If you read my previous post, you know that I'm looking for inspiration. There are 5 things that I'm currently very excited about.
1. The Librarian is In. This is a podcast from the New York Public Library and it is fabulous. Librarians Frank and Gwen talk books and culture and so much more. I love how their rich conversations make me think. If you haven't listened to this podcast, you really should. Check it out here.
2. #mwlibchat. I am a big fan of Twitter, have my own Twitter chat and participate in many other chats as well. My hands down favourite though is #mwlibchat because the chat always makes me stop and reflect on my practice and how I can push myself forward. They are such a fun group.
3. @russeltarr I've recently discovered Russel Tarr on Twitter and his tweets are inspiring. I always struggle to find Social Studies end tasks that are innovative and encourage high level thinking. I've ordered his book, A History Teaching Toolbox, and can't wait to delve into it.
4. Jeff Zentner. I just recently devoured Zentner's books, Goodbye Days and The Serpent King, and both books made me think and have stayed with me. I can't recommend these books enough and I think when people roll their eyes about YA lit, I should give them one of Zentner's books.
5. Audiobooks. My eldest son and I listen to audiobooks on our commute to and from school each day. Over the course of the year, we have journeyed through quite a few and have just finished the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld which was fabulous. I love sharing a book with my son and being able to chat about the story we've found ourselves in.