The Monthly Miscellany: October

These past few weeks have been a blur — I keep telling myself that my to-do list is going to get shorter, but things just keep piling up higher and higher. My real goal for this month is to start being a bit more laser-focused on working on what’s critically important and leaving (or being okay “just okay”) with the rest.


Monthly Learning Topic: Iceland
I have now acquired a small stack of books about Iceland. I’m excited to start learning more about the island.
Thoughts From Iceland
Iceland: Land of the Sagas
The Little Book of Icelanders in the Old Days
Tales of Iceland: Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight

Professional Development Books: Designing GroupworkStrategies for the Heterogenous Classroom by Elizabeth Gilbert and, if time allows, Many Texts, Many Voices by Mary Shorey

Teaching Focus: Creating a structure for a reading workshop dominated by 1:1 reading interviews with my students that will function effectively and allow everyone to get the teacher time that they need

Fiction Reads: If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar, The Appointment by Herta Muller, and continuing to make progress in Vanity Fair, which I am enjoying thus far.

Non-fiction Reads: Tackling the Iceland books listed above

New Recipes to Try:
Fall weather is slowly but surely arriving here in Maine. I’m excited to try out some new, hearty recipes.

Italian Vegetable and Gnocchi Soup
Quinoa Black Bean Chili

Wellness Goal:
Carving out time to read for at least 20 minutes each evening.

Monthly Adventure:
Being immersed in new teaching ideas at an upcoming technology conference. I’m also designing some activities that involve “Bee Bots,” which have been a lot of fun to envision and conceptualize.


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