Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Little Bits of Joy
I wasn't going to write today. Grades are due tomorrow. I've got lots to do. But two little moments happened today that I just have to share (and they make events of yesterday much less meaningful).
I went back to school this week invigorated after spending most of break participating in the Facebook/Twitter discussion of Penny Kittle's Book Love. I have spent two days talking books. We figured our reading rates, set our goals, made a plan. We talked about the importance of reading and the amount of reading they will need to do in college. It helped in one class when the guidance counselor showed up at my door and backed up everything I was saying. I told students they needed a book picked out for next Monday. That's when we will officially start. I gave students time to find books or read.
A quiet, at-risk student came up to me as he was leaving and said, "Mrs. Day, would you pick out a book for me. I don't know what to read and you pick awesome ones."
My heart melted just a little bit.
I have several picked out for him that he can choose from tomorrow.
FYI, I gave him "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" last semester. He read it in a week.
The second bit of joy today happened in one of my speech classes as students were giving their introduction speeches.
A quiet, "A" student stood in front of the room, pulling items from her bag as she talked about herself.
"Like lots of you, I hate to read. Except for books Mrs. Day picks out for me. Those are awesome."
I gave her "Looking for Alaska" last semester. She fell in love with John Green. She wanted to know if he wrote anything else. He'll keep her busy for awhile....
Little reminders to myself:
Joy comes in small, quiet ways.
And we teach students, not classes.
One student at a time....