March 31, 2022
March 30, 2022
Zip over to PT appointment (my knee is feeling better!)
March 29, 2022
My Little Free Library is never empty. I tend to fill it with picture books and chapter books from my collection or a quick run to Half Price Books. The patrons and the public library are responsible for any adult fiction.
Over the years, I've found myself reading more children's and YA books than adult books. I love to finish books quickly, and reading books that my students might enjoy would connect me to some that I could recommend to them.
Most of the books I choose to read come from recommendations from teachers & librarians on Twitter, from Nerdy Book Club posts, and connections on the Goodreads app. I can't even tell you how many books are on my TBR (to be read) list as I collect book titles from everywhere I can.
This year I've made a definite effort to read more books that feature characters and events that are different from myself and my experiences. I'm consulting books listed by Project LIT Community (@ProjectLITComm) and We Need Diverse Books (@DiverseBooks) with other resources to help guide my reading.
I truly believe in the importance of my students seeing themselves reflected in books. Not many of my students are interested in reading longer texts right now, but when they are ready, I will have books for them.
(Two favorite books from this month: Fast Pitch by Nic Stone, Blended by Sharon Draper)
March 27, 2022
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March 25, 2022
March 24, 2022
- When we read about two brothers who survived the 2011 Joplin, MO tornado, my 6th grade groups were completely engaged in reading, looking for text evidence and discussing the text.
- One of those 6th grade students is now referring to himself as "an unpublished author." He has written around five books (I think it's two different series) and illustrated a bunch of comics. When he said he wasn't an author, I corrected him - he's definitely an author!
- After the tornado reading, a student shared a nonfiction book she wrote on Book Creator about tornadoes when they studied them in science.
- One of my 7th graders turned to his classmate and said in all seriousness, "Dude - have you seen your scores? You really need to get your head in the right place."
- One of my silent, earbuds-always-in 8th graders put his phone away and totally focused on an assessment. His score improved by an incredible amount. I saw the tiniest smile on his face when I congratulated his focus and effort.