It's hard to change the rhythms of our days. There are times I want to just arrange supplies or gather a variety of paper for writers. There are moments I want to grab a dry erase board to write a morning message, or put together magnetic letters for a word study lesson. Most of all, not surprisingly, I miss the joy of sharing books every single day with a group of young readers. I miss seeing their reaction to the stories we read. I miss the conversations.
I miss having a classroom library. Don't get me wrong, there are still a lot of books in my world. My picture books have taken over my daughter's old room. My Kindle has a steadily growing collection of favorites I like to have by my side when I'm talking with teachers and students. Every chance I get I'm still wandering bookstores to discover new titles. Apparently, though I have many books, I miss arranging them and rearranging them in my classroom.
Sunday morning as I struggled with my post, I found myself on a search for poetry by Billy Collins (yeah, I don't know how I get on these tangents...that's a post for another day). I decided to quit aimlessly searching the internet, and go to my poetry books. You know it goes when you start going through your books. It wasn't long until I had somehow moved from my quest to locate books by Billy Collins and found myself gathering stacks of my favorite poetry books. Once I had so many books out, it only made sense to move all of my poetry into the family room where I could see them and read them daily.
Well, you know how it goes. Moving the poetry meant moving the professional books. Moving the professional books meant going through the fiction.
I guess in the midst of the chaos I found another secret to making myself feel better when I am missing the classroom: a little bookshelf therapy.
For the sixth year, I will be joining the Slice of Life Challenge with the community of Two Writing Teachers. I will be trying to put my fingers to the keyboard every day for the 31 days of March. Stop by today's link up at Two Writing Teachers to read other posts.