I did some searching for a word that means “to be responsible for,” and the best I could come up with was the word “own.” Unless I find a better word, this is the third of my goal categories. I have several goals this year that fall under the category “own.” The first and most important is my taking responsibility for the reading progress of the students who walk into the library.
In the past, I have taken a reactive role in readers’ advisory, assisting students in finding books when asked. I have happily left the pushing and prodding to the reading teachers. This year, I want to take a more proactive role, looking at students’ reading abilities and interests and spurring them forward. This will be a challenge for me because I have to balance my philosophy that a student should be allowed to read books of any “level” with the desire to see students grow by reaching for more challenging books or exploring genres that are new to them. This is a task that I will have to take with respect for each reader in his/her own reading life.
Owning the reading progress of every student in the school is a lofty ideal (who am I to think that I have that much influence?), but one that is sure to be filled with wonder and great conversations. “Have your read this one? You might like. . .