So what to share, on my very first blog that nobody besides my mother and possibly my reading professor may ever read? I want to write a blog where I don't focus on things I cannot change--home lives, paperwork, bad attitudes--but on the things that I can do. I operate on the fundamental belief that reading and writing can change our lives and it is my job to help my students see that in themselves. My goal is to have my children orchestrate their own reading and writing lives, makes their own choices as readers and writers. No one should leave my class thinking they are not a part of this literacy community. I want this blog to be about living and learning within the reader's and writer's workshop.
I guess I've got to start with my room. Helping my children see themselves as readers and writers will happen within these four walls, so I should start with how those four walls (err, five-ish) look. This is the first time I have felt like my room is really prepared the way I want it.
The best part of my room, hands down, is my library.
My room is pretty standard. I don't hang up many posters or really anything commercially-made, because I think it is important to build up the walls of the classroom together. By the middle of the year, my room will be wall-to-wall with anchor charts and powerful words. Last year, I would let my kids take home the anchor charts when they started to become wallpaper. All of them would fight over who got to take home the "powerful leads" chart or the "homophones" one.
So here it is, the start of a new year. My room that seemed so big a few weeks ago will seem extremely cramped as the 24 of us begin to live our lives together. My room is ready, and as much as possible, I am ready. The next ten months will be a great journey, and I appreciate everyone who comes along for the ride. Even if it is just you, mom.