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About Me:
I am a married mother of three. I have an 19 year old daughter, and 15 year old daughter and a 14 year old son. I have been teaching middle school language arts for 16 years, and am currently embarking on my first year as a teacher/librarian, at Rocky Top Middle School, in Adams 12. I am in the final stages of my endorsement at CU Denver, and though stressful at times, haved loved every minute. My hobbies include watching my kids compete, camping, boating, scrapbooking and relaxing on my deck with a good magazine and a Diet Coke.
Current position and employment location
Teacher Librarian, Rocky Top Middle School, Thornton, CO
Favorite Book:
Wolf By the Ears, Ann Rinaldi/ A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Favorite Library:
Rocky Top of course!

My beautiful kids - Brittney, Dylan and Chelsey

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21st Century Literacies

The Shift to 21-st Century Literacies, by Lorna Collier, is actually an exciting article to read, and that's coming from someone who has resisted the push for technology integration into the classrooms. Being that I have never really been technologically savvy, I rarely took advantage of all of the new technologies that were currently out there. However, now that I am a library media specialist, I really have no choice. Words like wiki, blog, ning, podcast, and webcasts are very… Continue

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 3:07pm

"Best of the Best" Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan

"Homeless Bird" is about a thirteen year old girl, Koly, who is being forced into an arranged marriage. Her parents pay dearly for her to have a "good" husband, but as it turns out, he is very sickly and his parents are extremely cruel to the young girl. After the death of her young husband, Koly finds herself a widow, whose pension is being stolen and used by her evil mother-in-law. Koly escapes to a strange city to live among other young widows, using her gift of embroidery and quilt making… Continue

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 2:11pm

What can teens learn from literature? Class sticky notes 1/26

What can teens learn from literature? (Sticky note discussion from class 1-26)

~How to read at a higher level, which leads to critical thinking

~How to think reflectively and critically about issues in the world outside of themselves

~That they are not alone (2)

~Listen to your own heart

~See themselves in stories

~How to interact and appreciate other cultures and people

~That there is more in the world than the small bit they can see

~That they are… Continue

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 1:16pm

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