Bully Book

I ordered a large quantity of books from Scholastic about two weeks ago, and they sent me several free books in return.  I started to read this one at the beginning of the weekend, and put it down because it felt really harsh. 

And then I picked it up this afternoon and finished it.  Wow!  Have any of you read it?   I'd be curious to see what you think.  It's too late in the year to do it as a read aloud, and I honestly don't know if it would work well that way, since the story is told from two different points of view: the person who initially created the book, explaining how to be a bully without being too obvious, and the kid who's being picked on this year.

I may ask some kids to review it for me.  It's very thought-provoking, and you hurt for the kid whose life has been turned upside down.

Scholastic also sent this book, which looks equally thought-provoking.  This one is about a special-needs kid who's about to be pranked by his classmates.  Except that one of them, who's gotten to know him better because she was assigned to work with him on a project, is now having second thoughts.

Anyone read this one?  I'm curious what upper elementary/middle school teachers think about these books!

I'm hearing rumors that this is the last full week for some of you?  Really now? 
It's okay, I'm over it.

Have a good week!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Positive thoughts and gratitude

Where, oh where have I been?  It's a long story, but I'm hoping life settles down and I get to spend more time blogging.  It's a great way for me to reflect on what I do.

Linking up with my bloggy buddy Jennifer, who's always full of good ideas, like this one for positive thinking.  I don't know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with  the craziness at the end of the year. I do know this - it's exhausting! 

So it's good to be reminded to stay positive, and to keep breathing!   One step at a time; one day at a time!

Here's one of my favorite quotes, and it's one that rings true as a reminder for myself:
You know how there are these people in the world, and when you speak to them, you feel like you're the most important person to them at that moment?   I love thinking that I might actually get there some day!

And the gratitude?  My principal told us about a month ago that he had some extra money for us to buy books for our classroom libraries.  Now, for me, that's about as close to Christmas as you can get!
Here's what arrived in my classroom on Tuesday, to be shared by the four 6th grade Reading teachers.  So grateful for a district that believes kids should be reading high interest, good fit books and provides money so they can do that!

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!