What I Read
Well, THAT'S weird. I haven't finished any books this week. No wait, I did finish reading Nightjohn to one class. I fell in love with that as a read-aloud during my first year of teaching, 1998-99, and I don't pull it out often anymore, but I knew it would fit in the three week space between Thanksgiving and winter break. We jumped right into the sequel. I think one aspect I've always loved about this book is that it speaks to the power of literacy. Plus, the toes-getting-chopped-off scene is always riveting to middle school audiences.
What I'm Reading/What's Next
I continue to read Tight, The Other Boy, Orbiting Jupiter, Zebra Forest, and Ruby on the Outside to my other classes. I'm enjoying all of them, but I think Zebra Forest and Orbiting Jupiter are the ones that the classes are most enthused about. I got all choked up reading the scene where Joseph finally tells Jack's family his life story, even though this is probably the 20th time I've read it. Sheesh.
I also think The Other Boy is the first overtly LGBQTIA+ novel I've read aloud to a class--I've read several picture books, but not novels--and it's a little nerve wracking. Some kids keep expressing surprise and confusion, but honestly, this is such a great example of how literature builds empathy. Shane is a character in a book, so they can express their thoughts about him and ask questions about him being transgender in a pretty safe and non-hurtful way, and since it's written in Shane's voice, they're really starting to understand what it feels like to be him.
I also started listening to Nyxia on audiobook. It's a Project Lit book, and I'm trying to read all of those. It sounded super boring to me though, and the cover is not attractive at all, so I thought I'd ease myself into it with audio. The narrator is great, and while it's not my favorite flavor of sci fi, I'm sticking with it.
- The Winemaker and I went out for dinner and saw Knives Out tonight. I loved it, and he liked it. We used the movie tickets I won in a White Elephant exchange last week and the gift card he got me last Christmas for dinner.
- Last week was one of those weeks where on Monday I thought it was Thursday, and the rest of the week I thought it was Friday, and when my second class came in every day, I thought it was almost lunch, which actually happens after my fourth period. We are also having a severe sub shortage, so I covered for art one day and for Spanish one day during my prep period, which probably didn't make the week feel any shorter.
- I'm trying to plan a crafting party after school next week, and even if nobody comes I'll have fun. I made some prototypes one night last week:
One more week until winter break! We still don't have a tree! We texted the kid while we were out to ask what she thought about not getting one this year, and her response was "I'd cry." So I guess we're getting one next weekend.