"A Lucky Pony," by Mia Coulton. I was familiar with the Danny books published by Mary Ruth Books from my years as a Reading Recovery teacher. My students always enjoyed the books about Danny, and were delighted as the collection grew.
I'll be honest, I'm easily pulled into books by characters. Like my students, I enjoy seeing characters return across multiple titles. Who can resist Ladybug Girl, Bear, Marley, Tacky, or the myriad of other characters who return in picture book after picture book? Thankfully many of the texts designed to support young readers also have characters that return in stories across our collection. My students enjoy Baby Bear, Ben, Mr. Cricket, The Meanies, Tom, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and many more.
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Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro
However, after three years I've learned something else; it isn't about the blog at all, but instead about the learning community I've become a part of over the last three years. Honestly, it isn't writing the posts that helps me to rethink learning, but the reading of posts written by other bloggers. It isn't the time I put into posts that causes me to pause, but the thoughts of readers who take the time to comment. It is the conversation that carries across blogs that really pushes my thinking.
It's not just a blog, it's a community. A couple of days ago I was reminded of this when Tracy at Thinking Stems wrote a post reflecting on a comment I made on her blog nearly six months ago. Like Tracy, I often find that the comments made by each of you stay with me for a long time. Your thoughtful reflections bring me pause and give me energy. On this, my third blog birthday, I'm reminded of how significant it is to be able to learn with other educators from around the world. I'm reminded of how much I appreciate all of you who stop by to chat with me.
So, in celebration of 3:
3 Favorite Post from the Past Year
- Do You Reply to Comments
- My Bag Has Been Replaced with an iPad
- Six Ways to Use Evernote to Capture Learning
3 Collaborative Events I Enjoyed
- #cyberPD: Changing My Frame
- #pb10for10: 3rd Annual Picture Book Event
- Slice of Life Challenge: The Habit of Writing (Note: I participated in this event from my other blog: Merely Day by Day)
3 Resolutions for the Next Year
- Return to my goal of posting AT LEAST once a week. (Yes, I've been struggling a bit.)
- Respond to all comments as I appreciate all of you that stop by.
- Return to reading and commenting on at least 3 other blogs each day.