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I have realized the older I get, the more I forget. This has been especially true when it comes to remembering books I have read. I am sure some of it is age, but I think the number of books I read also contributes to this problem.
I knew I wanted to add more book talks this year in my classroom. After reading about one minute book talks in Kelly Hallagher's new book, In the Best Interest of Students, I knew this was something I wanted to include. Not remembering what books are about makes this idea difficult.
Thinking about a possible solution, I knew I needed to start recording what I read, and I wanted something I could access easily. I knew I did not want a binder; it would be too clunky. I knew I did not want something digital; it could have technological problems when I need to access it.
I decided on a box. A simple file card box.
For each book I read, I will write a short book "commercial" or a quick note that I want to read to students and file it my box. When it is time for a one minute book talk, I simply find the card and~voila~ I can "remember" what the book is about! This will also be beneficial when students come and ask me about a book. Instead of saying I have read it, but I don't remember it, I can simply grab the card and read it to them or let them read the card themselves.
Each card will have the title, the author, a very short summary about the book, a reference to a part I want to read in the book, and other books by the same author. I also wrote the genre in the top right hand corner so I know where the book is located in my classroom library.
Hopefully this is a simple thing that will help me remember, because unfortunately, I am not getting any younger and I do not plan to stop reading any time soon.