<![CDATA[SKNIGHTTECH - Writing Wed. Blog]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:54:34 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Writing Wednesday´╗┐]]>Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:49:33 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/writing-wednesday4
My all time favorite children's book is The Monster at the End of this Book.  This book was the first book that I read by myself.  I loved the suspense, the drama and the silliness of the book.  I can remember my aunts reading me this book and being so super dramatic and funny, that I fell in love with the book.  I have read this book countless times to all three of my children, and I made sure to make it as dramatic as possible so that they get the whole experience of it as well.  There is even an interactive app that allows the the students to clean up the messes and turn the pages.  I highly recommend this for parents to read to their toddlers, and even as a read aloud in a classroom just for fun!
The Book Thief is my favorite  young adult book.  This book is one that I listened to originally, and I highly recommend the audio version.  The narrator of the book does a fabulous job, and it is so engaging.  The author, Marcus Zusak, is amazing in his phrasing and writing style.  He can convey an entire conversation and set a definite tone in a very short phrase.  The characters are so dynamic, the symbolism and use of Death as the narrator is so effective in his purpose that it is inspiring.  The plot and the story line itself is also very moving and emotionally engaging that readers can't help but get sucked into the book. I think this should be required reading in Middle or High School for both the historic lesson and the literary style benefits!
I found it virtually impossible to select only one adult book that I can claim as my favorite.  I read continuously and have read thousands upon thousands of books.  I love them all in their own way, and I go through phases where I enjoy reading for different purposes.  I love romance books, young adult books, true crime books, suspense, mystery, religious allegories....you name it.  I have very eclectic reading tastes and I will gladly talk to you about any and all books I've read.  I am always quick to offer a suggestion of a good book, and I would love to have suggestions from others. Reading is an escape, an adventure, entertainment and an education all bound together in a neat package :)

Happy Reading!!

<![CDATA[Writing Wednesday]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:02:47 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/writing-wednesday3Today, I'm going my own way.  I am going to free write.  I will simply write what I think.

I am excited to be doing Technology Roll-Ins at MHS today for teachers who want to learn more about technology.  We have had several teachers come in and learn Explain Everything, Weebly, Doctopus, Flubaroo and Twitter Curator.  I am excited to know about Twitter Curator now because it is a great way to allow students to use social media to research.  Social media is a great spring board for students to locate trending and current information.

I am typing as I am having a discussion about valuable career and educational choices.  It is amazing that  having an education degree, or a library science and informational technology degree are increasing in popularity and value due to the overabundance of information and the need to have educated people to teach and train others how to find, sort and evaluate information both digitally and in print.

On a personal note, I want to take a minute to express how proud I am of my three children and my husband.  I have two daughters who are very talented and smart.  I also have a very rambunctious and sweet three year old little boy.  My husband is a very successful and ambitious man who is a wonderful as a husband and father as well.  My children are all beautiful, we are all healthy and my family is truly a blessing.]]>
<![CDATA[Slam Poets]]>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:17 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/slam-poetsFirst of all, what an amazing opportunity for us at MHS!

Three Rules from Slam Poets for Writers:
  1. Write about what you know
  2. Make it odd, because odd means different and outside the realm of normal

Author and books that the slam poets mentioned and advocated:
Veronica Roth - Divergent series
Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games series
John Green - The Fault in our Stars

20 in less than 20
1.  People
  1. TJ - Unconditional love
  2. Parker - talented
  3. Maddy - loving
  4. Beaux - joy
  5. Maw-Maw - great cook
2.  Places
  1. Home - safety & love
  2. White Rock Lake - peace
  3. Hawaii - beauty
  4. Bridge City - roots
  5. Library - opportunities
3.  Someday...
  1. Go to Europe
  2. Get my Doctorate
  3. Watch my children graduate from college
  4. Skydive
  5. Retire to a house on the lake
4.  I believe
  1. Love is stronger than hate
  2. Reading is a blessing
  3. God strengthens me
  4. Exercise is the best stress relief
  5. There is a silver lining in every storm cloud

Let's write a poem - style mimic American Poet, William Carlos William.  

So much depends
our belief that
love is stronger than hate.
We are faced with hate
every day.
We can choose to engage,
or conquer it with love.
Seeing beyond the mask,
what drives the hate,
educating the ignorant,
spreading tolerance and joy,
leads us to
loving as Christ loved
and moves us
beyond hate.

<![CDATA[October 22nd, 2014]]>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:04:40 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/october-22nd-2014
Ok.  Can I tell you that I just typed a whole novel, and it deleted when I tried to publish.  I love and hate technology.

Well, it was really good and I'm sorry you won't be able to read it.

<![CDATA[Writing Wednesday]]>Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:03:39 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/writing-wednesday2The writing prompt today is "What is the soundtrack of your life?".  This is hard for me, because I am not a very impromptu kind of person.  I like a plethora of songs and music styles.  I think that I would want something that represented me.  My first step would be to decide what by which characteristics I wanted people to remember me.  I would want people to know that I am a mom to three beautiful children, that I am a Christian woman who relies on God, that I am married to a man who makes me a better person, and that I am a loyal and trustworthy friend.  I would also want people to remember the details that make me who I am such as my love of reading and running, my inability to be quiet and my addiction to shoes and thrift shopping.

So, basically here are a couple of songs that I think will work well; even though, they are seemingly incongruous:

1.  Amazing Grace (my all time favorite church hymn)
2.  Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood (How I aspire to raise my children)
3.  I would walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers (This epitomizes my loyalty to family and friends)
4.  Rocky Theme Song (How I feel when I run, especially crossing Marathon finish line)
5.  Take my Hand by Wayne Toups (this is "our song")
6.  Beautiful by Christina Aguilera (I want my children to adhere to this mantra)
7.  Thrift Shop by Mackelmore (Because I LOVE thrift shopping)

My time is up.]]>
<![CDATA[Writing Wednesday]]>Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:19 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/writing-wednesday1 I am so inspired and encouraged by Malcolm's story.  I appreciate the fact that he is reading to improve his life, when he is already successful in his professional life.  He doesn't have to take the time to make his "reading game" better; however, he sees the value in being a good reader.  I love the fact that he is a sports super star, but still advocated that reading is important and cool.  I also love the fact that he is secure enough to read with a bunch of middle age women!

 On a technology note, I have figured out a workaround for Google Apps not opening on the iPads.  

The Google Apps will open on iPads IF you do this…..(which by the way means logging in on 5 different screens)
Update the apps if they aren’t updated
Authenticate the device (1 login)
Login to Google on the regular Google webpage www.google.com (2 login screens)
THEN login to the Google App you want (2 login screens)

This job is going well and I love it, but it is super busy!

<![CDATA[Writing Wednesday]]>Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:43:11 GMThttp://sknighttech.weebly.com/writing-wed-blog/writing-wednesdayI'm working with French classes to use Explain Everything to demonstrate their knowledge of family vocabulary.  Lessons learned from project include to have students save to device, then export.  Also at the end of the project have students click the home button, the gear, accounts and turn off any connected accounts.]]>