It’s the heart of summer. You’ve finally gotten used to sleeping past 5:18. Your teacher clothes have been pushed to the side of the closet. You haven’t worn actual shoes for weeks. Your school lunch bag is shoved into a bottom kitchen cupboard. You finished the June workshops. The August workshops are still a calendar flip away.
Before the school year ended, you taught several lessons about making a plan for summer reading. They probably went something like this.
“How do you get better at something?” you asked.
Your students dutifully responded, ‘Practice.”
You asked them to think, pair, and share about what they are practicing. Your students told you they were shooting free throws or toughening the calluses on their fingers while they playing bass guitar, or filling sketchbooks or taking off the training wheels. They were setting goals, figuring out what kind of practice to do, and getting the job done.
Then you helped them create an individual plan for their summer reading. Maybe they took it home in a folder, or created reminders on a phone.
And did you set any summer reading plans for yourself? If not, July is the perfect time to start. Just like you told the students, you should:
- Set reasonable and achievable goals for how much you will read. Be honest about what you will really do.
- Read what you want to read. Summer reading is all about noticing what you like and making that your focus. All comic books? All romance books? Sure. All fanfiction? Sounds good. Sports blogs? Survival guides?
- Make a plan for finding what you want to read. That might mean regular trips to the public library, swapping books or magazines with friends, or figuring out how to download or check out free eBooks and audiobooks.
- Be social if that’s fun for you. Read with a friend and talk about what you read, or post your opinions on an online site.
- Make time for reading you have been putting off. Explore new blogs. Dust off the mystery you got for your birthday.
- Try something different. Follow some new people on Twitter and route their tweets to Flipboard. Try a classic you hear others talk about but never got around to reading.
- Abandon what you are reading if is truly doesn’t interest you. It’s okay.
- At least once during the summer, read something aloud to someone else. It could be a funny article, or a political commentary, or a grocery list. If you can do it without nausea, read aloud on a car trip. Other passengers will thank you.
- Find someone little and read them a picture book. It’s a bonus if they sit in your lap.
- Figure out how you will share your summer reading life with your class when school starts up in the fall. Do something fun with iMovie or Prezzi. Make a podcast, or bring treats from a new recipe book you discovered.
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