Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Bilingual Blog Hop

If you have already started school, I hope that you have had a great start. If not, we are both on the same boat (haha!). My back to school this year has come later than usual.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SoCal Blogger Bash

It was so great to get to meet many other SoCal (Southern California) teacher bloggers. I must confess that the drive was a long one (1.5 hours), but so worth it. Upon arriving I introduced myself to many of the teacher-bloggers who were there (my math may be off, but close to 30???).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger { Linky Party }

I do not usually share much personal things here in my blog as I try to keep it 'purely' educational, but this linky has given me the opportunity to let you know a few things about myself...a peak into my life (other than teaching!).

¡Hola! My name is Kelly and I am a 33 year old teacher, writer, reader, girlfriend, friend and traveler. This is my eight year of teaching (I started in Florida).

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Reading for Teachers: Part III (Word Nerds by Overturf, Montgomery and Holmes)

Word Nerds by Overturf, Montgomery and Holmes Author: Overturf, Montgomery and Holmes
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Stenhouse Pub (February 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1571109545
Available via Amazon

Teaching vocabulary is one of my favorite parts of the school day. I love words and I am personally passionate about them.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading for Teachers: Part II (Chart Sense by Linder)

I do not like saying that I am not an artist in front of my kids...I guess deep inside (really deep) I believe that even though I can only draw stick people decently, I am an artist at heart!

Chart Sense by Linder
Author: Rozlyn Linder
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: Literacy Initiative, The (February 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0988950511
Available thru Amazon

I came across this book (and I believe I was a victim of Amazon's marketing strategies) as I was checking out the book Notice and Note by Beers and Probst. This came up as a suggested title, and well, two clicks later...it was mine.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazing Book Find in Spanish (Part IV)

Thursday Time to share another amazing book is coming a day late, yet I am sure you will find the book I am presenting here hilarious. I usually introduce or share books that are written for audiences in the upper grades (3rd and up), but the truth is...any age will find ¡Qué cosas dice mi abuela! very entertaining.

Author: Ana Galán
Illustrator: Pablo Pino
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic en Espanol (June 25, 2013)
Language: Spanish
ISBN-13: 978-0545328630
Sold by: Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Scholastic

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Reading for Teachers: Part I (Notice and Note by Beers and Probst)

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading
The term close reading has been popping up everywhere: at school, while talking to other teachers, on the web, etc. With the Common Core State Standards in full swing, I knew that I had to 'get on with the program' and educate myself. I did some research online and came across the book Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Beers and Probst which seemed like a good read (thank you Amazon for offering a preview of the book). 4 days later, the book arrived and I began reading it, applying what I had learned in my classroom and experimenting with the techniques presented in the book.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amazing Book Find in Spanish (Part III)

Conoce a Pablo Neruda by Georgina Lázaro León Author: Georgina Lázaro León
Illustrator: Valeria Cis
Series: Personajes Del Mundo Hispanico / Historical Figures of the Hispanic World (Spanish) 
Paperback: 32 pages 
Publisher: Alfaguara Infantil (June 30, 2012) 
Language: Spanish 
ISBN-13: 978-1614353416
Sold by Amazon - Click here to purchase the book via Amazon

I came across this book while browsing a bookstore here in Los Angeles. I was glad to see they had a Spanish selection that even though was small, it had great titles such as the one I am introducing here. Conoce a Pablo Neruda is one of the many books in this series of famous figures of Latin America. The series include titles such as: Conoce a Gabriela Mistral, Conoce a Miguel de Cervantes among others.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top 3 Summer Readings for Teachers: A Three-Part Series

Summer time is the perfect "time" to catch up on professional readings and here I am sharing 3 books that I have fallen in love reading. I have been reading these three books interchangeably - picking one book one day and another one the following day. I have been taking notes around the margins, adding sticky notes and jotting down a list of ideas for the upcoming school year.

Monday, July 7, 2014

... Because Change is the Only Constant

I have heard this phrase quite often, and honestly I am no 'stranger' to change (moving to the United States (CA), then to FL, then to CA again....you name it) and many other 'smaller' changes within. I have moved grades: from 3rd to 5th, to third again, to fourth and now to a multi-age third-fourth classroom at a DIFFERENT school.