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The 8 Great Gripes

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This Quick Write is all about the 8 great gripes.  You can write about one particular gripe, or a combination of gripes.  You may have a personal connection, whether it’s with yourself, a family member, or a student.  Remember, the goal of a Quick Write is not to worry about spelling and grammar (although it should be readable).  Rather the goal is to write your initial honest reactions to the prompt.  When the timer goes off, you will have one minute to wrap up your thoughts.

Now that you’ve watched the four movies (Great Gripes Movie #1Great Gripes Movie #2Great Gripes Movie #3Great Gripes Movie #4) that highlight the 8 greatest gripes of gifted kids, it’s time to reflect on those challenges and respond.  Here are the 8 great gripes:

  1. No one explains what being gifted is all about – it’s kept a big secret
  2. School is too easy and too boring.
  3. Parents, teachers, and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.
  4. Friends who really understand us are few and far between.
  5. Kids often tease us about being smart.
  6. We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do in life.
  7. We feel different and alienated.
  8. We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything about them.

Happy 2014!

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Wow!  Where have I been?  I’ve definitely been reading, just haven’t found the time to blog about my reading.  But, as I think about my reading goals for 2014, I realized it would be a good time to return to this blog and put my goals out there for all to see.

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In 2013, I met my goal of reading 300 books and then some.  For 2014, I want to keep that goal at 300 books.  While I plan on continuing to read a plethora of picture books, because let’s face it, they’re fabulous, I want to increase the number of professional and adult books that I read.  And I really want to read a wide variety of plots, characters, themes, etc.  I do have some love authors and genres, but I don’t want to pigeonhole myself and not get to experience other worlds.  I’ve never considered myself to be a sci fi or high fantasy kind of girl, but as I’ve delved into series like Divergent and Hunger Games, and authors like Kate Messner, I’ve realized I’m more interested than I knew.  As I look to the reading blogs I follow, I’m finding different challenges to give myself.

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The first is the Book Gap Challenge first proposed by Donalyn Miller at Nerdy Book Club in December 2012.  I don’t know exactly which classics I’m going to read yet this year, but I would like to read five of the classics that have stood the test of time.  I’m gathering input and looking at lists, so I’ll have to get back to you on the specifics.

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Over at Teach Mentor Texts, I learned about Latinos in Kid Lit and the challenge to explore books that feature latino/a characters.  I’m totally doing this one; my goal is six for this challenge. The district I work in has a majority of Hispanic students. In fact, tomorrow we welcome our first Hispanic superintendent to work.  I really look forward to not just meeting this challenge, but in sharing what I discover with my colleagues.

To many this will sound strange, but I’ve not read the Harry Potter books (see disclaimer in first paragraph).  I did read the first one back in the day when all my students read them, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it.  With the passing of time though, I think it’s time to give Harry and his friends another chance.  Wish me luck!

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Finally, the other specific challenge I’m going to work on is graphic novels.  Last year I read a few and really enjoyed them.  I also attended a session at a conference about the power of graphic novels in the classroom which left quite an impression on me. I’d like to read one a month, as well as read Adventures in Graphica.  I’ll be recording my titles at http://graphicnovelschallenge.blogspot.com/.

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Of course, I will continue to grow my to-read list by following blogs like Nerdy Book Club, Teacher Mentor Texts, Kid Lit Frenzy, and Watch.Connect.Read and relying on recommendations from my friends.

Happy 2014!