Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Little Word


Yesterday I talked about New Year’s Resolutions in regard to reading in 2012. Today I’m looking at resolutions for me. I always make resolutions, usually to get healthier: eat, exercise, etc. But about a week ago I read Two Writing Teachers’ blog about One Little Word. Picking one little word to live by for the year. I love that idea. I didn’t pick one at first, just let it percolate in my brain a little bit. Then, in my favorite thinking space – my car – it came to me the other day.

Be

Such a small word, isn’t it? But it means a lot to me and encompasses everything I want to work towards for this year. My favorite quote is one from Gandhi stating, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I talk about it with my students a lot. I can't change the entire education system in the United States but I can be the best teacher I possibly can. So this year I plan to focus on this word.

Be
·      Be the best wife, mom, teacher, and friend I can
·      Be good to myself
·      Be a role model for others
·      Be a writer
·      Be a thinker
·      Be a reader
·      Be true to myself

Are you participating in One Little Word? If so, what’s your word for the year?

Have a wonderful New Year’s Day and hope your 2012 is off to a wonderful start. 

Resolutions


Reading Franki Sibberson’s post at Nerdy Book Club today got me thinking about resolutions. Like Franki, mine always revolve around getting healthy. Maybe I will run, maybe I will commit to five workouts a week, etc. But in regard to reading, what are my resolutions? I’m planning on joining a couple of reading challenges this year.


Donalyn Miller calls Goodreads her reading brain, and I agree. I am doing a better job on actually tracking each book I read. According to the site, I have read 263 books this year. For 2012 my goal is 300. They don’t have a new widget yet on the site to track the progress for 2012 but as soon as they do, I’ll be adding it to this site.

#Nerdbery

John Schu of Watch Connect Readand Colby Sharp of Sharpreadsare hosting this multi-year challenge – to read all the Newbery winners from 1922-present in chronological order. I will be joining them on this two year challenge.

#Nerdcott

Laura of LibLaura5 and Anna of A to Z Libraryare hosting this multi-year challenge – to read all of the Caldecott Medal and Honor books from 1938-present. I don’t think I will necessarily do this one in order, but as I can find the books.

State Awards
 

In Illinois we also have state awards. The nominees will be announced sometime in February (I think). I read all 20 nominees for Monarch (aimed for readers Kindergarten-3rd), Bluestem (aimed for readers in 3rd-5th), and Rebecca Caudill (aimed at readers in 4th-8th). So I plan on reading all 60 of these books before the start of the next school year.

My only other resolution in regard to reading is to use my library more. It is so easy to order books online, and I do that all too often. This is how I end up donating books to my middle school library because I want to read it but it ends up being too mature for my students. I am trying to cut down on how much I spend on books so I want to focus on using my public library more and only buying the ones for my class that I know will fit my classroom.

Now I need to finish my last book of 2011, which will be 264 – The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. So far I love it. And I’ll be back tomorrow to post about my personal resolution, which will be my One Little Word as I join Two Writing Teachers. I’ll share my word tomorrow.
Cheers from my home to yours. Happy New Year!
~ Katherine

Yesterday's EPL Result:


Unfortunately the LIVE Commentary broke down yesterday... so here's analysis and the result itself:

Yesterday's EPL Result:

Liverpool vs Newcastle United:
This match was played at Anfield where 6th placed Liverpool hosted 7th placed Newcastle.
The main story was that striker Andy Carroll started against his former club Newcastle.

Defender Daniel Agger broke the deadlock for Newcastle in the 25th minute- from an own goal.
Forward Craig Bellamy equalised for The Reds 5 minutes later ( in the 30th minute).
Bellamy scored again in the 67th minute to make it 2-1.

Captain Steven Gerrard came of the bench in the 73rd minute, and 5 minutes later, he scored after a good pass by Jordan Henderson placed past keeper Tim Krul at the far post to provide 3 points for The Reds!

Captain Steven Gerrard celebrating his winner for Liverpool to make it 3-1 against Newcastle.

FULL-TIME: Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1

Liverpool move up to 5th place (leapfrogging rivals Arsenal) and Newcastle stay in 7th place.

2011 iphone diaries




the year begins in the heat of north queensland




my cousin and sister in the flooded park




words for our future children




taking pictures on the way from brisbane to toowoomba




sleeping in a pitched tent in my grandparent's garden




sunday morning at my aunt's house (before being jumped on by wide-awake children)




belle riding on m's shoulders




the super 8 that m picked up at a swapmeet




a rainbow on valentine's (m cooked a picnic basket's worth of food and we took the girls to the park)




sleepy sommer in the back of the car




some old photographs from a wooden chest. left, my mother as a child and right, my young grandparents




some angry geese we met on our adventures with the girls




spiderbite sick belle getting cuddles from her mother




dinner with maria- she'd flown me to victoria to shoot for her salon




some art i liked pasted on the wall of an elevator in melbourne




the beginning of our street when it wasn't yet ours




a map of the town & the first inspection




the first few nights spent on the cold floor (but we couldn't have cared less)




making it home




days later when m had finished putting the ikea furniture together




our mountains




our special place at the end of the street




a place found while exploring




on a ferry, taking sommer, belle and freya to luna park




taking the three sisters to see the three sisters




red dirt land




adventure to a graveyard




a late night swingset date with m




painting the girl's bookcase & belle's picture for m




leaving on the greyhound bus




shooting danielle in front of the harbour bridge




danielle asleep on the long train ride back from the city




lighting the fireplace for the first time




our day and night of snow




m editing a short film i shot for a clothing label




winter fog in katoomba




two very magical lines




sweet writing in m's journal




shooting a lookbook for milk & honey




early morning bondi




m asleep beside his sister, ashlin




taking m's sisters to the cinema in perth




flying over sydney




my gatepass




one of the billabong models busking in a french train station




fruit for dinner in paris (thank-you pregnancy cravings)




m and his camera, at a restaurant in provence




travelling across europe by train




seaside cafes




a boutique hotel in florence (and me hiding in my hair)




the view from our balcony in cinque terre, italy




the view from to the right, a garden of umbrellas




m sleeping on the train back from the airport




a train crushed by a falling tree when there were storms in the mountains




a note m left on our blackboard after an argument




the warmth that is us




m's 21st birthday presents, a guitar and a banjo




arriving in auckland, new zealand at night




a monstrous rock at piha beach




m in our hotel room




later on in auckland, the image i'd shot for bic runga pasted on a wall




a naked tree a few stations over




picnic by a waterfall




the only day of sun in many months of cold




the pub down the street, with forever lit fireplaces




me reading in a bookstore in the city




interview in yen magazine




the beginning of a belly at 18 weeks




night trains through vietnam




saigon through the taxi window




our hotel room in nha trang




restaurant by the river




a cat startled by a family of scuttling crabs




lazy beach days in hoi an




summer fruit




pre-meal uno ritual




shopping for things for alba in markets




a drawing and a tiny dress for alba




alba's hammock & stuffed animals from saigon




25 weeks




our new rocking chair, with car lights streaming through foliage onto our door




spring flower picking




wishing goodness for our baby




28 weeks and an iced chocolate from my favourite cafe




making tiramisu to quieten cravings




picking up my little brother from the station in the pouring rain




monopoly with zake and m




my favourite grocer in the world




30 weeks & lunch inbetween hypnobirthing classes with m




late afternoon walks down our street




photographing the lead singer of the preachers




my early christmas present from my love




my brother getting his first tattoo (a few days after a very messy 18th)




zake's flying spaghetti monster tattoo




in my best friend's pool in the townsville heat




my sister and cousin painting me




my rainbow belly




watching the birds in the trees from our bed






35 weeks




one month left


pictures by me and by my love, taken on our iphones throughout the year.