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Welcome to “reading month”, universe. I always have mixed feelings about celebrating a reading month, but when done right, it can be a pretty cool thing. We want to celebrate reading all year long, but I don’t see giving it a little extra attention in March a bad thing. We Nerdy Book Club members do the same thing in January with our ALA Youth Media Awards obsession (at least I do).
From 8:45-9:05 this morning every student in my school read. Our principal made an announcement at the start of the day that EVERY person at Parma Elementary would be reading for the next 20 minutes. Being the good boy that I am, I sat down my reading conference binder and picked up a copy of George Brown Class Clown. I read with my students. This is something that I don’t do enough of. When my students read, I confer with them. It felt good reading with them today. A couple of students sat next to me for a few minutes, but they quickly went back to their normal posts.
Reading with my students was a magical 20 minutes.
I managed to finish George Brown Class Clown during D.E.A.R. I booktalked the book a few minutes later and quickly passed it on to an eager reader.
I have the best job in the world.