Writing in my slice group with Two Writing Teachers in our 30 day challenge. Today is Day 16. Today, I’m inspired by Elisabeth Ellington’s Quarantine Reading.
Reading in Isolation #sol20 #IMWAYR
March 16, 2020
Truth is I need inspiration these days. I feel like a bear at the beginning of hibernation. My brain feels sleepy and I have a strong tendency to just curl up in my chair and sleep. It’s too quiet here. For three days I’ve had the TV on and now I realize that it’s contributing to the numbness. But also, I’m not used to this. I am accustomed to talking over lessons with teachers from before 7 until school starts and then meeting, teaching, collaborating with students and teachers until school ends. After that I prepare for the next day. I want to go to my office. I want to touch books and make plans. However, that’s not possible so here based on Elisabeth’s plan is my isolation plan for books.
Books to read for the first time
I have several bags full of books to read for the first time but I’ll divide these between student books and professional books.
The stack is tall. I brought home to TBR bag from school. It’s a good mix: picture books, intermediate novels, biographies, some graphic novels. I finished City Spies on Sunday. I’m wondering if James Ponti would like me do a first chapter on my blog. Next I think I might read The Vanderbeekers by Glaser and mix in some picture books. Dangerously, Amazon is just a couple of clicks away. I hear I can still order and go pick up from our independent books store as well.
Books to Reread
I brought home all the current units of study that we were working on. Now of course, knowing that we will have three weeks off and not one, that might change things. I was hedging my bets about content creation. I can still create some mentors, small groups, shared reading and such with them. I also brought home A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences. Amazing providential as Jennifer Serravallo is going to rerun her web series about this text in a watch party, but the videos are available on Heinemann at this link.
Series to get into
I want to read the Vanderbeeker Triology. I think I might be able to check it out on Libby. I also stuck in my bag The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Again I think I might be able to check out the rest of them. Stella Diaz Never Gives Up is in the pile and Beveryly, Right Here. Series books to catch up on during the hiatus. I have a few ‘starters’ in series as well, Comic Squad Lunch, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Fenway & Hattie, Flubby is Not a Good Pet, The Seventh Wish.
Projects to Work On
Today, I’m going to organize some online distance learning resources to recommend to our district. I’ve been keeping in contact with my mentor/coach and talking over content with her. Over the next weeks, I also want to work on some small group lessons, writing mentors, and do some curating of my at home collections, which have been sadly neglected. I’m going to watch Lucy Calkin’s webinar on Wednesday, and pick up Kylene Beer’s professional development today. I want to keep learning as well. I
Feeling a little energized now that I’ve put some ideas out there in the universe. Hope you are too.