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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Going on Summer Break?

Wishing those of you who are now on Summer Break a very relaxing time. As someone that taught for 33 1/2 years, the very first FULL day of vacation was always the beginning of possibilities of things to do that I didn't get to do during the school year. In fact, I remember dreading the alarm clock going off at 6AM during the school year yet during the summer, I gleefully got up at 6AM because the day was all mine! I wanted to seize every bit of the day.

Enjoy each and every day of your vacation. It will go too quickly! Read a book, garden, listen to music, take a pottery class, visit with friends and family, try a new recipe, take a trip, sit by the pool (or visit someone who has one), binge watch a series (so many great ones on Netflix! See below) and most importantly, take a break from thinking about school! Really! Even if it is only for a couple of weeks, place thinking about your classroom on hold for just a wee bit!

Of, course, if you are on the computer, please check in from time to time as I will continue to make blog postings, update my website for teachers/kids and add new teaching resources to my Teacher store.

For those of you who have school or summer school during July and August, I will continue to update my blog posting as well as my website for teachers/kids. Please continue to check in as you may find something of value to use with your students!

Recommendations of shows to Binge watch on Netflix:

  • Safe (Harlan Corbin) Kept me guessing until the end.
  • The Five (Harlan Corbin) Very Good mystery!
  • Midsomer Murders ( Amazing how many murders take place in the villages of England!)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (Historical mysteries that will make you look up some information!)
  • Doctor Blake Mysteries
  • Longmire
  • Father Brown
  • Death in Paradise (Think Columbo in Paradise)
  • Doc Martin (Love Cornwall, England, where this quirky doctor series is filmed)
  • The Crown
  • Turn
  • Call the Midwife (awesome) Really...I didn't think I would like it and I am hooked.
  • Poirot
  • Broadchurch (powerful police story told in several season)
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (1920 flapper solves mysteries in Australia) It is being made into a movie!

Acorn TV:

  • Good Karma Hospital (two seasons so far). Very GOOD!
  • 800 Words

Recent Books I have enjoyed which I'd recommend:

  • Pamela Flavey's books about Ireland: The Linen Queen, The Yellow House and The Girls of Ennismore.
  • Ruth Wares's books.
  • Karen White's books.
  • Melanie Dobson's books(most set in World War 2) are all excellent.
  • Try Chateau of Secrets and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor.
  • Patricia McDonald's Books-GREAT!
  • Fiona Davis' Books: The Address, The Doll House-great stories and you learn about the Barbizon Hotel for Women and The Dakota. The latest book is the Masterpiece and it's on my list to read.
  • All Sarah Jio books are great! (Most take place in two eras and are intertwined by the end.)
  • Pam Jenoff: Wow, I really like her historical books (mostly set in WW2-at least the one's I've read: Try The Orphan's Tale and the Diplomate's Wife.)



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