Monday Minutiae – 02/11/19

Daily Oral Language
My friend and colleague, Jeff Zupfer, makes music. He writes lots of different things, but because he also teaches music at an elementary school, he writes a lot of children’s music. During our cold-cold-cold #PolarVortex days here in Minnesota, he wrote a song… about Minnesota. What made me even happier was that it made it into The Current’s (one of our local NPR radio stations) Friday Five. Well deserved! (Also, take a listen… it’s catchy!)
 
 
Black History Month
Brooklyn teacher Hollie Tubbs was a teacher recently featured who created a gorgeous door design to honor Black History month. Another friend and colleague of mine, EL teacher Hodan, replicated it with her classroom door at our school – LOVE:
hodan_blackhistorymonthdoor
Check out the many other awesome variations that people have been sharing online.

 

Submitting Assignments
This little tidbit shared via Twitter simply made me smile. Some random person took out a full page ad in a newspaper to talk about some general grievances along with some general kudos. There are a lot of good bits, but I kind of especially liked the general “I am pleased with cheeseburgers.” I wonder if he meant to address it to a specific restaurant or chain, but it’s quite entertaining without the specificity.
 
Reading Minutes
Kudos to this bookstore… I’ve been helping out with giving book talks at work lately and my one big goals is to avoid pointing out whether a book might be more interesting to boys or girls. I often specifically like to mention when one of my boys has really liked a book that has girl protagonists, because I think at the elementary level is when we really have to work hard at breaking those stereotypes. When this bookstore demonstrates the quote, “You know what I mean” when talking about looking for a “boy” book (although in the linked tweet it talks about “girl” books) I do “know” what they mean, but it isn’t accurate. Let’s all start being more specific about what we really mean when we’re trying to find a style of book for someone. Action? Adventure? Animals? Loyalty? Friendship? Identity?
 
Currently Reading (print): Felix Yz – Lisa Bunker (MG/YA)
 
Currently Reading (audio): Home for the Holidays (Mother-Daughter Book Club Series) – Heather Vogel Frederick (MG)
 
Song of the Week:
 

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2 Responses to Monday Minutiae – 02/11/19

  1. Love it!

    The link to Jeff’s song didn’t work, but I found it on the MN website so here’s an updated link:

    https://blog.thecurrent.org/2019/02/friday-five-con-davison-moise-and-more-new-minnesota-music-videos/

    Stay warm out there. BRRR xo C

    On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 1:04 AM It’ll All Work Out wrote:

    > ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) posted: “Daily Oral LanguageMy friend and > colleague, Jeff Zupfer, makes music. He writes lots of different things, > but because he also teaches music at an elementary school, he writes a lot > of children’s music. During our cold-cold-cold #PolarVortex days here in M” >

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