Monday, June 2, 2014

Thrive Week 1: Introductions

Welcome to the 2014 Summer eLearning Book Club. Today we will start our discussion of Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami. Let's use this week to meet each other. As a comment to this post (click on "Comments" below this post), please tell us your name, your school/corporation/organization, and what your role there is. Your reading assignment for next week is chapter 1. If you have not purchased the book yet, you can buy it in paperback or as an ebook. Happy reading!

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  1. Hello, my name is Sarah McKenzie. I teach at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, Indiana. This past year I taught 7th and 8th grade ELA, and the previous nine years before that taught just 7th grade ELA. Beginning this Fall, I will be co-teaching 7th grade Humanities. I am also the junior high speech coach, the state's junior high speech adviser to the state council, and the national junior honor society sponsor.

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  2. Hello. My name is Sandy Gutzwiller. I teach Spanish I-IV at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash Indiana. This is my first book club. I am looking forward to reading this book because next school year will be my 30th year as a teacher! I might need some reinvigoration!

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  3. Good morning and hello! My name is Dan Peo and I am the band director (grades 9-12) at McCutcheon High School, which is part of the Tippecanoe School Corporation. I'm looking forward to getting to share this book with everyone!

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  4. Good Morning. My name is Doug Hudson and I live in Crawfordsville, Indiana but teach in Greencastle, Indiana. I teach a 6-12 Alternative Classroom, however most of my students are Sophomores-Seniors. My students are those who simply can't function in the normal school environment and I teach/facilitate any subject necessary for my students to earn their high school diploma. As can be easily discerned, I face a plethora of motivation/discipline issues on a daily basis. I am looking forward to this book club as teaching alternative students can frustrate at times and one needs motivation.....

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  5. Hi all. My name is Angy Northern and I am the Media Specialist at Southwestern Middle and High School in Hanover, IN. In addition to participating in this book discussion group, I will be leading a group of SW teachers in reading/blog discussions this summer. I hope all this reading and discussing will boost my energy so that I can start the school year on August 1st with a new outlook. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

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    1. I had my start at your Southwestern High School as a student teacher from Hanover College. I was in the Spanish department with Mr. Emery and in the math department with Mr. Barnett, both having retired perhaps before you arrived. The last I knew of Mr. Barnett, he had become an education instructor at HC. Great memories there.

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  6. Tammy Farlow, Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School: I teach math (grade 8), exploring languages (grade 7), and Spanish 1. Prior to this coming school year I also had French as a teaching assignment for 12 years. To round out my day I am a Student Congress and National Honor Society sponsor, as well as the mother of three children.

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    1. Hi, Tammy! Do you remember me? It's hard to believe it has been 14 years since my family moved away from Wabash to Plymouth. I hope you and your family are doing well and your years at Southwood have been good to you.

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    2. Of course, I remember and think of you every time we pass through Plymouth, wondering if that is where you stayed. You have a college student in your family by now also? I see Plymouth more than you would think (last week, in fact) on the way to Michigan City and Chicago with two daughters who love to shop.

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  7. Hello everyone, my name is Suzette White. I teach functional life skills (moderate and severely disabled students) at East Noble High School in Kendallville. I am also the speech coach. I am finishing my 8th year at this assignment. My classroom has 33 students and 7 staff and a co-teacher, so in addition to being a teacher I am also a supervisor and co-teacher. Always looking for ways to reinvigorate myself and motivate those around me.

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    1. Greetings from your neighbor DeKalb county educator. I teach in the GKB School district. Prior to my teaching degree, I worked as an aide in the high school functional skills class at Garrett. Never worked harder and loved my experience.

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    2. Sweet! What are you teaching now?

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  8. My name is Anthony Grater and I teach English and speech at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana. I coached wrestling for the first 16 years, but have retired from coaching for the last two years. I have also coached girls softball, football, academic bowl, and spell bowl. I am looking forward to our discussions.

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  9. Hi, All -

    I'm Catherine Trinkle, an English teacher at Avon High School. I will be co-hosting a summer book study of The Art of Slow Reading and Focus. More info here: http://www.catherinetrinkle.net/2014-summer-books-study. I love both of these professional books. Additionally, I am moderating a summer Instagram Book Club for Avon High School students. More info here: http://instagram.com/p/ot0zw4NSKh/. Book Clubs are great because we spend so much time learning alone that learning from others can be motivating and encouraging. I will also be teaching U.S. government for IOA this summer and taking a class this summer at BSU.

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    1. Catherine, I'm looking for ways to acquire more PD points this summer. Is your summer book study approved for PD points?

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    2. My son is taking IOA U.S. Government this summer! :)

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    3. Rochelle, let me find out! Wow. I had never thought of my being able to offer PGPs. I just became an Instructional Coach at Avon High School and doing PD for PGPs will be part of my job so I will find out and let you know.

      Tonja, the IOA government course looks great - very "doable." I've met all the government teachers and each one would be readily available and even eager to help your son. My daughter will be taking her first IOA class, and I am interested to learn how it works from a student's perspective.

