Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brought to you by...

Today's blog entry is brought to you by:  Full of Bees!

I think what I enjoy most about Full of Bees is that I can see/hear her classroom so clearly -- and not only because she is a great writer (which is true) but because I've been there.  She teaches sophomores in a rural area and many of the experiences she shares sound like something that could have (or did) happen in my classroom.  She is real but has a great sense of humor, too.  The entry I linked to is a perfect example of that -- she shares her recent updates in haiku form!

Monday, April 25, 2011

I am not good at titles

While I'm in the midst of finishing a crazy semester, I'll give you another fun blog to read!  I haven't been following this one for very long, but I have a feeling it's going to be a staple in my blogroll in no time.  You know I love YA Lit.  And if you didn't, now you know.

However, Forever Young Adult makes me feel woefully inadequate in my YA Lit love. (Sidenote: I initially wrote that as "YA love," which my brain read as the full title and not the acronym. After thinking OMG! and giggling to myself, I decided I better throw in that "Lit" after all).

I love her book reviews -- her formatting is clever and engrossing, and her sense of humor is perfect.  For a little glimpse of what I mean by this, here's a glimpse titled "What's your YA deal breaker?"
(for the record, it's paranormal.  I've tried.  Jus' cain't do it.  Or eternal teen love after one week.  *GLARES AT BELLA*  There are other things that might make me roll my eyes, but I'm willing to give just about anything non-paranormal a chance).

Friday, April 15, 2011

Another Blog I Wish I Could Be

Another blog I enjoy reading is Bluebird's Classroom.  She is a middle school science teacher, which means we have just about nothing in common.

Honestly, though, I just like hearing about classroom experiences from another world.  Middle school is, in fact, very different from high school, and I am frequently awed by the issues she meets and takes down in that world.  She also taught in a geographic area roughly near my own, so I could commiserate with a lot of the experiences based on the area's demographics.  There's a genuineness to her voice which I appreciate -- there's love for the kids but it's not syrupy; there's realism but it's not dire.  A nice balance I hope I can one day master!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Move along, nothing to see here

In the interest of letting you know I'm still alive, here's an update:

(my) Homework has taken over my life.  I have 3 12-15 page papers due in the next two weeks.  No, I haven't started writing any of them.  Yes, I think this is a more valuable use of my time.  Why do you ask?

Perhaps what I should do is link you to a few of my favorite teachery blogs.  I'll let them do all the hard work, and I'll just link to 'em okay?  Or even better, you could link ME to some of your favorite blogs.

Here, I'll start.  I think I've linked here before, but Teenagers Are Ridiculous is one of my favorite blogs.  It's almost frightening how many truly amazing gems of teen wisdom (read: hilarity) she has.  Here's a favorite and a prime example of her quick wit which provides lots of fun banter with the kids: "It's a cause and effect thing..."