This school year I purchased a pre-made journal/planner. What I love about it is that at the beginning of the month there is a place to establish goals. There is also a journaling page at the start and end of each month. Not only do I use the journal for planning, but I also use it for reflecting.
And, I’ve been using my journal to capture what my readers are saying. Writing and blogging certainly makes me a better listener, for you never know if something you say is going to turn into a blog post! When I capture what they’re saying, I jot it down in my journal and just for fun I hashtag it, #truestory, although I never tweet these captured moments. Here are some of the #truestory moments from this year:
“You make me excited about books like never before!” ~a.b.
“Your classroom just makes me want to just sit down and read.” ~o.t.
“I read for 60 minutes last night and it left me at a cliff hanger! I wanted to keep on reading!” ~k.s.
“My mom said that it was time to go shopping and I said, ‘Mom, I can’t! I want to read!’ So I took my book in the car with me.” ~m.w.
Me: “I’m starting Wish today, Marlee.”
Marlee: “Hurry up and read it fast so we can talk about it!”
“Last night I needed to keep on reading my book! I turned on my little clip light and read under the covers.” ~z.z.
“Is today a reading day? I hope so. It’s the best part of the day!” ~b.a.
Student #1: “This room is really, really cool! What do you need to do to be able to come here?
Student #2: “You pretty much have to suck at reading.”
“I love this book Wish and I love this class. This is my favorite part of the day!” ~k.s.
I’m going to be honest here. There are days when I wonder if my readers are making enough progress. Progress is limited and sometimes stalled. On those days I revisit these #truestories and I know that #kidsarereading and that #kidslovebooks. What more could I ask for? This #truestory and that #truestory reminds me to keep chugging along.
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” ~a.w.
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