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  10. My name is Rochelle Deulley and I teach English at Rensselaer Central High School. This is my first year teaching, and I have learned a lot this year! I plan on spending a lot of time this summer adjusting my curriculum.

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  11. Hello, I am Hannah Sitzman, and I am a teacher at Cedar Crest Intermediate School which is part of the Southeast Dubois School Corporation in the southwestern part of the state. I have just finished my seventh year as the special needs teacher at CCI, and next year I will be teaching as a sixth grade homeroom teacher in the areas of reading, language arts, and social studies. I am excited to read this book after reading some reviews!

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  12. Hi! My name is Kimberly Luke Scherer and I co-teach both Functional Life Skills (mod./severe disabilities) and gen. Ed. Students in a course called Learning Partners. I've taught all grade levels of FLS and even a year of Kindergarten for a total of 8 years in the East Noble School Corp. I always have too many ideas and enough time!

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    1. Hi Kimberly,
      I also teach a Functional Life Skills class. Glad to meet a new peer. I don't run across many of 'us'. I am familiar with East Noble because my cousins went to school there in the 90's and my uncle taught at Rome City.

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    2. I started my career at Rome City. I know what you mean, there aren't many of us, and the resources are few and far between.

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  13. Hi all! My name is Mary Clark. I teach Kindergarten for Moran Elementary school in Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. I love on line discussions, I recently completed my master's using BSU's on line program. I can't wait to start this book club.

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  14. Hi, my name is Emily Williams. I just finished up my third year of teaching. I teach 3rd grade at Elm Road Elementary in the Penn-Harris-Madison school district. I am looking forward to reading this book and learning something new. I hope you all have a great start to your summer!

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  15. My name is Rhonda Williams and teach first grade at Moran Elementary which is apart of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. I needed a summer book for school and this sounded like a good read!

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  16. Hi Everyone! My name is Tanya Mueller and I teach 7th grade science at Noblesville East Middle School. I have been teaching for 24 years, but feel like I am starting all over again as we move to 1 to 1 with iPads next year! I read chapter one and have already started thinking about those teachers I might turn to as mentors next year to help me deal with the challenges with all the changes. Our middle school is moving to another building this summer so we are all busy packing and grading as we end school this Thursday! I will be gone starting this Saturday and will be back on the 16th, so will not be able to post anything until then. I look forward to learning from from all of you!!

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    1. Hey Tanya! I hope your move is going well. I know the FC teachers were trying to get everything into boxes over the last week. Good Luck!

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    2. Hi Tanya! Have fun on your trip. I'm looking forward to staying connected with you over the summer here in the book club. 8-)

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  17. My name is Amy Neville. I teach Spanish at Crawfordsville High School. I have been teaching for 15 years, beginning as an ESL teacher for adults, then high school and some elementary. I also am a sponsor for the Student Council. I'm looking forward to reading and discussing with you!

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  18. Hello, all! My name is Katie Schaffner and I teach math at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. I have taught Geometry there for 10 years and have also taught Algebra I and II and will teach Pre-calculus this fall for the first time in over 10 years. I look forward to collaborating with all of you this summer!

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  19. Greetings! My name is Brenda Carey, and I am about to begin my twentieth year as an English teacher at Northfield Junior-Senior High School in Wabash. If my schedule remains unchanged, I'll be teaching eighth graders and freshmen. A colleague suggested I give eLearning Book Club Blog a try, so here I am!

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    1. Brenda, I'm glad that you are going to try to book club. This will be my third book and I always enjoy it.

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    2. Thanks for the invite, Cathy! Now I can combine one of my favorite things (reading) with one of my must-dos (PGPs). Awesome!

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  20. Hello! I'm Melissa Kikta. I am finishing up my 6th year teaching chemistry and 2 year as co-department chair for science at Noblesville High School.

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    1. Melissa, I've heard great things about Noblesville High School's science program! Kudos!

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  21. Hello! My name is Karianne Xolio and I am currently a long-term substitute for Merrillville School Corporation in Indiana. I am on my third maternity leave this school year. I've worked with first, second, and third grade, as well as a few weeks in fourth grade. I am aiming for a lead teaching position in the next school year. I am excited to be participating in my first book club and to learn new ideas to bring into the classroom!

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  22. Hello, my name is Julia Johns. I am currently working at the IDOE as an Alternative Education/Literacy Specialist. Prior to coming to the DOE, I taught HS English and Social Studies - in a traditional setting and online.

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  23. My name is Cathy Gohmann. I just finished my 26th year teaching English 10 and English 12 for MSD of Wabash County. This is my third book with the book club and it's always been interesting.

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  24. Hello, my name is Angie Loschiavo. I just finished my 17th year teaching middle school social studies for MSD of Wabash County.

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  25. My name is Cathy McFadden. I am a intervention teacher in the Monticello Central School District in New York State. I am currently teaching kindergarten to second grade. This is my first book club. I am co-president of the Sullivan Reading Council.

