Looking back I see that last year about this time. I celebrated Book blogging. At that time, I had no idea when I would be returning to the classroom (prolonged teacher strike) and I celebrated the community that encouraged me to share – through various memes and twitter support – my deep love for reading and literacy.
A year later, I am celebrating the same thing differently. I am happily back to work. I know what I will be doing come September. And . . . my blog is still where I can share my love of all things literacy. This summer I have leaped large into the land of book lists and book celebration. What a pleasure it has been to share my thinking about various topics, all literacy related, here on this blog. I love that a little inkling of an idea has materialized into a post and been appreciated by others.
I have made a lot of lists and done some reflecting. A few highlights:
Picture Book Dreaming: July 2015 Ten fiction titles I hope to add to my classroom collection
A Year of Nonfiction Picture Books revisited: highlights of my 2014/2015 year sharing nonfiction titles
Now, I also celebrate upcoming plans. Of course, this is all about my own list making and expectations. Nowhere is there an obligation or a responsibility.
But blogging my plans and my thinking allows me to consider more carefully, to think a little deeper, to be slightly more responsible. This benefits me – my teaching, my thinking, my classroom. I also hope, at times, that it will benefit others – – > that my planning and organizing might also fit somehow with something someone else out there might be doing.
Upcoming blog posts on the agenda:
* Next year I am going to be teaching a younger group – likely a Grade 2/3 (mostly 2s) – with this comes the opportunity to delve into new curriculum drafts for this age group. I spent some time looking at the B.C. curriculum draft for science. One piece of content includes: metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms. I plan to put some book lists together on this theme and share them for Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday. Another list might be all of the titles that explore life cycles and young animals like My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. I always am very excited to put together nonfiction lists!
*Next year my class is going to be brand new. After teaching many children for two and three years, this will be a big change. My biggest goal? Creating a new community of readers – winning them over to the land of Book Love one title at a time. How am I going to do this? My answer will likely be explored in a series of posts. I am thinking a lot about this. 🙂 Of course, amazing titles like this one will be employed to work their magic:
* Adjusting my classroom library for a younger group of readers will take some time and thought. It might transfer into some blog posts about the nitty gritty of organization and the broader thinking of what makes it all flow.
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.