My followers know that I teach middle school. I've taught 7th and 8th grade math for the last 8 years. When I started StuckInBooks, I began sharing my books and that passion I feel for them with my students. It helped me make connections with my students that I don't' think I could have done otherwise. I want to share something I was able to do for a couple of my students as a result of the networking I've done through social media and StuckInBooks.
I love to get to know authors on twitter and I've discovered that they LOVE to know when my students are reading their books and what they think of them. To that end, student reviews were born on my blog. It is such an authentic way to encourage writing that I couldn't pass it up.
These are aww.... moments peeps - stick with me. Anyway, two authors in particular have stood out for my students.
|Jennifer L Armentrout|
Cora took the money she had earned from good grades and bought EVERY JLA book that was currently available. Her favorite was Obsidian. She walked around with it. When she had a bad day, her head was in it. Anyways, she took in on a band field trip and it got lost. I was so upset for her. When the school year ended, I decided to give some StuckInBooks awards at the awards ceremony for the 8th graders. I wanted to replace that copy of Obsidian for Cora. I contacted Jennifer and she said why not give her Onyx instead. I was so shocked and thrilled. I don't even have a paper copy of Onyx. Cora had been coming in to my classroom before and after school to read my eCopy. Bottom line, Cora cried when I had her open the SIGNED copy of Onyx and I did replace the Obsidian for her too. I couldn't have had that moment without the connections I had made with Jennifer. She rocks more than just in writing!
And Cora - I'm still waiting on that review of Onyx.
wicked good review for my blog. Matt was pretty stoked about it and wanted to give Patrick a book. He mailed me, from Canada, signed copies of both Exiled and Shift for Patrick (and for me). Patrick was pretty overwhelmed with Matt's generosity. He read and reviewed Shift for me as well.
Then at that same awards ceremony, I wanted something for Patrick. He was the only boy I had review for me and really his writing is fabulous for an 8th grader. He already had the books, but I contacted Matt and he helped me get SIGNED posters of the cover art for Patrick in a very short amount of time - not an easy thing considering he's in Canada.
Again this could never have happened without the blogging/social media connections that I have made. AND let me just say that Patrick cannot wait for book 3 to come out! Me too. Matt is an incredible writer that I will always get to say I knew back when...
Check out Patrick's kick-butt reviews for Exiled and Shift.
Matt is running a GIVEAWAY right now for SIGNED copies of both his books. There are two chanced to win. Make sure you check it out on his blog here.
One last thing. After I sat down from presenting these awards that day, the principal appeared next to me wanting to know HOW I just did that. It was fabulous telling her, well I know these authors. Might have got some bonus points that day Daemon would be proud! (Need to have read Obsidian to understand that one).