As teachers and parents, we all know the importance of getting kids to read a lot during the summer. On this first official day of summer (our school let out yesterday), I’m posting what I wore to school on Monday, which was the last day for students.
The kids always get a kick out of this shirt. Most recognize that it’s a play on AC/DC. Some have only seen those funny “AD/HD” t-shirts and think it’s mocking that. Then every time I wear it there are a handful of kids who think it’s supposed to be from Harry Potter because of the lightning bolt in the middle. This tells me the kids of today need a lot more exposure to AC/DC music! But I digress.
When I wear the shirt it always organically starts conversations with students about what I’m reading, why I enjoy it, and what I hope to read next. And do you know what’s one of the best sources of inspiration for getting kids motivated to read? YOU ARE!
Students need to see the adults in their lives excited about reading if we want them to be excited about reading.
Speaking of what I’m reading, I just recently finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend them both!! They were actually recommended to me by a student and I am eternally grateful to her.
On my “to read” list for this summer are Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess and Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed by Paul Solarz. Well, those and maybe the newest Jonathan Kellerman Alex Delaware novel, Breakdown.
So my challenge for you today is to talk to a kid: any kid — your own or someone else’s — about what you are reading or planning on reading this summer!
Here’s the whole outfit, by the way, in case you were curious how I styled this awesome tee. See my huge, goofy smile? That’s how you know it’s the last day of school in this photo.