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November 27

Books My Students Are Reading | Thanksgiving Break Edition by Colby Sharp

I had a lovely two day week with my students. One of the highlights was a field trip to a bowling alley that we took to celebrate the end of their bowling unit in physical education. In class, we focused a lot of making reading plans for our five day break. In the video below, […]

October 30

The Books My Students Are Reading by Colby Sharp

Each month, when my kids head to lunch, I ask them to leave their independent reading book in a pile on one of our classroom desks. While the kids are away, I make a video sharing the titles they are currently reading. It if fun to make/share, but what I love about it the most […]

August 16

“Don’t Exceptionalize Me” by Amy Watkins

“JASON REYNOLDS! is coming to NErDcamp! JASON REYNOLDS! is coming to NErDcamp, and I’m going!” is what I was hollering back in February when I registered for what I knew would be an amazing, teacher-soul sustaining, book laden professional development experience. For those of you who are not familiar with nErDcamp, it’s a two-day conference […]

July 28

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee | Review by Colby Sharp

I love children’s literature. I read a lot of books written for kids, and I love trying to convince educators and my students to try some of the books that capture my heart. Barbara Dee’s latest book just might be the most unforgettable book I have read in ages. I finished it on a plane […]

March 27

The Books My Kids Are Reading by Colby Sharp

We are two days away from spring break, and my readers are prepping for a week of reading away from our classroom. They have grown so much since the first break of the school year (Thanksgiving). When my students went to special today, I asked them if they would leave me the book they are […]

March 16

Ten Picture Book Biographies You Can’t Experience in a Textbook by Kirsten Leestma

I’m a firm believer in learning about our world by learning about the people who have left their mark on it. The problem is that there are too many people that get overlooked. There are countless scientists, activists, writers, inventors, and dreamers that never get mentioned in a textbook. In second grade, we learn about […]

February 25

Remote Control Reading by David Rische

Maybe you have the same problem I do. I love to read. Not only to be reading one book, but multiple books at the same time. Currently on my nightstand, there are books about archeology, comedy, magic, Greek mythology, crockpot cooking, and my faith. I don’t know how or when I developed this habit, it […]

February 02

16 in ‘18 Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type from This Year’s Book by Janet Dawson

Long a staple of human resources departments and college counseling offices, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test divides the world into 16 personalities.  As an INFJ, I’m fascinated by this (after all, Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers allegedly were INFJ’s), and I can’t help slapping an MBTI label on fictional characters when I’m […]

January 23

I Gave My Students $1,800 To Purchase Books by Colby Sharp

I wish that our school had the funds to fully fund our school library. I wish that our library aide was blessed with a full-time school librarian. Those things would be amazing, but currently it is not the situation we find ourselves in. In the video below I share one small step my students and […]

January 01

The 2018 Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction

Congratulations to the 2018 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for middle grade fiction. We hope you find some of your favorites on the list, and that you can also add a couple of books to your to-read pile. Thank you to all the readers out there that nominated books. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed Apple […]