Tag Archives: @patrickontwit

July 24

Not Assessable (Or Is it?) by Patrick Andrus

As I sit on my porch reflecting on the last 172 days, I seem to be “stuck” in thought about the state of education and where we currently are in the realm of assessment.   In my district, the “focus” seems to be the MCA (Minnesota Comprehension Assessment) and other district testing.  We are data […]

September 04

Breakfast with Books by Patrick Andrus

My wife and I had a 50th birthday party to attend on Sunday, July 31st.  The gathering started at 4:00 PM.  I told my wife we needed to be home by 7:00 PM.  When she asked why and I told her there was a #titletalk on launching the reading year, she looked at me like […]

July 10

Where Were You? Nine, Ten, A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin – Review by Patrick Andrus

Where were you on March, 30, 1981?  I was home sick spending the day with my mom.  This was the day President Reagan was shot.   Where were you on January 28, 1986?  I was a senior in high school eating lunch.  This was the day that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.   Where were […]

January 25

Lone Nerd to Social Nerd by Patrick Andrus

Presenting at NCTE15 on the Nerdy Book Club panel was a full-circle moment.  My reading life started in fifth grade.  I was in the “blue birds” group (the lowest).  My fifth grade teacher must have seen something in me because she decided to move me up the “middle” group.   The journey from fifth grade […]

January 13

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner – Review by Patrick Andrus

While at NCTE this past November, I was browsing the exhibit hall.  I came across this title (and the upcoming sequel) at one of the publisher’s booth.  This discovery also allowed me to meet Phil and chat with him for a few minutes.  He was one of the coolest guys I have met.  I was […]

February 21

Taking the Book to the Next Level by Patrick Andrus

When looking back over my teaching career of twenty-three years, I am most proud of the read aloud books and book club selections I have shared with the countless students who have passed through my classroom.   It wasn’t until last year, however, when my world opened up and I realized I could take the “book” […]

A Free Gift: No Strings Attached By Patrick Andrus

While at a service recently I listened to a meaningful message entitled “A Free Gift:  No Strings Attached.”  As I was taking in the words, it struck me that as a reader teacher this title fits perfectly with what I do on a daily basis. I present my students with a free gift on a […]

“Back-Pocket Stories” by Patrick Andrus

A special character will remain your friend. A special place will reside in your memory. A special story will stay in your heart.   If you are lucky enough to get all three; then you have a book that will forever be in your back pocket.   When asked to do my second RETRO book […]

“Liberating” Stories by Patrick Andrus

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could go through life without any fears?  This premise isn’t realistic, but sure is “liberating” to think about.  The idea that I’m writing this blog post for the Nerdy Book Club is completely liberating to this forty-five year old fourth grade teacher.   Before I share an all-time favorite […]