Thank you so much to all who entered, through a random number generator the winner was selected and notified yesterday!
I woke up a year older this morning. Amazing how that happens just like that. Like a year is no big deal. Like a year passing is just something to get used to.
In all honesty, it hasn’t hit me yet. 38. What an age. I remember my mother being 38 and thinking how young she still was yet knowing that being in your 30’s somehow meant you were very much an adult. I feel very much like an adult at times, other times not so much.
Every year, I write a letter to myself to be delivered on my birthday through FutureMe, it never ceases to amaze me what I was thinking at the time I wrote the letter. The questions I have for myself. Last year’s letter asked me how Passionate Readers turned out, whether it was useful, whether people found inspiration within its pages. I think it has been, I am not sure, it is hard to judge one’s own work. And yet, it is being read and shared, and I am just a little bit amazed.
So in honor of my birthday and in honor of my student’s who have had the most significant impact on me as a teacher, I am giving away a copy of Passionate Readers today. The giveaway will end at midnight tonight. All you have to do is leave a comment and I will select a winner randomly. Bonus; if you have read the book and leave a review, I will enter you into the drawing twice as a thank you and then you can give a copy of the book away.
I am not sure what this upcoming year will hold. More travels for sure, more laughs I hope, more time becoming better, becoming more than what I was. But I do know that I am planning on making this year count. The quiet moments and the loud. On growing deliberately. On slowing down deliberately. On being grateful. So thank you for the love and support you have given me this past year. Thank you for being on this journey with me.
If you like what you read here, consider reading my newest book, Passionate Readers – The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, out August 2017. This book focuses on the five keys we can implement into any reading community to strengthen student reading experiences, even within the 45 minute English block. If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.