I'm so happy to be linking up with Tammy and her Saturday Sayings. I try not to miss any, because I love how reflective they are. To be great teachers I feel we need to take regular time-outs to reflect on our practice...
...and, as this quote by Townsend suggests, to make the time to read.
As I was flipping through Miller's The Book Whisperer I came upon this quote and it stopped me in my tracks.
I used to be an extremely dedicated reader. I have a reading journal to prove it. I would read up to 65 books a year, and this didn't include my Runner's World magazines (which I read cover-to-cover) or any of the incidental reading we all do during the day.
I say "used to", not because I don't read as much, but because my reading habits have changed. I find I spend much more time reading blogs and "How To" tutorials to help me with my new found designing passion. But as valuable as I believe this kind of reading to be, it doesn't push me to be a deeper thinker. I feel like I'm grabbing little sound bites of information all day instead of big chunks of chewy thoughts and words that force me to slow down a little and really think things through.
I know that as time goes on our interests change, but I don't ever want to find myself drifting away from reading literature. As with everything, it's about getting your priorities straight.
The same holds true in the classroom, of course. We need to make time for daily, quiet, reflective reading as well as lots and lots of read-alouds so that we can instill the love of reading in our students at an early age.
Please click on Tammy's button and hop over to read what she has to say today. You won't be sorry:)