My Book Whisperer book is all tagged up and highlighted because this book is so full of insight and intelligence, that I couldn't stop marking it up.My Book Whisperer book is all tagged up and highlighted because this book is so full of insight and intelligence, that I couldn't stop marking it up. I believe in everything Donalyn writes about in her book and it all makes sense, but it mostly comes down to changing the culture of teaching. Like she says, "Let go." Donalyn speaks of how the key to our students becoming successful students and, more importantly, lifelong readers is... READING! And Donalyn has proven this through her practice- not research, not studies, but actual teaching in a classroom. And she gets stellar results too- results teachers who want to mold students into lifelong readers will like and results that administrators who want high test scores will like. Yay for everyone! So- the key to is all is reading- independent, full of choice, fun, adventurous reading!
Thank you Donalyn for writing this book. It shows how what I believe can actually work and be successful in the classroom. You also helped me realize HOW to do it. Thank you....more
I love learning more and more about differentiated instruction.
My thoughts: *The teacher in me is fascinated. *The perfectionist in me is proud thatI love learning more and more about differentiated instruction.
My thoughts: *The teacher in me is fascinated. *The perfectionist in me is proud that I already do a lot. *The OCD in me is freaking out over the lack of organization. *The laziness in me is freaking out over the amount of planning. ...more
When I took adolescent literature during my master's degree, my professor assigned this book and I read it and I didn't like it. When I think back, I can't really tell you why- I think I just didn't connect with the format then. I read Archie comic books when I was younger, but that was the closest to graphic novels I got. So, when I picked up Maus, I think it was too much for me at the time with the symbolism, history and time change. Also, it was black and white. Now, though, graphic novels have become a big part of my reading life, so when I saw the two Maus books sitting on my sister's shelf in Syracuse, I asked if I could borrow them for the bus ride.
I am glad I did. Maus is brilliant. Art Spiegelman knows what he is doing. The symbolism doesn't outweigh the story, the present & past story are perfectly balanced and the history is terrifying & informative. ...more
This novel follows the adventure of Max as he encounters the Wild Things and becomes their king. Dave Eggers combined Maurice Sendak's original idea wThis novel follows the adventure of Max as he encounters the Wild Things and becomes their king. Dave Eggers combined Maurice Sendak's original idea with Spike Jonze's film with his own ideas to make this amazing piece of literature. By taking brilliance from all three minds, Eggers makes a novel which is an instant classic.
This "for all" novel revolves around Max just as the film and picture book do, but in the novel, Max's character is unraveled and explained so much more that his actions do not seem so extreme. Max is a protagonist that pulls at my heart strings!
The Piper family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Piper and their two boys Peter and Max. One of the piper boys grows up to be a fable we know and love, whileThe Piper family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Piper and their two boys Peter and Max. One of the piper boys grows up to be a fable we know and love, while the other grows up to be a fable we detest.
Peter Piper has heard that his brother, Max, has returned, so he must go find him. Throughout the novel, we learn why Peter is so adimate about finding his brother and why no one thinks he'll come back alive.
This book is a companion to the Fables graphic novels series by Bill Willingham and is just as enthralling and entertaining as the graphic novels. ...more
Wow. This is one of the hardest books I've ever read. I thought that a graphic novel about such a dark topic would be easier than a standard book, but I think it was actually the opposite. The illustrations added another level to the intensity of the story. It is a haunting novel dealing with resilience against abuse, cancer and insanity....more