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What's so great about Tuesdays at my school?
It's BOOK TALK TUESDAY!
This calls for a t-shirt with some reading celebrities!
"It's Book Talk Tuesday," announces one of our 5th grade anchors.
"I wonder what reading tip we'll learn today," muses the other anchor.
We've talked up books, BIG TIME, this year:
- we discussed finding a good fit book
- we talked about the SHINY Newbery and Caldecott medals
- we shared how fun it is to READ a book (we read "It's a Book" by Lane Smith)
- we've interviewed other teachers about their reading (thanks, Karen!)
On Tuesdays, when kids from all over the building (even the littlest bilingual kindergartners) see us in the hallway, their eyes light up.
"I saw you on the TV!"
"I like your shirt!"
"It's BOOK TALK TUESDAY!"
When we talked about the SHINY Caldecott and Newbery medals that adorn many books in our library, we added a little sparkle of sound... a little riff on the xylophone (psst... Michelle - that was brilliant!). After school, I was standing across the room from three 5th graders. One called my name. As I looked over, the three of them mimicked playing the xylophone and in unison exclaimed, "SHINY!"
I have to admit, this Book Talk Tuesday bit is the highlight of my week. Yes, we plan to get students on board and share their books, but right now I'm enjoying the conversations we are creating throughout the school. Classroom teachers are using our BTT topics as a springboard for more book conversations in their classrooms. We've built a bulletin board to track our topics.
All this... and we're just talking books.
I love it!
P.S. Michelle talked about BTT on her blog back in September. Enjoy her post here.