I've been doing so well at really enjoying my summer and not thinking too much about work and teaching. The fam & I have been spending lots of time at the farmer's market, enjoying our new patio set and grilling out in the backyard. I haven't even done any back to school shopping (although I've bookmarked quite a few things I liked in the Lakeshore catalog) However I knew it was inevitable that I would find something to get me thinking about teaching again. I am a fan of Two Writing Teachers on Facebook (they also have a wonderful blog which gives all kinds of tips and resources for writer's workshop). They have just published a new book about Writer's Workshop and being more reflective in your own teaching of the workshop model. You can preview it on line here!!! I've already read through the first chapter and am looking forward to reading some more! If you like them on Facebook you can get a whole week's worth of free tips and resources from the book.
OK - now to the second part of my title - "JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON" Thanks to Lindsey over at The Teacher Wife I am now a member of Pinterest and although she and many others warned me, I am addicted. I almost burned my Parmesan & Basil Orzo the other evening because I was so busy pinning. I do love this sight and how organized it's forced me to be with my ideas. I also like it because I can find so many fantastic ideas from so many others without searching too hard. Now the key is to put those ideas into action. One of my boards is a Yum That Looks Good board about foods I want to try and I am actually trying one of those recipes this week. I also like Pinterest because it's very visual, so if you are a visual person (like me) it's perfect for you. It also gives a link back to the website where the original pin came from so I've found many new and excitting websites & blogs that I never knew exisited. Feel free to check out my Pinterest boards. (pinterest.com/jennyferm)
If you are interested in checking out my boards & pins & getting your own account, please leave me a message with your e-mail address and I'd be happy to send you an invitation.