Monday, January 11, 2010

Maybe this can beat the book blues?

Right now I'm reading Eat, Pray Love for a book club I'm in, and I am not enjoying it. I don't want to say too much about that now, because I'll be writing a review, if and when I finish it.

BUT, today, while at school, several of my students are reading a novel for an 8th grade English class (that I'm not in as an aide) called Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I have all these kids in Resource Room (Think a study hall that provides detailed assistance to kids with mild learning disabilities) who are reading it for their English class and need help on the homework assignments.

I went to the classroom teacher to see if she had an extra copy, and she did, so I took it home to read so I could actually help my special ed. kids with their work. And it's pretty good! I do realize it's a middle school novel but I am enjoying the story. And the kids thought it was "cool" that I would choose to read a book on my own time that would help them.

I've also been able to ask them questions about the story to "help" me (haha!) understand it, which just makes them better understand it, obviously. And it's cool to see them get all excited about a book- all because they want to see where I'm at and if I caught up with them.

So, I'm going to tandem read my book club choice and this kids novel and see if I can "get my read on" again.