May 20, 2013

Monday Reading Update

It's Monday, and I have somewhat disappointing news about my reading...

My school implemented a 20-minute DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time this year. I love knowing that everyone, no matter where they are, stops everything to read. This became a great time to pull out our most struggling readers and give them individual attention a couple times a week to help them raise those reading levels.

I was fortunate to have a magnet class as my homeroom, which means I didn't have any students who couldn't read. I did, however, have many students who made poor choices during this time (usually just getting started). The good thing for me, though, was that if my kids didn't read during DEAR, I extended the time into our class. I wanted them to know that one way or another, they were going to give me 20 minutes of reading. It was actually funny to hear them say, "We know... keep reading!" on bad days when the DEAR bell rang.

Well, when the last week of school came, DEAR time kinda fell by the wayside because of graduation announcements and finals. This is relevant because it means that I also wasn't reading for those extra 20 minutes each day. And I seriously slacked at home this week.


Sometimes I like to listen to books on Audible. I have the app on my iPhone, and it's so nice for when I'm doing mindless activities like driving or playing Candy Crush. My ADHD brain won't allow me to focus on the words when there's something else distracting me, but I love to listen to my books when I clean or pack. 

And yes... I've been doing a lot of packing.  

Joel has two job interviews in Chicago next week, so odds are high that we will be moving home. Nothing is certain yet, of course, but I figured I could get a head start on packing now to save us time later.

And when we get in the car on Thursday afternoon, it will be nice to have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to entertain me in the car. I started the book on our drive to Florida, so I'm looking forward to spending more quality time with it while I sit bored in the car.


  1. It's amazing how many books you can get through just reading for those 20 minutes a day with your students! I also love audiobooks. I have a 120-mile round-trip commute and get through dozens of books each year on audio. Haven't tried Audible but will have to look into it. Happy reading!

  2. I absolutely LOVED Gone Girl!!! It always seems that when I get into my personal reading that my students can sense my extra reading enthusiasm and tend to as well!

  3. I loved Gone Girl!!! Enjoy!!

    Safe travels and hope the interviews go well!

  4. OMG!!! I just finished GONE GIRL on audio, also! It is amazing!!! I too, struggle with ADHD/reading, so audio is best for me as well. Plus.... I'm so addicted to Candy Crush.