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Dear Mr. President Elect

January 12, 2009, 04:21 PM

Dear President Elect Obama,I know you are kind of busy now, but while you are preparing for your new job and all, I wanted to chat with you about this thing we like to call school.When my grandparents came to this country, they knew that they'd have jobs and that their kids would be educated.  The promise of this "new world" was grand, but my grandparents believed it.  Many years later, many of us have not forgotten that promise.  We may have lost site of it, but we're counting...

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Yes Harry, there is a Santa Claus

December 22, 2008, 10:10 PM

I just baked cookies.  Homemade, decorated sugar cookies are a tradition with my boys.  We make cookies, fudge and divinity three days before Christmas to give to all of our neighbors.  (We eat as much as we give away)  The smell is my kitchen right now is divine.  If I could capture the smell and put it in this post I would, but you'll just have to imagine it right now.  (One sniff and you gain a pound!  It's that good.)I'm hoping the crumbs don't drop into...

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Protect Lily Potter - Stand Fast

November 23, 2008, 05:23 PM

      I sometimes look at my three boys and wonder what went through Lily's mind as she felt the sharp blow of Voldemort's wickedness.  Of course, I know that Lily is a fictional mother, but like most moms ,she did what came natural for her. She loved her child enough to die for him.    There are moms in this world who experience that terror everyday.  Not fictional moms, but real ones.  I sit here, in my bedroom with my laptop and my...

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Shift Happens - NCTE Conference

November 16, 2008, 05:27 PM

Over the next week, thousands of English teachers will head to a conference in one of my favorite towns in the world, San Antonio, to discuss literacy.  This conference, titled "Shift Happens" and sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, will focus the rising need for media literacy in the classroom.  It's interesting to see the magic of technology sweeping into classrooms where pen and paper have always reigned.  Some of my English teacher colleagues embrace technology,...

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Join the Order of the Phoenix: Vote No - Prop 8

November 01, 2008, 12:38 PM

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.14th amendment to the United States Constitution(see entire amendment here)I often wish I lived in California.  The beaches are beautiful, the wineries are filled with wine and best of all, the...

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Dumbledore would bake bread for Africa.

October 31, 2008, 10:35 PM

I've recently joined with a team of bloggers to help those less fortunate in Africa.  The Breadline Africa Campaign is sponsoring a blogger bake off.  Click on the link I've placed in this post for more information or to check out some of the yummy bread recipes.Some of our muggle friends elsewhere need our help.  Submit a recipe, or donate the cost of one cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop.  You'll help fill the world with magic!In honor of Dumbledore, I've placed...

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Didn't We Learn Anything From Dumbledore?

October 20, 2008, 09:12 PM

Believe it or not, I often times express my unsolicited opinion about current events. I know, it's shocking, but I don't think I ever understood that "nice girls only say nice things" lesson my mother tried so hard to teach me. (Sorry Mom) When my friend Sassy Monkey pointed out to me this news story I couldn't sit on my hands and say nothing. After the wonderful life lessons we've learned from Harry Potter, I am shocked to hear that a New Bruswick school district has decided that an acclaimed...

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Professor Remus Lupin

October 18, 2008, 11:15 AM

If I were a school administrator and Remus Lupin's resume' came across my desk, I'd hire him in a minute.  Ok, so the werewolf thing would be hard to explain, but of all the professors at Hogwarts he was one of the best.It's not magic that made Lupin such an awesome teacher, instead it was his unique gift to get students actively involved in his lesson.  Studies have shown that students who are actively involved in a lesson are more likely to remember that lesson later.Active Normal...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - Read Challanged Books

September 30, 2008, 12:38 AM

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. ~Sigmund Freud, 1933 To celebrate "Banned Book Week" today I'd like to ask you to read a challenged book in public. Express your right to read at home, school, church or any other public place. You don't have to read out loud, just reading the book is expressing your freedom. I've asked some of my wonderful friends and family to take the opportunity to vlog/blog reading one of...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - Checked Out Banned or Challenged Books

September 28, 2008, 06:32 PM

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." -Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas Just a reminder that if you would like to have your Banned Book blog/vlog featured on my blog tomorrow please get those links to me by Monday at 1pm Eastern. You can find our all about it in my call to vlog/blog entry. If you are looking for a way to celebrate your freedom to read today, take a few minutes...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - A Call to Blog/Vlog

September 26, 2008, 11:30 AM

Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 27–October 4, 2008 As Banned Book Week approaches, I'd like to ask any bloggers/vloggers who read this blog to do one blog on your favorite banned book. By doing so, I'm hoping that those of us in this blogging community will have our voices heard and that the freedom to read will be cherished by all who hear our voices. Vlogging about your favorite banned book is really simple. Just read a short selection of your favorite book, then...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

September 25, 2008, 03:11 PM

Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 27–October 4, 2008 Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire As we approach Banned Book Week, I've been asking readers to take the opportunity to read at least one book on the list. Today, I'd like you to consider reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. First, let me say that this book is one of my favorites, but if you are considering reading this you might consider reading this...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - Huckleberry Finn

September 23, 2008, 01:24 AM

Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 27–October 4, 2008 "Before the week is out, be a patriot: Encourage a child to fall in love with a book. Apply for a library card. And accept the ALA's invitation to Let Freedom Read." -Linda Campbell, Star-Telegram Staff Writer My topic this week is Banned Book Week. My plan is to introduce you to some of the books on the list, and encourage you all to protect your right to read these books. It is always ok to choose not to read something...

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Celebrate Banned Book Week - The Chocolate War

September 22, 2008, 01:33 AM

Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 27–October 4, 2008 Over the next few weeks I'll be discussing books on the American Library Association's Banned Book List. This list contains book often challenged in our public libraries. Harry Potter is one book often found on this list. As we get ready to celebrate Banned Book Week, I'm asking readers to check out some of these books from your public library and enjoy the books. If we sit by and allow others to dictate what we...

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Why I Read Banned Books

September 17, 2008, 12:55 AM

"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.” ~ Judy Blume Judy Blume is a wise and insightful woman! Every year, the American Library Association publishes its list of the most challenged books. You can see the ALA Top Ten Banned Books for 2007 list here. Harry Potter is number seven on the most challenged book list between 1990 and 2000. The most challenged...

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Name: Doris
LeakyName: DorisTLC
House: Ravenclaw

Doris is a mom, a teacher and the Project Coordinator here at Leaky! While watching her children grow up she discovered a love for teaching students about her favorite things, reading and writing. (and chocolate, hence the title) You'll find this blog will be her thoughts (and the thoughts of a few guests) on her favorite things!

While this blog is primarily about HP and education, once and a while I might surprise you! If you have a subject you'd like us to talk about, please e-mail me!

If you want to check out what I'm reading, take a gander at my Shelfari Book Shelf. I'm sure you'll see some of those books pop up in my blog.

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