Right now I am reading…


The Teach Like a Pirate series books for educators are amazing!  I recently bought Play Like a Pirate at a conference, and was hooked!  The books are so captivating, full of high energy and give the reader so many practical ideas that can be used in the classroom.  Lately, this series has been an amazing read during the end of the school year.  The book is pretty short, and would make an awesome book study or book club read.

The Uglies is a book that has been crammed in my classroom bookshelf for quite sometime.  I remember teaching high school, and having a student tell me about reading it.  However, it was not until I watched a recent video a part of a 7th grade English teacher’s blog that I knew I needed to read the book.  When her students of both genders would say that it was the best book that they had ever read, I decided it was time to give it a go.  I am excited!

Two books at once?  I find that I am most grounded when I am reading a fiction and nonfiction book at the same time. When I say the “same time”, I don’t mean that I read both of them every day.  I might get lost in my fiction for several days, and not have time to read the other book.  But, overall I love the spontaneity and flexibility of being able to go back and forth when I am looking to challenge myself with something new.

Once again I am part of a group book challenge.  I have to read 60 books in various categories.  While it is a lot of work, I love the way the challenge is designed to stretch me as a reader.  I am required to see out different genres, and get out of my comfort zone.  I also found out last year, as I was part of this challenge, that there will be books that do not fall into any of the categories.  I love when it is determined that a book is a must read, and therefore it does not matter if it “counts” or not.  As of right now, I have read 19 books this year.  I am not sure that all of the different books in the, “Pirate education series will fit”.  However, they are so good, and the authors are so captivating and willing to interact online, that these are “must reads” while my energy and focus are there.

Check out my ELA Instagram account.  You can see more of the book that are being recommended.  #scmsela7

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