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    1. Hi Cathy, looking forward to joining you in the book club discussions!

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  26. Hello, my name is Brittany Morrison, and I am currently an 8th grade English teacher at Battle Ground Middle School. BGMS is part of Tippecanoe School Corporation. This fall will be my second year of teaching.

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  27. Greetings from Fort Wayne, IN. My name is Ede Marquissee, and I am an instructional coach at North Side High School in Fort Wayne Community Schools. I am looking forward to being a part of this book club and reading THRIVE this summer. It sounds like a fabulous book to share with teachers next year!

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    1. Hi Ede, we just got a transfer student from your school.

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  28. Hello. My name is Krisanne Roll, and I teach English 10 at Crawford County Jr Sr High School in southern Indiana. I am in my 16th year of teaching (with a 20 year maternity leave in the middle)!
    I look forward to being a member of the group. This is my first time in this book clue venue.

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    1. Do you remember me?!!! You were my speech teacher at Eastern High School! Tonja (Feist) Clary. You were an awesome teacher! :)

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  29. My name is Jennifer Martin and I am Director of Guidance at Salem High School. Before becoming a counselor, I taught social studies and English. I have worked in both public and private schools in Indiana and Kentucky. I am looking forward to this experience as well.

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    1. I grew up in Paoli, but my mother graduated from Salem and is part of THE Martin family in Washington County. Her grandmother was a part of the original 12 brothers/sisters whose descendants have the Thanksgiving Martin Reunion. I have found many activities that cover the state also have a cousin (or someone married to one) involved.

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  30. I am Jill Gilford and I teach Earth/Space Science and Biology at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello. We are still in school this week due to all the snow days, but on Friday I will have completed my 9th school year. I am looking forward to some new ideas and being reinvigorated!

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  31. My name is John Hebert and I am an 18 year member of the Social Studies Department at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. I teach AP and regular United States History. Looking forward to some great discussion this summer!

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  32. Hi, I'm Michelle Sparling, and I'll be starting my twentty-ninth year of teaching this school year. I teach English 9 and Current Events at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash, Indiana. This is my third book club. Since I like reading, and the assignments can be completed at my convenience, the eLearning Book Clubs are my favorite way of earning PGP points. Thank you for offering this book club again!

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  33. Hello! My name is Jodi McClure and I will be starting my twelfth year of teaching in the fall. I currently teach English 11 at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, IN. I enjoy collaborating online and am looking forward to some great discussion--this is my first eLearning Book Club and I am very excited!

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  34. Hello everyone. I'm Audrey Young. I just finished up my 9th year teaching mathematics (mainly Algebra 1 and Geometry). I will be teaching at Delta High School outside Muncie, IN next year. I enjoy doing these "online courses" and am excited to try this eLearning Book Club.

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    1. Glad to see another high school math teacher joining in. I teach geometry, too, and tutor algebra 1 and 2.

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  35. Hello! My name is Angie Johnson. I am the interventionist at Wainwright Middle School in Lafayette, IN. This is my first book club, and I'm looking forward to it!

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  36. Hell everyone! My name is Tom Stoner. I am currently the assistant principal and athletic director at Kouts MS/HS, but as of July 1 I will become the new principal at the same place. I look forward to learning with everyone.

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    1. "Hell everyone!"??? ROFL You're the best! So glad I'm learning with YOU!

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  37. Hello, my name is Sandra Doran. I teach 7th and 8th. Grade computer applications at Jennings County Middle school in North Vernon, IN. This is my first book club also.

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  38. Hi! My name is Cami Lain. I teach sixth grade reading at Tuttle Middle School....soon to be Crawfordsville Middle School (we are in the process of building a new school) in Crawfordsville, IN. I have been teaching in Crawfordsville for 13 years now. This is my first online book club....so I am a little new at this.

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  39. Hi , my name is Dennise Jordan. I teach AP World History, AP Economics, and US History at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, IN. I have been teaching for 8 years. This is my first book club.

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  40. Greetings from Garrett, Indiana. It's a beautiful sunshiny day! My name in Holly Wright and I am enjoying my first day of Summer Vacation! I am the literacy coordinator for JE Ober Elementary School with Garrett Keyser Butler Community School District. I am excited to read and take part in this kind of a book study (something new for me).

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    1. Excited to share in this book club with you and other Hoosier educators. Happy Reading!!

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  41. Welcome Educators!! I just purchased Thrive and will begin reading it this weekend. I look forward to participating in the blog to read of all your great ideas for the next school year. I miss the one-to-one dialogue about professional reading I used to enjoy at my school. As Superintendent, this will give me that one-to-one feel and keep me abreast of your work in the classroom. Let the reading begin! :)

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    1. Wonderful to have you joining all of us!!

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    2. I think it's very cool that you are participating in the book club with us! Thanks for taking the time to connect!

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    3. Great to have you reading along with us!!!!!

