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SWUR (1) Goal Post–UPDATED





Read-a-thon Signups

Update: 8/12/2012

I shouldn’t be surprised, but this week I read a whole lot of…wait for it…NOTHING. šŸ˜¦

There are some pretty good reasons:

  1. a personal issue pushed me to be busy for busy’s sake, so I went in to my classroom every day this week to get it ready for the new school year. And it looks–AMAZING! I will be posting pictures soon!
  2. I have decided to allow MiniQ to take her 8th grade year classes online. We moved here in Dec and she had a hard time fitting in (small town, midwest, USA, where everyone has known everyone else since birth). She will be taking choir at the middle school, after her choir teacher called and BEGGED me to let it happen. She’s excited, as am I, but it requires SO MUCH prep work here on my end, because she will be taking the traditional classes online, but I will be requiring a bit more of her–as one of the reasons she wanted to take online courses was because she spends so much time sitting there doing nothing in school because learning is “easier” for her than some of her classmates. So while the teachers re-teach and catch up the others, she is bored.
  3. My part-time job (teaching online) will be gearing up in the near future and I have been organizing for this as well.

I go back to my full time teaching job Monday. Lesson plans are ready, meetings for a week, then bring on the students! So my reading life is about to stall again. At least for a few weeks, while I get into the swing of work again and learning how to navigate MiniQ’s schedule and daily life.

So, this will be my 2nd summer challenge. I didn't meet my goal on the first one, but it did push me forward in my overall summer reading. This one will be better, because it is a longer challenge and I report back to school on the 13th. The timing is perfect!

My to read books for the SWUR :

12 Angry Men

I just bought the play of this and plan to read it to see if it will work in my English 11 course!

And I need to find a novel in verse to help with my progress on the Verse Challenge.


Spring Break TBR

Spring Break for TeacherQ and MiniQ begins tomorrow!

Officially, MiniQ began her SB today, but she is babysitting and didn’t take a book to read.

We will have a lot of free time and TeacherQ plans on spending a big chunk of it reading! Here are our lists:


School Reading (these are the books my students will be reading for the remainder of the semester)
  • Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
For Fun Reading (because I can)
  • Matched, Ally Condie
  • The Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare
To Finish Reading (because they have been started for so long!)
  • Lawyers in Hell, Janet Morris and Chris Morris (Eds.)
  • Myth Adventures, Robert Asprin
  • Black Magic Sanction, Kim Harrison
Nonfiction Reading (because I am a geek šŸ™‚ )
  • Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude, Emily White **Gave up on this one…can’t read it right now šŸ˜¦
  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Daniel Okrent