Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/25/14
 It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is an opportunity for everyone to share their book journeys: where we've been for the week and where we plan to go next. To learn more about It's Monday! What Are You Reading? with a kidlit focus, jump over to Jen Vincent's blog, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee Moye's blog, Unleashing Readers.
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It's been way too long since my last IMWAYR post. 
I believe in transparency. I did not have the reading nor writing summer that I anticipated in June. 
I am disappointed. 
My four year old took all of two naps this summer. I had not planned for that. In previous summers, toddler nap time was when I had my time with my books. Yeah, I had not planned on not having nap time.
My summer was incredibly short. As the manager of a grant for my school district, I worked through the end of June and then started up again August 1. I was not too worried about it - even with travel in there, I packed books like I pack underwear - we never leave home without 'em. 
It's not that I didn't read. With a 4 year old in the house, we make regular visits to the library and leave with an amazing book stack. When it comes to picture books, I had an amazing summer. 
It's the young adult and middle grade book stacks that I barely made a dent in. 
By the time August hit, what I thought was a cold was actually some sort of bacterial lung infection. I didn't know it was worse than it was until I was using an inhaler (one I usually only need, on occasion, for exercise) at night just to sleep. In a rural area like where I live and work, doctors come and go and I couldn't get in to see anyone for nearly two weeks. I'm on antibiotics now, but in the meantime, I was literally too exhausted to do anything but sleep once I got Maddie down for the night. 
I was in a reading slump. 
I didn't like it but was too tired to pull out of it.
That is....until the principal of the 7-12 school where I will mentor this year posted the all-school-read for 7th and 8th graders on the school's Facebook page. 
The Running Dream
Let's just say, I read The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen in one sitting. It is an amazing book!
And, The Running Dream helped to kick me out of my reading slump.
I'm back... :o))))

Here's where I plan to travel this week:
The Night Gardener
Balancing Mathematics Instruction: Practical Ways to Effectively Implement the Math Common Core
Professional read as part of all district K-6 implementation for framework for math instruction
What are you reading this week?