Hello my big-hearted blog friends! When I got home from school today, I cooked dinner real fast, ate it (yum- pork tenderloin and red potatoes) and then I had to scurry off to run a few errands for class tomorrow.
I didn't find the book I needed at Target, so I had to keep buzzing around. I found it at Barnes and Noble and there was one more copy of this (below) lovely lady. We are a month behind here in the USA, but at least I can find it. DELICIOUS magazine browsing feast - that's what this is!
The eighth graders were cherubs in the library today! They listened to the librarian, asked good questions about books, listened to Mrs. M (smile) and tomorrow we'll write in our reading journals and our writing journals and do one other heart-building thing.
I usually don't go for preachy posters, but with my big push to get my students to LOVE reading, I thought Denzel might help me invite them into the world of books.
I found this "ice breaker" idea on a web site. The Giving Tree is about a tree that loves a boy. The tree gives and gives and the boy grows up and when the tree has given all it has and is just a stump, the boy is old and needs a place to sit. We'll read it and then we're going to talk about how we can give of ourselves. What can we give? We can give kindness, generosity, attention, and ultimately LOVE. We're going to hang apple shapes with our gift written on them, on the tree that I have to whip up in the morning when I get to school. You'd think fourteen year old kids would think this is juvenile, but this wise book is not really for children. It's written to send a message to grown ups. I hope they'll begin to label gifts that ARE not material and start placing value on the manifestations of their character. Next week we start Romeo and Juliet and things get more academic, so I am taking advantage of our team-building week. And then . . . we'll quiet ourselves and lose ourselves in the READING ZONE for a while.
Now it is black outside and my eyes feel all peppery. Time to employ my pirate toothbrush, snuggle under the quilts, and dream of trees.
Have a frisky, happy, "give yourself away" kind of day! xopp