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Skinny Dip with Maurna Rome

What keeps you up at night?

My mad dash attempts to fin­ish a video, write an arti­cle, apply for a grant, or get to the last page of a ter­rif­ic book often keep me up at night. 

bk_ElDeafo_NewberyWhat is your proud­est career moment?

My proud­est career moment changes each year as I dis­cov­er the unique tal­ents of a new bunch of stu­dents. My most recent would be fin­ish­ing a read-aloud of the New­bery nov­el, El Deafo. My “kids” were gath­ered around the promethean board as I shared each page of the graph­ic nov­el with our doc cam­era. The con­ver­sa­tions about friend­ship, the 70s, smok­ing, hear­ing impair­ments, and fit­ting in were price­less.

Describe  your favorite pair of paja­mas ever.

My favorite PJs are my Dr. Seuss footie paja­mas that I bought about 7 years ago. They are per­fect for school PJ par­ties that some­times take place dur­ing “I Love to Read” month.

11-18Skinny_JohnCandyIn what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal?

Does it have to be a “real” sport? If yes, then bob­sled­ding (I loved the movie Cool Run­nings with John Can­dy). If no, then read­ing aloud while keep­ing kids beg­ging for more.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

The bravest thing I’ve ever done was to move to Japan for 6 months, after grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, to teach Eng­lish. It was a mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence that affirmed my life-long desire to trav­el and learn about oth­er cul­tures.

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing?

bk_Little-Golden-Book-Four-PuppiesThe Four Pup­pies, a Lit­tle Gold­en book, is the first book I remem­ber read­ing. I found a tat­tered and well-loved copy of it on Ebay and snatched it up. I read it to my stu­dents every year, and explain why the author’s mes­sage is so impor­tant to me (in a nut­shell: embrace change and make the most of your sit­u­a­tion!).

What TV show can’t you turn off?

The Good Wife. Ali­cia is a com­plex char­ac­ter who has a few flaws yet strives to be a “good” per­son (I wish they could change the title!).

2 Responses to Skinny Dip with Maurna Rome

  1. David LaRochelle November 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Shar­ing graph­ic nov­els with your class via a doc­u­ment cam­era is a bril­liant idea, Mau­r­na! No won­der you are able to keep kids beg­ging for more sto­ries!

    • maurna rome November 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you, David! It was a real­ly fun way to read and end our school year, last spring! Graph­ic nov­els are tru­ly engag­ing kids and get­ting them hooked on books!

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