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Rainy Day Reading

Whatever the weather where you are, a Saturday morning is always a good excuse to curl up with a good book. Just add coffee and stir and you have the recipe for a perfect day.

Here’s a book list of holiday reading if you need some suggestions.

Enjoy!


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No Limits

QUOTE OF THE DAY-
“There are going to be enough people in life that try to limit what you can do… Don’t limit yourself.” Lorraine Wagner


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Big Books & Big Coffee: In this we do believe!

Take a big heaping of both today. Inhale. Exhale. You made it through your Monday, with a little help from your friends.

#MondayMotivation. #Books #Coffee #MeaningofLife 😉


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Seize the Summer: Read

Here’s a book list to keep you & the kiddos reading all Summer 🌄📚

http://readaloud.org/bookselections.html

 

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Words Mean Everything. What I’m Teaching this Semester.

“Words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

I’m looking forward to teaching The Book Thief, by Markus Zukas this semester. Reading and writing  our way through trauma can save us, sustain us. Not just in the pages of an imaginary universe. In real life, too. I know books saved me many times.

The Book Thief

We’re also be reading Fahrenheit 451 this semester. Our discussions will focus around knowledge & education, censorship, power and authority, fear, risk, survival, reading, story and identity. It’s going to be a fun environment with great discussions. There are so many parallels to contemporary events.

Fahrenheit 451

Why, for instance, do some people fear words, and books, so much so that they ban them? Why are 62 million girls out of school, globally? Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head to keep her from getting an education? What were they afraid of? And, perhaps just as importantly, why was a young Malala so willing to risk so much to go to school each day? Why wasn’t she afraid (or was she?). Either way, she risked her life to learn. To see.

We’re reading and writing about interesting other stuff too. But this is going to shape our semester.

Welcome to Spring 2016! ~Lisa


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5 Steps to a Growth Mindset in the Classroom

“Never question ability, always improve strategy.”

Here’s a visual guide to fostering a growth mindset in the classroom. I linked a video to Angela Duckworth’s excellent TedTalk on the subject at the bottom of this post.

Growth Mindset in the Classroom (C) M J Bromley 2014

Click here for Angela Duckworth’s tedTalk on why we need to encourage growth mindset with our students.

I hope you found this infographic helpful. If you need more information on how to foster grit and a a growth mindset in your classroom, feel free to reach out in the comments.

Best,

Lisa, aka The Happy Teacher


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Monday Motivation:

Get up, get going, and look fear in the face.

#MondayMotivation

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