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A Control Enthusiast Shows Up

It’s no secret that I’ve had a hard time adjusting to supporting students, teachers and parents during a pandemic. I am a planner or, as my husband likes to say, a Control Enthusiast. I need to know where I’m going, how I’m getting there, and what I’ll see and do along the way. Truth be… Continue reading A Control Enthusiast Shows Up

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The Calm Ninja

Calm Ninja by Mary Nhin Who isn't feeling a little extra stress these days? Whether you are a student, parent or teacher, back to school in 2020 has brought challenges we've never experienced. All of this can lead to some really difficult situations and some seriously stressed little (and big) people. Calm Ninja to the… Continue reading The Calm Ninja

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When Stars Are Scattered

By Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed This compelling story of two young brothers' survival in a refugee camp after fleeing their warn-torn country of Somalia is based on the lives of Omar and Hassan Mohamed. When Stars Are Scattered vividly paints a picture of what a refugee camp is actually like: the struggle for food,… Continue reading When Stars Are Scattered

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Summer Reading for Healing

Picture this… the Colosseum in Rome, sword in hand, facing a mighty opponent - remote teaching! Russell Crowe made a mean Gladiator but so did lots of Remote Teachers this spring! Ancient Gladiators had exotic animals and intensely armored opponents ready to fight to the death. The modern-day beasts teachers faced this spring, while less… Continue reading Summer Reading for Healing

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A Stone Sat Still

Brendan Wenzel's latest book, A Stone Sat Still, is a perfect book to share during this challenging time. Using a variety of creatures and changes in nature, Wenzel teaches us a powerful life lesson in perspective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11LB4A-pjI Brendan Wenzel talks about A Stone Sat Still It’s long been said that perspective is reality. This pandemic… Continue reading A Stone Sat Still

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Distance Learning with Choice Boards

Give your students a little control in a world where we've lost so much of that. You may be like me - stretched to your limit, worried about students in so many ways, wanting to teach but struggling to manage the many needs and schedules of our at home learners. While I can't make all… Continue reading Distance Learning with Choice Boards

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The Sad Little Fact

Being a fact is not always easy. "A Fact is a Fact" is a simple statement and yet, it can also be bold and intimidating. Among the best things about reading with first graders are their inquisitive nature and honesty. Both were on full display during this reading of The Sad Little Fact by Jonah… Continue reading The Sad Little Fact

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Ho’onani: Hula Warrior

Is Ho'onani wahine (girl) or kane (boy)? She doesn't see herself as either. Instead she feels most comfortable somewhere in the middle. Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is based on the true story of 11-year-old Ho'onani Kamai of Honolulu, Hawaii. The reader can't help but think about gender roles/identity and also about love, unconditional acceptance, and determination… Continue reading Ho’onani: Hula Warrior

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Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story

This laugh-out-loud fractured fairy tale will appeal to the young and the young at heart! Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway had kids and teachers laughing out loud! Younger ones loved making connections to the classic Gingerbread Man and older students and teachers enjoyed each and every play on words, rolling their eyes… Continue reading Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story

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Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora has beautifully woven the themes of kindness, friendship, caring and generosity into the gorgeously illustrated, Thank You, Omu! Mrs. Unger's twenty-two, first graders truly enjoyed this heartwarming narrative, predicting who’d arrive at the door and how Omu would react upon finding nothing in left in her pot. The read aloud seamlessly shifted to… Continue reading Thank You, Omu!

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Peter Reynolds’ Say Something!

Children of all colors, sizes and abilities stand together to Say Something! perfectly summing up this book. Every now and then it might be okay to judge a book by its cover. Students couldn’t help but think of things to say. Teachers can use this timely book to help build a culture of shared responsibility… Continue reading Peter Reynolds’ Say Something!