Sunday, March 31, 2013

People of the Book (with apologies to Geraldine Brooks)

Sometimes we need to stop and celebrate.  Appreciate what we've accomplished instead of lamenting how far we still need to go. So, celebration time.

1. One Book, One Discovery - This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel - 2013
This was our third, and most ambitious, One Book, One School.  We took most of the month of March with daily trivia questions, a weekly 2 round game show, (mostly) book themed Minute to Win It games, a book battle, and an author visit!!! As students aren't required to read the book, we aren't sure what our numbers were. We had 84 people participate in our book battle which is pretty good. The winners included 2 students from last year's Hunger Games book battle! They each have younger siblings coming next year and are hoping for a three-peat to end their middle school careers!

Kenneth Oppel was amazing.  His talks were just the right length and just the right amount of humor without appearing to try too hard! Plus, he gave away books and bookmarks!! He was easy to talk to and was a joy to have around for two days!! He even helped host our book battle! I highly recommend him!!0

I can hardly wait to get started finding next year's book.

2. Booky Things
I've been playing around with Riffle (lists I'm working on Book Clubs, Narrative Nonfiction, Graphic Novels), trying to be more active on Goodreads, and getting back into #bookaday on Twitter. I feel renewed about sharing booky things.

3.  Slice of Life - March Madness
I didn't slice every day but each post I made seemed to lift something from my shoulders. I'm re-discovering the joy in reading and writing about all things book related. I've removed the pressure from myself. I'm dusting off my voice. You may wish I hadn't done this slicing thing...

What are you celebrating this month?

I'm joining the Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm late to the game but I'm staying until the end. #slice2013 (does this count as staying until the end? I say yes!)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your thinking with us! I am celebrating my students doing the classroom challenge and watching them grow as writers!


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