Friday, June 29, 2012

37 Days In, 49 Days Left

I fixed my countdown on my website.  Summer Break started 37 days ago and the first day of school in in 49 days.  I am going to probably cry when the countdown starts to turn and there are fewer days left before school starts.  Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy school.  I do enjoy sleeping in though!  I can't believe how easy it is to fall into the routine of staying up late and sleeping in late.  Maybe instead of having early out days for the beginning of the year, we need late start days.  Kids are not used to waking up early especially for school. 
Anything But Typical - This book is told from an autistic twelve-year-old boy's point of view.  It is one of those books that really shows you what life is like from another person's viewpoint.  I know that sometimes I don't consider that other people's point of views are different from mine and that they might not see everything exactly like I do or respond in the same way.  I enjoy this type of book that opens my eyes and makes me see that I need to think more about how others "see".

Stalker Girl - Pretty typical teenage girl situation.  Her boyfriend breaks up with her and she is heartbroken.  Brian starts dating another girl and Carly becomes obsessed with finding out everything that she can about this new girl.  She follows her in the park and she searches online for any information.  Unfortunately, she takes it too far and the police become involved.  One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was that it didn't have a happy ending.  You know how some break-up books end up with the boyfriend and girlfriend getting back together?  Not this one.  This one is realistic.  Another thing that I enjoyed was that this book didn't try to tell us the theme and make judgements about what you should learn from reading this book.  Stalker Girl allowed you to make your own judgements which potentially could be different for each reader.  (Connection to the lesson that I learned/relearned from reading Anything But Typical - Each person sees things differently.) 

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms - I do not recommend this book to any of my students.  It's on this list because I just finished reading it.  It is not a book that I would have read except that I had to for my on-line class.  While it was published in 2010, I feel that it is already outdated.