Saturday afternoon instead of typing lesson plans, I read Circle of Love (Christian Light Publications)--a novel that that State of Michigan would never approve as part of their Curriculum. As I read I didn't have to justify it according to the High School Content Expectations; I didn't devise strategies to coerce a class of seventeen-year-olds to read it; I didn't think about quizzes and tests; I didn't design writing activities or ponder how to connect the theme of the novel to my students' lives. I simply read the book. Much as I love preparing lessons and teaching students, I cherished the opportunity to simply read for my own enjoyment.
It's Spring Break and I am treasuring the break.