Tying in today's Teacher's Write prompt by Kate Messner to my WIP, which is a professional teaching book, I thought about what my classroom will sound like when we all return in August. Since I've been meeting with a Mock Newbery Club over the summer, and I've heard from some students on my blog about what they're reading and thinking, and I remember the culture we built last year (I'm teaching many of the same students again this year), I have an idea that it might sound like this - some conversation will be directed at me, and some will be at classmates:
"Did you read Navigating Early? I did! I loved it! It's the best book I've ever read!"
"I read the WHOLE Harry Potter series this summer again. What did you re-read?"
"I read Heaven is for Real! It was so amazing! You should read it!"
"Did you read the rest of the Gregor the Overlander series like I wanted you to, Mrs. Mueller?"
"I kept up with the #Bookaday Challenge! Did you?"
"I read Paperboy, Destiny Rewritten, and Navigating Early. I liked them all!"
"What are we reading aloud first?"
"Will you read what I wrote?"
"What did you read, Mrs. Mueller? What was your favorite?"
"Wow! All your books are in one room now! Yay! (I was teaching out of three rooms last year, and my classroom library was divided.) What should I read next?"
"What is your favorite to win the Newbery so far? What new ones are coming out? Are you going to buy them?"
"I LOVED Center of Everything! Thank you for letting me borrow it!"
"My favorite book of the summer was Every Day After. What was yours?"
"Did you find any new good picture books?"
"I'm writing a story! Will you read it?"
"How many books are you challenging us to read this year?"
"When can we silent read?"
I know it's only the middle of July, but I can hear all those voices ringing in my head already! I know there will be other sounds, too - pencil sharpeners grinding, chair legs scraping, too-loud cafeteria voices, locker doors slamming, playground laughter. Some sounds will be welcoming, some annoying, some funny, some exhausting...all of them the sounds of school. But the sounds I love the most are the sounds of the language arts classroom - sounds of books and stories, writing and reading, sharing and collaborating. The acoustics of the season.