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review 2017-01-17 19:34
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

This a popular series within the 3rd to 5th grade range right now. The Lexile level is 950L. I would use this at the beginning of the year or even the first day of school. Greg Heffley learns in the Wimpy Kid books that starting a new school year can be hard. I would give the children ten prompts. For example, My number one goal for this school year is....and The subject I want to improve in the most is....This goal setting lesson gives students something to strive for and something to work at for the rest of the year. I could even do this activity at the beginning of January to refresh their minds of their goals.

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text 2016-11-12 01:03
Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

Oh, The Places You'll Go! is my favorite Dr. Seuss book of all time!  It even inspires me.  I have read this to classrooms for career and college week and taken excerpts to use for motivational assemblies.  In my 2-5 classrooms, I would like to use it toward the beginning of the year to motivate students to succeed.  During this time, we could focus on long term and short term goals for the year.  Always remind your students, "Kid, you'll move mountains!"

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text 2016-04-22 14:49
Goal Setting - Healthology

I randomly came across this helpful and inspiring little list of ways to improve your goal setting, technically is health based but the idea is transferable. 



To improve your chances of actually achieving your New Year’s resolution this year, make sure your goal has the following characteristics:


  1. It is simple, realistic and achievable for you.
    Perhaps your initial New Year’s resolution of losing 20kg is actually a long term goal. It might be more achievable to set more of a short term goal (e.g. to lose 5kg within the next 2 months) as your work towards your long term goal weight.
    Is never drinking soft drink ever again a realistic goal if you currently consume 2L cola each day? Although this is a fabulous goal to have, perhaps you could start by initially halving your consumption of soft drinks and reducing it further thereafter.
  1. It is measurable.

    How are you going to measure your success if your resolution is to ‘eat healthier’? Perhaps a more measurable goal would be to ‘eat 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day’ or to ‘only consume 1 small takeaway meal per week’. If you can’t measure your success you won’t ever be able to objectively determine whether you’ve achieved your goal or not.

  1. It includes a measure of time.
    Following on from a goal being measurable, it’s always a good idea to set yourself a time limit of when you expect to be able to achieve your goal. Perhaps you could set a short term goal and a longer term goal for 2016.

For example, ‘I will lose an average of 0.5kg per week over 12 weeks to arrive at my short term weight reduction goal of 6kg.’ Or ‘I will be able to complete 20 push-ups in a row by 30 June 2016’.



There are also some other fantastic idea's such as:

  • Eat a small handful of nuts every day as a healthy snack (e.g. to replace your sweet biscuit at morning tea) 
  • Reduce the sugar you add to your tea/coffee by half
  • Consume breakfast every morning (it can be as simple as a homemade smoothie using 250ml milk and blending with a banana)



Personally I found it surprisingly motivational. Here's the link to read the rest!!

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text 2016-01-05 05:00
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Resolutions for 2016

It's been a little while since I had a Top Ten Tuesday post, and I had actually planned to pen this entry anyway, so it was perfect timing with the turn of the new year.


This was my post from last year, and mostly - last year's goals will be a repeat for this year, though with a few new updates.


Suffice to say, 2015 was a busy year for me personally.  While I was able to do many things within the year, it was a slow reading and writing year.  So I'm hoping that what I didn't accomplish in 2015 will be things that I ace in 2016.


Here are my top ten resolutions for the new year:


  1.  I will read 350 books this year.  My effort to read 450 books last year, unfortunately, was a failure.  I'm still doing the final tally for my 2015 year end post, but it looks like - including re-reads - that I barely made it above 150 books last year alone.  The problem came from two things: massive book hopping (meaning I didn't finish as many books as I started) and not doing a very good job of keeping track of what I was reading and when on my book communities.  Though I'm happy to say I made a lot of trips to the library last year (much to the chagrin of my twin, who tells me I read too much already. She read one book last year, which is actually really good for her considering she has more of an issue with book hopping and DNFing stuff).
  2. I will work to get to 75% feedback ratio on NetGalley this year.  This will effort on my part since I'm about 30% now with submissions.  That may not seem like much to get up to speed with until you realize just how many books I've got to submit feedback for, some even reaching back to 2012-2o13ish.  But my goal this year is to work through my list, decide what to take on, and just stick with the schedules I plan ahead of time. I think I can improve my scheduling for this year with better time management.  And while I started the NetGalley spotlight posts last year to help with this, I'll have to be better about sticking to my reading schedule for it to work.
  3. I will be better about making posts on the blog - almost every day of this year.  Part of this will be steadily bringing back theme day posts, and also bringing back some of my old posts out of archive/draft form.  I have far too many posts that I have submitted drafts for, but never posted to the blog - I'm thinking it's because my train of thought and planning was there, but somehow ended up getting stalled - much like my massive book hopping issues last year.
  4. Publishing two writing projects in 2016.  So I ended up not completing the writing projects I wanted to last year because I ended up starting (and finishing) two completely projects that I worked on last year for Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo.  So I can pat myself on the back for finishing my NaNo stuff last year (whoo-hoo!)  but not having anything to show for it (Ughh).  And mostly that progress has been behind the scenes and another reason why my posting was sporadic last year, between working with day job and focusing more on the editing process. I've had to push some stuff back, but I'm hoping to be better about this for 2016 and keep you guys informed when I'm planning to release.
  5. Do More Reading Challenges.  I failed almost all of my reading challenges last year (my Audiobook challenge was the only one I kicked butt on - ended up reading over 60 audiobooks - my YA and other stuff though - not so much), so this is a carry over.  
  6. Record more Video/Writing tutorials (and possible audio/V-blogs) - carry over from last year's goals.  This will probably start sometime in March or April.  Reason being is that I ended up ordering better audio/recording equipment mid to late last year (including a new headset - because my other one failed.  Which is why I ended up not recording anything last year.)
  7. Read more books across a span of genres.  I accomplished this goal last year, and I'm making it a goal for this year as well.  I'll have a more thorough breakdown of what I ended up reading in my 2015 Year End post.
  8. Making myself finish stuff I have pending before starting anything new.  General goal - I recognized this as a problem last year with both my reading and writing.  I always get excited to start new things, but I find my mind kept wanting to hop to something different.  It wasn't really writer's/reader's block as much as it was having too many things in my head that I wanted to get down or do, and just transitioning between those in-progress projects or goals made no time for me to actually come back and finish what I started.  So definitely making myself stick to that this year and show some fruit from the things I've done - as well as share it with all of you.
  9. Cleaning out my TBR jars.  I have the crafts, I have the jars.  I actually enjoyed making the ones I've shared in the past, and I'd like to share more of that.
  10. Catching up with my book reviews. At the end of 2016 - I want to have written reviews for everything that I've read in the past several years and have actively caught up with my "pending reviews" and "on-hold" lists.  So that's something to look forward to doing.


That's everything.  I'm ready to take on 2016 - let's bring it.




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url 2013-10-29 15:32
How to Maximize Your Reading Time

My lovely friend Charlotte wrote a guest post for me on how to maximize your reading time. Come learn what tips she has to offer :).

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