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Travels With Chloe

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Guess what everyone???? I get to go on vacation with Mom and Dad!!! You know, they left me home when they went to Hawaii, which really wasn't fair. I got to stay at Teddy's house, but still, I love water and sun. Sure wish I could have gone along..... Anyway, they decided last week to go to some place called South Dakota and see some mountain. They decided they would take me with them!  First, they had to find  a place that would let me stay there. I just don't understand why I am such a big deal, but it must be.   We left yesterday morning. I love riding in our new car because there is lots of room for me to stretch out and even move around a little.  I didn't know, though, that we were going to be in the car FOREVER!  We did make a couple of stops so I could get out and walk around a little bit, but WOW.  It was a long drive! Finally, we got to where we were going to stay. It's kind of weird. There are 2 beds and not a lot of room.  And the smells!

#CyberPD: Wild Readers Show Preferences

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I am a grandma who always has books around for the grandkids to read. As I am out at garage sales or flea markets or Goodwill stores or second hand stores of any type, I am always looking for books for my classroom. And now, I am also looking for books for the grandkids. On Saturday we babysat two of the grandkids. The rest of the gang was coming later in the afternoon. Wild reader, Tony, decided to grab a book while he waited for his boy cousin to arrive (the girls he happily played with last summer have become "girly girls" this summer). He browsed through the pile of Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta books, deciding on which one to read. "Are these any good?" I questioned.  I was trying to figure out what he liked. He shook his head yes and then said, "But I'd rather read Captain Underpants." Going into second grade, he has a favorite author and a favorite series. He's way ahead of many of my high schoolers..... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

#CyberPD: Readers Need Other Readers

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I'm joining professionals from all over the world for this year's CyberPD as they explore Donalyn Miller's  Reading in the Wild . I'll be blogging and tweeting my thoughts out as I read. #Cyberpd is hosted by  @cathymere  at  Reflect and Refine ,  @laurakomos  at  Ruminate and Invigorate , and  @litlearningzone  at  Literacy Zone . If you'd like to join in, check out any of their blogs or follow the hashtag #cyberPD Chapter 3: Wild Readers Share Books with Other Readers Can I tell you how much I want my high school reading classes to look and sound like the classes Donalyn describes in   the opening pages of chapter 3?  I want to create that environment, that culture that screams, "It's cool to read!  Reading is valued here!" I've been scribbling notes to myself for an hour. Things I want to remember to do in my classroom to enhance and share our reading community. And don't you love the questions Miller shared from Jeff Wilhem

Happy Saturday Celebrations!

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Ruth Ayres  has created a wonderful spot for sharing moments from your week. She even has  a page to give you all the details you need to know about  sharing your own celebrations . So head  on over and see what everyone else is celebrating.    Happy Saturday! I know I haven't been around much lately, but that doesn't mean I'm not celebrating.  Summer has been jam packed with new learning situations, lots of reading, and time spent with friends and family. This week I am celebrating Rainy days:   Although I love the sunshine of summer, once in awhile, rainy days are great reminders to slow down, read a little, write a little, talk a little.  Today looks to be one of those days.  Hoping I can finish Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (the sequel to The Shining).   It's a great sequel, but my husband will go home for a couple of days and I don't want to be reading it when I am at the lake alone :) As always, I celebrate family.   We went and picke

CyberPD: Reading in the Wild (Chapters 1 and 2)

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'm joining professionals from all over the world for this year's CyberPD as they explore Donalyn Miller's  Reading in the Wild.  I'll be blogging and tweeting my thoughts out as I read. #Cyberpd is hosted by  @cathymere  at  Reflect and Refine ,  @laurakomos  at  Ruminate and Invigorate , and  @litlearningzone  at  Literacy Zone . If you'd like to join in, check out any of their blogs or follow the hashtag #cyberPD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I bought this book and read it as soon as it came out. But I was missing something--the chance to TALK about it. I was so happy to hear that Cathy, Laura and Michelle chose it for this year's #CyberPD! Since I am a high school teacher, I come at this from a little different perspective than those of you who teach elementary school, or even middle school. But trust me, I found LOTS AND LOTS of takeaways. I