Tuesday, August 21, 2012


...week of writing on the blog. We're on the 8th set, and I go on one last trip to the beach before coming back to school. I'm at school right now and so excited to see you all and get started.

To think. I believe that's the most important concept we can teach our young (and old!). In each of these readings this week the bottom line is the thinking: can Angie think herself to do what she must; can the man think his way out; can a king learn to think before doing? Really, it's all about using our minds to do and be what we want.

Sounds so easy, but yet it certainly is not. I know. I try every day to be a better person. Some days I win; some days I don't. The key is to keep trying.

See you the first day of school. Can't wait! 

Signing off for the summer,
Ms. B

PS,  remember to bring your booklets and work in.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


...what perfect examples of reading. A ghostly love story, a scam and the science of ants. Amazing! One makes me smile, one makes me grudgingly admire how people can think, and one? One makes me cringe to think of the ants, either way--falling off or hanging on!

I guess I'm the lucky one here, because I'm reading all three choices each week. How I wish someone said to me, "May I read the others when we get back to school?" Wouldn't that make my day? Being a reader, I love reading whatever is around. That's what I want for each and every one of you: to find the magic and joy of reading. And, I so appreciate that you took the step to reading this summer; that's wonderful in itself!

On another note, I went to school yesterday to begin preparing for the coming school year. I am so excited!! The room is ready, and now I will finish my prep for the first few weeks of  school.

Can't wait!

Do bring in the books  and work the first day of school.

See  you soon. One more week of reading and then a break for you to read whatever you want (I've read over 10 books this summer!).

Again, can't wait!

Friday, August 10, 2012


...we never really know how it's all going to turn out. That's certainly true for this week's readings.

It's taken me all week to get back on and introduce the readings. Some of you have probably already done yours for the week. Good. That means you're in charge.  I love that!

And, that's a lot like the topics of this weeks work: being in charge no matter what happens around us. The mother doing what she can in the face of her son, the man behind the counter, and even the young girl on the roller coaster. All took in where they were and did what they had to do.

I can only hope I'd think as fast as the man at the counter, and I KNOW I'd have acted the way of the rider on the coaster (because I'm not a thrill seeker, but a scaredy cat). I'd also like to wish I've been better about treating people, the people he'd stolen from, but more importantly, his mother, than the boy. But, if ultimately, we DO realize and change, well, that's something. Right?

I see all of these incidences in school. You'd be surprised how often I know students have stepped up or tried something scarey (like trying on a writing assignment) and they're come through the better for it. With the ending of the story, I'd say the boy will step up too.  Sometimes we have to take the long way 'round to do right, but getting there is the important part.

Enjoy the readings this week. I know I did!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


...and I love it! I've been out riding today and am off to the Hangar Theater right now, but tomorrow I'll come on and write about this week's readings.

For myself, I am flying through some novels right now. They seem to have a theme of beach houses, Italy and WWII, and I had no inkling of that when I picked them.

Life is fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


... in so many forms. A boy's belief of what is to come and how he will handle himself, a person doing their job, with or without credit, and finally the opposite of courage, making fun at the expense of another-- a sure form of cowardliness, not courage. Those are the thoughts from having read the three possibilities this week.

Reading does that for me. It allows me to make the connections, to take what I want from what I read. It allows me to then wonder. Will I do what I should when I'm in that situation? Would I ever (please, no) make fun while hurting another? Will I give credit where credit is due? Will I be courageous? I want to be.

August 1 always gets me thinking about next month and gets me excited for another year. Do you know that any of you who are reading this summer are already ahead of the year? Studies show that students who read in the summer come back with less lost than students who don't read. Wow! All that for the new year and just from having been a reader this summer.

Thanks for being readers!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


...are everywhere. In buildings, our minds and our cats.

I like all of the readings this week. One makes me think of family travels while another makes me smile thinking of my own cat. And the third one? Anyone who has tried something new knows what that feels like-the wonder of 'Can I do it?'

Reading is like that. When we begin we wonder whether we will find it interesting. But then, good reading brings wonder with what we have been given. Finally, finished reading makes me wonder all the more about how it connects to me and my life.

It's all about the conversations we have in our minds from the reading we do. Enjoy those conversations!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Marbles and

saucers. One story more serious and one not so. Both are good, though. We read to learn, we read to understand, we read for fun. Seeing the world through different perspectives is always good. Enjoy the stories and let me know what you think.

An interesting article I read this week was reading during the summer. Students who read through the summer keep their skills far better than ones who don't. The stats were pretty dramatic. I was happy to think of all of  you who are reading. Good for you!

Have a great weekend of doing, sitting and relaxing with some reading thrown in for good measure.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Been awhile

but now I'm back. On vacation I listened to one book and read two others, both of which I enjoyed. As for listening to a book, I think I'll be adding that to my drive home.

Did you read last week? If you did then you're ahead of me.

My last read was the paired passages on families. I really enjoyed it, but then realized I had skipped one! I missed the chimpanzee passages-sorry! So, for my 7th graders, I'm catching up and reading about the smart chimps. May we all be as smart as them this year in our hallways and classrooms. We need to treat our fellow school mates like chimps!

The stories for the 8th graders tomorrow. Talk to you then.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The pancake story...

or is it a story of brains versus brawn? Who wins--the guy who can shoot or the guy who can think?

I like this story because it's a fun story--nothing much deep here, just fun. Like reading: fun.

Hope you had a good 4th. The heat was amazing and it'll be even more so tomorrow. It'll be a good day to lay around and do some fun reading.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Dinner Party

I love this story!

The conflict, the fight, or argument in this case, is given to us, and then, bang! The story is over.

This story is also a perfect example of why we want to be well read with lots of bits of knowledge. The American could piece together what was happening and help out. His knowledge helped him.

Thinking and reading--two good skills to have!