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{sols} vacation

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Finally, school ended.

And summer arrived, starting with a vacation away ...

So much planning, organizing, packing, and loading the days before a long, long drive from Illinois to Florida.  With four year olds.  Did I mention that's TWO four year olds?

Time away from the go-go-rush of life.  No thought or needing to balance home and work life.  It was all 100% family time.  No worries.  No stresses.  No responsibilities to think about at home.  Unplugged ... almost.

Laughter and relaxing.  No rushing, just savoring moments.  Beaching-going and building sandcastles.  No to-do list waiting, just wish-list saving.  Live music jamming and fine dining à la Grandpa.  No thinking about what needs to be done, just enjoying it all.  Pool dipping and extra-long napping.  No schedule to adhere to, just doing what we want.

Fun in the sun.  All week long.

And then, in a blink of six days, it was time to say…

{sols} summer is almost here

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#cyberPD ONE Book

With almost ONE hundred different PD book titles shared, our #cyberPD crew scoured and sorted and finally narrowed it down to ONE book.  There were so many great titles suggested and so many books that would have made the perfect backdrop for #cyberPD learning.  But ...

There was just ONE title that was mentioned that continued to come up in our #cyberPDbook title selection conversations.  Repeatedly.

ONE book that we will read together.
ONE book that we will discuss our thinking.
ONE book that will encourage us to ask questions.
ONE book that will allow us to wonder some more.
ONE book that will push us to think and act differently in our classrooms.
ONE book that will help us change the culture of reading in schools.
ONE book that we will learn and grow together over the month of July.
That ONE book that is the perfect book to reread and learn more through conversations.

And that ONE book is ...

Drum roll please ...

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivati…

{celebrate}: today

Today I am celebrating: {celebrating again}

I'm finally back with some energy.  My girls and I were burdened with acute bronchitis over the last three weeks.  It was not a fun way to spend the month of May, especially when trying to wind down the school year and plan/pack for our vacation.  But we are all back on track to be completely healthy for our trip!

Two. More. Days.  But so much to do!  I'm still trying to connect with students to encourage reading and writing all summer long.  Here's a book.  There's a notebook.  Keep your reading and writing brains awake!  Looking forward to the Summer Learning Nights we planned for 9 weeks this summer to stay connected to students.  More to come on this event!

I have participated in an online summer PD book discussion the last three years.  This year two of the hosts, Cathy Mere and Laura Komos, asked if I wanted to help host and facilitate the event!  I was laying on the couch with no energy to ev…

#cyberPD Learning

It's that time of year.  School is ending and there is a little extra free time.  Time to do more of what you love.  For me?  Reading.  Reading all kinds of books.  And more time to read professional development (PD) books of my choice.

I have quite a collection of PD books stacked at home and at school.  Some have been tasted.  Others fully digested.  And yet some books are still waiting.  Waiting to be discovered and read and talked about.  My book stack (so far) for the summer.  They won't all be tasted or digested this summer, but there will be ONE that I can't wait to read -- alongside YOU!

Over the last three years, I have participated in an online summer book study discussion group called #cyberPD. This year I am helping host this awesome event with Cathy Mereand Laura Komos.  

In a previous post I reflected on the importance of this awesome PLN community:
Reading any PD book grows my thinking and gets me wondering about the implications in my school and more speci…

{sols} sick

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