Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi

Is there anything kids love reading about more than dogs? Probably, but middle grade fiction centered around dogs is always something a bunch of kids are into. I’m excited to share a 2021 book that I think kids are going to LOVE.

Carolyn Crimi has written a lovely book about a pack of dogs getting a second chance. I talk more about the book in the video below.

Happy reading!

First Day Back

The first day back from winter vacation is always hard. I love the two weeks off with my family, and I am never quite ready to head back to school. Once I get there, I get excited, but the days leading up to that first day back area always a little somber.

This year, all of my emotions are amplified. We’ve been learning 100% virtual since things went off the rails in Michigan mid-November. Around 60% of my students will be coming back to the classroom, and the other 40% will be learning virtually when we kick things off. It is hard to give my distance learners what they need when I’m in class all day. We are working on hiring a few additional teachers to help us with our virtual learners. I’m excited to work with these new teachers on creating a plan for supporting our kiddos. Hopefully, we can get that going sooner rather than later.

I’ve been wearing contacts during this school year because my glasses fog up too much when I wear a mask. Not really looking forward to putting those back in my eyes, or having to put on regular pants. Six weeks of nothing but sweatpants has been glorious.

Seeing my in-person kids is going to be great. I miss seeing them in class, and talking to them as we walk around the track during our mask breaks. My kids taught me how to plan Among Us during break. Fifth graders are going to love giving me tips on how I can up my game.

I hope I can keep my students safe. I’ll be losing a lot of sleep thinking about safety in the coming weeks.

I know this blog post is a collection of random thoughts. My guess is that most people are feeling a mixture of emotions as we face the rest of winter and the coming spring. Hang in there. Stay safe, and PLEASE take care of yourself.

Teacher Book Giveaway

I’m kicking off 2021 by giving away 6 books that I think EVERY educator should own. If you already own some of these books, please enter the giveaway, and if you win, share them with someone that you think could use them.

Wishing everyone a safe New Year!

To enter the giveaway, please click on the image below.

Five 2020 Books That I’m Thankful For

We  will remember 2020 for a variety of reasons. Many of them are not really all that awesome. Thankfully, in a year that included a lot of darkness, we have had books that have brought many of us light. In this video, I share five books that I’m thankful for.

Books mentioned in this video:

The Black Friend: https://amzn.to/2UTKZTi

We Dream of Space: https://amzn.to/2J4Wm8g

Fighting Words: https://amzn.to/3fu8uvz

All Thirteen: https://amzn.to/33uxpuv

Woke A Young Poet’s Guide to Justice: https://amzn.to/35Yj8HN

Check out my list of AWESOME 2020 books:

https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2020

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Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids:

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9781338310597

The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp (ME!)

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9780316507813

Places to find me:

Website: http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

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five unforgettable 2020 graphic novels

I’ve read more graphic novels in 2020, than I ever have in my life. Graphic novels have helped me find light in a year that has contained a lot of darkness. The five graphic novels that I talk about in this video blew my mind. I’ll be thinking about them long after the calendar turns to 2021.

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Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids:

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9781338310597

The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp (ME!)

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9780316507813

Places to find me:

Website: http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/colbysharp

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back to virtual

On Sunday night, the governor of Michigan announced that starting Wednesday, she would be transitioning all 9-12 grade students in Michigan to virtual learning.

This announcement made me happy. My wife is a high school chemistry teacher, and the idea of her being with more than 100 students each day made me feel sick to my stomach.

Today, my elementary felt a little bit like a ghost town. It was quite. Almost eeire. The building didn’t have the normal buzz that you find in an elementary building.

Spending the day with my fifth graders was calming. It always feels good spending time with them, but I think we were all a little nervous about what was in store for us.

About a half hour after the day ended, we learned that starting Wednesday our entire district would be virtual for at least two weeks (at least three for our high school). I can’t really explain what it felt like to learn this news. School doesn’t feel safe, but it does feel nice to be with the kids.

This is all so hard. I hate it.

I’m hoping that the next two weeks will give us a chance to catch our breath. Things have been hard at school with all the cases, and the unexpected heartbreaking moments our district has experienced.

My school is too strong to break, but it has felt a little bit like we struggling to get through the days. We don’t usually “get through the days”, but things have been different the last week and a half.

I am guessing that many of you are struggling, too. Hang in there, and please take care of yourself. You can’t take care of your family or your students if you are not okay.

We ended our day with this beautiful picture book. Seemed like a fitting title for what we are going through this year.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother) by David Levithan is a fantastic middle grade novel. Readers will be eager from the opening pages to find out how this one ends. I’m guessing that many young readers will read it again to appreciate the brilliant writing. Loved this book.

Purchase the book here!

Book Description (from the publisher)

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to.

His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.

When the kids in school hear Aidan’s story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan’s side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?

Check out the first 10 books I read my students this year:

Check out my list of AWESOME 2020 books:

https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2020

Check out the list of books I have read my students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

https://bookshop.org/lists/mr-colby-sharp-s-2020-2021-classroom-read-alouds

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Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids:

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9781338310597

The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp (ME!)

https://bookshop.org/a/4866/9780316507813

Places to find me:

Website: http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/colbysharp

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/colbysharp

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Thanks for watching. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

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