Welcome to a stream of ideas as I venture on a journey to develop young writers. This blog will be influenced by my current reading list, conferences, colleagues, your comments and of course the students I work with each day. The connection between all forms of early literacy will also frequent the blog and their importance in the writing process for young learners.
Pictured is the daunting stack of books on my "to read" list. Mind you, no individual is pressuring me do this, but it is what I feel is necessary for my growth as a reader/teacher. That is why I started this blog to begin with, to motivate myself to get through these many beautiful books I had sitting at my bedside, (which has grown since I began almost a year ago and they are on the floor next to my bed now because I couldn't see my alarm clock).
Here's the thing...I look at this stack with excitement because I want to know what is inside these books. However, it takes a lot of commitment to read this much for the purpose of learning. I don't know where to start, especially since I have started many of them and not finished them, (shocking isn't it). Do I set a goal, a number of pages a day I will commit to reading? Then what if I don't? And what if some of the books don't seem to deliver, do I give up on them or continue out of respect? Not sure I should worry about pace or a goal yet, but maybe just a little attainable goal wouldn't be so bad. Seems I haven't really answered my first question. Hmm...probably should get reading.