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August 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Children and Worry

Using books to deal with children's emotions and problems is a wonderful teaching tool. Books are also a fantastic way to open the classroom for discussion on topics that have meaning for every student. Some of the best writing can come from classroom discussions and the emotions that come from these discussions. Worry is a feeling that is universal. Big Universe.

Added by Bernice Wonderly on August 22, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Added by Kathy Stemke on August 15, 2009 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

What a wonderful and sad book dealing with wartime, being students and becoming totally enthralled by your teacher's rendition of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and differences between people such as color, breeding and the horror that happens during war. It was such a visual novel, I loved Matilda, Mr. Watts and the simplicity of how they lived and hated what happened to all of them during this time. A Reading Olympic book for this year and I can't wait to see what the students say as… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 6, 2009 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

This is my 3rd book (even though this was written first!!!) and Lauren is a teen who can't believe she is dating the most perfect guy, Dave. He is kind, considerate and Lauren wonders, "what does he see in me" and everyone in school wonders the same thing too. Lauren cares about him, but she is not toally into Dave the way he is into her. Lauren's real estate dad is never around and if he is, he is usually distracted and unlucky in love. Her mom took off when she was six and since then,… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 6, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Homestretch by Paul Volponi

Gaston Giambanco, Jr., known as Gas by his family and friends is one of my favorite characters. Gas’ life before his dear mother was killed in a car accident was a happy one even though his dad held so many jobs because of his explosive temper and prejudice. Gas loved the memories of riding horses with his mom and dad at the stables where he worked. As a junior in high school, he was still the smallest in his class but when Gas was on a horses’ back, he didn’t feel the all consuming weight of… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Willow by Julia Hoban

This book was so compelling! It is about a 17 year old girl, Willow who has just lost both parents in a car accident AND SHE WAS DRIVING!!! So now that you have that horrible picture in your mind, Willow lives with her borther and his wife and baby and truly believes he blames her and hates her for the loss of their parents. Willow is a cutter and razor blades help her deal with the sick blame she heaps upon herself. But during the first days of school, she meets Guy, who is the most amazing,… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Columbine by Dave Cullen

This is a searing account of the fateful day in April ten years ago when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 students, 1 teacher and maimed many others. Author Dave Cullen, an investigative reporter, who was there that day and he tells us he was one of the ones who gave false information that day. What he gives us is an absorbing, sickening account with the many truths that were withheld and still leaves us all to ask "why" because other than psycho Eric Harris and follower Dylan Klebold's… Continue

Added by bj neary on August 6, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Picture Power and Books

Pictures have the power to turn books into a complete educational experience that involves both the right and left sides of the brain. Big Universe

Added by Bernice Wonderly on August 2, 2009 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Teach an old dog new tricks

Remember the old saying, "you can't teach an old new tricks"? I beg to differ. I am looking forward to learning all sorts of new things from the people in this network, and I hope to share a few new things myself.

Added by Natasha Hritzuk on August 1, 2009 at 3:34am — No Comments

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