Posted 5 days ago
The Book Whisperer changed the way a lot of us taught when it came out and now this companion book aims to see that we continue to encourage lifelong reading.  As a librarian, reading is a passion that I try to bring to more people, but one thing I often feel that I fail at as an English teacher is to encourage and promote reading!  I find I am often English teacher, or teacher-librarian, but forget that the two roles can and should overlap.  Reading in the Wild has lots of great ideas, tips, and even reproducible forms.  Definitely recommended to get the spark back if you’ve let reading take a backseat in your classroom.

The Book Whisperer changed the way a lot of us taught when it came out and now this companion book aims to see that we continue to encourage lifelong reading. As a librarian, reading is a passion that I try to bring to more people, but one thing I often feel that I fail at as an English teacher is to encourage and promote reading! I find I am often English teacher, or teacher-librarian, but forget that the two roles can and should overlap. Reading in the Wild has lots of great ideas, tips, and even reproducible forms. Definitely recommended to get the spark back if you’ve let reading take a backseat in your classroom.

Posted 6 days ago

Looks like I will be back to work very soon! This picture is something I hope will inspire our Canstruction design this year (assuming I can get students on board to fundraise at least $1000). The theme is Uniquely O-Can-Agan so I’d like to do a giant wall backdrop (painting made of cans) that would show an Okanagan scene like the picture above. It won’t be easy, but wow, it would be fantastic! I think it is a perfect project for Maker 7/8…

Posted 1 week ago

2014-2015 School Year—Big Plans!

I went to the Mini Maker Faire in Calgary last weekend which so,idiocies my commitment to the GMS Maker courses and the plan to host a micro Faire in the Spring. Additionally, today I got confirmation of our local, Canstruction theme: Uniquely O Can Ogan so I am about to go down the rabbit hole and start brainstorming ideas!

Posted 1 week ago
This is a difficult review to write because I was feeling rather depressed when I read this book about a teenage boy dealing with depression and anxiety.  I feel like I would have enjoyed the book and it’s protagonist, James Whitman, more had I been in a better mood.  Nonetheless, I have to go,with a rating based on my actual reading, so I give it **1/2 but expect I would have given *** or ***1/2 if I had read it at a different time.  There are a ton of Walt Whitman quotes and references interspersed in this novel so I can see it being appreciated by stronger readers even though the actual reading level is quite low (when I was actually sitting and reading I was able to fly through this novel).  It does pose interesting questions about family dynamics, mental health, growing up in a difficult environment, and self-discovery.  I also really liked how James had an imaginary therapist (Dr. bird, the pigeon), but also sought out a real therapist when he felt the need for one grow.
**1/2

This is a difficult review to write because I was feeling rather depressed when I read this book about a teenage boy dealing with depression and anxiety. I feel like I would have enjoyed the book and it’s protagonist, James Whitman, more had I been in a better mood. Nonetheless, I have to go,with a rating based on my actual reading, so I give it **1/2 but expect I would have given *** or ***1/2 if I had read it at a different time. There are a ton of Walt Whitman quotes and references interspersed in this novel so I can see it being appreciated by stronger readers even though the actual reading level is quite low (when I was actually sitting and reading I was able to fly through this novel). It does pose interesting questions about family dynamics, mental health, growing up in a difficult environment, and self-discovery. I also really liked how James had an imaginary therapist (Dr. bird, the pigeon), but also sought out a real therapist when he felt the need for one grow.
**1/2

Posted 2 weeks ago

yoursunandstars:

Hearing Aid Ear Plugs Concept by designaffairs

Rising self-confidence is taking prostheses to another level. People don’t try to hide their handicap anymore.Show what you‘ve got, don’t make a fuzz about your problem. Wear your hearing aid like a piece of jewelry, a stylish accessory. Be individual, be cool, be yourself.

Hearing aid is made for customers with a medium level of hearing disability. In case of a severe hearing damage one could order the PLUG which contents a more powerful system.

COURTNEY, THE PERFECT REASON FOR ME TO GET PLUGS XD

Yes!

(Source: guttur)

Posted 2 weeks ago

light-blue-smurf:

People Art Gallery

Exciting Photo Illusions

I’d love to have students come up with their own versions inspired by these!

Posted 3 weeks ago

laughingsquid:

Beautiful Sculptural Cut Paper Art by Elsa Mora

I wonder if any of my Maker students would like to explore this art form?

Posted 3 weeks ago

heyteenbookshey:

Elmhurst Public Library fights back against unclear book design

This will be one of my first projects once back to school settles down.

Posted 4 weeks ago

asylum-art:

Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!

I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

  1. Autumn In The White Carpathians : Janek Sedlar
  2. Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA: Robert Ziegenfuss
  3. Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium: Kilian Schönberger
  4. Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan: Takahiro Bessho
  5. Autumn Path: Lars Van Der Goor
  6. Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan: Yuya Horikawa
  7. Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan: nipomen2
  8. Dark Hedges In Ireland: Stephen Emerson
  9. Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic: Jan Machata
  10. Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring: Emanuel Costinas

 

So pretty, however with my luck I would show up at the wrong time of year and the path would be unrecognizable :-)

Posted 1 month ago
If you start with a tool, you’ll only do what the tool can do, whereas if you start with your brain, you’ll decide what to do and then find or make a tool that can get it done.
Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get and Keep Your Creativity Flowing at Home, At Work, and In Your Studio, by Noah Scalin.