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  42. My name is Tasha Getts, and I am proud to represent the Northeast corner of the state in the Garrett Keyser Butler School Corporation. I am currently teaching in a multiage 3rd - 5th grade personalized learning Title 1 school with one-to-one K-12 anytime/anywhere technology. It's an exciting time for education in Indiana! I am looking forward to participating in this summer book club, learning from Meeno Rami, and dialoguing with fellow Hoosier educators.

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  43. Hi! I am Teresa Minton, and I teach kindergarten at Nativity Catholic School on the south side of Indianapolis! I am excited to take part in this book club.

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  44. Hello fellow book club members. I am Valree Kinch, principal at Converse Elementary. We are a K-2 building and part of the Oak Hill United School Corporation, located in Converse, IN (a small town between Marion and Kokomo). I have been in this position for ten years and a special education teacher and director prior to that. We are still finishing out the school year so here is hoping to a wonderful end to the school year and a nice start to a new book club. :)

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  45. Hello! I am Sarah Reed, and I teach 9th and 10th grade English at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, IN. I have been teaching for 4 years, all in Tippecanoe School Corporation. This is my first book club, so I am eager to discuss and learn!

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  46. Hi, my name is Michelle Brown. I teach at Beiriger Elementary School in Griffith, IN. I just finished teaching 3rd grade. Next year I will be teaching 2nd grade. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching and helping my students.

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    1. Glad that fellow Beiriger teachers are participating as well.

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  47. Happy summer, everyone! My name is Beth Bax, and I teach speech communication and theatre at Greencastle High School. So excited to be a part of this club

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    1. Hi Beth. My wife Shannon and I both reading also. Look forward to reading your posts.

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  48. Hi, my name is Quinn Selner. I teach a Functional Life Skills classroom for students with moderate and severe disabilities at Plymouth High School. In the past, I have been a junior high ED teacher, a junior high cross-categorical resource teacher, a government and economics summer school teacher, and a jr/sr high school principal. I am excited to get started with this book.

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  49. My name is Sara Redar. I currently teach 5th & 6th grade math and 6th grade Social Studies at Beiriger Elementary School in Griffith. In the past, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I just finished my 12th year of teaching.

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  50. Hello, my name is Jennifer Tait and I am a Business teacher and AVID Elective Teacher at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, IN. I teach Preparing for College and Careers and AVID 11 and 12 students. AVID stands for Advancement vis Independent Determination and is both a national and international college readiness system. I have taught for 20 years with a 17 year retirement in the middle to raise our three children. My passion is that every young adult who crosses my pathway will realize that earning a post-secondary degree is possible and that post-secondary does not always mean attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. I look forward to this book read.

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  51. Hello, my name is Stephanie Willmert. I currently work as a special education teacher at Southwood Jr/Sr High School in Wabash, IN. I just finished my first year teaching special education. My special education license is my second licence. My first is music. I taught music for two years, first in Hammond, IN, then in Portage, IN. When we moved back home to Wabash, I took a special education aide position and kept that position for four years while earning my special education license. Im looking forward to this book club and learning some new ways to help my teaching abilities. (Please pardon my lack of apostrophes where needed. The key on my keyboard stopped working.)

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  52. Hello, My name is Trisha Whicker and I teach 4th grade at Hoover Elementary School in Crawfordsville, IN. I have just finished my 13th year of teaching. I taught 3rd grade for 5 years, then stayed home with my kids for 10 years. Since I have been back to teaching, I have taught 5th grade, title one, and now I am teaching 4th, which I love!!!

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  53. My name is Gayle Mass. I teach math at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. This is my 16th year there, and I will be teaching honors geometry, AP Statistics, and Prob/Stats next year. I hope more stats teachers will join because I could use a good mentor in stats.

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  54. Hello Everyone! So great to see such a diverse group of dedicated educators. I'm Vic Chamness with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. I'm the Director of Science, Health, PE and Digital Resources. I'm looking forward to our shared discussions about "Thrive." I'm sure most of you know how to "Thrive" with technology through our Indiana Summer of eLearning. Check it out if you haven't already: http://goo.gl/cBr4Gy

    Our eLearning Conference in Evansville "thrived" with over 850 participants last year. Check out our event this year at: http://evscicats.com/erevolution/

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  55. My name is Gina Ames. I am a 3rd grade teacher at Tzouanakis Intermediate School in Greencastle. I have loved my nine years in 4th grade, but look forward to the opportunity to work with our 3rd grade team and students.

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  56. Hi, I'm Jody Vanderwielen. I teach 7th grade at Klondike Middle School in West Lafayette, IN. I will have been teaching 21 years this fall! I look forward to reading and discussing this text.

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  57. Hello fellow educators. My name is Jenn Meyer. I will be teaching 6th and 7th grade English at Crawfordsville Middle School next year. This will be my first year teaching. I recently graduated from Ball State University where I effectively taught in many diverse settings. I've taught 10th and 12th grade AP English Literature at Yorktown High School, 7th grade English at Northside Middle School, and 8th grade English at Selma Middle School. I am constantly looking for new opportunities to better my practices within the classroom. I am excited to embark on this eLearning experience.

