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Haley's Classroom Reveal-Why not?

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I'm just finishing my first three days of school. We have a five day weekend, so I won't see my students again for awhile. I'm going to spend my time rethinking a couple of organizational processes! Our thoughts are with all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Why My classroom is decidedly  not Pinterest-worthy. It's just not in my repertoire. I am, however, insanely jealous of all my colleagues and friends who do have aesthetically pleasing rooms. I've been in 8 different classrooms in 13 years of teaching, so when I had to move classrooms yet again this summer, I took it in stride. In fact, I was semi-grateful because this was a summer of WHY. And I took this opportunity to rethink how my classroom was set-up. Why I had flexible seating options. Why I organized my classroom library the way I did. Why  I asked students to bring in Post-it notes. With each picture, I'll talk about my Why. Classroom Library My new classroom is a former art

IMWAYR 8/28/17

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Hello, Reader Friends! We hope your back to school season is going as smooth as possible and we hope you are able to start the year off with some time to yourself to read! I know achieving that work/life balance is always a goal of mine! If you are in Texas, we are thinking of you and praying for safety and minimal damage.   

The First Rule of Punk - Blog Tour

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BOOK  DESCRIPTION From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself. The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, wh

IMWAYR-8.14.17

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The school year is upon us, and my summer TBR stack is dwindling. There are a couple books left that I need to read before school starts-Refugee, Solo and All Faire's in Middle School. What's left in your pile? 

Open If You Dare - Dana Middleton

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I was 9-10 years old and riding my bike down to the boat docks. Off to the left hand side of the boat docks was our "island." When we stepped on this island, we felt as though nobody else knew about it. That what my friends and I had discovered was a mystery and that there were so many unanswered questions on this island, buried beneath all of the flooded debris lying around. Every piece of trash we picked up belonged to someone  and every piece of debris has its own story.   As I read Open If You Dare  and followed along with Birdie, Ally, and Rose and their adventure to their "island" I couldn't help but feel a connection. When Birdie decides to open the box labeled open if you dare, I was right there, anxious and wondering what in the world this mystery was they were going to have to solve. As I kept turning the pages and following along their lives on their way into middle school, I remembered just how simple life was before I entered 6th grade - th

Amber's July Reads

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What I Read: July - Cassie

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Haley's July Reads

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July was a slow reading month for me. We went on vacation, so those 9 days were mostly spent chasing three kids around the beach. However, the books I finished were some of my favorite of the summer. Instead of summarizing each chapter book, I decided to pair it with a picture book that had a similar topic or theme.  Look for a full review and giveaway of The Border in just a few weeks!