Friday, August 8, 2014

Our Reading Journey

My Classroom Library!

One week down………….ahhhhhhh.  It was uneventful, but then again, it was only 3 ½ days (we were out ½ day on Monday and out Thursday for elections).  My feet are soooooooooo tired. 

Here’s my classroom before the students arrived this week.  It is so bright and clean and beautiful and organized!!!!  Surprisingly, it is still that way after a week of work!!!

Monday was the BIG REVEAL DAY.  I broke it to the students (gently) about the Reading Journey we were going on this year………24 books in a year, 6 per 9 weeks!!!!!!........The moans and groans were not as bad as I anticipated.  I actually had one class period that clapped and acted HAPPY about it!!! I sent a letter home to parents explaining my philosophy about reading.   When I began teaching, I had an even more stringent reading program - I was all about reading, reading, reading.  In recent years, I've backed away from it............But, I'm Baaaaaacccccckkkkkk!!!!

Then Tuesday night..Open House……Here come the parents.  I bit my nails wondering what feedback I would receive about the Journey. 

Guess What?!?!?!?!?!

Parents were THRILLED!!!!!!!!!  They said it was about time we made their child READ!!!!!  I’m so happy, and I’m beyond thrilled when I see the students actually READING!!!  PLUS, I had several students already check out another book after finishing the first. 

So their first “book project” is due next Friday.  I’m excited to work this weekend on the presentation for the next set of projects for novels and then on to NONFICTION!!!

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Happy READING!!!!!!

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