T.O.T.Week: play on words

I’ll keep this b-r-i-e-f because in between spring narratives and student essay edits, all I’ve focused on lately are w-o-r-d-s. A huge aspect of my love for literature is tied to my love for words. Whether I am selecting my latest S-c-r-a-b-b-l-e word, smiling at a m-e-m-o-r-y unlocked by a turn of p-h-r-a-s-e, pointing outContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: play on words”

T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings

I won’t lie, this one freaked me out a bit. Eggers write a dystopian novel about a girl named Mae who joins an Internet company, placing a spotlight on privacy, communication, and social media. Yet some of it didn’t feel so far from reality… what we choose to put out there in the world andContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings”

T.O.T.Week: the what ifs?

One of the most entertaining (and, if you’re not careful, slightly dangerous) aspects of being a teacher is that the kids start to parrot the things that you say. Some of them have got my mannerisms down pat, right down to “the face” I make when I’m trying to be stern or the way IContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: the what ifs?”

T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings

This picture book elicits feelings of empathy, compassion, and perspective like none other that I’ve read lately. GIBBERISH is what language sounds like to Dat, who has just moved here from a new country into a new school. It provides tangible understanding of what it feels like to be uprooted into an environment where nothingContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings”

T.O.T.Week: art history’s mystery

When I was a student during my study abroad year in London, I had one of those stereotypical British Art History professors, crotchety down to core of his sweater argyle vests. He touted that stiff-upper-lip that gave nothing away but an occasional use of the word “dunderheads,” used to describe either us college miscreants orContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: art history’s mystery”

T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings

A-Okay by Jarad Greene is incredibly sweet, a genuine coming-of-age middle grade story with for everyone who’s ever experienced the awkwardness of growing up. So yes, you. 📖 If you want to embrace all that makes you unique, pair this with picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival! 📖 Want to pair this with anotherContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings”

T.O.T.Week: judy blume

I know, I know, we are getting a plethora of Judy content right now – but isn’t it high time the woman had her moment? Time Magazine’s Influential that’s for damn sure. There is not a single contemporary of mine who doesn’t hear her name and say, “Oh I loved her books when I wasContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: judy blume”

T.O.T.Week: love watch

In my adolescence, going through my mandatory phase of indifference, the swelling chords of a final rom com kiss scene, books or movies, made me want to gag. She’s running through the terminal! Will Love Interest X be there there? Is it too late? Well, of course it’s not. There’s a formula, people. Then cameContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: love watch”

T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings

It’s April, and you all know that means #poetrymonth! I love every bit of observational voice, verse inspired by reality, and one liners annotated to the bone. Here are my top four verse collections, have at them: 📖 Please read the lyrical prose of Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings picture book. You will not regret it. 📖Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: this week’s pairings”