Special Note: Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Communityand Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning are getting ready for SUNDAY, August 10th (TOMORROW), their annual sharing of #PB10for10, 10 "must have" picture books for the classroom. See all about it here!
Terrific big and little celebrations every day. It was a lovely week. (Getting busier, however.)
- Sunday: Loved the NEW twitter chat plan with Ruth Ayres (@ruth_ayres) and Christy Levine (@rushlevine) on Sunday evenings. They will happen every first Sunday of the month at 8 eastern time, hashtag #TandCWriters. This time Katherine Sokolowski (@Katsok) was the host and questions were asked about the use of writers’ notebooks. How does one start them, etc.? Terrific! I can't find the archive, but you can view all the tweets by searching the hashtag.
- Monday: Dentist-replacing a crown, no big deal. My dentist is the best!
- Tuesday: Spent the day doing a few errands, then home to enjoy the day "at home"! Writing, reading, still organizing work papers! A little card from Ruth hangs in my office: "Write Anyway". It helps!
- Wednesday: In the am, met with one of the teachers with whom I work. We talked about the room design and went through his unwieldy class library, pulling books that don't belong, to share with others. In the afternoon, my writers group met at a local coffee house. Here's one pic, missing the person who took it. It was lovely to be together again, lots of good talk about writing, and digressing into all kinds of topics. Fun, fun!
- Thursday: met a former colleague for brunch who lives on the Western slope now. I loved teaching with her, now see her "news" via Facebook, but haven't really sat to talk in years. It was lovely. And, from afar, helped my son celebrate his birthday. He spent early in the am with his wife and son, Carter, then took off for Paris, then Germany. It's for his work, but what a nice birthday gift!
- Friday: a few tears, my granddaughter's first performance. She's been in drama camp for these past two weeks, and loved it. Each group, from the kindergarteners to fifth grade (worked separately) presented an original skit, with songs! It was special, and all were well done. I wish I had a picture, but the lights were so bright on the actors that the pic was washed out. Ingrid was a kangaroo, BTW. And, ate dinner with my daughter and the girls. In my area, there are a lot of restaurants and one large courtyard with a fountain, so the girls at least got a little wet! I used to take my students there to write. It's never too crowded and has such a good community feel.
It's beginning to be the final days to NOT hop right out of bed, so I'm enjoying every bit, still mowing with my little green mower, reading and writing a lot.
Cheers to everyone for a good week of things to celebrate!
Starting the week: This Monday, the Two Writing Teachers blog hold a twitter chat. Check their website for time!