Archive | November, 2014

A Check-In

26 Nov

I know I have been off the grid with the blog lately.  This year has thrown a lot of personal things our way which has made keeping up with this a little bit harder.  Things are better and moving in the right direction now, so I thought a check-in was a due.

I cannot believe how fast the school year is flying!  It is already 1/3 of the way over.  New classes started this Monday.  I was kind of sad to say goodbye to my classes from last tri, but these new groups have been fun so far.  I have already started checking out books to students and getting the conversations started about different titles.  In fourth hour, we already have a couple waiting lists for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.  A student checked out The Selection by Kiera Cass first hour and needed The Elite by the end of the day (I did stress that I hoped she was doing work in her other classes).  A student checked out Rotten by Michael Northrop in my fifth hour today after I book talked it.  He said he just had to read it after he read a few pages.  Even the discussion about the Historical Fiction Research Project brought about some interest.  Students were already asking for books dealing with different time periods and topics so they could have their titles picked out.  We are going to look more at those books tomorrow, and we have new historical fiction books coming thanks to my latest Donors Choose project.

This fresh start is just what I needed at this time of the year!  I know we have just begun, but I cannot wait to see what this new group does.  I also am looking forward to trying new ideas and strategies as well as continuing to build on the things I started last trimester.  I hope to keep this more up-to-date with what we are doing as this trimester goes on.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy some of the extra days off! 🙂