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January 2015 Blog Posts (5)

National Readathon Day

As if I needed an excuse to curl up with a good book.

I've been reading voraciously since a young age. On my first trip to the library I came home with 21 books. I couldn't believe they were letting me take home books to read and all I had to do was promise to bring them back when I was done. I knew then that I lived in a great country. I average a trip to the library once a month to this day.

The first chapter book that I fell in love with was The…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on January 24, 2015 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Sitting in my own classroom

If I was a student of mine, I would drive me crazy.

I took a PD class last week and I was the one being taught something on the computer. I tried to stay on task, but I sometimes got distracted, or bored and went off to look at something else, and I got lost. I needed to ask for help from the person sitting next to me, I even needed help from one of the facilitators of the program at one point. I was a nightmare.

It made me think long and hard about my…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on January 23, 2015 at 8:57am — 3 Comments

BYOD from the NYCDOE

The NYC Board of Education is lifting it's cell phone ban for all students, which is great news if it happened ten years ago. Students have had their phones with them everyday, unless there's a metal detector at the door. In that case there's a van parked across the street from the school that stores the students phones for them everyday for a fee.

My children have carried their cell phones with them. After some natural and unnatural disasters that affected my family…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on January 13, 2015 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Good Writing

I never really thought of myself as a writer. I've written in diaries all my life, but for no one else but me. I've written papers for all sorts of classes, but just to complete an assignment. What writing for a blog has changed for me is that I now write just for the enjoyment of getting my thoughts down and hopefully find an audience for my musings.

What I'm worried about is while I was a good student, I was never taught how to be a good writer. I know nouns and…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on January 8, 2015 at 9:05am — 1 Comment

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