book reviews

January 2021: Recent Reads

It's that time again! We're already halfway through January. Seems a little mind-bendy, if you ask me. Here in Ecuador, first semester doesn't end before Christmas; it ends the last week of January. So we're busy doing end-of-semester things like report cards and mid-year assessments. And trying to keep our chins up amidst more online… Continue reading January 2021: Recent Reads

Book Lists · Reading

Top 5 Fiction Reads of 2020

As promised, here is my first installment of: My criteria for including titles on this list are a combination of most of these: I ranked it with 5 stars on GoodreadsIt stuck with me for a long time after reading itIt made me thinkThe writing itself was beautiful, the characters were well-developed, and/or the storyline… Continue reading Top 5 Fiction Reads of 2020

Book Lists · Reading

5 Books on Technology, Productivity, and Relationships

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on When the pandemic hit this spring, I all of a sudden found myself in a very different position than normal: for the first time in pretty much ever, I had no set schedule. At that point, we hadn't created a fixed online school schedule. With an entire work day… Continue reading 5 Books on Technology, Productivity, and Relationships

Reading · Teaching

Class vs. Teacher Reading Challenge

Photo by Pixabay on One of the things that has been killing me about teaching online is that I can't have my class do their 15 minutes of daily independent reading at the beginning of ELA class, nor meet for one-on-one reading conferences during that time. Last year, students read independently every day and… Continue reading Class vs. Teacher Reading Challenge