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January 15

Get Those Kids Out of the Room:  Books to Get Your Students Outside and Immersed in Nature by Sarah Gross

The onslaught of testing required by the No Child Left Behind Act has resulted in schools pressuring teachers to prepare students for tests, and time spent outdoors has suffered as a result. Nature-deficit disorder is a term used to describe the loss that children and teens experience when they are not given opportunities to have […]

April 09

Nerdy Social Action by Sarah Mulhern Gross

I have a confession to make:   I don’t love all of the novels I am required to teach as part of the curriculum.   Phew!  It feels good to get that off my chest! I understand the need for a canon and I’m lucky because I have a lot of flexibility in my district, […]

Tweet, Tweet: A Culture of Literacy by Sarah Mulhern Gross

My love of social media is well-known at school.  The upperclassmen tell the freshman about my love affair with Twitter and they keep track of the number of followers I have.  I’m always livetweeting events in class (ok, and pop culture after school….) and encouraging my students to have a positive digital footprint.  But this […]

Summer Reading by Sarah Mulhern Gross

It’s the first week of summer vacation and I’m pretty confident that my students are reading lots, based on the emails I’ve gotten and the piles of books they borrowed from my classroom library at the end of last week.   Yes, I am a summer reading believer. But really, I’m a book evangelist 365 […]

You know you are a #nerdybookclub member when…by Sarah Mulhern Gross

You know you are a #nerdybookclub member when even your dog loves to read. Yes, you read that right.  My 3-year old Australian Shepherd is an avid reader.  He is especially fond of picture books and early readers.  Some of Dublin’s favorite books include Harry the Dirty Dog, Henry the Dog with No Tail, and City Dog, Country […]

Putting Arcs into the Hands of Readers

I am extraordinarily lucky.  Thanks to blogging, the Cybils, and conferences, II get a lot of books for review.  At least twice each week I come home to find packages on the porch.  During the months of November and December I was Cybils panelist for middle grade science fiction/fantasy and I received dozens of review […]