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About Me:
Loves books, Loves to run... Graduated from Indiana University of PA, with BS in Dietetics & ran track & cross country for 4 years in college. Later, I obtained El. Ed Teacher certification from same school. Taught a few years in North Carolina. Moved on & earned a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology. Experienced the corp. world for about six years as an Instructional Designer & Education Consultant... traveled lots & meet really cool people.... then went back to teaching... here I am a mom, a wife, selling Mary Kay, teaching pre-school Sunday School, running semi-competively as a new Master's runner & an eager STUDENT again!
Current position and employment location
Technology Teacher at an Elementary School in Adams 12.
Favorite Book:
Harry Potter - Order of the Phoenix
Favorite Library:
not sure....

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Multicultural Literature and Young Adolescents

I really found this article to be of value and a great crib sheet to utilize when evaluating good pieces of multicultural literature for young adults. I also appreciated the author's enthusiasm for multicultural literature for young adults. As and adult reader, I greatly love and enjoy this type of lit. I believe that there should be a wide variety of selection of multicultural lit in the libraries and educators should encourage YA readers to read them. We live in a global community and also… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2008 at 12:26pm

Finding Refuge

The author focuses his way of escaping by toting the reading of Sci-Fi literature. I see and value his appreciation for this type of genre, however, one must note that it is his way to escape, find refuge from the doom and gloom of real life. As human beings, old or young, we all see an escape from real life at times. That is the beauty of reading, whether it is sci-fi, fantasy, drama, mystery, romance, crime, adventure, biographies, etc. It is just great to be able to get away or be… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2008 at 12:15pm

Do sports teach us about the bigger game of life???

What can we learn from reading sports novels and biographies of famous athletes?

I must begin by saying I was an athlete in school and college. I ran cross country and track. I also played soccer and was an ice skater. That said, I do believe that sports or athletic type novels do teach to some degree the reader about a more important message. One might think that it may be about winning or being the best, these are underlying elements. Books about famous athletes are interesting, create… Continue

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 5:51pm

Teaching War & Peace (AD LIT Reflection)

I found the article and reading in the text to be of interest, but alas I had a few more inquires about this subject. First to define peace, Wikipedia states Peace can be a state of harmony or the absence of hostility. "Peace" can also be a non-violent way of life. "Peace" is used to describe the cessation of violent conflict. War is generally defined as War is any large scale, violent conflict. The conduct of war extends along a continuum, from the almost universal tribal warfare that began… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 6:33pm

21st Century Literacies & Adolescent Literacy - Reflection for AD LIT 2008

I ventured out on the web to find a few more articles and blogs about 21st Century Literacies. These are noted in this blog:



Posted on July 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:17am on June 19, 2008, Suzanne Neuman said…
Hi Sara,

I'm still seeking a job - hoping to possibly get one in Adams 12. What school are you in? How open are the teachers in your school to using 21st century technologies and Web 2.0 apps? What has worked best for you in working with teachers to get them to enter the world of technology?
At 8:59pm on June 2, 2008, Charlotte Brooks said…
Have you heard from anyone else who is in the Boulder area and wants to form a group? I've been following the emails, but most seem to be in the Denver area or farther south. Hopefully we can find a group of three or four. A lot of this stuff is new to me, but I'm excited to learn! (Don't worry, I'd at least heard of wikis, podcasts and blogs before!) Still, it sounds like you have a lot more experience than I do, but I promise to put as much time into this as necessary to learn everything I need to know! Let me know what you've found out so far about groups...
At 7:32am on June 1, 2008, Diane Caro said…
I would love to hear your third graders' podcasts. Will you be podcasting your booktalk for the Adol. Lit class? That's my next endeavor.
At 7:30am on June 1, 2008, Diane Caro said…
I love your picture. Your mouse ears are awesome!
At 8:44pm on May 29, 2008, Charlotte Brooks said…
Hi, Sara! What a cool blog! All of this is a little intimidating to me because I've never read a blog, let alone tried to create my own. I hope it won't prove to be too daunting... Any suggestions for the novice?!
Charlotte Brooks
At 8:42pm on May 23, 2008, Diane Caro said…
Hi Sara, I enjoy reading your blog. Wow, lots of food for thought. I hope your do some blogging on adolescent lit topics.



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