I’m still trying to figure out this It’s Monday, What Are You Reading thing, because I feel like I’m straddling both sides of the fence: on one hand, I’ve been reading a lot of YA Lit and of course, the books I read with my 6yo fall into this category too. On the other hand, I’m reading a lot of books about teaching/grading/writers workshop/grad school is devouring my soul.
So, that said, here’s what I’m reading:
Maja Wilson’s Rethinking Rubrics. I’ve had this checked out from the library at school for the last 7 months. I should probably just buy my own copy, because I haven’t had the time to actually read this…it’s been more of a open to a random page, find something that strikes me, contemplate, put away. This morning, I opened to the chapter titled “Making Our Subjectivity Transparent and Useful,” which was especially helpful after I had read this post on Two Writing Teachers about the importance of building a writing community early on in the semester. I’m having a similar dilemma right now in terms of grading and wanting to honor that experience of navigating a new assignment, new teacher, new class, new school…I teach college freshman. They are feeling totally overwhelmed by everything.
Never Girls #3, A Dandelion Wish. I’ve been reading these books with my daughter, and we finished this one on Saturday night. I was a little apprehensive about getting into a series about fairies, because so many of the early chapter books I’ve found that are geared toward girls are incredibly shallow (lipstick! fashion! glitter! OMG my friend is mad at me!), but this series was actually quite good. The 4th book just came out last week, and we’re excited to find out what happens next. It takes us about a week to get through these books; they have 10 chapters, and we read two per night….except for this Saturday night when we read 4.
And I’m about 1/3 of the way through Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy. Right now, I just want to hug Oscar forever. I’ll have more to say about this when I finish it.