NATIONAL D.E.A.R. DAY

Whatever plans you have for today, drop them and read instead.

Today I need a day of quiet reading, so along with many schoolchildren, homeschoolers, and individuals who celebrate this day, at some time today, I will Drop Everything and Read. The celebration of reading’s purpose is to “…encourage families to…’drop everything and read’ at home…Take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together.”

Pick your own time, but spend at least 30 minutes of your busy day reading

What do you plan to read today? Here’s what’s on my 30 minutes agenda:

Some kind of poetry by Maya Angela in honor of National Poetry Month

my daily “devotional”

Student papers on Zinsser’s sixth chapter of On Writing Well

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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