March 21, 2009


Man, I've been squished with two grad school projects and an upcoming family visit. So therefore a dearth of fresh, shiny new posts to clog up your reader.

One of the projects included me reading three professional books, so I'll be throwing up some reviews of those soon.

What have you been reading lately?

Oh! And our school just got these fancy-schmancy new ceiling-mounted LCD projectors in all the classrooms so now I can show off not only videos, but full-sized stuff from my laptop.

Any cool ideas for that? I mean other than Jeopardy and BrainPop?


C. B. James said...

I've just read The Watchmen. After I got into it I enjoyed it, but it took several chapters. If only I'd read it when it first came out, I would have loved it.

For your LCD projector check out It creates very cool slide shows with music for you that are very impressive. I think they'd be a great way to introduce a book talk. I have several shows on my blog if you want to see how they look. It's free for 30 second shows and just three bucks for one as long as you want.

I'm not getting any money from them by the way.

Tricia said...

Was in the bookstore today and saw a book with a ninja on the cover and thought of you. Then Esme reviewed it today! There's a whole host of ninja books for you.


Teacherninja said...

Thanks Trish! We must have seen that at the same time...

I love Animoto, CB! Great idea.

Esme Raji Codell said...

Professional books? I just finished THE BOOK WHISPERER by by Donalyn Miller, which was very good and gave me food for thought (I'll be reviewing it soon), and a friend just highly recommended and lent me TO UNDERSTAND: NEW HORIZONS IN READING COMPREHENSION by Ellin Oliver Keene. Also just finished Ray Bradbury's FARENHEIT 451, and I'm looking forward to trying on THE PROBLEM WITH THE PUDDLES by Kate Feiffer, though I have no idea how it will be.

Thanks for your terrific blog, your support and all your grand work in the world!

Harrell Elizabeth said...

I just was given a book at Embracing our Differences workshop, The Bat-Chen Diaries by Bat-Chen Shahak--a young killed by the suicide bomber tin Tel Vviv's Dizengoff Center. It was her 15th birthday. Her family gathered her diaries, notebooks, letters and drawings which have become this book. It is astonishing and I haven't finished it.

Harrell Elizabeth said...

Correction--"by a young girl"

Ms. Yingling said...

Wow. Where do you teach? We have two LCD projectors in the whole building, although I do still have two filmstrip projectors, an 8MM film projector, 9 slide projectors, and 30 tape recorders. None reel-to-reel, thank goodness. There has to be something cool with the LCD. I'll let you know what it is in 30 years when we upgrade our technology to that level. (And yes, a lot of this equipment is leaving the building on Friday!)

Teacherninja said...

H.E.: Sounds good, but too depressing for me. Can't wait to hear about it,though.

Esme: Wow, thank YOU!

Ms. Yingling: Gwinnett County, GA. Getting rid of all of our old classroom computers and teacher laptops and upgrading those as well. And tossing old tape recorders and getting new cd/tape players. Oh, and new dvd/vcrs.

But I would just as soon have them get more books.