OWP's Wild Things Discussion discussion


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message 1: by Betsy (new)

Betsy | 13 comments Let's take a minute to introduce ourselves to each other. Just let us know who you are, if you are currently teaching or working in education, and the last book you read besides Wild Things.

message 2: by Taylor (last edited Oct 01, 2017 02:58PM) (new)

Taylor Lang | 1 comments Hi Everyone!
My name is Taylor Lang. I teach 3rd grade in Reynoldsburg, which is on the east side of Columbus. I am the gifted intervention specialist for my grade level - we do cluster grouping. Kids can be put with me based on overall cognitive scores or specific identification in reading or math (or any combination thereof). I have quite a range of readers and writers this year! The last book I read was Jack Gantos' new book, Writing Radar. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to sharing it with students!

Looks like I need to do some updating on Goodreads... Looking forward to getting to know everyone and discussing Wild Things!


message 3: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 12 comments Hello everyone,

My name is Catherine Wormus. I teach 5th grade language arts and social studies in Ross, Ohio. This summer I read the Reading and Writing Strategies books- and have been enjoying implementing them in my classroom so far this year. I also just finished Katherine Applegate's "Crenshaw," and am currently reading "Wild Robot" by Peter Brown.

I'm looking forward to an interesting read and discussion of "Wild Things!"


message 4: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay (lorelai1945) | 6 comments Hi! My name is Lindsay Holden. I am also a fifth grade teacher in Ross; I teach both language arts and social studies. This is my eleventh year of teaching. I am really making an effort to read more middle grades books- I love reading them, but the last couple of years I've focused a lot more on reading adult books just for me. The last book I read was Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. We've been doing a book club with students where we read a different book each month and then meet twice at lunch during the month to discuss. October's book is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. I'm looking forward to diving into Wild Things!

message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lawson (amandalawson) | 9 comments Hello! My name is Amanda Lawson and I am also a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher in Ross. This is my 8th year teaching middle school. I just finished reading Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson and Ugly by Robert Hodge. I am currently reading Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I love children's literature. Plus, it helps me to recommend books to my students that I think they would love.

I just started reading Wild Things last night. I am looking forward to reading about his insight into children's literature.

message 6: by Christene (new)

Christene Alfonsi | 9 comments Hi! I'm Christene Alfonsi. I teach English to juniors and seniors at Talawanda High School in Oxford. I love incorporating children's literature into my high schooler's literacy lives, and I'm looking forward to connecting with this group for new ideas, titles, and theory. I'm reading Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow"--it's a bit dense but incredibly timely. On a lighter note, I'm also reading Anne Bogel's "Reading People," which is all about how personality affects all of us. As a devotee of Myers-Briggs (I'm an INFP), I'm finding it fascinating.

Excited to learn with you all!


message 7: by Betsy (new)

Betsy | 13 comments I just finished Mosquitoland by David Arnold. It's a YA book that came highly recommended by a colleague and we may consider for next year's common read at Milford. I definitely liked it. The narrator reminded me of Juno (from Juno). David Arnold is from Lexington, KY, and I know he's coming to Sycamore HS soon to talk/present. On his website, he lists his favorite places as "bookstores, record stores, Middle-earth, Hogwarts, my house"--seems pretty down to earth to me.

message 8: by Krista (new)

Krista Hill | 6 comments Hi, I'm Krista Hill. I took the 4 week OWP course two years ago, and the Literacy Tools class last summer. I loved both!

I teach second grade. I love this age. The children grow so much beginning like first graders and ending the year like third graders! I especially enjoy helping struggling readers to become successful and independent readers. I love when my kids ask the librarian for books by authors that we have read! I almost always cry when I finish a read aloud with the class, mostly because I'm sad the book is over.

I am currently finishing rereading the final Outlander series book for the second time, anxiously waiting for the next one to come out! These books are my escape! This summer, I also did a quick read of "Unplug, a Simple Guide to Meditation." Food for thought for the soul.

message 9: by Julie (new)

Julie | 2 comments Hi Everyone, teach 4th grade science and social studies.
The last book I finished was WHAT ALICE FORGOT by Liane Moriarty. I got halfway through READING NONFICTION by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst before school started. Our building leadership team is reading THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET by George Couros.
I still need to get the book!

message 10: by Holly (new)

Holly Kopcha | 1 comments Hi everyone, my name is Holly Kopcha. I teach juniors and seniors at Batavia High School in Composition I, CP English 12 and AP Literature and Composition. I’m excited to be a part of this OWP book club again this year. After reading Penny Kittle’s Book Love a couple of summers ago, I’m trying to reignite a passion for reading with my students. I just finished reading The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. Initially I’m not sure if “The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult” will be applicable but I’m open to introducing meaningful pieces to students for engagement and writing practice.

message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen Gardner | 6 comments Good afternoon everyone! My name is Karen, and I teach 8th grade LA at All Saints. I was excited to attend my first OWP workshop last month and am looking forward to learning a lot from the people in the group. I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett two days ago and started reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman last night.

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