Coffee, Books, Reflection
I know I wrote about reading yesterday, but Spring has sprung here in Iowa, and I am dreaming of June, my reading month. I read throughout the school year, but in fits and starts. June's long, warm mornings and lack of regular employment are a gift I give myself, a gift I must think of during the dreary so-much-longer-than-it-seems month of February when I do not have the energy or patience to finish a book. In June, I read. The first full week with no school responsibilities, I often read 5-7 books. I often read a book a day, forcing myself to come to the surface for food and exercise only. Sometimes I shower or interact with other humans, but not always. June is my gift for 60-70 hour work weeks that encompass the dreariest and most depressing part of winter.
Time and a lack of commitment are two of the biggest reasons I am not a very good reader during the school year, but there is another reason I want to share today: I am a book giver. My students are always welcome to help themselves to my classroom library and ask for books I don't have regularly. They also often ask about what I'm reading and if I will share it. I always stop, take out the bookmark, and give the book to a student who is interested. I tell them I expect a full review when they're finished & will read it later. I explain I don't have time to finish it quickly, so it's better if he/she reads it first. Always. Then, often that student hands the book to another student, and another, and sometimes the book gets lost or buried in a locker. That's okay, I will just buy another copy when I want to read it.
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."