Dear Freelancer: Have Multiple Sources of Income || Querido Independiente: Ten Diferentes Fuentes de Ingresos

Dear Freelancer: Have Multiple Sources of Income || Querido Independiente: Ten Diferentes Fuentes de Ingresos

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(English)

Hello and happy Thursday. This is another installment of my “Dear Freelancer” series, and I think today’s topic is the most important because it is one people often don’t consider. You see, traditionally-employed people usually rely on one salary because that is supposed to be enough to cover all expenses. Of course, there are exceptions when a person needs to take another job in order to make ends meet.

The same happens with freelancers: one gig, as successful as it is, might not generate enough income, at least not when compared to a monthly salary in a company. Now, you can find many different sources of income. I know I always use online teaching platforms as examples because there are many out there and people working in them seem super happy about their jobs. Online teachers often work for more than one company at a time, which means that they are getting money from different sources.

An option that you might consider as well is selling some type of product or service online. I have had a Teachers Pay Teachers account for years, and even while working at a school I would create products and sell them there. Granted, I don’t think I could ever make TpT my full-time job, but it is a good source for additional income.

Do you know of any other alternatives for additional income that can supplement a freelancer? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

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(Español)

Hola y feliz jueves. Este es otro capítulo de mi serie “Querido Independiente,” y creo que el tema de hoy es el más importante porque es uno que las personas con frecuencia no tienen en cuenta. Las personas que están empleadas de manera tradicional con frecuencia se apoyan de un salario porque se supone que eso es suficiente para cubrir todos sus gastos. Claro, hay excepciones en las que una persona necesita de otro trabajo para que la plata les rinda hasta fin de mes.

Lo mismo pasa con las personas independientes: un trabajo, así sea muy exitoso, probablemente no generará suficientes ingresos, por lo menos no cuando se compara con un salario mensual en una empresa. Ahora, puedes encontrar muchas fuentes diferentes de ingresos. Yo sé que siempre utilizo las plataformas de enseñanza en línea como ejemplos porque hay muchas y las personas que trabajan en ellas parecen estar muy felices con sus trabajos. Los profesores virtuales con frecuencia trabajan en más de una compañía a la vez, lo que significa que están recibiendo plata de diferentes fuentes.

Una opción que puedes considerar también es vender algún tipo de producto o servicio en línea. Yo he tenido una cuenta de Teachers Pay Teachers desde hace años, y aún mientras trabajaba en un colegio, creaba productos y los vendía ahí. Claro, no creo que podría hacer de TpT mi trabajo de tiempo completo, pero es una buena fuente de ingresos adicionales.

¿Sabes de alternativas de fuentes adicionales de ingresos que puedan suplementar a una persona independiente? Cuéntame en los comentarios.

¡Feliz jueves!

Con amor, Miss Camila

I’m Too Old For This || Estoy Muy Vieja Para Esto

I’m Too Old For This || Estoy Muy Vieja Para Esto

(English)

Hello and happy Wednesday. My name is Camila, I’m in my mid-twenties and most of the books I read feature teenagers. The more I read these novels, the more convinced I am that I outgrew them. I know about all the tropes and I can’t stand most of them. I’m over the fluff and the miscommunication and the unnecessary drama, and after reading The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski I have the feeling that I’m just too old for YA.

I read this novel between October 5th and October 6th, 2019 and gave it two stars. Right off the bat, I got the feeling that the author was an older woman trying too hard to sound like a teenager. I then looked at the author’s Goodreads profile and confirmed my suspicion. The chapters start with a quote, which is interesting because that often gives readers an idea of what’s going to happen, right? In this case, though, the quotes belonged to an essay written by the main character about animal mating patterns, which was very odd.

This is one of those stories that you can figure out entirely by reading the first page, and I know that sometimes we as readers need something like that, easy, predictable, quick. If you’re looking for a diverse read, look elsewhere because this is straight and white as can be. Additionally, if what you want is an original story, something you’ve never read before, this isn’t it. Like I said, it’s tropey, it’s predictable, and it’s also very stereotypical. Let’s just say that the author didn’t take any risks whatsoever regarding this plot.

