Challenging myself to write every day! Seeking six is about the pursuit of the ideal. It is the perfect number for diabetics, but the secret is all about finding balance to get there. Balance in teaching, balance in life.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time to Read
I didn't read fantasy as a young adult and I profess to dislike books with talking animals, but I have lately enjoyed the fantasy novel as an escape. One of my favorite reads this past week is an old, but new-to-me fantasy ya book that my student, Brent, shared with me, Warrier Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I know my students are hooked as readers when they are either surreptitiously reading in class when they are supposed to be doing other things or when they recognize a little down time in class and jump right into a book. I think that is how many readers live their adults lives, they read when they should be doing something else or they jump right in when they recognize down time. Brent is a student who works when it is time to work, but always has a book nearby. I noticed him reading this book a few weeks ago and asked him about it. He told me that he was rereading and I might like it. He gave it to me. I had it for a week before I started it. He was putting pressure on me about finishing it, but I didn't have time. Thankfully I didn't have time. When I picked it up on Sunday afternoon, I didn't put it down until 11 o'clock. Normally on Monday mornings, I am tired from staying up until 10 watching The Walking Dead, a great show, but an equally great graphic novel series. This Monday I was tired from reading. It was all Brent's "fault." I booktalked it to all of my classes. He and I had a few brief minutes to talk about it and we discussed its similarities to Firestorm, the 9th grade summer reading book. I pressed him to bring me the next one, Wizard Heir, which he did today. Most of the time, I am pressing books into others' hands, but I love it most when a student presses one into mine.