Monthly Archives: February 2018

Growing Book Lovers


#sol18- February 13, 2018

Time zones are often a pain and today they almost did me in. Yesterday in the US the major book awards for the year were announced. I like to watch it Before I show my students so I can focus on their reactions when we watch it together. Last night (my time) when they were live streamed from the US I was sleeping, so my plan was to watch it in the morning. I watched part at home and part at school but had to hurry to get it all in before a parent conference.

Our class had done a Mock Caldecott and a Sibert Smackdown, so the students had strong feelings about those two categories in particular. My students were so excited to see some that had been in our book bins win or take honors and were also so curious about those we had not yet read (I confessed that I had already done some quick book ordering before school this morning to get some missing ones ordered). I then read Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut aloud, a book that was not on our Caldecott lits, but that I had bought recently, so they could enjoy this book that had won so many awards.

We then had a good long time to read without any mini-lesson first- the way I figured it, they had had a long series of mini-lessons thoughtfully evaluating all of the books they had considered for our class awards, so now was the time to celebrate our shared love of books!


Former students slicing: Shijie and Zhi Hong.


Facebook Official- So Many Connections


#sol18- February 6, 2018

I figured it was time to make it Facebook official this weekend- it was a big decision, but I had decided almost three months ago- I am not sure why I kept it fairly quiet for so long. My family knew, my close friends knew, many colleagues knew… This weekend I heard from my future team and their warm words of welcome eased me into my announcement:

“An update, although most of you know it by now (signed in November, not sure why I never got around to posting ’til now)- this summer I will be moving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Although I will miss my friends (and students) in KL I am really excited about this next opportunity. Hope to have visitors.”

It turns out that this was news to many people and what’s more, some people that I know have connections to my next school. I got several messages “introducing” me to future colleagues with subsequent offers for help in the transition. I was reminded once again how wonderful it is to be a part of international education, as it so often does feel like a tiny community. So even though I am moving to a school where I know nobody the combined forces of assigned professional and social buddies along with random friend connections make it feel like I am well supported in this change. Now I can relax and enjoy the months ahead with my current colleagues and students and savor all of the “lasts” because it’s Facebook official.






Former student slicing too-Juliet!