The love interest is introduced in the very first paragraph, and it is not hard to gather that he is a tourist in the town where our main character lives and that there was some history there. Now, by history, I mean a kiss and maybe sex although that’s never told explicitly. The two characters had a “moment” right before a storm and then they got separated and didn’t hear about each other until the following summer. We all know that this “not knowing about each other” means we’re going to have a miscommunication trope, which I really don’t like because it’s plain dumb in this day and age when we have so many different means to stay in touch. I also don’t like the “getting back together with an ex” trope, so you see now why this book was definitely not for me.

As if this couldn’t be any more tropey, the main character, whose name is Lucy (I think), has a boyfriend. But don’t you worry, she’s quick to tell everyone who can hear that she only loves him as a friend and that she feels nothing romantic for him. Still, we have this dumb and completely unnecessary love triangle. Like I said, I’m in my mid-twenties, I’ve read my fair share of trashy YA, and this is the cherry on top. However, if you’re a young-ish teenager, like fifteen or so, and you’re just getting into young adult, you might like this book. The only plus side I see is that it’s a very quick read, so at least you won’t invest a lot of your time on it.

I’m not saying I would recommend this book, I’m saying someone else might like it. The reason why I wouldn’t recommend it is that there are male chauvinist comments about “girlish figures” that just made me gag. On top of that, there was a comment along the lines of “you’re not fat, you’re gorgeous,” and we all know why I think that is wrong. Some people are able to read stuff like that and not be bothered by it. I’m clearly not one of those people. Finally, because I’m old and bitter I must say that this novel needs some serious editing. There were so many grammar errors that you would’ve thought this was self-published.

Do you have any suggestions of YA summer books that I might like? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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(Español)

Hola y feliz miércoles. Mi nombre es Camila, tengo vientiséis años y la mayoría de libros que leo son acerca de adolescentes. Entre más leo estas novelas, más me convenzo de que estoy muy vieja para ellas. Ya sé todo acerca de los conflictos y no me soporto a la mayoría de ellos. Ya superé toda la suavidad y la falta de comunicación y el drama innecesario, y después de leer The Summer After You and Me bde Jennifer Salvato Doktorski tengo la sensación de que simplemente estoy muy vieja para leer libros de adultos jóvenes.

Leí esta novela entre el 5 de octubre y el 6 de octubre de 2019 y le di dos estrellas. Desde el comienzo, me dio la sensación de que la autora era una mujer mayor haciendo un gran esfuerzo por sonar como adolescente. Luego miré el perfil de la autora en Goodreads y confirmé mi sospecha. Los capítulos comienzan con una cita, lo que es interesante porque eso normalmente le da a los lectores una idea de qué va a pasar, ¿verdad? En este caso, sin embargo, las citas pertenecían a un ensayo escrito por la protagonista sobre los patrones de apareamiento de animales, que era muy raro.

Esta es una de esas histories que uno puede descifrar por complete leyendo la primera página, y yo sé que a veces quienes leemos necesitamos algo así, fácil, predecible, rápido. Si buscas diversidad en tus libros, mira en otra parts porque esto es lo más heterosexual y lo más blanco possible. Adicionalmente, si lo que quieres es una historia original, algo que nunca has leído antes, esto no lo es. Como dije, está lleno de clichés, es predecible y también es muy estereotípico. Digamos que la Aurora no asumió ningún riesgo con respect a esta trama.

El interés romántico se introduce en el primer párrafo, y no es difícil entender que él es un turista en el pueblo donde nuestra protagonista vive y que hubo algún tipo de historia ahí. Ahora, por “historia” quiero decir un beso y de pronto sexo aunque esto no see dice de manera explícita. Los dos personajes tienen un “momento” justo antes de una tormenta y luego fueron separados y no oyeron hablar del otro hasta el verano siguiente. Todos sabemos que esto de “no saber acerca del otro” significa que vamos a tener un problema de comunicación, y eso realmente no me gusta porque es tonto en esta época cuando tenemos tantos medios para estar en contacto. Tampoco me gusta la trama de juntarse con un ex, entonces ya ven por qué este libro definitivamente no era para mí.

