Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is our top ten bookish goals for 2013.
Because it’s always good to have goals, right?
- In 2013 I vow to write better reviews of the books that I read. Like, reviews that actually tell a person something and may help them decide to read (or not to read) that particular book. Really. I will.
- I will perform more booktalks for our kids. Along with that, I will actually put more than 2 seconds of thought into the booktalks before giving them, in hopes of actually enticing more kids to read said books.
- In order to do both #1 and #2 more effectively, I will take notes as I read. But let’s be real here, these notes will just be a post-it on the back of the book where I at least track the names of the characters.
- To hopefully attract more of my male students (who are tough to win over, it seems) I am going to attempt to read more books that appeal to boys. Now I just need some boys who read to help put me on that path.
- This year I would really like to become more involved in, and aware of, the book-world in general. I need to get that Tweety thing, read more reading blogs, and go meet some authors somewhere. If you can help, let me know!
- I am giving myself a pass this year. A pass to be more in control of my own reading. On reading books just because I think I should, on continuing books that are terrible, and on agreeing with others that a book was good when I didn’t think it was. Not going to happen in 2013.
- I have 2 daughters- a 3 year old and a 1 year old. While they both already love books (well, one likes to “read” them, the other thinks they taste good), I feel like I could really spend more time reading TO them and less time modeling reading myself. I’ve made a point to make sure they see me reading all the time, but it’s time to actually sit with them both and read a bit more.
- This is the year when I will finally tackle a few of those “classics” that I should have read (and sometimes pretend I have read) but never did. I know this seems to run counter-intuitive to goal #6, but that’s the way it goes I guess.
- To off-set #8, I am going to let myself read at least one book this year that I have already loved and adored. The Fountainhead, probably, and also The Great Gatsby in preparation for the movie. Because that movie? It. Looks. Awesome.
- My last goal is going to be the hardest to actually achieve, I think. I’ve already mentioned my love for audiobooks, but this is the time to take it to the next level. I load books on my ipod, plug it into my car stereo, and listen. But, I never take the darn thing out of the car. Ever. I know that ipods are transportable and that I really could be listening while doing a plethora of other things, and it’s time to just do that already. Because I was wickedly jealous of the man in Meijer the other night listening to his ipod while selecting his eggs. Genius, really.
1. I will conference with my students more about their reading. I swear to do this all the time. I think because I have not done it much, I don’t have the confidence. It is a mix of not wanting to disrupt my students and not knowing what to say. I have been reading Book Love by Penny Kittle and she has some great suggestions. I will follow them this year.
2. I will read more of the “Classics.” Sometimes, people are surprised about books I have not read when I am an English teacher. I know it is giving into the stereotype, but I know there are amazing titles out there I have missed in my education. I plan on making that up.
3. I will expand outside of YA this year. As much as I love Young Adult Literature (I tell my students how lucky they are because of all the amazing titles they have at their disposal) and know there’s value in that so I can share the titles with students, I have many books for adults on my bookshelf and on my Nook that have been looked over for years in some cases. I will read more of those along with my YA.
4. To go along with that, I am going to address one of my reading gaps – nonfiction. I went through a memoir phrase a few years ago, but I have not done much informational reading. I know I have students who enjoy these types of books and I am at a lost for titles to share with them. Plus, the information I gain from them can help me in teaching and in life.
5. I will start sharing book trailers with my students. I love doing book talks, but there is a whole wealth of book talking available with book trailers to share with students. And they are very visually appealing, which will draw in many students.
6. I will get back into reading aloud to my students. Last year, Jacqueline and I read Wonder by RJ Palacio out loud to our tenth graders. Many of them loved it. I even lost it in front of one class and Jacqueline had to take over. I started reading this year and then it fell away because I got overwhelmed about time. However, I know the value of students being read to and will continue this again.
7. This is more writing, but I want to get back into writing again. Being a published author is a dream I have had since I learned how to write. However, I always give up on my writing. I want to dedicate time to my writing again and find joy in sharing stories.
8. I will read more picture books. I have seen the power picture books have in my own classroom. I am still not as familiar with picture books as I would like to be in order to know newer texts to share with students. I want to read more and bring more into my classroom.
9. I will give students more opportunities to talk about books. I will give them the opportunities to share books in class and talk about what they are reading with each other. As much as Jacqueline and I can talk about what we have read, a peer telling how much he or she enjoyed a book carries much more weight than anything we could say.
10. I will continue to be an advocate for choice reading in English classrooms. Because I am lucky to be surrounded by many like-thinking people, I forget how some educators are not sure about dedicating time to reading in class and giving students so much choice. I was one of them a few years ago. I could not imagine giving time in class for silent reading; now we do it almost every day. I will use this blog and my social networks to help promote the importance of choice and getting books in students’ hands.
What are your goals this year?