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Slice of Life 3/19: Community of Readers



The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

Monday was my day back to school after Spring Break. I decided that in each class I would book talk the books I read over break plus a couple of books I picked up at Barnes and Noble. I also wanted to find out what they had read over the break.

I saw one of my former students before school as he was walking to the library to return a book. I had loaned him Prodigy before break, so I asked him if he had finished. He replied, “Almost! I can’t believe we have to wait until next year for the next book! Did you read Gone?” I told him I hadn’t yet, but I planned to start it this week. He followed me to my room, saw my stack of books to booktalk, smiled and said, “Man! I need to come back and shop in this library!”

A little background for next part: My campus used to be somewhat open-concept. Now, our classrooms don’t have a 4th wall, and the walls don’t quite go up to the ceiling, so students can usually hear a bit of what’s taking place in next door rooms.

Well, my third period class has second period right next door to me, so when the bell rang to switch classes, they rushed inside with these comments:

  • “Miss! What book trailer were you just showing? Do we get to watch it?”
  • “Miss! It’s not fair that we’re in 3rd period for the waiting class because then we’re at the bottom of the list!”
  • “Did someone already check out that Yoda book? I want that one!”
  • “Miss! Roger said he gave you back Under the Bride, so can I get it? And I want Skate when he’s done!”

One of my students from 1st period had arrived late during 2nd period, and she came by to see if she could look through the books when she was done in her 3rd period class. She also had to update me on her progress through The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and make sure I had book 2.

When my students leave me, not all of them continue reading. Their teachers don’t provide them with books, don’t encourage reading, and don’t provide them with time to read in class. The teachers say that the students don’t/won’t read. But if you were to witness what took place during our return from Spring Break, you wouldn’t dare tell me that my students aren’t readers. To build readers we must encourage and nurture their reading. We must build a community where we can share our reading and celebrate books. To me, there is nothing better than having students rush to my room eager to talk books.


Slice of Life 3/16: Lazy Day



The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

Today (Saturday) has been the laziest day of my Spring Break. It’s 4:30, and we’re still in our PJs. The kids have played and watched Netflix. I’ve read, read with the kids, and watched NCAA basketball with my husband as he plays on his phone.

Are there other things we could (should) be doing? Sure. But every now and then, this is just what you need. I’m already tired thinking of how busy next Saturday will be. We will leave the house about 8:00 A.M. that morning and return about 8:00 P.M. Our day will be be filled with fun (my son’s opening day parade for youth baseball, a food truck festival, then my son’s opening day game)…it will just be busy.

So as we get up and get moving to head to a friend’s house to hang out, I’m thankful for this day where we could just be lazy 🙂

Slice of Life 3/13: Spring Break



The Slice of Life Story Challenge (to write each day during the month of March) is hosted by the lovey ladies at Two Writing Teachers. They continue the Slice of Life series with postings each Tuesday throughout the year.

“Only 30 more minutes until Spring Break! Then I don’t have to see this school or all these teachers for a whole week!” shouted one of the students in my 8th period class.

“Don’t worry, I don’t want to see you during Spring Break either!” I replied, smiling.

It always cracks me up when students are shocked that teachers look forward to Spring Break just as much as they do. Although, some of them think that we live at school and sleep at our desk (which magically turns into a cot), so they’re probably just shocked that we won’t be in the school!

I encouraged my students to take a break and have some fun. Read. Sleep. Relax.  We have practice state testing the week they get back, and real state testing the first week of April. I want my students back refreshed.

So I am enjoying my week of recharging. I’ve run errands. I’ve cleaned house. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful Texas weather and read outside on the porch. I’ve planned upcoming lessons and graded papers. I’ve chalked, scootered, and blown bubbles with my kids. Heck, I’ve even played school with my daughter (man, she’s a bossy teacher!), and today, my kids are in daycare and my husband and I are enjoying our 2nd annual Spring Break Date Day.

So when (if) you have a Spring Break, enjoy it. Recharge your batteries and have some fun. Don’t feel guilty that you’re not “working” because there’s more work to do when we get back!

Slice of Life 12: “Wasting” Time



Well, I’m a little late to the Slice Challenge to write every day in March, but there’s no time to jump in like the present, right?!

My car has been making a strange grinding noise for about a month, but I’d just kind of let it go. Dangerous? Possibly. But who feels like getting off work just to go sit at a car dealership? *looks around* No one…exactly! Well, yesterday was the first day of my Spring Break, so I decided to bite the bullet and head to the dealership. I got some water, grabbed some quarters for the vending machine (just in case), and packed my purse.

I’m not sure what most people’s purse looks like, but I know that my bookish/Nerdy Book Club friends probably have purses that look a little like mine:

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I always have at least one book plus my Nook in my purse. You can never be too prepared for a reading emergency.

When I explained my problem(s) with the car (why does the A/C decide to blow hot air? Not sure.) to the technician he said that it would probably be a couple of hours to diagnose and fix both problems. I just smiled and said, “That’s fine. I brought some books.”

I checked in with my husband about two hours later, and he urged me to get an update and have someone drive me home if it was going to be much longer. He was agitated that I was having to wait so long. But I wasn’t. I had just spent that time: laughing out loud with Tommy, Dwight, and Harvey in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda; fearing for my life and future with Cassie in a preview of The 5th Wave; crying and coming to terms with captivity and hoping for freedom with Ivan, Stella, and Ruby in The One and Only Ivan. I was almost disappointed when my car was ready because I had just cracked the cover of Under the Never Sky!

Because when you have books, you always have company. Even when you’re “wasting” time waiting at a car dealership.