Si esto no pudiera ser más cliché, la protagonista, que see llama Lucy (creo), tiene novio. Pero no se preocupen, ella le dice a todo el mundo que ella solamente lo ama como amigo y que no siente nada romántico hacia él. Igual, tenemos este triángulo amoroso tonto y totalmente innecesario. Como dije, tengo ventiséis años, he leído una buena cantidad de libros para jóvenes que son basura, y esta es la cereza en el pastel. Sin embargo, si eres un adolescente joven, si tienes quince años más o menos y apenas estás comenzando a leer libros para adults jóvenes, este libero te puede guitar. El único lado positive que veo es que es muy rápido de leer, entonces por lo menos no vas a tener que invertir mucho tiempo en él.

No estoy diciendo que recomendaría este libro, estoy diciendo que a alguien más podría gustarle. La razón por la que no lo recomendaría es que hay comentarios machistas sobre “figuras femeninas” que me hicieron querer vomitar. Encima de eso, hubo un comentario del tipo “no eres gorda, eres hermosa” y todos sabemos por qué yo creo que eso está mal. Algunas personas son capaces de leer algo así y no molestarse por eso. Yo claramente no soy una de esas personas. Finalmente, porque soy vieja y amargada debo decir que esta novela necesita un serio trabajo de edición. Hubo tantos errores gramaticales que alguien habría podido pensar que esto fue publicado independientmente.

¿Tienen sugerencias de libros para jóvenes que podrían gustarme? Cuéntenme en los comentarios.

¡Feliz lectura!

Con amor, Miss Camila

August 2019 Kawaii Box

August 2019 Kawaii Box

Hello and happy Sunday. Scheduling posts in advance, or even planning to write something with months of anticipation is funny because I always want to say “it’s been a while since I’ve done this” but you’re probably still getting those posts consistently because I wrote them a while before. Anyway, this is a Kawaii Box unboxing and I am always excited to make these, especially since my subscription is over and I will not be unsubscribing. I am a teacher, so most of the items I get, go directly to my classroom because I used to have a “market” every month and my kids could get rewards in exchange of sticker points they earned. I’m clarifying because you might be wondering why I get this box only to leave everything in my classroom.

Kawaii Desserts Erasers

I don’t know why but I love erasers that don’t look like erasers. At some point, I had a chocolate-bar-shaped one, a carrot-shaped one, and yes, I felt very tempted to keep this cute dessert plate with candy-shaped erasers for myself, but I thought my students would enjoy them more.

Nekoni Mini Puffy Stickers

I can’t see clearly which stickers these are, so I don’t know whether they went into my classroom or I kept them for myself. I like having these stickers too, even though nine times out of ten they go to my students.

Mystery Kawaii Snack 

These were matcha/powder milk snacks and let me tell you, the texture is pretty weird. I would advice to get a glass of water or milk or something with these because they’re powdery. I’m not a huge fan of matcha but these were alright.

Shimmery Mt Fuji Pen and Donut Bunny Pen

These pens are the cutest and the ink is amazing. I already have many, so I decided to leave them for my students, even though they’re still in elementary and don’t use pens yet.

Lollipop Highlighter Set

This was the first thing that one of my students got when I did the “market” thing. That is, this set of lollipop-shaped highlighters was the first thing that went, and honestly, had I been a student, these too would have been my first choice.

Shibanban Sticky Notes

In hindsight, I should’ve kept these to myself because I’m running out of ones and I never get around to buying sticky notes. I am sure one of my students is probably enjoying them now.

Fluffy Bunny Dancing Ears Hat

I’ve never worn this and I probably never will, but I’m keeping this just in case in the drawer where I have all sorts of accessories. What if one day I decide to dress up like a bunny for a lesson?

School Girl Aiko Notebook

In my class last school year I had three boys and one girl. The girl got this notebook. She always waited to have enough points to get the “big” items.

