California Educator

October 2015

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SHOW US WHAT YOU DO after the last bell rings and you could be a winner. Do you tutor? Coach? Take salsa lessons? Maybe you volunteer at your church or your community, head to a CTA workshop, or just decompress at the local café (probably while grading homework). Send up to three photos of you in action after school hours to Be sure to put "See Me After School" in the subject line. Include your name, your chapter and a description of the photos. Enter by Nov. 25. We'll pick three winners based on creativity, photography and interest; each will receive a $50 gift card for school supplies. Throwback Thursdays What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Maybe it's still one you read to your students or recommend to others. The California Reads team shares beloved, inspiring titles that stirred us in years past every Thursday on Facebook, from Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to The Giving Tree. Give us your suggestions on K-12 books that moved you at californiateachersassociation, or @CATeachersAssoc and we'll showcase them on #tbt too. #californiareads Read This Now Students in grades 9-12 will love The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The California Reads 2015-16 selection is the story of twins Josh and Jordan, both junior high basketball stars growing up on and off the court with the help of their supportive parents. The novel is told in verse, and Alexander's words move from pulsing and aggressive ("With a bolt of lightning on my kicks… The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering") to funny, introspective and heartbreaking. For other recommended books, see OUR FAVORITE BOOKS 2015–2016 8

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