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    1. Congrats on the new job Jen! You're going to love working at Crawfordsville Middle School!

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    2. Hi Jenn! I am excited that you are going to be one of my teaching partners! You will love the staff-especially in our bran new school!

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  59. Greetings from Crawfordsville Middle School! My name is Donna Wilson and I am celebrating my 16th anniversary as a school guidance counselor. I work with an amazing group of students and educators! Prior to teaching and counseling, I worked for 15 years as a child abuse and neglect investigator, a medical social worker and a juvenile probation officer. Recently, I taught Introduction to School Counseling and Student Services at Purdue University and I hope to teach more night courses in the future. I'm really excited about finding new ways to enrich my teaching.

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  60. Hi, my name is Denise Ecker. I teach at Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, IN. My school is part of the Plymouth Community School Corporation. I teach 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

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  61. Good morning! My name is Beth Buss and I am a special education teacher grades 6-8 at Klondike Middle School. I currently co-teach 6 & 8th grade math and teach 6, 7, & 8th grade math labs.

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  62. My name is Kim Johnson. I teach in an alternative program called Middle Academy North for the Tippecanoe School Corporation. I am housed at Battle Ground Middle School in West Lafayette. I teach Science, Math, Social Studies, and English to 7th graders in a relatively self-contained classroom.

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  63. Hello everyone! My name is Jody Stakeman and I have just completed my 13th year of teaching. I have taught in several locations across the state including: Indianapolis, Marion, Peru, and lastly Wabash. This fall I will be starting my 4th year as a special education teacher at Southwood HIgh School. I currently teach Life Skills Reading and I am an inclusion teacher with some of the ladies in this group: Tammy Farlow, Cathy Gohmann, and Michelle Sparling. This is my first eLearning Book club and I am excited to get it started!

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  64. Hi! My name is Lauren Klemme and I just completed my 4th year of teaching after previously working as an actuary for 6 years. I teach math (mostly geometry) at Harrison High School in West Lafayette. I don't get a chance to read during the school year, so I am looking forward to actually cracking open a book this summer!!

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  65. Hi! My name is Deanna Cunningham and I have been most recently employed as a Leveled Literacy Intervention Paraprofessional at North Webster Elementary in the Wawasee School Corporation. I am searching for my permanent home. I am excited for this opportunity to collaborate and grow this summer.

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  66. Hello! My name is Jocelyn MacLaverty, and I teach 5th grade at Hershey Elementary in Lafayette, Indiana. I just finished my sixth year of teaching, all of which have been in Tippecanoe School Corporation. This is my first time participating in a professional book club, and I am looking forward to this eLearning experience!

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  67. Hello! My name is Laura Bolinger. I teach at East Noble High School in Kendallville, IN. I am finishing up my 11th year of teaching. I teach within our Life Skills (non-diploma) program. These classes include mostly low SLD, Mi, and high Mo students. I specifically teach Life Skills math, nutrition and wellness, hospitality, and a variety of elective classes.

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  68. My name is Tami Haas and I am a 6th ELA teacher at Crawfordsville MS. I have been teaching 17 years and I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching. Excited to share in learning with everyone.

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  69. I'm Kara Eberhard. I taught Title 1 Interventions at Hose Elementary, a K-1st Grade school in Crawfordsville, IN.

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    1. Hi! I teach first grade at Moran Elementary/PHM and am curious to know what interventions you are using for your Title 1 students? I'm not seeing the growth I would like to see in these struggling readers.

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  70. Hi ~ I'm Pam Rausch. This is my 23rd year teaching with Logansport Community Schools. I currently work with students with Intense Needs in Special Education at Lincoln Middle School. I am looking forward to reading the book and participating in the discussions this summer!

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  71. I'm Julie Fregien. I teach math at Merrillville High School.

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  72. I'm Shelly Buck & I teach math at Klondike Middle School in West Lafayette, IN. I teach 7th grade & 8th grade (Pre-Algebra & Algebra).

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  73. Hello Fellow Readers! I'm Shelley Coover and work for Noblesville Schools as a Technology Instructional Coach. We have two middle schools in the district and I split my time between both. Next fall, we will implement 1:1 iPads so the past year has been spent focusing our PD on the teachers and building capacity. This will be a busy summer with the rollout of this initiative, but I am very excited about the journey. I'm looking forward to reading this book and making connections with all of you.

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    1. Would love to talk with you about what your role is as the Technology Instructional coach. Our corp. just started me in this position last year and I am learning as I go...

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  74. Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Hudson and I teach middle school science at Tuttle Middle School, soon to be Crawfordsville Middle School. Hello to all my Montgomery County colleagues!... and of course Coach Hudson :-)

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  75. Hello fellow readers, educators, learner!! My name is Liz Chatwell. I teach English 10 & 12 and AP English Lit at Kouts High School in Kouts, IN. Kouts is 10 minutes south of Valparaiso. You'll find me at the Dunes with my book in hand!!!

