For years, I have admired and studied a revered philosopher and yogi who once said,
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else."
Wise words from Yogi Berra.
Through his influence, I've come up with this:
"Looking ahead is the same as looking back...except it is forward."
Powerful, right? Thank you.
Plan Now, Enjoy Later
First, I expand my classroom library. My students read 8-9 independent selections during the school year, and 2-3 class novels. Many read much more, and it is directly related to the wide selection of books available in my classroom library. Most of the books were acquired because I stop in every thrift store I come across during my summer travels. Thrift stores have wonderful middle grade and young adult books. I always tell the clerk that the books are for my classroom, and they will often throw in a few extra books for free.
I was totally honest with her. I said, Darn. I already have that video! I used a similar excuse when she tried to give me some World Book Encyclopedias circa 1972.
But look at the bargains I got! The total came to $4.70, and she told me to just give her $4.00.
I just love little ladies with blue hair and cardigans. I plan on being one myself one day. Maybe I'll be a crazy cat lady with blue hair and cardigans. A girl has to keep her options open.
close reading unit.
It's important for kids to have a plan when they read. It's important for them to know where they are going with a text...so that they don't end up someplace else.
Now go and have an umbrella drink. It's on me. After all, I've saved all that money at the thrift store.