Day 2: Where’s my gold star?

I spoke with a few students yesterday about my new writing initiative. I explained my reasoning, and how important I think it is to be a good example. I also spoke with a few teachers about the #writingchallenge in March. I love the idea of more teachers setting good writing examples for our students. I think our school does a great job getting our students interested in reading. Writing doesn’t seem like a huge leap to me.

On a semi-related note, I thought that this would be a good place to post my 3 goals for this year. They were New Years’ resolution-ish. I encouraged my students to write goals for themselves at the beginning of this semester and felt compelled to lead by example.

  1. I do not want to go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.
    This one has been difficult to stick to. I tend to get rather lazy after supper. If the dishwasher is full, I tend to leave the rest soaking and resolve to do them in the morning… But what an awful chore to wake up to!
  2. I want to pay my car off by the end of the year.
    I really need to look at this closely. It may be feasible. It could be next year, honestly.
  3. I want to read 50 books by the end of the year.
    This, for me, is the most realistic of the 3 goals.What I’ve read so far:
    The Selection by Kiera Cass
    The Elite 
    by Kiera Cass
    by Lucy Christopher
    The One 
    by Kiera Cass
    by Helen Frost
    Pictures of Hollis Woods
    by Patricia Reilly GiffWhat I’m reading now:
    I Am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
    The Heir by Kiera Cass
    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

I am loving reading The Selection series. I have recommended them to a ton of students, and had great conversations about them. Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. Who wouldn’t love that?

I hated Stolen but I have an 8th grade student who is reading it right now and she loves it. It is written in 2nd person. I did not enjoy this perspective, even though it is a really interesting story- girl is kidnapped and kept prisoner in the middle of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. Sounds like the beginning of a really good Criminal Minds episode.

Hidden was interesting. The prose reminded me a little of Ellen Hopkins’ Crank series. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story- girl is accidentally kidnapped when a man steals her mother’s car.

My 9th grade students are reading Pictures of Hollis Woods right now. Many of them are enjoying it. I find it to be fairly boring, but it’s a quick read and a simple, sweet story about a girl in the throes of foster care.

I Am Malala is rough. I am enjoying it thoroughly. She doesn’t show weakness, ever. She is a rock for her family and for all of the Pakistani girls she’s chosen to represent. It is an inspiring read.

I am only a few pages into Wintergirls. I have very little to say about it at this point, BUT it’s Laurie Halse Anderson. I can’t imagine not loving it.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these- or if you have a recommendation for me, I’d LOVE to hear it!




6 thoughts on “Day 2: Where’s my gold star?

  1. I love your goals. My goal is to have breakfast and lunch planned and brought from home. It gets tough during some parts of the year. I have been reading reading reading for the AEW award. I just finished troll series. I am going to suggest that you get yourself to ALAN next year in Atlanta! It is a short drive away for you! I love that you are writing and sharing with your students. On Tuesdays if you will link up your post to the SOL weekly challenge, you will get other teachers commenting aside from me.


  2. I have So. Many. Recommendations! (I teach 11th and 12th grade English) I’m finishing the Graceling books – Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. I just read the four Throne of Glass books that are out (awesome books). The Red Queen was incredible and the sequel comes out next week. I’ve recommended The 5th Wave to several students and they’ve really enjoyed it (plus, the movie is out now). I have a thousand more suggestions but I won’t overwhelm you.


    1. Michelle! I love this!

      Full disclosure: I don’t like fantasy or supernatural books. I tried Red Queen. Very well written, I just can’t wrap my brain around it.

      I love YA, obviously. Dystopian. I’m a bio lover. Anything, just not fantasy.


      1. Okay, then I have different recommendations (but I can’t wrap my brain around no fantasy – haha)! I also LOVE YA books. Dystopian – Dust Lands trilogy (Moira Young), Unwind series (Neil Schusterman), the Maze Runner triology (James Daschner), the Chemical Garden trilogy (Lauren DeStafano), The Legend Books (Marie Lu), The Program (Suzanne Young).

        I have a ton more but some have elements of fantasy in them. Have you read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl or Eleanor and Park?


      2. I LOVED Eleanor and Park! Haven’t read Fangirl yet. I should?

        And I’ve read Unwind, but haven’t read any further.

        Origin, by Jessica Khoury was weirdly cool… dystopian teen love story. If you’re into that type of thing.

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