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!

Monday, July 2, 2012

This week's

readings: a party, pancakes and children. It is amazing what we can handle and what we value. Enjoy reading. For the short story readers, remember to skip the second story if you want. And for the Encounters people, I hope you're enjoying this level of book. I know you can handle it.

More specifics on them as the week goes on.

Have fun running around, lazing about and reading once in a while.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Police work

Good readers connect to what they read. When I started these passages, I thought of all the reruns of Law and Order my daughter and I have watched: forensic evidence and an alibi comes into play in each and every one. Science and good listening are both great tools of detective work.

An isotope was my new word, and I'm still not sure what it means for sure, but that's okay because good readers also know they don't have to 'get' every word to understand the passage. I know it has something to do with how water is made up, and that's good enough.

Be good readers: connect to what you read and know that you don't have to know every word.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cemetery Path

The picture is great, isn't it? It makes me think the dagger will be important. Using pictures to give you clues to start is always a good way to go. I also like the first line about the main character being "a timid little man."  It caught my interest to start. Let's see if anyone can catch the 'twist' before the ending. Let me know. Finally, when you're doing the questions, note one is on inference--yes!!!!

Next up? The passages for the soon-to-be seventh graders.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dirt, rock, and

a rake.

That's what I worked with today. I raked rocks, stones and dirt that came down the gully last September when we had that rain. Remember it? School was just starting. Now, almost a year later, we are finished and looking to the next year.

I will read a story tomorrow. You too? Or the passages. Maybe Tuesday for me on that one. Look for some comments here.

For now, I'm off to do my other computer game, Quiddler.

Want to try?


Here's to our, no my, first week off.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Have you

...ever played  http://www.setgame.com/set/puzzle_frame.htm? It's Set Daily and it wants you to find the six sets. They time you, so I play everyday to see how well I do. Tonight it was 1 minute 18 seconds. Wow--good for me! A lot of times I'm way over 2 minutes.


Off  for the summer! The room is ready for a good cleaning (thanks to the crew this summer) and then I can get in in August and get us ready for September. And, starting Monday I will be checking out the stories and passages. Looking forward to it.

Anyone out there?!?!?!

Friday, June 15, 2012

School's out (for you!)

What a day: made new folders and organized for next year. But, for now, go out and enjoy the summer. Be active, see friends and family, do some good deeds, and read, even a bit will make me happy.

I've read the finals and am amazed at how much growth there was this year. Thank you!!

Now, enjoy, but do come on and visit with a comment.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Back for Summer Reading....and more!

It's been almost a year since I posted, but here I am again. Room 303 is going into the blog world again. I have so many students who have signed up to read this summer. This will be our meeting place to discuss and get together over reading.

Remember: If you want to leave a comment, hit the comment at the end of the post, write it in and then sign it, so I know who wrote it. You don't have to have an account; just select anon. Blogspot will send me the comment and then I'll post it. It won't be there immediately, but it will get on.

Looking forward to hearing from you all this summer!