Taking Adolescent Literature has allowed me to look back to my middle and high school years. From the time I learned how to read until my freshman year of high school, I would read what I wanted everyday for hours. Then, during my freshman year of high school, I basically stopped altogether. I had more assigned readings (and assignments in general), I had my first job, and I played three sports and belonged to other extracurricular activities; I could not put the enjoyment derived from reading the books I wanted to in front of my responsibilities. Now, although I am still guilty of putting reading in front of completing my other assignments, I have learned to work around it. In a normal semester, I would read one, maybe two books for fun. Now, I have already read 10!
My favorite and most memorable book so far has been The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. In the 7th grade, my language arts teacher was reading this book and highly recommended it to us — but when we were older because it was a little risqué in parts. I thought it was so funny but honest. I love a book I can laugh at and I will definitely read it again.
Since I have had a hard time since high school reading fun books, I worried about fitting the four hours into my schedule. But, since it is an assignment, I don’t feel bad about doing it. Before, I would just avoid starting a book because I have such a hard time not finishing it in a day or two. I still, for the most part, do this, but now I do not feel guilty about it because I know I have to. I cannot feel guilty for having a fun time reading when it is actually homework! So far, I have done an excellent job of meeting my goal: reading four or more hours each week.
A new goal I will set for the second half of the semester is to read more diverse books. I have trouble wandering far from what I know I enjoy. After spring break, I will try to read books from time-to-time that are outside of my comfort zone.
While I struggle with the course learning goal of reading widely in the field of adolescent literature, I am so proud of my progress in the course goal of responding to literature through blogging, Twitter posts, and Twitter chats. Although technology is inescapable in today’s world, I am basically illiterate in it. But look at me now, just blogging away! 🙂 I would love to use blogging as a tool in my classroom someday. Learning is so much fun, and I cannot wait to use what I have learned in this class!