My real "Ah-Ha" (I have a bag I keep my Ah-Ha's in) was on page 14 when she writes of what Susie Kelly her curriculum facilitator said to her "If you ever think you have all the answers, it's time to retire." I have always thought there is something wrong with me because I'm always reexamining what I do, how I teach.
My next favorite passage is from pages 17 and 18 when she speaks of all the books she read from the experts and practitioners "The structure of the workshop drove everything I did, and it left me frustrated." "I forgot what workshop teaching was all about-my role as master reader-which goes beyond just following a lockstep sequence of lessons that some distant guru had advised me to use." Can we get an AMEN!
And finally the biggest Ah-Ha to stick in my bag from chapter one - page 18 "I accept that I may never arrive at teaching paradise, but as long as I hold on to my love of books and show my students what it really means to live as a reader, I'll be a lot closer than I once was." DING DING DING bells and whistles going off here. I think I may even hear angles singing- and one of them may be named Donalyn.
I loved everything about this book and can hardly wait for the next chapter- to reread. I posted on my question link that Donalyn will be at the All Write summer institute in northern Indiana next June. She was there this summer as a guest. It was one of the best workshops I have ever been to. My husband drove me 700+ miles to attend (we live in Oklahoma). He told me next year I have to fly :) anyone care to join me? lol
When I went to wordle it kept crashing (I think too many of us are trying to use it today). I found this great site to use today and I'll be having my kiddos use it this year too. http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm it even has grade specific word clouds. You may already know about it, but it was a cool new find for me. :)