Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Break Is Here!

by Leo Reynolds at

I made it to winter break! Can I ever use a couple of weeks of quiet and relaxation. Of course, I have a long list of stuff to do, including lots of grading and prepping for my students, but at least I can mix it with catching up on household chores, some recreation, not waking up to the alarm, and, of course, indulging my addiction to checking bloglines, Twitter, and email for great new and fun ideas. You can see that I am either really determined to procrastinate that grading and those household chores or that I must have way too much time on my hands when you see the Scrabble piece "Happy Holidays" I put together up above from flickr images. I discovered these graphics from a tweet by russeltar, and figured I just had to use them for something fun! (I did sort of save myself a little time downloading each of the letters, I think. I just downloaded the complete alphabet image, then used Cmd+Shift+4 on my Mac to create a png file of each letter and renamed it the name of the letter. I'd be happy to email anyone the png file set.)

I am excited to have learned that a lot of blogs and sites I follow were winners or runners up in the Edublogs Awards, including two that I included in my nomination list. Mrs. Yollis' Class Blog was first runner up for best class blog, and Joyce Valenza's Never Ending Search won best library/librarian blog. Hooray! I also discovered some great new blogs to add to my Bloglines subscriptions as I went through the winners.

Wishing anyone out there a very happy holiday season and New Year.

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