Thursday, July 31, 2014

Books For Young Readers Conference

One of my favorite things to do each summer is attend the Books for Young Readers conference with guest authors, and two days of books, books, books.  Plus a great dinner!  I visited the book store to take pictures of all the books I wanted to buy.  

PhD Time in Logan

For my PhD program, we have to spend time on campus for residency although we are distance students. For our final summer, here are the highlights.  

I move up to Logan for the summer and stay with the best family who offers me a great room at a great!

We spend 8 hours a day in class.  

Then we go play a little before hours and hours of homework into the wee hours of the morning.  Here's the group of us.

This is the stretching that happens right before literacy.  It was followed up by a lot of modern dance moves which is sometimes defined as literacy according to some New Literacies theories that say that anything (clothes, movement, and so on) can be literacy.

This is a screenshot of a paper we were collectively writing on google docs but my classmate would add nonsense in to keep up on our toes.  You had to be there! :)

My husband teases me that I get so adventurous when I eat on trips with food I would usually never try.  Like this awesome Indian restaurant in a gas station.  Or that amazing steak from the El Salvador restaurant.

And it's just not a summer in Logan without lots of trips to the Aggie Ice Cream Shop.  Happy studying!


Sunday, July 20, 2014


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Research Design

This book was recommended to me at a conference by a research professor at the University of Utah.  She said that if you needed any book on your shelf about research design basics, this is the one.  It is comprehension, current, and has definitely come in handy so far.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Back to school BB

Environmental print is put to good use with this candy bulletin board welcoming students back to school.  If I had made this, I'd add more labels than just candy wrappers.  Kids can read all sorts of other labels and logo's.  


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alpine Elementary Library

I visited a school library lately for a meeting and couldn't resist how cute it was!  Apparently, a daughter of Charles Schultz, the Peanuts creator, lives nearby and has contributed to the school.  I've learned all about him with my son when he did a report in the past.  

Anyway, the library had other great features as well like a castle corner and great lighting with figurines on the side.  

I'm such a sucker for a good library!