Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
When teachers get together, we talk about our students, the classrooms we invest our time and teaching energy creating, and BOOKS – the lifeblood of our teaching lives. Teachers talk about books in a special way, though – it’s not just about the stories they tell, or how how the story is told. Teachers talk about why these stories matter, especially to the children in our classrooms.
Last week, my beloved writing group convened at Old Bedlam Farm to write (of course!), share our craft, and inspire each other. From the very first moment of arrival, it seemed, every table was covered with stacks of books we wanted to share with each other: books to swap, books to lend, books to gift. There was such delight in books!
Every excursion involved some variation of book love – old books, new books, books for our family, books for our classrooms. Our conversations spilled over displays and stacks and bins…there was so much to share and discover.
In a few weeks, I will be packing up my summer book collection and thinking about how I will introduce each new find to my brand new class of sixth graders. I know that I will be hearing the echoes of joyous summer conversations even as I decide which ones to read aloud, which ones to set aside for book clubs, and which ones to partner up with a student who needs to hear the message of that particular book.
This Celebrations Saturday, I celebrate teacher book talk…because it reminds us that book love begins with each one of us – we can teach to it because we know it.