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  76. Hello all! I am Linda Carrico. I teach at McCutcheon High School! Hello Dennise!! I am a special education teacher. I taught Algebra I last year and I will be teaching English 9 and digital citizenship this coming year.

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  77. Hi! I'm Christelle Middendorf from Central Elementary School in Lawrenceburg. I teach 4th grade and just finished my 29th year of teaching.

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  78. I am so excited by the number of people who have jumped right into the book club this week. It is great to see so many people already making connections! I'm looking forward to wonderful conversations this summer.

    I should take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Meri Carnahan and I am an eLearning Resource Specialist with the Department of Ed. I work on a variety of different projects, but my two main ones are this book club (this is our 8th book club) and the monthly (or more often) webinars as part of the 21st Century Learning Lab. A few of you mentioned wanting other opportunities to get PGPs. Please consider joining us at a Summer of eLearning conference (http://www.doe.in.gov/elearning/2014-summer-elearning). These conferences are a great opportunity to network with other educators and get some phenomenal PD for a very low cost while staying close to home.

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    1. I'm looking forward to going to Danville's "Conference on a Couch." It is close to home but I would have chosen this one to attend just because of the name. I am eager to find out about that couch!

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  79. My name is Tonja Clary. I taught 1st grade this year for Westfield Washington Schools. I have taught for 11 years. I have taught 1st and 4th grade.

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  80. My name is Gail Zmierski and I am the PE teacher for Longfellow Elementary School in the Lake Ridge School District. Reading has always been a hobby of mine and I look forward to sharing ideas.

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  81. Hi, I'm Deb Snyder. This is my 25th year of teaching with Prairie Heights Community schools. Just last year, I began teaching 1st and 4th grade high ability math students, kindergarten Title 1 students, and coaching fellow teachers in using technology.
    I joined the book club because I love to read and was intrigued by the book's title.

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  82. My name is Chris Cahee. I just finished my eighth year with Tippecanoe School Corporation, teaching junior and senior English at Harrison High School. I'm looking forward to my first online book club.

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  83. Hi everyone. My name is Suzanne Furgye. I am a Title 1 teacher and the literacy coach at Hoover Elementary in Crawfordsville, Indiana. I am excited to join my first eLearning blog and look forward to learning from all of you.

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  84. Hello, My name is Jenna McGivney. I am a 8th grade/ High School Earth science teacher at Southwood Jr/Sr High School in Wabash, IN. This is the first book club I have ever been apart of.

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  85. My name is Kristen Durst. I am a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Noblesville West Middle School. I just finished my 13th year of teaching. I am excited to start collaborating!

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  86. Hello! I am Rebecca Ippel, and I just finished up my 6th year teaching at Plymouth High School. I teach ENL. Book studies are my favorite ways to earn PGPs, and this one looks interesting. :)

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  87. Hi Everyone.
    I had posted earlier but now I can't find me! So, I am posting again. My name is Rhonda von Werder and I teach Spanish at McCutcheon HS in Lafayette. I was the third MHS teacher to sign up after Dan and Tony. Looks like we have a bunch of us now. Great to be involved in a PD like this.

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  88. Hi everyone!! My name is Sabrina Murphy. I am a high school English teacher at Clinton Central High School outside of Frankfort. I teach English to all grades 9-12, and I also teach Etymology. I am super excited to be a part of this book club and absorb all there is to take away from interacting with other teachers!

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  89. Hello! My name is Cheryl McLean. I teach Chemistry and Physics at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette. This spring completes my sixteenth year teaching, and much of my experience has been with Advanced Placement Courses. I won this book on the first day of our corporation's technology training and learned about this book club on the second day. I am happy to join the group and look forward to our discussions.

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  90. Hi! My name is April Pickett and I am currently a K-5 media specialist in Muncie Community Schools. This is the first time I have participated in the elearning book club and I am very excited! We are still in school through next week, feel free to take pity on me!

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    1. Is it because of snow days? We had 9 to make up. We managed to get 6 regular days in and then we did 3 elearning days . It was interesting and now that we are out of school I'm super happy we did it. Hope your last days go fast!

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  91. Hi, my name is Debbie Galley and I am a K-5 Instructional Coach in Monticello Central Schools in New York State. My first eLearning book club--looking forward to new discoveries and big ideas.

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    1. This is very cool to have you participating from New York! How did you find this opportunity? Twitter?

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  92. Hello! My name is Julie Myers and I teach fourth graders at Eastview Elementary in Connersville. I have participated in other book clubs and I am looking forward to this one!

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  93. Hi. I am Lisa Kloc. I work for South Gibson School Corporation as a physical therapist and AT resource person (no official title) ...I cover all three School Corporations in Gibson County. This is my first book club.

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    1. P.S. It has taken me several tries to figure out how to sign up and post...I probably shouldn't admit that ��

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    2. I'm glad to hear that someone else had difficulty!! I had technical difficulties with my new school computer, so I am relying on my old home computer :-)

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  94. HI, I am Debbie Misecko. I am the principal at Memorial Elementary in Valparaiso. This is my first time participating in the eLearning Book Club. I am looking forward to learning from everyone.

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  95. Hello! My name is Lydia Reardon. I am a Special Education teacher at Wea Ridge Elementary School in Lafayette, Indiana. I just finished my first year of teaching and I am very excited to prep for the upcoming school year. I have learned so much from my experiences, students, team, colleagues, and corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation. Recently, they held a technology conference for all teachers. I was very excited to learn all the ways I could further my education over the summer. This will be my first eLearning experience! I can't wait to share this with other colleagues.

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  96. Hello! My name is Lydia Reardon. I am a Special Education teacher at Wea Ridge Elementary School in Lafayette, Indiana. I just finished my first year of teaching and I am very excited to prep for the upcoming school year. I have learned so much from my experiences, students, team, colleagues, and corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation. Recently, they held a technology conference for all teachers. I was very excited to learn all the ways I could further my education over the summer. This will be my first eLearning experience! I can't wait to share this with other colleagues

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    1. Sorry! It accidentally posted twice. I thought I deleted the one with my maiden name but it looks like it didn't! Technology sometimes! Probably some human error in there as well! Please disregard the first post.

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    2. No worries, Lydia. Welcome to the book club!

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  97. My name is Beth Zeh. I teach English 9 and 10 at William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette. Harrison is also part of Tippecanoe School Corporation.

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  98. Hello! My name is Tara Ulmer, and I'm an AP World, World History, and 7th grade S.S. teacher at Southwood Jr-Sr High School. I just finished my 4th year of teaching in the states. Before returning to northeast Indiana, I taught English as a foreign language in Romania as a Peace Corps volunteer. Looking forward to digging into this book study together!

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  99. It's great to see several familiar names on here, as well as many new ones. I am a media specialist in Warren Township (east side of Indy-where are the other Indpls people?) I taught science for 23 years, and this will be yr 14 in the library. Looking forward to a great summer of learning, starting with Center Grove this Tues. I've participated in several previous chats.

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  100. Hello All! My name is Lisa Fisher, and I am a literacy coach/Title 1 intervention teacher at Nicholson Elementary in Crawfordsville. I look forward to reading and collaborating with you!

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  101. Hi! I'm Nancy Buckles, a Title 1 reading interventionist and literacy coach at Hose Elementary, a K-1 building in Crawfordsville. It is great to see so many friends and wonderful educators here!

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  102. Hello everyone! I'm a bit behind as I was travelling last week and didn't have access to anything but my smart phone. Unfortunately the interface would let me type a comment but refused to post! At any rate, I'm Emily Ohland and I'm a middle school music teacher in the Tippecanoe County School Corporation. I've just transferred from Battle Ground Middle where I was teaching part-time General Music to Wea Ridge Middle where I'll be teaching 6th grade choir and 6th and 7th grade General Music full time. This will be my third year back in the classroom after a long hiatus in which I raised our children while they were small, taught private voice lessons and ran a paint-your-own pottery studio for a time. I'm looking forward to this read as I prepare for my new adventures this year!

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  103. Hi! My name is Kelly Schroering! I am fifth grade teacher at Cedar Crest Intermediate School. I teach math, science, social studies, and PE. I just completed my first year in the classroom. I am looking forward to learning and growing with all of you!

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  104. Hello! My name is Jodi Gleason. I teach 10th and 11th grade English and Speech at Salem High School in Salem, Indiana. I just finished my 6th year with Salem and my 8th year of teaching.

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  105. Hi all. My name is Melissa Pancake and I am the assistant principal at Clark Middle School in the Vincennes Community School Corporation. I am excited to collaborate and participate in this book study.

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  106. Hello! My name is Janet Miller and I am a special education LRE facilitator for NISEC at Hanover Central MIddle School in Cedar Lake. I'm looking forward to participating in the disucussion on this book.

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  107. Hello! My name is Darlene Derifield and I am the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Lincoln Jr. High which is part of the Plymouth Community School Corporation. I am excited to read Thrive and to collaborate with other professionals around the state!

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  108. Hello, especially my TSC colleagues! My name is Heather Brooks and I teach secondary English, currently at Southwestern Middle School in Lafayette, IN. I have been teaching for 15 years and welcome this collaborative opportunity!

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  109. I'm a little late to the party...been moving, working on a tech presentation, and teaching summer school...
    My name is Crystal Mart. I am a secondary instruction coach (though, I prefer to think of myself as a liaison) with Tippecanoe School Corporation near Lafayette, Indiana. I work with teachers in 6 middle schools and 2 high schools. I was a social studies teacher at East Tipp Middle School for 13 years and have one year down as a coach.

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  110. Hello, my name is Sharon Abts. I am the principal of Eastern Greene Elementary School in the beautiful rolling hill of south-central IN. EGES is preschool-4th grade with approximately 500 students.

