For those of you that do not know, I teach a group of what we call "reluctant readers" at a high school here in Vancouver, WA. They read any where from 1st grade to 8th grade level. Needless to say, it's a roller coaster ride every day. They hate the class and because of that sometimes say they hate me. I know that because they have trouble reading, they hate school.
But a lot of them like science fiction and a lot of them like "free things". So, my friend, Julia, told me about this great organization called "World Book Night USA" and told me to apply for a box of free books to give away on April 23rd. I got the e-mail!!!! I was chosen! I would be a giver! It was fantastic, but I started to get really nervous. What was I going to do. How would I "convince" my readers to take this free gift.
The day was here. Still nervous, I went to school. I told the kids all about the organization and what they were trying to do and asked how many of them wanted the book "Kindred" that I had to give to them.
Hands shot up all over the room! By the end of 2nd period, I only had 5 books left, which I handed out in 4th period to a happy group of kids that I NEVER would have thought would take a book from me EVER! One kid told me today that he would never like any books. And then he took one! Who knew?
I don't know what these kids will do with the books. I HOPE they read them. But even if they don't, I want them to know that I tried really hard to get these books for them. I want them to know how much I love reading. Some day, I want them to love reading, too.
|This is right outside my classroom in the "memorial garden" for our fallen teacher, Mr. Patterson|
My friend, Julia, got the book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian", which she personalized for each one of her "reluctant reader" students. She is such an amazing teacher and has some of the BEST ideas! She and I would LOVE to do this again next year and want to plan out an even BIGGER event. Perhaps a "boot giver" party in one of our classrooms? Eh, Julia? WHO KNOWS!