Happy Friday and happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful celebration, and you have time to relax. We travel to West Virginia each year, and it is so nice to get away from the hustle of the DC area.
I have been so fortunate this year, and I do want to say thank you so much to you for reading my blog, tweeting or leaving a comment! Each time, someone tells me that they use my materials, I am in awe and truly humbled. My blog helps me to reflect and become a better teacher, and I am so happy that some of my ramblings (it seems to me at times!) have helped others. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
A few fun online announcements:
- I am participating again with Comprehensible Online! I am presenting on how to spice up the classroom novel! Comprehensible Online will take place between March 1 and April 30, so you will have plenty of time to watch the videos. Or as someone noted last year, you can take a professional development day, and watch the videos at your leisure! Regular registration is $229. You can get a discount of $25 with my code MARIS19. (Note: I also earn money for every code that is used- so thank you for your support!!)
- Ditch That Textbook Summit is back! I LOVE Matt’s interviews each year, and I go back re-invigorated each year. Plus, this year, you can watch the former Ditch Summit videos as well. Plus- it is FREE! So why wouldn’t you sign up?! Here are my takeaways from last year.
Here are some of my other favorite reads from the past week:
- Sara-Elizabeth wrote an insightful post about fair use that as per usual will take me awhile to unpack all of it.
- I love this post about what happens when teachers connect.
- Carrie wrote an extremely honest post. It can seem like so many bloggers lead perfect lives, but we all have weaknesses in our classes and lives.
- As I continue to play with the role of the whole class novel in my classroom, I appreciate reading about how Allison taught a novel in one week.
- And Kara shared two great free stories: on Barcelona and a MovieTalk.
And a flashback to my posts over the past few years: