A New Look and New Goals
As you can see, I’ve changed the look of my blog. I thought it was time to give it a little facelift. Over the past year, I haven’t added much to this blog. I’ve been thinking about ways to better use it. For a long time, I’ve also been thinking about sharing some of the books and more of the writing projects I use with kids. I plan to do that here.
There are about four weeks before my new school year begins. So far it’s been a great summer, although the past week has been way too hot! That always serves to get me in the mood longing for fall and going back to school.
This summer I’ve been working on a few school projects, and doing some summer reading. Before we left for vacation, my principal gave everyone a copy of the book, Focus, Elevating the Essentials To Radically Improve Student Learning by Mike Schmoker. I’m going to write a little more about this book after I complete my reading. Already I can tell you that it is going to have an impact on my reading instruction in the coming year. Schmoker says that students need to spend their time reading and responding to that reading in writing, not reading a basal and completing worksheets.
After a year of following my school districts list of “Non-Negotiables” I had already decided to return to more time spent reading and discussing good books. You can read about the “Non-Negotiables” here. I want my kids to grow in their reading skills, but I also want them to love reading. That only happens when you introduce them to the magic of a good book. Fortunately, after the year of the “Non-Negotiables” our district is going to give us a little more flexibility in the coming school year.
Over the years I have written many study guides to aid me in discussing a book with my students. I have to decided to give this blog a little face lift and share some of our reading work here. As we work on a book or project, I plan to share what we did here. I will add books and discussion questions and writing ideas, as I develop them.
My other blog is called Day In the Classroom, think of this one as Day At the Reading Table.