Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Quick and Easy Google Tools You Never Knew Existed

Sometimes in the classroom you just need quick access to very specific tools without having to search for bookmarked items or screen resources on the fly. Did you know that you can do a simple Google search like, "flip a coin" and Google will provide the tool for you? Or maybe you want to roll some dice, but don't have any at your fingertips. Just tell Google to "roll a die".

Check out these handy Google tools that you may not have known existed!

  • Flip a Coin
  • Roll a Die
  • Meditate
  • Metronome
  • Spinner
  • Timer/Stopwatch

Friday, February 14, 2020

Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love how this book destigmatizes therapy and mental health in general. Through her stories of her own experiences with therapy as well as her patients, Gottlieb manages to give readers plenty of opportunities to laugh, cry, and step back and process. An insightful and worthwhile read for all!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based upon the true, and horrifying, stories of the Dozier School for Boys, Whitehead chronicles the story of Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in the Jim Crow South amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. Elwood has kept himself out of trouble, and he's even preparing to take college classes as a high school student, when one innocent mistake turns his life around. Sentenced to serve time at the Nickel Academy, a reform school for boys, Elwood quickly learns that his intellect and ideals will only get him into more trouble, and with the help of his friend, Turner, he learns how to play the Nickel game in order to survive. But when the corruption and horrors reach a tipping point, Elwood can't just ignore it, and his actions set into motion disastrous repercussions.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Review: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about friendship, family, love, loss, and laughter. It has it all! Josie and Delia (aka Rayne and Delilah) are delightful, hilarious, and genuinely real, and the cast of supporting characters bring out the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) of each.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: The Undefeated

The Undefeated The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alexander's poem, along with Nelson's beautiful illustrations, paints a pictorial and oral history of black life in the United States. Through contrasts between past and present, readers are immersed in the traumas of slavery, civil rights, and #blacklivesmatter; the determination and grit of black Olympians, activists, and sports heroes; and the power and culture of black arts through writing, song, and voice.

Simply powerful!

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year of high school, readers see a lot of what they'd expect: college applications, teen crushes, family fights, anxiety, and friendship drama. But Gabi doesn't hold back as her life seemingly implodes around her. Her best friend, Cindy, gets pregnant; her other best friend, Sebastian, finally comes out (even though Gabi has known he was gay forever); her meth addict dad cycles in and out of her life; she gets a boyfriend and realizes that romance isn't all it's cracked up to be (or is it??); her mom gets pregnant (WHAAAT???); she eats...and eats...and eats, which doesn't help when it's clear that fat girls don't have as much fun as the rest of the world. And this is just the tip of the iceber. But through it all, Gabi relies on her love for poetry to help her find her voice and realizes that she is so much more than a girl in pieces - she's funny, loyal, and fierce!!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Review: This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Join Ben and Nathaniel on a whimsical and dreamlike adventure as they set out to follow the lamps that are sent downriver each year at the town's Autumn Equinox festival. Their journey is magical and bumpy, but the big question is, will they make it to their destination?

I'm still a beginner when it comes to reading graphic novels (especially fictional stories), but is a great story that is easy to read and wonderfully illustrated.

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