Went to the L.A. Times Festival of Books & thoroughly enjoyed myself. I cannot believe all of the famous authors lined up- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julie Andrews, Laura Numeroff, Henry Winkler, not sure if Stan Lee showed up. But, even if he didn’t, the organizers of the Festival showed out. Big time! I’m looking forward to next year.
Do you love books like I do? Do you also like practically getting them for free? Well, then have I got the store for you- Piccolo’s Books. All the book are used, so they are only $1.00. I found Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, a couple A-Z books by Ron Roy, some Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne & a few others I’d been looking for. It’s located in the former Borders in the Promenade at Howard Hughes:
6081 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Whew, I’m sso glad the business is over. I’ve been so busy lately, writing a proposal for the Riordan grant for my school for computers & laptops. I submitted it, now I’m going to wait with bated breath, prayers, & a lot of butterflies in my stomach. I’m so tired; I’m about to take a nap. So, I will talk/write to you later, Dear Readers.
Ok, Dear Readers, I forgot to mention the funniest thing I saw (I”m sure it was probably only funny to me) at the conference I attended today, I kept seeing people that looked like famous actors- Bruce Willis, Aisha Tyler, Chris Elliot, & the actor that played Magneto in X-Men. I got quite a chuckle out of that.
Today I attended a Technology training @ CSUDH. It really wasn’t relevant for elementary school. It was still pretty good because I actually met someone who I clicked with right away. It felt like high school. We went to the same sessions & had lunch afterward. I topped it off by picking up my little boy from school. Now, I’m on my way to Taco Tuesday with my husband to see my brother-in-law & his girlfriend who I haven’t seen in a long time. So, Dear Reader, have a nice night. I know I will!
If you have a classroom of your own, now is the time to register for the Book It! Program. When you register you are sent Pizza Hut gift certificates for a Personal Pan Pizza. You can give them to your students as incentives for reading. I’ve been using it for 2 years now. Here’s the link: www.bookitprogram.com/
Imagine my surprise when I asked my students if they liked the book or the movie and they chose the book. I am so happy that my students like the book. Because of this, I’ve been wondering about the future implications of this. Does this mean they will become lifelong readers? Does this mean that they will always love the book more than the movie? I don’t know if that will actually happen, but it doesn’t hurt to hope, does it?
I’ll report more later!
I’ve been M.I.A. I’ve also been stressed over WASC. I am happy to report that the WASC visit is over. I am so happy because I’ve been really stressed since they’ve been here. It really took me totally by surprise. I’m usually not the one to stress over things like this because I usually have it all together. But, not this time. I’ve been struggling all this year. I can only hope that all that I do for my students is effective. Now, I am on Spring Break and can enjoy some ME time.
“I only did it once,” she said.
“She,” being Binaca Blast, one of my students. The “It” she’s talking about is blackmail. She was crying to me as she wondered why she didn’t have any frieends.
“Well,” I told her, “the main reason you have no friends is because you’ve blackmailed almost all the girls!”
That’s when she turned to me and said with all sincerity, “I only did it once!”
The blank look on my face said it all. She totally does not get it. She has the problem that my former student (who was Emotionally Disturbed, by the way) had. He would bother people. I would see him do it. Then he would deny it. He would tell me that they were bothering him when I knew that wasn’t the case.
She’s getting Art Therapy, but she needs to receive some heavier type of therapy. Something is seriously wrong with her picture!