I don't usually do resolutions. I'm just not that into SMART goals and that's what resolutions usually feel like. I've written mantras for myself to start new school years, but there's nothing smart about them. They're just two-word...they're mantras.
So, I don't consider what I'm doing a "resolution" and I haven't set a SMART goal for it, I just want to read more consistently.
I need to be a better model for my students. And I like reading. So I should do it more often.
The first step was to contact a couple of my close friends who I know are in the same boat as I am: letting life get in the way of reading consistently. +Seth lives close, +Luke lives a few states away. Seth and I are working on getting a book club together with a couple other guys. Pick out a book, read it, get together, talk about it. Maybe drink some tea. Mix in some Ticket To Ride. Guy stuff. And, selfishly, I want to be able to model that for my sixth grade boys: this is an option for what guys do with a part of their lives. Read books and talk about them with friends. Luke and set up a private Google+ community to have our discussions. We'll do Google+ Hangouts to talk about the books after we're done reading them.
I'm pretty excited about it.
Tomorrow I'm going to show My Ideal Bookshelf to my students. It's got ten books I'd like to read in the near future on it.
This weekend, they're going to make their list of ten books they want to read the rest of the school year. Tuesday, we'll go to library, they'll pull the books off the shelves, and they'll draw their ideal bookshelves.
Should be a good time.