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  111. Hello. My name is Reena Markstahler. I just completed my 15th year teaching, the past 11 years at Southwood HS. I teach biology and anatomy. i join several other teachers from Southwood in this book club.

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  112. Hello, my name is Delcia Mendez. I am Spanish and Language Arts teacher at Bishop Chatard High School in Indiana. I will be starting my 4th year of teaching Secondary School.

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    1. Hi, Delcia!
      I wanted to make sure you read Catherine Trinkle's ( C.Trinkle's ) post on June 9 in week 2. Susie Highley replied to it with two links for Ditch That Textbook. The book itself was written by a Spanish teacher and I think you will enjoy what he did and many of his examples. I'm going to try his plan for my classes this year, too, but will need to be more creative for math since I can't use his specific Spanish ideas. :) Let me know what you think.

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  113. Hello. I'm Dianne McKenzie and I teach 6th grade ELA in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, completing my 13 year at Klondike Middle School. Although I'm a little late signing in, I'm looking forward to reading the selected text and collaborating with you.

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  114. Hello, my name is Connie Painter and I am late signing up! I did get the book today!! I teach Kindergarten at Hershey Elementary in the Tippecanoe School Corporation!! I hope it isn't too late but I am excited to read this book!

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  115. A little late, please forgive. My name is Jodi Pflaumer (pronounced 'Plummer'), and I teach at Southwestern Elementary in Hanover, Indiana. I just completed my 18th year in 3rd grade. One day, maybe I'll graduate to 4th or 5th?

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  116. I am Carol Warner and I teach at McCutcheon High School

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  117. I am a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at McCutcheon. I have been there for 7 years, 2 years at Benton Central, 9 years at Franklin Heights in Columbus, Ohio, 2 years at OSU, and 2 years in Monticello, New York. I am enjoying this book.

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  118. Sherry Gick - former Teacher-Librarian now with the newly improved job title/description: Library & Instructional Technology Specialist for Rossville Consolidated Schools, K-12. My role is supervising the elementary and middle/high school library as well as helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.

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  119. Cindy Pierce Middle Alternative Program teacher at Crawfordsville Middle School. I have been reading the book and am anxious to get in on the discussion but I am not a blogger!!! I guess everyone has to start somewhere! I am very excited about starting school in our new building in the fall but I am always looking for new ways to "step up" my enthusiasm for teaching! I enjoy this book and am looking forward to sharing ideas!

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  120. Hello! Constancia Wendt here, high school Spanish teacher in Plymouth. This book is the second on my summer reading list, and I'll be reading it while on vacation!

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  121. Hello and sorry to be late on these first few posts as I just learned of the book club and wanted to join. My name is Heather Friday and I work for Duneland School Corporation as a remediation aide for now, but I am hoping and planning for my position to become more as I am a licensed teacher. I have worked in both public and private schools and my job now is by far the most enjoyable. This first chapter really made me think about all the people I've be lucky enough to observe, learn, and grow from. I am the type of person that is very social and I seek mentoring relationships all the time by accident in my quest for approval and acceptance. What is interesting to me is that even negative models have been plus to me as they have helped me mold my own ideas and grow into the type of educator I want, leaving out their undesirable qualities. I so enjoy all of my different experiences for they have guided me and taught me how to take and learn from others and to never stop doing so.

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  122. Hello. I am a technology coach/mentor for the School Town of Munster. I thought that I had posted my introduction back in June, but it is obvious that I posted it somewhere other than where it should be. To fail performing such a simple task as posting a blog is a humbling reminder to me. Currently we have many teachers enrolled in a Five-Star Academy course. Most of these teachers have created a blog for the first time and some needed help. When we get together in August, we plan on sharing/celebrating what we have learned and worked on over the summer. I will share that I too had a problem posting to a blog!

    I have been a technology mentor since 2000. I love my job and the students, teachers, administrators, and staff I work with. Being in this position for this time frame has enabled me to see the progression and growth of technology use in a learning community. Connecting with other educators throughout the state through a summer book club really is priceless because of the interaction with other educators.

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  123. Hello. My name is Kelli and I'll be teaching 2nd grade in the fall. I've been home for 10 yrs. with my kids so I'm looking forward to getting back in the game!!

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  124. Hi. My name is Rosa and I am introducing myself again, as it seems my first post did not save. I have been teaching Family and Consumer Science for many years. I participated in the winter E-Learning Book Club and enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to reading "Thrive".

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  125. Hello!
    I am late logging in but have been reading the book. I am a teacher of Multi-Disabilities at Southwestern Jefferson County Middle/High School in Hanover. This is the first time I have participated in the Learning Book Club and look forward to the experience. I will be adding my posts frantically to cover the last 4 chapters!!!!!!!!!!

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  126. Grr. None of my comments posted. I figured it out. Now to repost everything. I teach 7/8 grade Read 180. I have also taught alt ed. I have never blogged before

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you've had problems with the blog, but glad to have you as a part of the conversation.

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