I absolutely love Peter H. Reynolds and all of his beautiful books! I have waited for more than three years to do a Dot Day lesson with students, so I just knew that this year was my year! It was going to be perfect. I ordered vinyl signs to mark the occasion, I made sure to have the books on hand, and I had a Pinterest board full of ideas and activities. I also had ordered my subscription to Buncee and planned to have older students create their marks digitally.
Enter the book fair. When I accepted my job here, the book fair was already on the books. I originally thought "no biggie." I'll do the book fair as planned (September 11-15) and celebrate Dot Day the following week with all of my classes.
Easier said than done. If you read my last blog post about my first fair experience, you know just how wiped out I was before my fair really even got off the ground. After the disappointing start of my fair during Hurricane Irma, I suffered even more from shear and utter exhaustion as I tried to sell, sell, sell in just two and a half days! I frantically finished around noon last Friday and then proceeded to work at boxing and packing every thing that didn't sell. And I'm still not done packing it up. As a matter of fact, I have plans to get up early on Monday and get to school by 6:30 or so, just so I can move things out of the way (somehow?! not sure how?!) so that my regular classes can get in the door safely at 8:15.
So, here I sit on a Sunday afternoon. Trying to get excited about my Dot Day plans. But...I just can't seem to pull it together. I've listened to Emily Arrow's song a dozen times today and thought about just reading the book and doing the song, but somehow my heart is just not in it. I just want something easier. I'm so tired that I'm not ready to dive into creative discussions and mindset just yet. Is that awful?
I've made my decision. I will not be making my mark with Dot Day activities this year. Sometimes you just have to erase an idea or save it for later. I'm choosing to read aloud The Book with No Pictures and focus on book circulation tomorrow. After all, they haven't seen the library books for almost two weeks now, so the kids will probably be focused on picking new library books anyway. And I'll get the week to regroup and just enjoy the kiddos. A little laughter from this wonderfully silly B.J. Novak book isn't such a short cut on creativity anyway, right?
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