So I posted here about developing a reading book challenge for myself. I’d like to post where I am up to with it, and see how far I’ve actually progressed…..
- A Book Published in 2019 – Not yet accomplished
- A Book You Own But Never Read – I’m in the process of reading a book I have owned for years on Urban Legends, but just never read…..Work in progress
- A Classic – so I read My People by Oodgeroo Noonuccal – an amazing collection of poetry. Completed.
- A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author- Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas – awesome page turning YA romance featuring a rocking Nukunu lead character. Completed!
- A Non-Fiction Book – Gluten Free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger. Completed!
- An LGBT+ Romance – oooh I will find one…..there are so many great ones to choose from.
- A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation – Anyone know a good book about a Librarian?
- A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie – do Graphic Novels count???
- A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters – I’ll be chasing up suggestions for this one too..
- The Bestseller of Your Birth Year – hmm I’ll need to look this up.
- A Translated Romance Novel – I’ll track something down…
- A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times – again I’ll need to look for this one….
- A Book of Short Stories – oh gosh I think I might have something sitting on table that may be appropriate!
- A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended – this one was easy Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – devoured it in a day. Completed!
- A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone – that would have to be Zenobia by Morten Durr. Completed!
- A book of free verse or poetry – well I’m loving Oodgeroo so maybe some more of her work?
- Banned Novel – ooh what to choose? Any suggestions?
- A Book You Started and Never Finished – The Giant Book of New World SF edited by Issac Asimov – started a few years ago and haven’t finished it but it’s a WIP.
- A Book You Can Read in One Sitting – a great book by Renee Fogorty called Fair Skin Black Fella – a great book with a great meaning. Should be in every school library. Completed!
So 6 completed, and I’m in February…..seriously if you have suggestions I would love to hear from you about them.
2019 is the UN Year of Indigenous Languages. As such it’s a time to reflect on the Languages spoken here in Australia before white colonisation. Jane Simpson has written a piece for The Conversation that I think you need to read. We need to act now, before we lose more. I would love to see the Australian Government pull their collective fingers out and actually fund more language reclamation projects.
I’m putting together lists of resources that the Library I work for has in Languages, to celebrate this year. It’s an amazing and rich collection, but we need to do more to make sure they will survive for future generations. What will you do?
via Ten Ways Reading New and Diverse Literature Changes Us as Teachers By Stephanie Affinito and Kris McGee
We need a diverse school library to support all of our children and educators. We live in such a diverse and exciting world that the sooner we introduce diversity and inclusivity to our students the sooner they will become equipped to navigate their own journey.
I got this idea from the 2019 Book Resolutions Reading Challenge at Romance.com.au, then decided I needed to modify it for my own purposes and reading style. I’m going to report back on how well I have achieved this as the year progresses….so stay tuned!
- A Book Published in 2019
- A Book You Own But Never Read
- A Classic
- A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author
- A Non-Fiction Book
- An LGBT+ Romance
- A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation
- A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie
- A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters
- The Bestseller of Your Birth Year
- A Translated Romance Novel
- A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times
- A Book of Short Stories
- A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended
- A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone
- A book of free verse or poetry
- Banned Novel
- A Book You Started and Never Finished
- A Book You Can Read in One Sitting
Do you want to join me? If so please leave a comment below and we can bookclub our way through this list!
This year is the UN’s Year of Indigenous Languages. Language equality is essential in giving voices to our world communities. We use language everyday to communicate, educate, socially integrate, develop and also celebrate our own unique identities.
I came across this podcast from Indaily featuring The Message Pod’s Nicole Haack who is in conversation with Daniel Bogre Udell, the founder of Wikitongues .
Please take the time to dip into the podcast, and help save a language today!
A great blog and collection of resources for the EAL, EAL/D or the Language Teacher.
Welcome to the Language Teacher Helpmate!
This site aims to act as a resource hub for pre-service, graduate and beginning teachers of Languages in Australia. One of the biggest challenges you can face at the beginning of a teaching career is building a bank of resources, and we want to help you with that.
Here at the Language Teacher Helpmate, we provide:
links to curriculum documents;
ideas, activities and materials for teaching in the Language classroom;
links to professional Language teacher associations;
suggestions for further professional reading;
…and much more!
The site also features regular guest blogs by teachers, for teachers, on a variety of relevant topics. We always welcome guest blog contributions, so if you have a topic you’d like to write about, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Plus, if you’d like to share your favourite resources with other teachers, please get in touch so we can add them.
We hope you find the site useful, and we’d love to hear any feedback you might have.
– The Language Teacher Helpmate team
A great collection of teacher’s resources to coincide with the UN’s Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019.