Family and Life:
I went to an event last night called Kids Helping Kids. It is put on by the AP Economics students at the high school where I work. Each year they raise over $100,000 for the Unity Shoppe, a group that provides food and clothing for families living in poverty in our town. This year they took over one of our local theaters with a silent auction, a raffle for a Vespa, and a concert with Mat Kearney and Tyrone Wells. I hadn't been to the event before but I was really impressed: the place was packed; people were bidding high on the silent auction items; the students were decked out in tuxedos and cocktail dresses; and the place was a buzz.
I've booked myself to attend the CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference in March--lots of techies talking about libraries, classrooms, and more! Last year it was super interesting so I am looking forward to it again. I have finished my first National Board lesson and now need to write up all my findings. It went well and I got some of the students to use wikis and Facebook to teach the class, which was fun. I really enjoyed working closely with a small group of students again.
Books and Reading:
I feel as if I've begun the year well. I am reading my third and fourth books right now and so far I've liked them all. Wouldn't it be great if the whole year was like that?! My daughter had a gift certificate to Chaucer's Books so we went today and got her these two:
Of course, I couldn't go to a book store and not buy something so I got these three for me:
I have two give aways going on right now:
- A copy of Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It's international and ends on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
- A copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It's international and ends on Thursday, January 20, 2011