Yesterday we talked about the journeys that readers take. Today we talked about how readers can make little goals along the way to help the goals in their journey seem more attainable.
We talked with our elbow-partners about goals that they’ve made, and when we shared out from our conversations, we realized that we had made goals that fit into 3 basic categories: goals for at school during RW (like reading 30 pages before the end), goals for at home at night (like reading 2 hrs before bedtime or “scheduling” it for after dinner or before bed), and goals that span the whole week (like finishing a certain number of books each week). It was a great conversation that helped us all better envision how to have (and keep) a growth mindset.
Then I was ready to give them a goal of my own. It is a year-long goal, and is definitely a pretty big one: to read at least 40 books, in a variety of different genres.
(Remember how I read The Book Whisperer this summer? This challenge and genre requirements came from there. 🙂 )
I put this slide up on the ActivBoard and waited for the reactions. To my surprise (is it ok to say that?), no one freaked out. No one cried, and no one seemed discouraged! I was really expecting at least one person to say that this was an impossible challenge, deciding already that they were doomed to fail. But beautifully, what happened instead were a variety of responses somewhere along a continuum of “only 40? I thought it would be more like 150!” to “on 40? I know I’ll read more than that this year!”. I loved it, too, when one sweet friend looked at me, slowing nodding and smiling, seemingly saying “I can do that, Mrs. Bearden! I don’t know how yet, but I know you’re going to help me.” 🙂 And YES, my friend, I will help you!
But then my favorite part happened. My friend Brittany (remember her from that big pile of books yesterday?), who had been talking to Grace, looked at me and said, “Mrs. Bearden, you’re going to do this, too, right? You’re going to read 40 books with us?” I was a little surprised, because I was surprised that she asked. But I was SO GLAD that she did. It would have been one thing for me to say that I was going to join them–which I was planning on doing anyway–but it’s a completely different thing when it’s their idea. Now it’s OUR challenge instead of just mine. And we’re going to accomplish it together, book by book. 🙂