Which of these items was your favorite and why? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Teacher Morning Routine

Teacher Morning Routine

Using Visible thinking Routines

Hello and happy Saturday. I will soon start my fifth year as a teacher and I feel like I’m at a place where I can share with other teachers who are probably starting out or even people who aren’t teachers yet but would like to be. I will always be real with you, okay? Today I’ll start by sharing my morning routine for most of the 2019-2020 school year, to give you an idea of how my schooldays usually start. Since mid-March, we were all sent home, so the routine totally changed. If you want a version of that, let me know in the comments below.

First and foremost, hi, my name is Camila and during the 2019-2020 school year, I taught at a school outside of Bogotá, Colombia. I live in Bogotá, so the journey lasted about an hour and a half or so. I also took the school bus, which I had to pay for, but that’s another story. My stop was actually not very close to my house and my dad took me there in his car because walking before sunrise wouldn’t have been a good idea. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get started with the routine.

4:50am I woke up, either with my alarm or by myself. I got up immediately after waking up because I’ve always been a morning person even if 4:50am should still be considered nighttime. I would then go downstairs to have breakfast.

5:05am After breakfast, I brushed my teeth and took a shower. I don’t like having breakfast before showering, but I had to because my bathroom, which is downstairs, shares the same water heater or whatever, as my brother’s bathroom upstairs, so I was having breakfast while he showered and vice-versa.

5:15am I would go back to my room upstairs, get dressed, and apply my makeup. I’d get everything ready the night before so that I didn’t waste any time. My makeup looks weren’t super elaborate and consisted mostly of matte eyeshadows, washes of color, and nude lipgloss.

5:35am My dad, my brother and I left for the bus stop. My dad would leave my brother first at his so that he could go to university and then he’d leave me at mine.

I’m sharing this routine with you because I want to give you a reference point as to what your mornings can look like. Of course, each person is unique and they have different lifestyles. What is your morning routine? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Prairie Fever

NetGalley Reads: Prairie Fever

NetGalley (2).pngBefore you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

NOTE: Hi, this is not the full review of the book, but more of a “my thoughts so far” kind of post. I will be updating this when I finish reading the book. Thank you and happy reading.

Hello again. Long time no see. Thank the Camila of the past for agreeing to write two reviews as part of blog tours on the same day. This book I’m going to talk about is Prairie Fever by Michael Parker, and I’d like to thank the author and Algonquin Books for inviting me to read and review it.

I started reading this book on June 22nd, and after a page, I put it down and kept reading other books because I wasn’t really interested in this one. I gave it another chance, though and I’ve been making some progress. I will say that this is not the type of book I can read in one sitting or spend hours reading. I need my breaks with this one. It is historical fiction and it features two sisters, Lorena and Elise, although it centers mostly on Elise. They are seventeen and fifteen years old, respectively and they live in what seems like the countryside and are farmers.

So far I’m not sure if there’s a point to this book, like something will happen that will make an impact on the characters’ lives. For now, it’s more like a slice-of-life kind of story. We read about the main characters going to school and the conversations they have, but not much. Prairie fever is a euphemism for typhoid fever, so maybe one of the characters gets sick. Oh, did I mention this is historical fiction?

Does this story sound appealing to you? What do you think is going to happen? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: In the Role of Brie Hutchens

NetGalley Reads: In the Role of Brie Hutchens

NetGalley (1).pngBefore you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

Hello and happy Friday. I woke up early today after a very bad night, did my makeup inspired by the bisexual flag and now I’m here to tell you about a book you need to read, especially if you’re looking to read more queer books. I’m talking about In The Role of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby, which was sent to me by Algonquin Books as part of a blog tour. I’d like to thank them, the author, and NetGalley for this opportunity.

I read this book between June 19th and June 22nd, 2020, and gave it four stars, but it’s more like a 4.5 rating. At the beginning of every chapter, we get these headers which are sort of like commentary in soap opera scenes. This makes sense as one progresses with the reading because Brie, the main character is obsessed with soap operas and wants to become an actress. She is thirteen years old and about to graduate middle school (is that even a thing?) and she wants to go to a performing arts high school, but her family is struggling with money, so Brie is not sure whether she could attend if she gets admitted.

