Saturday, November 29, 2008

1000th Post: The Past and Future of A Year of Reading

1000 posts ago, this blog was created for a conversation between two people. It was about our reading journeys as we attempted to have read the Newbery. We didn't have a blogroll back then because we barely knew how to link.

After about six months, we joined the larger Kidlitosphere conversation and our blogroll started to grow.

When stories about how we use books in our classrooms started to seep into our blogging, we began to read and be read by teacher and librarian blogs. Our blogroll grew and the conversation about books and reading included a wider audience.

We found that we could listen in on lots of Mock Newbery and Caldecott Conversations including those run by past Newbery Committee members.

As we look to the future of our blog and our teaching, we are beginning to explore ways to expand our understanding of literacy. We are thinking about what it means to be literate in the 21st century and how to expand our thinking to include things beyond books in our own and our students' reading lives. We are (kind of) learning to Twitter. Our blogroll will continue to grow and we will do our best to take part in conversations where we sometimes only understand 50% of the words! We love the fact that people come together in ways they couldn't before blogging. We've learned so much from people who we weren't able to learn from before (librarians, authors, journal editors, etc.)

We've made so many new friends over the two years. We have started to get together with old and new blogger friends in Columbus to chat about books and to shop for new books!

We really had no idea what we were doing when we started this blog (Franki, even less than Mary Lee). But after 1000 posts, we are still loving it and can't wait to see what we learn next!

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 1000th post! I love your blog and look forward to 1000 more! :)

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  2. Congratulations...what a milestone! I love reading your blog and hope to see many more great posts to come.

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  3. Congratulations! If it weren't for you, I would not exist as a blogger. So, HURRAY for you!

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  4. I read the title and had a slight panic attack that you were preparing to do something new and leave us behind. I'm happy to know that AYOR will keep moving forward. Congrats on this big milestone!

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  5. WOW, WOW, WOW! CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to your blog every day. I echo Megan, if it wasn't for your mentorship, I would never have gotten my blog up and running (or at least I wouldn't know how to do fancy stuff like participate in Poetry Friday, link to other blogs, post pictures, etc.) You guys are the best!

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  6. 1000? Cool. I'm not even at 500. I'm just a blogging baby.

    Waaaa...

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  7. Congratulations! Hmm, our kindergartners do all sorts of clever 100 day projects, but none with blog posts...yet.

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  8. It has been a great two years! I have learned about so many new books.
    Keep it up!

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  9. Congratulations on your 1000th post. I look forward to many more.

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  10. Congrats and thanks for all of your help, guidance and talk about blogging and books!!!

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  11. Wow! 1000. That is awesome! (and somewhat daunting for someone who has only been at blogging for two weeks!)

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  12. 1000 posts is something to celebrate! Congratulations.

    Susan
    Chicken Spaghetti

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  13. Thank you all for your kind words and your bloggerly friendship! We're looking forward to the NEXT thousand posts!

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  14. Congratulations! (I wish I had something witty to add, but it's late, and I just wanted you to know I read your post.)

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  15. Congrats on #1,000!!!

    SAS

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  16. Woo! Congrats on the milestone! Keep up the great work! :D

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  17. Congratulations my friends! I learn so much from both of you every day. Thank YOU!

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