All posts by Teacher Peter

Who is Gene Luen Yang?


  1. He is a teacher

  1. He is a cartoonist / comic book author.

Here’s his website:

Why Comics Belong in the Classroom, 10 minutes

  1. He is the author of ABC or “American Born Chinese”

Here are 9 things to know about him:

How to Deal With Your Annoying Little Brother…..and GIANTS!

Do you love to write? What should you write about?

Well, you should always: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW,

even that means writing about your annoying little sibling. That’s what a 1st grade girl from Alabama did, and now she’s a published author!

Here’s another video:


Another great book I’m in love with at the moment is

The Great Antonio by Elise Gravel.

Not only is it a TOON BOOK and a graphic novel but it’s a true story!

That’s right! It’s a biography. Watch more below:



Whatcha Readin’ Mr. Avirom?

Here are some new (to me) books that I’m excited about!

Do you love comic books a.k.a graphic novels?

Do you wish there was something for readers at (Guided Reading) Level  I-J-K?

Well these books are for you!

Blip! and other TOON BOOKS:


Bunny + Ninjitsu = BUNjitsu!



Flat Stanley!


Fly Guy!


Do you like animals? Want to hear about the BEST NEW children’s Books?

Head to…Wild RUMPUS!

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Bright Words! Montessori Sojourn!

The Eagle’s Nest is a website begun by me, Peter Avirom, in 2014. It was originally created as a resource for my classroom at the time, The Eagle’s Nest at Bright Water Montessori in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thus the web address:

Bright Water Montessori School Eagle’s Nest.

On March 1st, 2017 I relaunched the website with the new name:

Bright Words Montessori Sojourn, Eagle’s Nest:

A place for Books, Montessori Education, and Exploration of the world!

The continuing mission of The Eagle’s Nest is to

Be Safe,

Be Kind,

and Work Hard. 

About me:

I am a father, a teacher, a Montessorian, a son, a husband, a writer of stories for children, an improviser, a game player (mainly chess and team sports but also video games), a comic book reader, a New York Jew, a linguist (I Speak japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and English) and above all, a student. I’m always learning something new and this website is how I share that information with my students and the world.

Principles I live and teach by:

  1. Be Kind Whenever Possible. It is always Possible. – Dalai Lama
  2. No Struggle, No Progress. – Frederick Douglas.

More about me here:

Statue of Liberty Turns 130!



More from NPR:

7 Obscure Facts About The Statue Of Liberty

Spike That Fact! The seven spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world, according to the Web sites of the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty Club. “That’s not true,” says Barry Moreno, author of The Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia and the park’s official librarian. The spikes are sun rays, he says, and the circle is “simply a halo or what in art is called a nimbus, showing she is divine.” He adds that the Web site needs to be changed.

Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell Me! The statue is fashioned from copper atop an undergirding of steel. The copper in the statue weighs 31 tons, the steel weighs 125 tons and the concrete foundation is 27,000 tons.

Do Not Torch The statue’s torch has been closed to the public since the “Black Tom” explosions in 1916. German agents sabotaged a munitions depot on a nearby island on July 30, 1916, and shrapnel damaged the statue’s torch and skirt. Today, members of the National Park Service must scale a 40-foot ladder to tend to the floodlights in the torch.

Winds of Change When the wind blows 50 miles an hour, the statue sways three inches and the torch shifts five inches.

Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death Though the statue symbolizes hope and optimism to millions, it has been the setting for at least three suicides over the years, says Moreno. He believes the first may have been in 1929, when a young fellow, turned down by his girlfriend, threw himself from the crown. In 1997, the New York Daily News reported that a 30-year-old man from Senegal plunged 100 feet to his death. “All indications are that it was a suicide,” said Manny Strumpf, the National Park Service spokesman at the time. There have been no murders that Moreno is aware of, but there was a 2006 novel titled Murder at the Statue of Liberty — by Manny Strumpf.

Liberty Goes Hollywood The Statue of Liberty has starred in films since cinema’s early days. Charlie Chaplin featured it in his 1917 film The Immigrant. And Alfred Hitchcock used the statue as a backdrop for his 1942 feature film The Saboteur.

The Statue’s Trident Vandalism is a perennial problem, park service officials say. When the crown was open, people put chewing gum all over the place and wrote their names with lipstick.

Who is Stephen Hawking?


A) He has changed the way we think black holes, the solar system, and the universe

B) A genius (like Einstein and Marie Curie) who is 70 years old.

C) he holds the mathematics “chair” at Cambridge University in England, the same position held by Sir Isaac Newton and Einstein.

D) All of the above

Why is he in a wheelchair?

Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK and as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US, that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.[20][21] He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to aspeech-generating device.

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  4. Geniuses: