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Slowing Down & Savoring the Season

It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.



Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month, take a moment to think about all the events you’re scheduled to attend, the holiday preparations you need to make, and the extra errands you’ll need to run.



Add to that the unique challenges we as teachers face at this time of year:  preparing end…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on December 6, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Book Review: Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

Read through NetGalley

publishing date December 1, 2017

No spoilers in this review...

Getting this review in under the wire! But.... Plague Land is GREAT! To be honest, I wasn't getting into it at first, but I soon couldn't put it down! And for those of you who don't like cliffhangers, this isn't one; though, it does leave itself open for a sequel!

Just enough…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on November 22, 2017 at 4:41pm — No Comments

It's Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“It’s time to stop beating yourself up.”

When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice.  Typically, I begin with the statement above, shortly followed by, “…it’s not working, nor is it doing what you think it is.”

 

I start my overview of self-compassion with this because the experience of mentally beating oneself up is rather universal in our culture.  Just about everyone…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on October 19, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle with Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school.  The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important.  What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired.

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Added by Kristin McKeown on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The Comic Book Story of Video Games - book review

The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack Mcgowan, published by Ten Speed Press, publication date October 3, 2017.

This is my first non-fiction review, so be gentle on me :o)

I'll begin by saying how surprisingly interesting I found the subject to be; I intended to read this to see if my high school Manga-loving students would like this. I've decided that, even if they wouldn't, the…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on July 8, 2017 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Boy Nobody (The Unknown Assassin, #1)" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371269975m/18068100.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody">Boy Nobody</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/683191.Allen_Zadoff">Allen Zadoff</a><br/>

My rating: <a…

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Added by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:20pm — No Comments

The weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie Mclemore

The Weight of Feathers The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Oh did I love this audiobook, one of my favorites; the… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Found (Mickey Bolitar Book 3) by Harlan Coben

Found (Mickey Bolitar, #3) Found by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I will enjoy discussing this mystery with #Yearofya on 4/26 at 8pm. If you love mysteries, join in this twitter chat! I… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on April 7, 2016 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Havana Motor Club Lesson Plan - U.S. Cuba Relations

…Hope you will be willing to share with your teacher and student populations, particularly in light of President Obama’s recent visit to Cuba.

 

The groundbreaking documentary movie Havana Motor Club will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films 8 April.

 

QR Code files for listed resources are also attached…

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Added by Tom Adamich on April 6, 2016 at 8:53am — No Comments

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22450859-the-boston-girl" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="The Boston Girl" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1418103945m/22450859.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22450859-the-boston-girl">The Boston Girl</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/626222.Anita_Diamant">Anita Diamant</a><br/>

My rating: <a…

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Added by BJ Neary on March 26, 2016 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Faceless by Alyssa Sheimel

Faceless Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I read this novel as part of #yabookchat twitter discussion. When we meet Maisie, she is enjoying a… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 26, 2016 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I read this graphic novel as part of The Hub Challenge and March's #YearofYA twitter chat… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 20, 2016 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836654-challenger-deep" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Challenger Deep" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1428505217m/22836654.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836654-challenger-deep">Challenger Deep</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19564.Neal_Shusterman">Neal Shusterman</a><br/>

My rating: <a…

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Added by BJ Neary on March 18, 2016 at 1:33pm — No Comments

A Silent Voice Vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Oima

A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 (A Silent Voice, #1) A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Ooima

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I read this manga as part of the Hub Challenge; I normally read… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 18, 2016 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Pushing the Limits (#1) by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I had this book on my TBR shelf forever, because I read other Pushing the Limits books before I read this one, which is #1 in the series. I also made this series (and author) a FAVORITE because I…

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Added by BJ Neary on March 12, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand Days Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I read this fairy tale as part of the Hub Challenge and Dashti, the… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 9, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments

ShadowShaper by Daniel Jose Older

Shadowshaper Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I read this book as part of The Top 10 Best Fiction of Young Adults for the Hub Challenge… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 9, 2016 at 8:02am — No Comments

The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry

The Girl I Used to Be The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group and Henry… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on March 5, 2016 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso

Tragedy Girl Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Thank you to NetGalley and Flux Books for providing an advance copy of… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on February 24, 2016 at 9:43pm — No Comments

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1) The Selection by Kiera Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



So many of my students raved about this book, I can't believe it took me so long to read/listen to… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on February 18, 2016 at 7:10pm — No Comments

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