Daily Archives: December 3, 2011
Read this short article concerning what Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, thinks about his teachers.
Is Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, from the United States or Timbuktu? Or maybe a cave? Or from under a rock in the ground? Maybe we should have a multiple choice quiz that looks like this:
Based on this selection, which place did Michael Bloomberg come from that is best supported by the evidence of the text?
A. From under a rock
B. Outer space
C. Back from the dead after 200 years
D. All of the above
As you can tell from reading this article, all of the answers sound good. (Sort of like our weekly reading test answer choices!).
What is he thinking? So what he is saying is he thinks that I would do a great job if he fired my coworker (or vice versa), paid me both of the salaries, and let me have all 48 students in my 1 class? Really?
I don’t claim to know how to run a city (since my degree and experience are not in finance, business administration, public administration), just like he shouldn’t claim to know how to run a school or classroom (since his degree and experience is not in education, school administration).
This is what I have to say to Michael Bloomberg and all the other people who have these lamebrain ideas of how to teach “better”. Come visit my classroom. Not for a quick 30 minutes. Not even for a day. Those are just surface visits. Stay with me and my students for about 2 good solid weeks. All day. Everyday. Then we’ll talk!
This will be my 1st post of many more to come (hopefully) to give book talks on the books that I read. And I read a lot. Mucho.
I started reading at the age of 4 and have continued this fantastical (is that a word?) journey into my adult life. There were a few times in my life where I took what we would call a “sabbatical” from reading for pleasure-high school, while getting my master’s degree, while getting my educational specialist degree. That’s about it!
So, here is my 1st book talk about a character that I have come to love just this year. Clementine. She is absolutely witty, charming, loveable, quirky, and creative. She is her own girl. Clementine is in the 3rd grade and has a mind of her own. Even though she tends to get in trouble at school and sometimes doesn’t make the “wisest” decisions, she has a heart of gold. Clementine is the kind of character that draws you in with her sense of humor (and she’s not even trying to be funny!) and her independent thinking.
I first discovered her when our library was giving books away to make room for more books. I took our librarian up on that (because I’m a sucker) and took 5 copies of Clementine. I sort of layed them over to the side (with all my other books that have not been categorized because sometimes I can’t seem to catch my breath!) and forgot about them. When I decided one day to “rearrange”, I found them and glanced through a copy. I was hooked! I read that one and did a book talk with my 6th graders about it-it got snatched up quickly!
When I went through the whole stack I found “Clementine’s Letter” which is another one in the series. Read it. Loved it. So, then our Scholastic bookfair rolled around and guess what one of my students brought to my attention??? ANOTHER Clementine book! I bought it and was planning on reading it over the Thanksgiving break, but alas-that same student wanted to read it. Being the nice, kind, sweet, and generous teacher that I am-I let her read take it home and read it. She brought it back to me on Monday-I read it last night. I loved Clementine all over again!!!! AND-I found 2 more Clementine books when I searched on goodreads.com so I’m in business!!!!! Going to the bookstore tomorrow when I leave my conference!
What am I going to do when I finish those 2? Well, of course I’ll just write a letter to the author-Sara Pennypacker- and
demand ask that she continue to tell Clementine’s story! Do you think she’ll go for it???
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