There are many things I like about this novel, and even from the previous paragraph, you can sort of deduce some of them. I like Brie’s age because I think it makes the book attractive both for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers. To me, this would be great for someone who has outgrown Middle Grade and wants to start reading Young Adult. There are also so many layers to the story, like the fact that Brie’s parents are having financial issues because her dad had recently lost his job and is now working in Brie’s school. This also poses a conversation on the guilt and helplessness that children might feel when their parents are having problems of any sort.

Brie studies in a Catholic school and the depiction of her school life was spot-on. I should know because I studied in one and then worked at another. That means that I’ve been in Catholic schools for around sixteen years of my life. Religion is also an important aspect of this story because Brie is coming to terms with the fact that she likes women, but she is afraid and almost ashamed to tell her mom because she might not accept her. Brie even lies about this school event and her participation in it to hide the fact that she was looking at pictures of an actress online, all this so that her mom does not find out about what is going through Brie’s mind.

I have a lot more notes about this story, but I want you to read it first so that we can have a conversation in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

I’m Kind of Scared of Writing This Review

I’m Kind of Scared of Writing This Review

Before you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I absolutely despise disclaimers because I am a firm believer that we should be unapologetic about our opinions, especially if they’re related to something as unimportant as a book. Now, I say “unimportant” when compared to more controversial issues, considering that for me books are no more than a form of entertainment and that I am not really big on having passionate debates on a book. I’ll share my thoughts, for sure, but I don’t expect you to agree with me just like I don’t want you to expect me to agree with you. Basically, we’re all entitled to our opinion and I really don’t want my comments section to become a forum in which you try to convince me to like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli because it is just not going to happen.

I read this book between July 17th and July 19th, 2019 and gave it two stars. Now, in this post, I’ll discuss both the book and the movie because I watched the movie before reading the novel and I think it might have negatively influenced my thoughts. I don’t know whether I wrote a separate review of it in the past, but whatever. Watching the movie meant that I already knew the plot beforehand. I knew in general what the story was about, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing because by already having some information on the story and the characters, I read the book at a quicker pace, which is something I like, especially if I’m not liking what I’m reading. You already know that I didn’t like the book, but you should also know that the movie didn’t do it for me. I felt that, as time went by and I was able to process it and reflect upon it, I disliked it even more, and then of course after reading the book (how many times have I written the word ‘book’?) I felt that it missed the point on some key aspects.

I understand where the title change came from when the novel was adapted to a movie because the line “love, Simon” is present, but I think there was a bit of propaganda behind it as well. I mean, think about it, why would “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” be changed to a two-word title when we have “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and nobody said “let’s change it to “Harry and the Goblet”? Is it maybe the word ‘Homo’? (trust me, I know how ridiculous that sounds, but what do I know? I’m a liberal feminist who wants all babies to be aborted or adopted by the gays). It could’ve also been the word “agenda” because we all know how that’s used around. I’m sure there are many theories going around, and if you know about them, share them with me.

Another thing that bothered me was the token diverse love interest. I mean, yes, you have your gay character, and your black character and your Jewish character, and I think that representation was on point, but then you have the white gay guy’s love interest and he’s a black, half-Jewish gay guy? What? What that character did to me was pretty much forget about the seemingly authentic representation and diversity that I’d been given. And yes, I know there are black, half-Jewish gay teens out there, but seriously? Seriously?

I think that you’ve been able to appreciate the changes I’ve made in my reading. At least I’ve noticed that I am reading more intense contemporary YA fiction, even if there’s romance involved, and that my characters aren’t all white and straight. When reading about white and straight characters, I’m more critical about them than I was before because I understand that the world is a diverse one. This, however, has come with the knowledge that representation really occurs when I’m reading an own-voices novel. What I mean by this is that the author is actually part of an underrepresented group, like David Levithan or Nina LaCour, who write about gay and lesbian characters, respectively and Julie Murphy, who’s written novels featuring a fat main character. As cool as it is to see another book about a male gay teen, it wasn’t own-voices because Becky Albertalli is not a gay man. I just think that there are some really awesome authors who’ve come up with really awesome novels about male gay teens that we should give more recognition to, at least the same amount of hype as Simon got.

