Currently: Slice of Life #sol18


Reading… Emma’s Rug, a picture book recommended for a lesson on rereading in Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak’s Still Learning to Read, and An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic, a wonderfully erudite memoir by Daniel Mendelsohn ostensibly about the semester his 81-year-old father enrolled in a seminar on The Odyssey that Mendelsohn teaches but really about being a child and a parent and a reader—all the important stuff, in other words.

Watching… All the Harry Potter movies, at the request of my son, who’d never seen them. Tonight, we will end the epic with #7, Part 2. I don’t think they’re great movies, but I’ve still really enjoyed becoming absorbed in that world again and will be sad for the movie marathon to end. He is listening to Book 5 on audio right now and doing a daily report on all the ways it’s different—and better!—than the movie.

Listening… to the morning quiet. The chirp of birds, the padding of cat feet, the lapping of water, the snore of the dog, the questioning mew of Smudge as he tries to decide whether he has the hops to scale the armoire.

Making… a new course on teaching reading for pre-service teachers. It’s hard to imagine a more delightful course to design and teach. Though a survey of online syllabi for similar courses suggests that most of them are quite the slog and full of what Nancie Atwell calls “nonsense instruction.” When the research is so very clear on what needs to happen in reading classes, why don’t we follow it?

Feeling… honestly? A little sleepy after being awakened at 5 a.m. yet again by Smudge and Toast, claws extended, using my body as their kitty wrestling mat. But also grateful that it was cool enough overnight to facilitate kitty snuggling during the night. My favorite guy, Chipotle, shared my pillow for most of the night, which he hasn’t done since May.

Planning… to indulge in a second cup of coffee, although I really shouldn’t. But it’s so chilly this morning, and coffee is so warm.

Loving… the big pile of new picture books stacked next to my computer just waiting for me to finish this blog post and dive in.

Thanks to wahooliteracyteacher for the inspiration to write a Currently post this morning. I decided to follow the original Currently template that rukristin created in 2012. For more ideas for Currently, see this terrific Pinterest board (enough journaling and slicing ideas to keep you going for years!).


12 responses to “Currently: Slice of Life #sol18”

  1. This is a great format. Although the Harry Potter movies might not be the best, watching them with your son is. I definitely enjoyed the books more than the movies. Had to smile at your wake up call. My alarms usually don’t go off until 6:30.

  2. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of all you are doing currently. Those -ing verbs reveal SO much about you. It makes me think that your son and those pre-service teachers are lucky to get to cross your path!

  3. This is a cool format. I haven’t seen it before, and I might try it out. It seems like it could be a really good quick write in class, too. It could be really versatile by fiddling with the verbs. Thank you!

  4. There’s a calming quality to this post which I think has to do in part with the format and also the cats. I feel right at home with you; invited in for a spell just to sit and observe. Thank you for sharing so generously.

  5. I keep reading your posts and not commenting right away and then… my apologies! I love that Chipotle is sleeping on your head and that you are deep into Harry Potter. (I’m guessing we’re due in for round 2 sometime soon). I’ve put a few of the books you discussed Monday on my hold list at the library, and I’ll add Emma’s rug. I’d love to see your syllabus for your preservice teachers- I still have so much to learn about teaching reading and you have so many great ideas! Hope the rest of your day was peaceful.

  6. “He is listening to Book 5 on audio right now and doing a daily report on all the ways it’s different—and better!—than the movie.” — THIS IS AMAZING. Ahhhhh, I love it so much. OoTP is actually my favorite of the movies, but I have only watched it once so am not sure if that still holds up.

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