Daniel Coldstar Goes On Tour!


. @DanielColdstar Thanks for the #BookExcursion shout-out on your blog. #WhoDisturbs? 🚀

This was a busy week for Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War.

The book has been invited to join three book tours featured on Twitter this Summer! They are #bookjourney, #bookvoyage, and #bookexpedition. These are reading crews made up of authors, teachers and librarians across the country, who read a handful of middle grade ARCs during summer break and then tweet and blog their reviews. It is a great and personal way for followers to learn about exciting books coming out this Fall!

So, Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War got packaged up and sent off to these great groups of readers. The first book in the Daniel Coldstar series should be in their hands soon!

If you want to learn about some awesome middle grade books coming out this Fall, do a search for these hashtags on Twitter and follow the wonderful people who are their members. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Control Alt Achieve: 6 End-Of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up Tips by @EricCurts


Ah, I learned something new through this article. I need to make sure I returned all student work so ownership reverts back to the student. Did anyone else forget to clean up your #GoogleClassroom at the end of the school year? Here’s a step-by-step guide to the process by Eric Curts. #edtech #edtechteam @ericcurts

http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/05/classroom-cleanup.html?m=1

Learn Their Names, Learn Their Story

This is an important message as we start a new school year. My name is part of my identity. Many students will not want to correct their teachers so it is up to us to insist on correct pronunciation of each student’s name. Do you agree?

In fifth grade, my teacher was firm, but loving. She played the harp, had emerald green eyes, and read aloud Tuck Everlasting to our class. We rapped about rainforests, memorized the Fifty Nifty United States, and kept chameleons in aquariums (except for the one that escaped, making for a frantic morning search around the classroom!). I loved being in her class, but every day, the whole grade switched to different teachers for reading. Despite being an enthusiastic reader at home, I dreaded my reading teacher’s class from the beginning, all because of one thing. She refused to learn my name.

My name is Aliza.
It is derived from Hebrew.
Depending on the etymology, it means “joyful” or “oath of God”.
There are not many of us. I have only met one other Aliza, in person, in my life.
My name is pronounced “ah-LEE-zah”.
It rhymes with (The Leaning Tower of)…

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6 Alternatives to Reading Logs by @shfarnsworth – Teacher Tech

These are great ideas that allow students to engage with the books they’re reading AND they all make student learning a social experience. 
http://alicekeeler.com/2017/01/30/6-alternatives-reading-logs-shfarnsworth/

24in48 Readathon: We Need Diverse Books recommendations, PragmaticMom and Multicultural Children’s Book Day 

For my #24in48 @24in48 #readathon post about #WeNeedDiverseBooks, I highly recommend following @pragmaticmom (IG), co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and checking out the website too. 

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As co founder of MulticulturalChildrensBookDay.com, I am blown away by the sheer number of wonderful multicultural book reviews on the MCBD site. 📚Curious? 📚Visit the site, look for the “2017 Multicultural Link Up” option under Reading Resources and discover HUNDREDS of diverse books for kids reading ideas! 🌎#MulticulturalChildrensBookDay #readyourworld #diversekidlit #kidlit #teacherday #teachersday #teacherappreciationday#thankateacher #may9th #teachertalktuesday #teacherappreciationweek2017

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #teacherresources

PicCollage: Bowling’s ‘Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus’ (Sterling Kids, 2017)

This is a picture collage (#PicCollage) of things I thought were important in Dusti Bowling’s debut middle grade fiction, ‘Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus’ (Sterling Kids, September 2017). I hope to teach students how to create picture collages as a form of notetaking in the Fall. 

I received this book as part of my #bookexcursion group so Aven will continue on the journey to the next educational leader in the group. BookExcursion is a group of 9 educational leaders who read PB through YA titles and share on social media. Authors receive publicity and book buzz while we become better equipped to provide reader’s advisory services to the students and families we serve.  We think it’s a win-win proposition. 

Also, this is the first book completed as part of my #24in48 readathon challenge, July 22-23, 2017.

#24in48 July 2017 Readathon Sign-ups are Open!

Wow! This is awesome! Have you heard about the #24in48 readathon? I just discovered it. Basically, you read for 24 hours during the 48 hours of July 22-23. Want to join me? For more details, check the link.

24 in 48 Readathon

Happy summer, fellow readathon-ers!

I hope that everyone’s warm- (or cold, for you Aussies) weather reading is in full swing and you’ve been plowing through your summer reading lists or beach stacks. Or if you’ve had a bit of a slump because you’re doing ALL THE THINGS, I have the answer.

Our next #24in48 is back! Join us on July 22 & 23rd for a weekend full of reading. It promises to be another great one. (You’ll be happy to know I’ll not be steering the good ship 24in48 alone this round. I recently relocated for a job in another country and finally decided to call in reinforcements. So cheers to Kristen and Kerry who will be manning most of the social media during readathon weekend.)

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants…

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