Saturday, January 27, 2018


Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week and I appreciate the community we have through this link-up.

There were many excellent moments this week:
I loved seeing Jason Reynolds talking with Trevor Noah. He's an excellent writer, but what I love most is how he is always centering his young readers. He also asks teachers and other adults to examine how they are interacting with young people & how they're teaching and presenting literature. His words always challenge me to reflect on my teaching and my relationships with students.

I'm part of a book club that reads children & YA lit and this month we read The First Rule of Punk. It was really fun to talk about it with others. My students are enjoying it too. It's rarely on the shelf.

This week my team had car duty so I was out in my long winter coat and boots still shivering a bit, but I always get the most hugs on car duty so it's all good.

Finally, second graders and I enjoyed hearing about sharing peace with others as we listened to Salam Alaikum sung by Harris J. We read the book also and there were many smiles as we sang together.

I wish you a fabulous week filled with many celebrations.


  1. I saw the interview with Jason Reynolds, so good. And glad you get all those hugs on car duty! I know what you mean with the goodbyes! I've seen good words about The First Rule of Punk, another 'must" I think. Thanks for the video, too!

  2. This interview was amazing! I've added The First Rule of Punk to my list that I keep when I'm wandering libraries and book stores and need to pick up something. :) Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Hugs on car duty - something positive in a cold weather. Thank you for the book and video recommendation.

  4. Crystal, Jason Reynolds is an amazing your man. He told me that he was mentored by Walter Dean Myers. Can you imagine that? Peace be unto you, Crystal. I love the song you and 2nd graders found.