I don’t get a chance to read as much about sports as I use to. Most of my screen time is spent centered around teaching and children’s literature. I do however manage to read everything that columnist Peter King writes. One of my favorite posts that he writes are his “10 Things I Think I Think” posts. In these posts he does a nice quick run down of 10 things on his mind. I’m going to try and do one of these posts centered around the next 12 months of teaching and kid lit.
Here we go…
1. I am going to love third grade
As I switch schools and switch grades I am feeling terrified of teaching younger students. The last 6 years of my life was spent with fourth graders. Thinking about teaching kids a whole year younger stresses me out. I have lost a tremendous amount of sleep the last month and a half worrying about whether or not I can do a great job of teaching these little peanuts.
This time next year, I am confident that I will love third grade. *fingers crossed*
2. The Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference is going to rock
The conference is alway a ton of fun, but I have some tricks up my sleeve for this year’s conference that are going to make it extra awesome for my Nerdy Book Club friends.
3. I will be happy and sad when the Newbery Medal is announced
I spend way too much of my life stressed out about the Newbery medal (see video below). When the award is announced at the end of January I am sure that I will be happy with some of the selections and disappointed with some. The bottom line is that the award is not about me. It is not about the committee members, and it is not about the authors. In my heart, the medal is about the readers. If at any point we make it about anything else the award will seise to matter.
4. Be Brave is becoming a movement
If you didn’t get a chance to read Matt Gomez’s BE BRAVE post you need to do it right this second. I feel that this concept fits right up there with CHOOSE KIND as a way that we help our students find this world we all share is a pretty darn good one.
5. Wordless Caldecott
I feel like 2013 might be remembered as the year of the wordless picture books. I’m not sure which wordless book is your favorite, but I have a feeling that at least one of them will get some mad Caldecott love.
6. It is Peter Brown’s world-we are all just living in it
I think this one speaks for itself. Peter Brown was welcomed to the party with his Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots. I think he takes things to the whole next level with Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Mr. Brown needs to make some room on his trophy case.
7. Teaching with my kids is going to rock
I still cannot believe that I am teaching in the same building that my kids go to school. Of all the things on my list, this one is the one that I am the most sure of.
8 Counting By 7s is legit
I’m sure that people will criticize this one for something. BLAH! I am not going to go down that road because I might get myself in trouble.
I think that Counting By 7s is the perfect read aloud for kids that were read Wonder last year. This book will speak to so many young readers, and Willow Chance will steal all of our hearts.
9. The Red Carpet gets an upgrade
I loved almost everything about ALA Annual. It was a magical conference, and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet was electric. The only thing that I didn’t like was the way the red carpet was done. It felt very Hollywood and elitist. I am guessing that librarians don’t want that at their conference.
Next year I expect to see an open microphone where all librarians get a chance to share their excitement during the biggest night in children’s literature.
10. The Detroit Tigers will win the World Series
I was 3 when they won it last. It is time.