You know you’re a college student when the thought of summer approaching makes you both excited and terrified at the same time. I almost have my freedom….just gotta make it through finals! While I may have fewer textbook pages to suffer through this summer, it doesn’t mean I should abandon reading altogether. As much as I’d like my answer to be, “read more”, I know that’s not a very specific goal, and isn’t going to be what keeps me reading when it’s no longer my homework. This means it’s time to get serious and set a goal for myself…Channel my inner Rory if you will!
What do I want my goal to be? I read about Donalyn Miller’s #bookaday challenge. While I admire her ambitious goal, I know it’s not the most realistic for me, given the way my summer is shaping up. I know that picture books count, but I know a daily challenge isn’t going to work for me. Instead, I want to make my goal to read one novel and two picture books each week. I’m going to be student teaching in kindergarten and 4th grade in the fall, and want to immerse myself in books that will soon be relevant to me. I plan to read slightly above and below grade level, since I know my students will not all be at grade level. I also want to continue reading YA books because I enjoy reading them! The last component I want to add to my challenge is to diversify what I read. I think that the Book Riot’s read harder challenge will help me do this. I like their challenge list because the guidelines are general enough that I could easily find a book that would fit into a category and be enjoyable. I want to alternate the weeks that I pick a book from their challenge, because I want my
My goal recapped: (because I think I just confused myself with that last paragraph!)
- Read 2 picture books and 1 novel a week (alternate the novel between early chapter books, middle grades, and YA)
- Every other week, use the Book Riot’s read harder challenge guide to make my selection.
- Keep a list of everything I read, so I stay accountable! (Just thought of that now, and it sounded like a good idea. 🙂 )
Now, I know that doesn’t include any professional reading…but hey! That will come with time. I feel like reading up on the grades I am going to be working with next fall may not professional reading, but is making a professional choice! My goal may not be super crazy, but it’s one that I’m interested in pursuing, and feel like I can hold myself accountable to. My first step: making a physical TBR list that I can reference…so if you have any must read YAs, or recommendations for grades K-4, leave them below!