So, as the school year drew to an end, I was both savoring every moment with my classes, as well as frantically packing to leave my classroom. But now, two days after the end of school, I find myself filled with gratitude for what some of the last few days and weeks at my school held in store for me. In these next few posts, I would like to share moments that I'm labeling #endofschoolyeargratitude.
The first moment came from the Great Book Giveaway in our classes. Knowing that I had such a multitude of books, and no place to put them (I will be traveling between four buildings next year), I first culled out the books from my personal library I would still need as mentor texts or great read alouds as I work alongside teachers next year. But after that, I was puzzled as to what to do until I came up with the idea of the Great Book Giveaway.
I scheduled this event in my lesson plans on the same day I knew we would be formulating summer reading plans. I had explained what would happen to the kids a few weeks before the event, so they would have time to make a "wish list" to help guide them when their name was picked. The first round, I encouraged students to choose a favorite chapter book or one they were dying to read. The second round, they were choosing from picture books (fiction or nonfiction), poetry, or graphic novels. The final two rounds were from books they had never seen - books and ARCs that had been sitting in my house or in the cupboards, and for one reason or another had never seen the light of day this year.
Needless to say, happiness and excitement reigned in our classroom that day. Fifty students had developed into readers that sighed when a book they were hoping for got chosen first, and who clutched their eventual prize to their chest in sheer happiness. As a teacher of readers, it was delightful.
So, after summer plans were made, this group of students came to me with their books, and from there, it snowballed... everyone wanted a signature.
I signed 200 books that day, and to look at students' faces, it meant the world to them.
So yes, I am filled with #endofschoolyeargratitude as I think about how important books became to this community of readers.
|What students did after their summer|
plans and the signing...