“Just 10 more minutes,” I tell myself.
15 speed by.
“Maybe 5 more minutes, and then I’ll get to all the things I need to do today,” I bargain with myself.
Before I know it, a ridiculous amount of time has elapsed.
What was I doing? Giving myself permission to read through the “Blogs I Follow” feed in WordPress this morning. I normally keep up with them a little better but had gotten behind after a recent family vacation.
“Just one more. One more,” I kept rationalizing. But we all know, you can’t stop at just one.
So it’s Monday, and what am I reading? Your stories, your book reviews and recommendations, your thoughts on education, your successes this week with your students, your slices of life. I don’t think I could find a book that could match the brilliance that I have been reading this morning.
And the beauty of this type of reading is that it is interactive and generative. I favorited your posts. I commented on your posts. I shared your posts on Twitter.
Some of the must-reads from my reading journey this morning:
Do. Not. Miss “What Matters Most” by Jon Harper. Jon’s story about some of his last moments with his father will tug at your heartstrings. In the reading community we talk about #heartprintbooks; this is a #heartprintblog . Jon manages to take those everyday moments in life to reflect on our purpose as educators and our responsibilities to children. His writing is simply amazing.
A Window into Classrooms:
- Tara has great advice and examples for gearing up for the PARCC tests.
- Anna shared ways in which we can help students craft better conclusions.
- Kelli Smith wrote about how she promotes reflection and celebration among her third graders via a Snow Day Challenge in White Noise is Awesome. The student responses are very telling.
Posts from the Reading Community- There was a flurry of activity on my Goodreads account this morning thanks to posts like:
- Books that Make Us Cry- part 1 and part 2 by members of the Nerdy Book Club Community, collected by Donalyn Miller
- Who is Travis Nickerson from Fish in a Tree? – Lynda Mulally Hunt shares how her experiences impact character development and relationships. This type of information changes how I read the story. Priceless!
My Own Personalized Professional Development-
- Adam Welcome hosted an Anchor Chart Party for his teachers. Great way to support teachers!
- Carrie Gelson celebrated Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday & shared resources for teachers.
- I learned Writing Lessons from Kelly Gallagher through Julianne Harmatz’s blog.
- Eric Sheninger reminded me to look closely at how we implement our technology initiatives to best benefit kids and support learning.
- Betsy Hubbard shared her experiences at the Dublin Literacy Conference including her presentation – Revise Your Workshop and Awaken Your Purpose.
The Slice of Life pieces- March kicks off the Slice of Life writing challenge hosted by the wonderful leaders of Two Writing Teachers. While I am not yet ready to commit to writing every day just yet, this group is amazing, and I am enjoying reading your posts. From Julieanne’s close reading experience in the cosmetics aisle in “Grocery Store Luxuries” to Tara’s father- son moment in “Snowball Fight to Start the Day” to Fran’s found poem, based on a quote by Elizabeth Gilbert, there is something for everyone. So much creativity!
So did I spend a lot more time that I had planned reading your blogs? Absolutely. But just look at how much I have grown as an educator through your influence. I hope this serves as a reminder to reconsider the authors around us and give ourselves permission to spend our valuable time reading their work with the same permission we give ourselves to read “published” works.
I’d love to hear about bloggers that speak to you! The book (or blog in this case) is in your court…
For more examples of what others are reading, be sure to head over to the IMWAYR link-up at Teach Mentor Texts, hosted by Jen Vincent.