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Since that is a small part of what I do at my job, I lack confidence. I'm not a great media specialist. The treasurer's office is always on my case about pay tags. It's hard to get classes in for instruction. We don't do a ton of technology at my school. I never, ever, ever want to have a maker space. And I always feel that no one reads my blog, even though I have striven mightily to post at least one quality book review every single day.
What I lack on this blog is voice. Because I'm not confident, I try to be vague and professional and not offend anyone. I try to filter out anything that is not books, figuring out that no one cares.
But here's the thing: I know middle grade literature, and I know my middle grade kids. I could save teachers, librarians and parents a whole stinking lot of time if they would just read my blog, especially since seriously, no one else seems to review sports books on a regular basis!
As I close in on ten years of blogging, I am going to try to make a few changes. I may include some anecdotes about how I interact with kids. Matthew Winner encouraged me to learn to podcast, and I would like to interview my students about what they like to read and why. I'm thinking of calling it "Reviewing Readers".
As Charlotte likes to say, we are all "special snowflakes". Some people do great at interviewing authors or creating great projects with Three-D printers, and some people rock Noodletools instruction or genrefying their libraries.
I read books. I talk to students. I match them up with books.
I rock at it, and I shouldn't be shy in letting the world know.
What anecdotal blather would YOU like to hear from me?