Saturday, February 6, 2016

Celebrating My Nerdiness {Celebrate This Week 2-6-16}

You know those things that really light a fire inside of you, that inspire you in ways that others can't quite understand, things that you can't explain to other people without getting strange looks in return?  That's called nerdiness, and I had a lot of that this week.  Time to celebrate!
WSRA:  I attended the Wisconsin State Reading Association's annual conference in Milwaukee on Thursday and Friday.  I finally got to see Pernille Ripp and Chris Lehman present, the highlight of my two days.  Pernille talked about ways to build passionate readers in our classrooms and Chris shared some ways that we can get through the awfulness of writing. Both presentations were AMAZING!


Books, Books, Books!:  Going to a conference where there are vendors is dangerous for me.  I should leave my credit card at home.  However, one cannot resist the draw of new books for the classroom and let me tell you -- I found some amazing deals!  If you have never heard of the company Books4Schools, you must check them out.  They sell the overstock of many bookstores and most of their books are $2 or under.  I bought about 20 books on Thursday, but when I went back on Friday, all of their books were $1!!  Needless to say, when I go back to the classroom on Monday, I will need to get a cart to wheel in the 60+ books I bought to add to our classroom library.
Most of these books came from Books4Schools, but some were also from the Scholastic store.

Voxer:  I did it.  I took the leap.  At the encouragement of two very supportive friends, I put my hesitation aside and am now on Voxer.  Let me tell you....I love it!  I love hearing the voices behind the friends that I have connected with through Twitter and blogging -- their words of encouragement, a daily greeting, a funny story.  If you are on Voxer or try it yourself, let me know so we can connect!

There are so many more things to celebrate this week, but I have a pile of books to get to. I hope your week was full of many celebrations too!


9 comments:

  1. YAY for nerds! YAY for Voxer! YAY for confernces! YAY for good friends!!!

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  2. I love your stack of new books. Celebration indeed. And yes- I know just what you are saying re those things that bring you energy that others may or may not totally understand. Happy weekend (and happy reading!)

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  3. Is there anything better than a great conference plus cheap books? I think not! Woo hoo for your stash and learning from awesome educators!

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  4. I gladly join all book-reading nerdiness celebrations. Happy Reading!

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  5. Everyone knows how I feel about books, so if that's being a nerd, so be it. Love hearing about your conference and seeing those two teacher "rock stars", & the books. It is hard for me to pull away, too. Glad it was a fun time!

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  6. Love the fact that being a nerd is not only acceptable but fashionable. Enjoy your reading, Jennifer.

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  7. Conferences are the best, like shots of energy. This is the second time today I am hearing that Voxer is a must-do... Julieanne has been telling me for months... getting closer!

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  8. I'm jealous about WSRA. One of our teachers got to go and present. I've heard Pernille before and she is an excellent presenter and really knows how to encourage reading. I'm always happy to get to learn from her.

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  9. Wow! I love the energy in this post and can't wait for you to head to school Monday morning with that stack of books for the library. My fave from your stack would have to be Stella by Starlight. Such a powerful book!

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