I love teaching 7th and 8th graders, and I especially appreciate that teaching this level allows me to be straight up with kids and ask for feedback. Today was another example of that.
See, I have a bunch of picture books
at home that I’m trying to read through that have been submitted for
consideration for my work as Chair of the WSRA Children’s Literature Committee.
My nieces and nephews are visiting this week, so I was reading a few of the
picture books off my stacks with my nieces last night.
One of the books just seemed a bit weird to me, and as I always do when that
happens, I made it my next #bookaday picture book read aloud with my students
for today. Why? Because when I’m unsure of a book, I come to them – my students.
They are kids, they are teens - they have plenty of opinions and usually
aren’t afraid to share them (I can relate to that!). I love that I have this
captive audience that I can present things to and ask for their opinions – they
always seem to perk up just a bit and sit a bit straighter when I start a read
aloud with, “ok, so I’m not sure what I think about this book, so I need your
It is always beneficial to get other perspectives on things, and I am
grateful that my students allow me to ask for their thoughts and are willing to
share theirs with me.