Take a Look, It’s in a Book

    • This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. We can go twice as high when we not only read but share what we’re reading with others. This week, we focus on books we love and want others to love as much.

      I LOVE TO READ!  Last year, tracking on Goodreads, I read over 2 books per week.  This year I have added blogging, so I am trying to make sure I write at least a little every week in addition to my reading.  The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

      The book covers you see on this page are all books I have read in 2017.  So many of them have been amazing and I have really enjoyed them all, but let me tell you about aThe Passage by Justin Cronin few.  First,  Self Help:  The Happiness Advantage and The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet have had a significant impact on my physical and mental state.  I have lost 35 pounds and most every day I am happy and try to make others that way.  Both offer practical, easy things to do to become happy and healthy.  Second, Fiction:  A Man Called Ove and The Passage are my two favorites so far this year.  If you haven’t read Ove, you will be so sLaunch by John Spencerurprised at how uplifting a story about a man who wants to A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backmankill himself can be.  The Passage is the best apocalyptic vampire book I have read and I have also read the two others in the series.  Finally, the nonfiction/work books:  Simplifying Response to Intervention and Launch are the top two of the list, with practical and theoretical information that will really have an impact on kids.

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      The Orange Frog  by Shawn AchorDark Matter by Blake CrouchThe Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
    • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    • Drop the Ball by Tiffany DufuCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
    • What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker
    • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan MastaiHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

    The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerThe Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadThe Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

  • A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon Sinek
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
  • Personalizing 21st Century Education by Dan Domenech
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  • The End of College by Kevin  Carey
  • The Laws Of Our Fathers by Scott Turow
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

Catch Up Week – Social Media

This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week.

This is a catch up week for #EdublogsClub so I thought I would go back to a topic from a week I missed.  Social media is a giant topic, but I wanted to thank a new member of my professional learning network, Jeff Zoul @Jeff_Zoul for coming to our book club meeting to help us wrap up our reading of What Connected Educators Do Differently.  This is a great read and a great book group read as there is a lot to discuss.  It gives you great steps to take so you don’t feel overwhelmed by having to take on the entire social media world at once.  This is one of my favorite parts of the book and I am hoping to carry it into other professional development.  At the end of each chapter it suggest that you Follow 5 (follow 5 people on Twitter and they give you suggestions) Find 5 (find great resources and they give you suggestions here as well) and Take 5 action steps (and you guessed it, they offer ideas).  I think this is a great way to enter into PD sessions where you are already thinking about meeting new people, learning about their ideas and taking steps to try them out.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. May 18th is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This week we are celebrating awarenessPrompt: Write a post about web accessibility to help with awareness.

This was a pretty exciting week.  Although this post is supposed to be about web accessibility, I have to write about accessibility in general due to yesterday’s event.

An old friend received an amazing Women In Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium yesterday.  This incredible woman is Beth Moses and she can be found on Twitter @VGChiefTrainer as she is the astronaut trainer for Virgin Galactic.  At the celebration, there were two very different accessibility experiences.

First, I attended the event with another incredible woman, an educator, who is recovering from hip surgery and is using a wheelchair.  She couldn’t have been more patient with the hotel security, but due to the hotel being almost 100 years old, she had to ride two different scary (my word) chair lifts to get to the ballroom level.  Once we got to the ballroom level, we had to wait for an interview to finish so we could go through another room to get to the one location with a ramp into the actual ballroom.  Of course her assigned table was across the room which was already full of people, because it took a long time for the lifts and getting to the ramp.  This was a great experience for me to grow in my understanding of what a typical day can be like for someone who cannot walk up stairs – it isn’t easy.

Second, Beth Moses shared how space is the great equalizer.  She and her staff want to make sure that all of the civilian astronauts that travel with Virgin will be comfortable and get the experience they want.  Beth explained that if you are very tall, they will build you a tall seat to make sure you travel safely and in comfort.  She also talked about pre-existing conditions, and how they work through how people are differently able and make sure each and every one has the experience of a lifetime.  I will paraphrase what Beth said so well yesterday, that she will work tirelessly so that anyone who wants to can live that childhood dream of space travel.

Thanks to both of these strong women for inspiring me yesterday.  I know I will need to continue to help kids dream big and realize those dreams so that we all can live amazing lives, regardless of what life throws our way.