Adolescent Lit was a very daunting class for me this semester. I am horrible at online classes if you haven’t been able to tell. I try and steer clear of them as much as I can. Although, I suck at online classes I learned a lot through this class this semester.
Things I Learned:
Teachers and Librarians Often Censor Taboo Books:
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson was my favorite book we read for class. I liked the information that it helped me discover about censorship and self-censorship. I do not want to be the type of teacher that censors my students from things. I want my students to read a wide range of literature. If my students are comfortable with what they are reading then I don’t think that I should tell them they shouldn’t read it. Comfort zones are only built from reading things and deciding if it is something you want to read or not. I think that it is wrong for me to shelter my students. For me with age my comfort zone has grown. I am willing to start reading about anything. If I don’t feel comfortable reading something all I have to do is stop. Another thing that I discovered about myself is that I am more open about sharing what I am reading than sharing what I am writing. This is something that I want to work on in my class as well. Confidence in sharing what we are reading and writing only comes from the practice of doing it. A big part of my classroom will be sharing what we are reading and writing; we did this, this semester in our class.
Books Should Act as “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors”:
Books can be windows that allow us to see into the lives of other people and see worlds that are not our own. Books can also be like sliding glass doors you can walk into the books using your imagination. Books can also be like a mirror reflecting back on us as we read. This was one of the coolest things I read in the articles we had to read.
There Are A Lot of Technological Resources Out There For Teachers, Writers, and Readers:
Pinterest; it has great lists of books on all different topics. I used Pinterest a lot this semester to find different resources for this class. I found that there are a lot of great resources out there for teachers, readers, and writers like Pinterest, Twitter, blogs and many others. That is something that I will carry with me throughout my teaching career.
Books I Read: I Really Like John Green, Sarah Dessen, and (Almost) Everything Dystopian
“The 100” by Kass Morgan
“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson (FAV!)
“Bloom” by Elizabeth Scott
“Along for the Ride” by Sarah Dessen (Read IT!)
“An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green (He is my favorite YA Writer!)
“Fishbowl” by Sarah Mlynowski
“Out of Reach” by Carrie Arcors
“Four” by Veronica Roth (Great Guy’s POV)
“The Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld
“Looking for Alaska” by John Green (Movie to come…)
“The Giver” Lois Lowry (CLASSIC)
This was my favorite blog I posted: https://mackenzie3mw.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/thats-what-he-said-thursday/#comment-15
I enjoyed reading everyone elses 5 Image Stories!
Summer Reading Plans:
Look what I found on PINTEREST! I plan on doing this and finding another reading program for the summer.