Becky Boer

Books

An Homage to Dickens

It’s only been recently that I’ve read anything by Charles Dickens. I started with Great Expectations. I thought it was clever and funny, and full of amusing, interesting characters. Then I read A Tale of Two Cities, and fell completely in love with it. I love the history, the love triangle, the relationship between Lucie and Dr. Manette, and most of all, I just love Dickens and his way with words. So much so that I got it tattooed on myself forever. “And when you see your own  ...

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Teaching

My Classroom Non-Negotiables

In my last blog entry, I considered ways that my beliefs have changed since I started teaching back in 2004. There are a lot. And of course, that’s a good thing. If there ever comes a point in my career when I stop learning, growing, and changing, I need to leave the classroom. One of the things that seems particularly striking to me now is how much my beliefs have changed regarding lesson plans. During my student teaching, the second grade team that I worked with used a gridded  ...

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Teaching

No Longer a Teacher… But Still Very Much a Teacher

Yesterday, I remembered that I have an Edublogs account. In the summer of 2007, I was entering my third year of teaching, and started a blog to help me reflect on my teaching and improve as an educator. I maintained that blog for exactly 18 days before getting back into my classroom and promptly forgetting about it. Things have changed a lot for me since then. I now live in another country (O Canada!), for starters. I was a teacher for ten years before moving, and have essentially been a  ...

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Books

Update – 2016 Reading Challenge!

A book based on a fairy tale – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehI finished this one pretty early this year. I was surprised at how much I liked it, especially since it was kind of hard for me to get into at first. I think the story was great; it was sort of a remake of Arabian Nights, I think. That part was cool. But I had a really hard time envisioning the story, and the descriptions were tough to follow from time to time. I want to read the next book in the series, because the  ...

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