The story itself didn’t knock my socks off for many reasons. I didn’t think it was original at all. I think the coming-out plot is not for me because I want to see more queer characters who are out and about, you know? I want to see more of that person’s identity and story than their coming out. I’m not saying that’s not important or relevant or that these plots shouldn’t be written anymore, but that it’s not what I’m looking for and I’m grateful to have a wide selection of queer reads to choose from. The blackmailing thing and the online romance tropes have been done before, so I don’t feel like I was reading anything new.

I have so many more things to say, but I’m tired after a long day at work and I feel like I’ve ranted enough. Recommend me good queer reads please and thank you.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Using Visible Thinking Routines in the Classroom (1/2)

Using Visible Thinking Routines in the Classroom (1/2)

Using Visible thinking RoutinesBefore you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

Hello and happy Saturday. Today I’m excited because this is a topic I really like to talk about and recommend to other teachers. I’m talking about visible thinking routines, and let me tell you, they are game-changers. I learned about them because I worked at a school that followed the Teaching for Understanding model, which uses thinking routines. I’m going to talk about a few that I’ve tried and I’ll tell you how I’ve used them, but if you want to explore this a bit further, click here.

Visible thinking routines (or VTR’s) are exactly what they sound like; they are ways in which you and your students can visibly represent their understanding or appropriation of a topic. I love them for many reasons. First, they are a way in which students can condense and organize information. Many of these VTR’s use graphic organizers that you’re already familiar with, like T-charts. I also love them because you can structure an entire lesson around them. They are easily adaptable and modifiable to suit the needs and learning strategies of virtually any group of students.

Think, Pair, Share

I’m sure you already do this in class because it’s a really simple way to get students to talk about a topic. First, you prompt them by asking a question and giving them time to think about an answer. When I tell you this VTR works in any context, I mean it. After the students have thought of their answer, they will turn to their “elbow partner” and share it with them. Then, you’ll let students share with the class, but instead of saying their own answer, they will talk about their partner’s answer. They can simply retell it or they can go beyond that and say what they thought was interesting about that answer or whether they agree with it and why. I prefer it as a warm-up activity when I’m introducing a new topic.

KWL

KWL charts are awesome, especially if your students are conducting some type of research or inquiry project. I’ve worked at IB schools and it perfectly aligns with the PYP. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you about working at an IB school some other time. A KWL chart is divided int three columns: What I Know, What I Want to Know, and What I Learned. I start by introducing a topic to the students, one that is broad enough for them to each come up with different questions about it. I give them some time to complete their K column with things they know about the topic. I then allow a few kids to share their ideas. If I have a small class and enough time, I’ll let each kid tell me one thing they wrote. I have my own version of the chart on the board, so I copy their ideas as they share them. You can follow the same steps for the W column, or you can simply have students share their questions and fill that column collaboratively. Then, it’s time for the students to do independent research. If you have a school library or a media center, take them there. If you have iPads or tablets in your classroom, I’m jealous, but use them. Students will write their findings in the L column. And there you have it, a beautiful lesson that revolves around research.

See, Think, Wonder

I’ve used this one with my third graders, and it was sort of chaotic but also sort of awesome. I did this when we were working on daily routines around the world and the conditions in which some people live. For this, I showed them a video. First, we went through the video, once without stopping and then another time pausing after each step of the routine was depicted. The video showed many women and their morning routines. We would all take notes on what the children saw. It was a bit tough for them because they would say things like “I think that…” and of course, this was another step of the routine. I reminded them to focus on what they could see with their eyes without imagining other things. Then, we moved on to “I think,” and here the students had to be more reflective. They would say things like “I think some women have more resources than others.” Finally, for the “I wonder” part, the students asked questions. They then wrote a text in which they answered one of the questions they asked, based on what they had seen and their own reflections.

