This book was suggested to me by a fellow reading teacher, and I was hooked from page 1! In this book, Laura Candler gives practical, step-by-step insThis book was suggested to me by a fellow reading teacher, and I was hooked from page 1! In this book, Laura Candler gives practical, step-by-step instructions on how to implement "power reading workshops." As a reading intervention teacher, my goal is to get my students reading at grade level. The problem I have faced is that most of my students hate to read - and are very vocal about it! The power reading workshop program provides the framework that these students need to help them pick books that are interesting to them and appropriate for their reading level, and it sets the stage for getting students into the habit of reading. ...more
As a first year teacher (I teach language arts to small groups of struggling students, grades K -3) this book really opened my eyes and made me reevalAs a first year teacher (I teach language arts to small groups of struggling students, grades K -3) this book really opened my eyes and made me reevaluate my teaching practices. Many of my students hate to read, and after reading this book I can see that schools and common teaching practices are at least partially to blame. I borrowed this book from the library on the recommendation of a friend, but I need to buy this so I can refer back to it. It is an eye-opening and inspiring read for teachers of all grade levels....more
I was overjoyed to receive this slim volume of technological wisdom - particularly because I am not the most tech-savvy perThis was a First Reads win!
I was overjoyed to receive this slim volume of technological wisdom - particularly because I am not the most tech-savvy person. Thank goodness for people like Steve Weber who take the time to discover the cool tricks of the trade and share them with those oblivious souls such as myself. The information provided in this book was easy to understand, and Weber breaks it all down into a simple step-by-step process, aided by photographs. I would recommend this book to all Kindle users who want to get the best deals on books and have access to apps that will allow them to personalize and maximize the potential of their device....more
I won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony iI won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony is the story of two women, Beth and Olivia, whose lives become inexplicably interwoven through their individual healing processes as they cope with the tragedies and losses in their lives. Set against the beautiful, seaside backdrop of Nantucket, each woman searches for meaning and purpose as they strive to find equilibrium and even happiness again. Being a wife and a mother, I found that I could identify with the characters of Beth and Olivia. Every time I picked the book back up, I felt like I was visiting with old friends. I empathized with their feelings of doubt, regret, fear, and uncertainty as they worked towards finding themselves and their true purposes in life. This story is also about autism and understanding that a person with autism is a person who has feelings and is capable of love, even if they cannot express it the way "normal" people do. It's also about showing compassion and understanding for families of children with disabilities rather than passing judgment. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more books by Genova!...more
Creative Curriculum Extenders: Differentiated Projects for the Language Arts Classroom is full of fun and engaging activities and ideas to enhance and extend the language arts curriculum. I like that it aligns with national literacy standards and it provides students with different project ideas so they can choose the one that best fits their needs and ability level. I am always looking for creative ways to differentiate instruction, so this book fits the bill perfectly. I can't wait to use it in the classroom! ...more
I liked this story a lot. It was a fun, quick read and it was only minimally scary which is perfect for me because I'm a huge chicken. Great HalloweenI liked this story a lot. It was a fun, quick read and it was only minimally scary which is perfect for me because I'm a huge chicken. Great Halloween read!...more
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Gold: A Novel is the first book I've read by Chris Cleave. I own Little Bee, but have been hesitaI recently won this book from a First Reads giveaway!
Gold: A Novel is the first book I've read by Chris Cleave. I own Little Bee, but have been hesitant to read it due to the mixed reviews it has received. After reading Gold, I have a feeling the reviews for this one will be mostly positive because I couldn't put it down.
Gold is the the story of three friends and world-class cyclists - Kate, Jack, and Zoe - who are all vying for their spot in the upcoming London Olympic games. Kate and Jack are married and have a young daughter, Sophie, who has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy. As the story unfolds, the reader discovers the delicate threads that link these athletes together and the intricacies that define their relationships. Gold is about the things that drive these athletes and the difficult decisions and sacrifices that the characters must make in order to achieve the greater goal.
Honestly, when I first picked this book up, I already expected not to like it. I am not at all interested in sports, cycling in particular. However, this story is about so much more than the sport of cycling, even though I found the descriptions of the sport to be breathtaking. I can't begin to imagine the intense amount of training, both physically and mentally, that an athlete must endure to reach Olympic proportions. Besides the descriptions of the cycling, I was also taken in by the dynamics of the relationships between Jack, Kate, and Zoe, and their coach Tom, and the courage and strength of little Sophie as she battled leukemia. I thought this was an excellent book for all readers, not just those who love sports or cycling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by Cleave....more
It took me a little longer to read this book than I had anticipated. ItI won an ARC of The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones in a First Reads giveaway!
It took me a little longer to read this book than I had anticipated. It never really reached out and grabbed my attention, so I read it in small doses.
What starts out as a typical Victorian tale quickly devolves into chaos and peculiarity. It is the story of a family living in a grand old house called Sterne that is about to go into foreclosure unless the stepfather can get a loan or the eldest daughter, Emerald, agrees to marry the rich neighbor who is clearly smitten with her and the prospect of owning Sterne. The entire story takes place over a twenty-four hour period - the day of Emerald's 20th birthday. As the family prepares for the birthday celebration, and guests begin arriving at Sterne, word comes that there's been a terrible railroad accident nearby and that the passengers will need to come to Sterne for shelter until the railway can arrange other transportation for them. Rather than expressing concern and a willingness to help, the family seems put out by the inconvenience. Upon the passengers arrival, they are are quickly shut into the morning room and promptly forgotten. A short while later, a man arrives at the door - a Mr. Charlie Traversham-Beechers, who was also a passenger on the ill-fated train. It is with his arrival that things at Sterne take a turn for the peculiar...
Overall, I found this book to be amusing at times and entirely unique. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat in anticipation, but I was interested enough to see it through to its end. The characters were odd and self-centered, so I never felt a connection with any of them, which is probably why it took me longer to read this book. The writing itself felt a little disjointed at times because it is told in third-person and frequently switches in describing the actions and feelings of different characters. In the end, I can say I liked the book well enough, but it didn't wow me....more
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is theI won this book from a Firstreads giveaway!
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is the story of four college friends who, after having drifted apart over the last thirty years, are reuniting to say goodbye to their friend Armaiti who is dying of cancer. The impending reunion brings back many memories, both nostalgic and painful for each woman and becomes an opportunity for renewal of old friendships and past dreams. This beautifully written novel swept me away to Bombay, India and completely enveloped me in the lives of these four amazing women as I read about their hopes, dreams, past regrets, and new beginnings. I will definitely read more books by Umrigar after reading and enjoying this one....more
Beautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waBeautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waves crashing on the shore next to the castle. The setting reminded me so much of Outlander, and the love stories between Sophia and Moray, and Carrie and Graham had me yearning for more. ...more