Monthly Archives: April 2014

Book Tour and #Giveaway: Poster Boy by @AnneTenino ~ @RiptideBooks

Great scent outtake!

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Welcome to the Poster Boy Blog Tour! *confetti*

As you may or may not know, Poster Boy is the fifth in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, and (at least as far as I’m able to be sure about such things) the last TAG book. No, no, don’t be sad, be happy—we’re gonna go out in style!

Let’s discuss the nitty-gritty: the Blog Tour Giveaway. The prize package this time includes: one lovely “Theta Alpha Gamma Beer Terrorist Response Team” sweatshirt (I believe I have sizes M-XXL available, choice of two styles); one paperback copy of Frat Boy and Toppy with the new cover art, signed and inscribed to the winner; a bar of soap I bought in Les Baux (was going to send olives from Sainte-Remy, but we ate them . . . sorry about that) and; of course, one penis crocheted by moi.

How does one win…

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Blog Tour: Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) by Anne Tenino *Review and Giveaway*

Blog Tour: Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) by Anne Tenino *Review and Giveaway*.

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5 Reasons Not to Share That Common Core Worksheet on Facebook

I’m re blogging so I have the resources the author mentions at the end. I just don’t know how to explain / help with math homework to my 6th grader.

Overthinking my teaching

You are browsing Facebook on a Sunday evening. Someone has shared a baffling piece of math homework that was sent home with their child. Accompanying commentary bemoans the current state and future trajectory of mathematics teaching and learning, and lays blame for this at the feet of the Common Core State Standards.

You are baffled by the worksheet too. You are about to click the Share button.

But here are five reasons that’s a bad idea.

1. Credentials are not a trump card.

Almost invariably, the parent who shares the worksheet cites a degree as a credential for the critique. “I have a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering,” wrote the parent in the recent “Letter to Jack”.

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The math you need to know to be an electronics engineer is different from the math you need to know to be a math teacher. I am quite certain that electronics engineers…

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Back Away from the Review: why authors should stay out of it

Reviews should be carefully crafted, addressing the book. Not the authors personal life, gossip, etc. Your opinion, on the book you read, good and bad, it is not an excuse to vent anger and frustration upon the world.

KJ Charles

Another day, another Goodreads meltdown. In the latest ‘oh dear’ moment, an author and her friends (or possibly alternate personalities) is/are going nuts on anyone rating her book less than an enthusiastic 4+ stars. This includes attacking someone for leaving a DNF review (without star rating) and someone else for saying ‘I’m not reading this because the blurb is terrible’* (again without a star rating).

* As annoying as it may be for authors to have someone say ‘I’m not reading this because X’ where X is a factor unrelated to the book itself… the blurb in question is terrible. It’s one ADJECTIVE IN CAPITALS away from achieving sentient life and eating your soul. As a blurbwriter of many years’ experience, I want to give the person who wrote this blurb an hour’s remedial intensive coaching, and a slap. I’m not reading this book because the blurb is terrible. Please

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Rainbow Project Announces the Final 2014 Rainbow List!

Rainbow Project Announces the Final 2014 Rainbow List!.

Posting for anyone who wants a list of LGBTQ books for youth up to age 18.

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My result for “Which JP Barnaby character are you?”: Aaron Downing (Aaron)

My result for “Which JP Barnaby character are you?”: Aaron Downing (Aaron).

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VIDEO: Professor’s cell phone rule prompts epic class prank

Tears streaming down my face!

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This might be one of the best April Fools’ Day pranks you’ll see.

A professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan has a policy that if a student’s phone rings in class, the student must answer it on speakerphone.

Let’s just say this professor got burned by his own rules.

Watch and laugh.

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