February 21, 2012
I spent some quality time this weekend catching up on my favorite blogs. I've been looking for new books, new ideas and some inspiration.
I need inspiration at this time of year because our state tests begin March 5th, and I'm determined to keep my students, my developing elementary readers, learning and thinking and reading and writing, even when others around me are going crazy with the test prep materials. Yes, I will sprinkle in a tiny bit of test-taking strategies, but they will be centered on starting and staying confident during a tough passage or test session.
My developing readers are looking for inspiration from me, not frustration. I can't worry about how they will do on their tests. I must keep reading and sharing and talking and listening.
I found some great inspiration today on Cathy's blog, Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community. She wrote about Kevin Henkes, and now I'm on a quest to read more of his books, especially his chapter books. Tonight I found 6 new-to-me Henkes books at the library. I'm going to prepare an author study for my 4th & 5th graders.
My friend, Michelle, over at Literacy Learning Zone writes a Slice of Life each Tuesday and challenged me to join in on the fun. Will I become a regular "slicer?" It will definitely be a little out of my comfort zone, but I'm up for the challenge
Where do you find inspiration?