Saturday, January 22, 2022

Book Review of Polo Cowboy by G. Neri

POLO COWBOY
by G. Neri (Author) - Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator)


14 year old Cole decides he wants to stay in Philly with his dad, who agrees, but with a condition. Cole has to get job and earn his keep, which means he will not be spending time riding his own horse on the trails with his posse. He works as a stable hand at a military academy across town, and Cole is in a totally different world from his own. Cole knows all about caring for horses and learns more about the game of Polo after forging a connection with one of the Polo Cadets. Their friendship begins out of necessity when the other cadets go out their way to ensure they both know they don't and will never belong. Cole has to learn how to balance both worlds as he tries to figure out who he is and what he wants for his life and future.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Is It A Pretty Girl? - SOL22

 


I really hope I can tell this story so you that you find it as funny as I did.

Picture It: January 18, 2022 around 5:30pm...I am standing in line at the Kroger Pharmacy to pick my prescription.

An older gentlemen gets in line behind me and jokes that I knew I was going to get in line before him. We had entered the story at the same time and had exchanged greetings.

A moments later, another woman, who I remember seeing when I entered, walked up and began talking to the man behind me. An older woman, pushing a grocery cart passed the two, and commented that she was going to sit in elderly section (the waiting area for the pharmacy clinic).

Now, as you can tell, I noticed these people, but I was basically minding my own business, waiting my turn, when I hear something about "a pretty girl" coming from the direction of the seated lady. I glance her way to see who she is talking to and based on her eye contact, it's obvious she is speaking to me.

Since I didn't understand what she said, I leaned a bit closer and said, "Ma'am?" Her response was a bit clearer this time, and I heard, "Is it a pretty girl?". Still confused, I replied, "Who, me"?

She points to my midsection, and says, "Yes, you're pregnant, right?"

I totally bust out laughing and flash my Teacher Fanny Pack her way. It had been completely concealed by my coat.

There are no pretty girls in here. (LOL)


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Catch Phrases - #SOS71


/’kaCH,frāz/ noun: a well-known sentence or phrase

1. "I am an Education Professional." - This statement was borrowed from a radio personality, who sometimes flubbed what she was trying to say. She would emphatically state, "I am a communication professional"; then, perfectly restate that which she had previously flubbed.  I liked it so much I adapted it my profession. I use it to remind myself that I am fully capable of handling all the craziness of being a teacher right now.

2. I follow #1 with "and I can do hard things." This one has been a mantra of. mine for very long time, thanks to Jennifer Laffin, creator of Teach Write, LLC. Both statements together are my 1-2-PUNCH for combatting the doubt that easily and often seeps in, as well as the feelings of being overwhelmed when "IT ALL" seems to never end; when I have more to do than the amount of time I perceive to have to get it done. 

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Thank you for the kind words - #SOL22

Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!


Teaching!

Education!

Being an Educator!

Being a Teacher!

Either and both can be a struggle, a strain, a challenge these days.

It's refreshing, however, when your teacher efforts are recognized by a colleague.

I'd like to think most/all teachers are doing the best they can under the current circumstances.

I know I am.

So, "Thank You, Ms. J." for your kind words.

I will hold them close to my heart and try to recall them in times when I feel like my best is not enough.

Monday, January 3, 2022

My TBR List for 2022

 


In 2021, I set a goal to read 48 books for the year. I read a total of 64 books. I am quite proud of myself.

For 2022, I have set a goal to read 60 books, but I'm sure I will read more. One condition of my goal is to focus on reading books for pleasure (though I may have to read some for professional development).

I am using two reading challenges to assist me.

1. #mustreadin2022 - a challenge that lets me list the books I wanted to read in 2021, but didn't, and encourages me to commit to reading them in 2022.

2. #popsugarreadingchallenge2022 - a challenge that provides a list of book prompts that will guide some of the books I choose to read throughout the year.

The books that remain on the book shelf 2021 include:

  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Rescue at Lake Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is a Classic by Susan Tan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
  • Just Be Cool Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence
  • Twins by Varian Johnson
  • Three Keys by Kelly Yang
  • Horace & Bunwinkle: The Case of the Rascally Raccoon by PJ Gardner
  • Shuri (A Black Panther Novel) by Nic Stone
  • Polo Cowboy by Gregory Neri
  • Trouble at Turtle Pond by Diana Renn
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles
  • Love is Revolution by Renee Watson
  • In the Shadow of the Moon by Amy Cherrix
  • The Lucky Ones by Linda Williams Jackson
I am hopeful that I will meet my goal of reading each of these books for the Must Read in 2022 challenge. I am also hopeful that some or all of these books will match a book prompt for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. Either way, I am certain I will enjoy spending time reading the books on my list.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

2022: My Year in Books

2022: My Year in Books

I have always loved to read. I remember being a middle-schooler and perusing my grandparents' bookshelves. I enjoyed authors like Agatha Christie and Danielle Steele (not sure I was supposed to be reading Steele's novels, but I did). I even read Flowers in the Attic, and I know I should not have been reading that book. LOL

During high school, in college, and even after college, much of what I read consisted of school/work-related texts - have-to-reads. For long while, I stopped reading for enjoyment altogether. 

Being an elementary school teacher for the last 12 years has helped me find my way back to reading for pleasure. However, for many of these years, I would only read during the summer months, when life as less hectic...you educators know what I mean. 

About 3 summers ago, I became intentional with reading for pleasure throughout the school year, and began experiencing how relaxing and de-stressing losing myself in a good book could be.

For 2022, I am challenging myself to achieve a specific reading goal, which consists of reading at least 50 books for pleasure. Many of the books I am planning to read will be picture books and middle grade novels that match the books prompts provided by the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge for 2022.

If you are interested in the reading challenge and to learn more, click the links above. I'd love the company.


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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Trying and Accepting #SOS

 

If something is important enough, you should try. Even if the probable outcome is failure.

[Elon Musk]

This quote resonates with me more this school year than any other. 
Every day I enter my classroom knowing my Scholars are important enough for me to try...whatever it is.
However, there are so many things being asked of teachers this year that it seems like failure is inevitable.
I will never stop trying, for my Scholars are important enough.
But I have radically accepted that my best will also have to be good enough.
I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Book Review of Polo Cowboy by G. Neri

POLO COWBOY by G. Neri (Author) - Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator) 14 year old Cole decides he wants to stay in Philly with his dad, who ag...