Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review: Readicide by Kelly Gallagher

 Readicide: noun, th systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools (Gallagher, 2006).

I just finished reading Readicide by Kelly Gallagher, and it rocked my world! It is up there with Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire by Rafe Esquith and The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, two of my favorite "teaching books". Gallagher eloquently and convincingly argues that all of the focus on testing is killing off our readers' motivation to read. He cites numerous research studies and other renowned educators that back up his assertion. Although he is a self-proclaimed pot-stirrer, he's not willing to sit back and watch our nation's education system go down in flames. He gives applicable and realistic ways for teachers to help fix the Readicide epidemic. Although it may not sound like an easy read, it really was a page-turner that I finished in a few days. Reading this book has inspired me to change some of the practices in my classroom and to feel more confident about some of the practices I have always believed to be fruitful.

I've been meaning to read the book for while, after seeing him two years ago at a conference. I was motivated o pick up the book again because Gallagher is coming to the Galleria tomorrow to speak to teachers on the subject of writing. I'm looking forward to hearing him, and I am thankful for his inspiring book! If you haven't read Readicide, you need to!

"Let's not forget in the shadow of all this testing that our primary goal is to help our students become lifelong readers."--Kelly Gallagher

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm back! School Supply Deals 7/24-7/30

Sorry I have been MIA for awhile. I was experiencing a bit of burn-out and have been busy this summer. I also have been spending my computer time on a little website called Pinterest. If you haven't heard of it, you should check it out. You can find my Pinterest boards here. I may not be as frequent with my posting as before. I still feel strongly about teachers saving as much as they can on their classroom materials, and I love sharing resources that I find so I will try my best! :)

Frugal Living and Having Fun has some great match-ups for school supplies at Staples here.

Kroger School Supply Deals 7/24-7/30 from The Thrifty Mama

  • A&W Stretchable Book Covers $1
  • Crayola Crayons, 24 ct (Limit 10) $0.50
  • Oxford Twin Pocket Folder $0.15
  • Top Flight Wirebound Notebook $0.15
  • Top Flight Wireless Notebook $1
Hope you're having a great week! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Motivational TAKS video

I wanted to find something to motivate my kiddos for the TAKS test next week. After searching for awhile, I found this video on YouTube by some high schoolers in Crosby, TX.  It's called "Imma Pass TAKS", and it is to the tune of "Imma Be" by the Black Eyed Peas. Hats off to them for making an awesome and fun video that my 5th graders LOVE! Thought you might like to check it out!

Also, my district doesn't allow YouTube on school computers so I had to follow these directions by ITWorld on how to convert the YouTube file to one compatible with iTunes. Then I burned it onto a DVD, and played it at school! I was pumped! A collegue and I typed out the lyrics today (after watching it about 20 times). Email me, if you would like me to send you a copy (

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100 paper clips for 17 cents from Costco+free shipping

Costco has a great deal on paper clips right now--100 for 17 cents a box. You have to buy a minimum of 5 boxes, but this is still a great deal. Plus, you get  free shipping!! I use tons of paper clips, so I got a few. Check them out here. Non-members may have to pay a small fee, so check before buying. 

P.S. Sorry I've been M.I.A. for awhile. We are getting ready for TAKS at school, plus I've been traveling a lot on weekends. I'm hoping to get back in the groove over spring break!! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Great Coupons from Avery

Avery is offering some awesome coupons (up to $5 off) right now on tags, labels, mailing seals and greeting cards. These are great for organizing in your office or classroom. They also offer a free download of Avery Wizard for Microsoft Word, which provides a template for each type of label, so you can print typed labels easily. I used Avery labels and their templates to categorize my classroom library!

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Kids' Science Challenge Contest

Pulse of the Planet has created a contest where kids (grades 3-6) can submit experiments to scientists and engineers. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, 2011. The first 1,000 students to enter will get a science kit. Prizes will be awarded the student or student group who wins. Some prizes include a trip to Northern California and a variety of science kits. Teachers can benefit too. The teacher who submits the most entries will get a prize to use in the classroom. To get more details about the contest go here.

Barnes and Noble Educator Appreication Days!

Right now, through January 23rd, Barnes and Noble is offering 25% off classroom and personal purchases. Plus, 10% off music and movies. This sale is valid in-stores and online. You must present your B&N Educator Discount Card, which you can only sign up for in the store. When signing up, you must bring your teacher ID.

To find out about other teacher discounts go here to a previous post.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Discounted Listening Library Audiobooks by Random House @ HauteLook

HauteLook is offering the Listening Library by Random House for discounted prices right now! They have tons of titles such as Winnie The Pooh, Cat in the Hat, Because of Winn Dixie, and Harry Potter! Charlotte's Web is $16.99 right now (orig. $27). It includes 3 unabridged compact discs, and it's read by E.B. White himself! When you get to the site, you can listen to an excerpt of each book before buying it. HauteLook is a really cool site! It's a daily deal site that offers some unique items. Right now they also have Shutterfly canvas wall art and photo books on sale! Sign up for HauteLook here and start getting their daily deals!

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Free Catalog, Planner, and Folder from SchoolMate

SchoolMate is offering free samples of various planners, agendas, and folders for educators. Fill out the request form here.

Thanks, Sweeties Freebies!

No More Rack $10 Credit

No More Rack is a daily deal website offering 8 deals on luxury items at noon everyday. When you sign up, you can get a $10 credit towards a purchase of $20. The shipping cost is $2 per item. I've seen some really good deals on Coach purses, Bobby Brown make-up, Rock and Republic jeans and more.

Here's how to get the credit:
1. Sign up for No More Rack here.
2. Put $20 worth of items in your shopping cart.
3. Click on use $10 credit.
4. Check out

If everything is sold out (things tend to go fast!), wait for your No More Rack email the next day at noon and see what's new!

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