What a crazy couple of months I have had! It seems my last several posts have been me apologizing for not keeping up with the blogging, and yet here it is again. I'm soooo sorry, and I hope many of my followers will pick right back up with me. I haven't even had time to read blogs lately. My google readers shows 685 unread posts! The month of November has been crazy in and of itself. I took some personal days a week ago because I was the maid of honor in my sister's wedding in Siesta Key, Florida. I came back Tuesday, was out for Reading Committee Wednesday, at school Thursday, and again at Reading Committee Friday. I have seen my students a total of 3 days in 2 weeks. Even though December brings the hectic holiday season, I have to say I just can't wait for it because that means I will be with my students in my classroom for three full weeks!
My followers might recall that the district reading committee that I am on is taking part in the process of adopting a new reading curriculum. When we signed up last Spring, I don't think any of us knew the undertaking it would be. We have heard from nine companies. After each company makes it's presentation, we have a four page rubric to score in grade level, grade band (3-5), then finally in K-5. While I am very grateful that they are taking our input before just pushing a reading series or basal on us, it has been extremely time consuming and worrisome. Our final selection day is next Tuesday. It seems most of us at the elementary level are on the same page, so I'm hopeful it will not be a difficult process.
This weekend I've been putting together a unit on persuasive letter writing. Our writing project for December will be to write a letter to persuade someone to buy you what you want for Christmas. I will be happy to share my Smart Notebook file when I have it finished to anyone who wants it. I don't know of any way to share Smart files, so you will have to e-mail me.
I also have a Donor's Choose project out right now asking for 75 nonfiction books to add to my classroom library. My students love reading nonfiction, and it is something that my classroom library and our school library really lacks. I have not had any interest in it at all, so I'm starting to get discouraged. I would really appreciate it if you would share my project on Twitter or Facebook to try to get some interest in my project. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/uhrSEM