I’ll bring you part two some other time. Which of these routines do you use or are you interested in using? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

NetGalley Reads: Miracle Country

NetGalley Reads: Miracle Country

 

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NOTE: Hi, this is not the full review of the book, but more of a “my thoughts so far” kind of post. I will be updating this when I finish reading the book. Thank you and happy reading.

Hello and happy Friday. I barely slept last night and then woke up and did a full face of makeup, held a fun Instagram contest to celebrate Pride, recorded and drafted like six different TikToks, so it feels like I’ve already been up for a full day. I also continued to read Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework, and I couldn’t help but imagine that I was in the middle of a desert, surrounded by nothing by nature. Let me tell you, that’s a nice break, especially considering I have barely left my house since March.

I started reading this book on June 15th, 2020 as part of a blog tour I was invited to participate in by Algonquin. I’d like to thank them, the author, and NetGalley for this opportunity. Now, this is nonfiction but it is nothing like what I’ve read before. I say this because it seems as if the main character in this book, other than being Atleewood herself or her family, is the place where they all live. I might be wrong, and if I am, please correct me, but the author is from Bishop, which is a desertic land in California. That’s what I’ve picked up from what I’ve read.

To me, it has been interesting to read about the weather, and the elements, and nature itself as characters, especially in an autobiographical book. It is especially interesting considering I have only lived in the city, and Colombia is a tropical country so the climate, biodiversity, and pretty much all other natural factors are very different from what the author experienced growing up. I think for that reason it took me a bit to get into the book, to really connect with what Atleework was narrating and describing, but I’ve hit that point and now I feel like everything is flowing.

I will update you as soon as I finish this book, and I will share more of my thoughts on it as well as my rating.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

NetGalley Reads: Clancy of the Undertow

NetGalley Reads: Clancy of the Undertow

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Hello and happy Friday. I have so ARCs from NetGalley to read that I feel that sometimes I get to a point in which everything I’m reading is sort of the same, and you can totally tell by my two or three-star ratings. Sometimes, though, a book will come along that is nothing like what I’ve read and that makes me super excited to read and review. An example of this is Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie. I’d like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

I read Clancy of the Undertow between September 29th and October 5th, 2019 and gave it three stars. Yes, I know it is my usual rating, but this book really grew on me and I think that more people should know about it. Is it life-changing? Not at all. Do I think it needs to go through a revision process? Yes, but that being said, the story that it tells is one that more people need in their life.

I’ll be honest and say that right from the start I didn’t like it; I thought the language was too flowery and there were many sentence fragments. However, I think that the author reconsidered his choices and we get a more straightforward writing style throughout the book. Part of why I thought I wouldn’t like the book was my own preconceived notions. For example, at first, when the main character was describing a woman, I thought it was a man talking because in my mind it made more sense that it was a guy having a crush on a woman. I then understood the main character was a female, and I was also a bit confused until she straight up said she was into women. When I understood all these and realize I was the one with silly ideas and not the author, I enjoyed the book a lot more.

Yes, this features a lesbian main character, and I really appreciated the fact that this wasn’t a coming-out/figuring-out-my-sexuality kind of story. She did tell her family and friends that she liked women, but she was sure about her sexual orientation and didn’t make a big fuss about liking women. I think that kind of openness with herself is what more young adult books featuring queer main characters need.

The story features what could develop as a romance, although that is pretty much left to the reader’s imagination but it doesn’t revolve around it. I think that people who read and liked Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen will feel compelled to read this one, with the added bonus that the main character is not straight and the story is set in Australia. There are family issues that tend to be the center of the plot at times, although the book manages to be an exploration of the main character and her identity.

There is a suicide attempt scene, so be weary of that, and there are a few “jokes” here and there regarding a man who’s deemed a pedophile because he never got married or had kids. Other than that, the typos and general lack of editing, this is a solid book that I think more people should read.

Do you have any recommendations for books featuring lesbian main characters? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila