I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher…"
"I just finished a three week poetry writing workshops via SKYPE. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the 90 students I worked with live in China!
It was a fun experience. I even did a talk to parents. The kids wrote poems, we shared, edited, etc.…"
"I'm regularly asked to do skype visits and travel the world from my computer. I write poetry for children of all ages and started by writing a poem a week for children in my local school. Being a retired teacher, I know that poetry…"
"All good stuff, though the glare from the lights on the glass screen drives me nuts (and I'm writing this message on my MacBook Pro, with the same problem). Anyone have a good way to tone down the glare (other than working in a dark room)?"
I'm a children's book author and founder of the nonprofit Skateboard Moms and its community outreach program Rolling4Reading, a grassroots literacy program that delivers good books to kids in need--via skateboard.
I'm also an educator---a home educator. (This wasn't my plan, to say the least, but teachers and school administrators were telling me it was the best option for us due to my child's extreme asynchronous development.) I hope to learn from all of you!
Our homeschooling is almost entirely literature-based, even math. My book-loving 12-year-old son loves, loves, loves Mark Twain, and we are attempting Twain's complete works now (saving Huck Finn for last). We spend gobs of time at the library!
We travel lots--for education, mostly, but also for me to do my author assemblies at schools, libraries, etc. My show combines my love of reading and writing with my love of skateboarding. As a finale, I give the school principal, librarian or other "authority" figure an introductory skateboard lesson. The students love that!
My latest book, A Crazy Day At the Critter Cafe, features a skateboarding cow, so I am now skateboarding in a cow costume.
Prior to becoming a children's author, I was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. I left the LA Times to backpack around the world for a year with my husband on $30 a day. I've sipped cobra blood, dived with big, toothy sharks, and once outran a (small) avalanche in the Himalayas. But nothing gets my heart pumping like discovering a great book! :-]
I'm starting to do virtual author visits using Skype videoconferencing. But I'd much rather meet you and your students in person!
Barb, There is a wonderful children's bookstore called Bookies. Their website is: www.netnewsdesk.com
Their address is:
4315 E Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80246
If you use cash or write a check you can get a special teacher or librarian discount!
Tattered Cover Bookstore is also another one of my favorites.
Oh my gosh-yes-maybe not Cildren book focused-but our state's favorie store-the Tattered Cover.....recently moved from its orignal spot in Cheery Creek's trendy shipping area to an old theqater on Colfax-ther is a brank in LoDo across from Union Station too.
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
I have 3 wii's and 2 X-BOX 360's and am on the MIT, Harvard EdGames, and ASU Applied Techs mailing lists for educational gaming! (There are masters degrees in Ed Gaming now!). I am exploring some very radical moves in my Library Media Center!!
More soon... :)
PS YES lets get some dialog going for sure with others out there!
Mansfield University Scholarship Program – Begin in January 2012
In an ongoing effort to recruit a new generation of school library leaders, Mansfield University recently received a fifth Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) grant to fund scholarships for its totally online School Library & Information Technologies Master of Education degree program with school library certification. If you know of an educator or non-certified librarian seeking school library certification, please pass along the news that we are still accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester.
The Master of Education program, ideally suited for working educators
with no time to drive to a university, offers a convenient and effective path to school library certification. For detailed information and contacts please refer to the Fulfilling the Promise homepage, at http://libweb.mansfield.edu/promise/, or contact Cynthia Keller, Department Chair firstname.lastname@example.org