Feeling refreshed!

Warning: This post will probably be all over the place, but most of you know I can be that way 🙂

I was at the MCTE conference today (Michigan Council of Teachers of English).  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that conference!  We have a keynote speaker every year, and this year it was Jacqueline Woodson.  She writes wonderful books like If You Come Softly; I plan on reading it very soon.  Anyway, after the keynote speaker is done we attend different sessions based on our interests.  I went to one about creating a community of readers in the classroom.  Most of you know that I strive to do this.  What you may not know, is that I don’t always feel that my colleagues understand my passion.  Unfortunately it is difficult to get other teachers as excited as I am about encouraging reading outside the classroom.  The speaker at this session was Daria Plumb.  She feels the same way I do about reading and sharing her passion for reading with students like I do with all of you.  It was extremely refreshing 🙂  I feel so much better about how I teach.

Anyway…  I decided that I need to post again.  I want to make this something I do on a regular basis.  Sound good?  I thought so!  Currently I’m reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman.  It’s been subject to banning in some school districts because it deals with Pro-Choice/Pro-Life.  The story takes place years after a second Civil War over the issue.  Being “unwound” is the new alternative to abortion.  Trust me, it’s a great read!

On a side note, I think I’ve finally hooked Keith onto Twilight.  He saw the movie with me last year, and he started reading the book, but he never finished it.  But I was able to get him to read New Moon.  I think he liked it more than he lets on 🙂  I’ll let you know if he picks up Eclipse.

I’m off to finish reading Unwind.  I’ll let you know if I still like it once it’s finished.  I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next…

Here are some links that Daria Plumb told us about:

www.notrequiredreading.com (book reviews by teens)

http://www.talestoldtall.com/BooksforBoys.html (books for guys- duh)


  1. This is kinda off topic but a great read, A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks, this is by far one of my favortie books ever read. Another great one is is Suzannes Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.

  2. Mrs. Andersen says:

    I’m happy you checked this out, Zach! I’ve read other books by Nicholas Sparks, but I haven’t heard of this novel. I’ll have to check it out 🙂 What is the Patterson book about?

    BTW- How are you feeling?

    • Zach "Big Sexy" Hatfield says:

      This is 3 months later lol but a bend in the road is about a tragic Hit and Run by a women and her life is devastated when she does it. Then she final meets a guy and falls in love with him…..but theres a problem that might kill this relationship! Awesome read and hard to put down book.

      Suzannes Diary for Nicholas is a diary a mom writes for her new baby boy and then she stops bcuz she is killed in a car accident so the dad continues it, the ending throws a curve ball tho that even brought tears to my eyes. Favorite book of all time!!!!!

  3. Tyler Richards says:

    This post is interesting because, I just dragged Josh into the “Twilight” craze as well. Now he is addicted, and so am I ( : Cannot wait until Eclipse comes out June 30th!

  4. Caroline Hardin says:

    The Twilight Series is 10x better than the movie, tell Keith he better read Eclipse before the movie comes out haha.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Actually, he ended up finishing the series! He really liked them 🙂 He enjoyed watching New Moon, and thought it was better than Twilight, but he still didn’t like it as much as the book.

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