I’m thrilled to announce a new blog launching at the Horn Book today. Lolly’s Classroom will look at books and reading from a teacher’s perspective — but we’re hoping to get plenty of non-teacher readers as well. There’s no question that book discussions become richer when the people discussing them come from a variety of backgrounds. So really we’re calling on all of you to come over and join us in the Classroom.
The idea for this blog came about — in a classroom — about a year ago. I’ve been teaching children’s lit and adolescent lit at Harvard Graduate School of Education (i.e., MA and PhD students who are teachers or work in education) for about eight years, and I keep trying to find the right technology to help us keep talking about books after graduation. Last year Danielle Hayden, one of the adolescent lit students, was so dogged about seeing this happen again that she and I started talking about various platforms. I had tried a listserv and a Facebook page, but nothing seemed to stick for more than a few years. A blog seemed like the best solution, and Roger agreed to host it here at the Horn Book.
To start us off, we have fourteen teacher bloggers (if you include Danielle and me, the blog editors/administrators). They are all former students or other people I met and enjoyed discussing books with at the Ed School. But down the road I would love to open the blog up to other teachers. As I said, the more diverse the people discussing books, the richer the discussion. That said, I think we have a pretty diverse group to start out. There are teachers in public, private, and charter schools; in rural, urban, and suburban locations; teaching in different parts of the U.S. and abroad. And hey, we even have three guys!
Our welcome post went up this morning. Tomorrow we’ll begin uploading some real content from the bloggers, planning on two or three posts a week. Looking at all the great posts we’ve got ready to go, I am guessing we’ll usually post three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But this week I can’t wait another day to start posting about books, so we’ll go Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
So please join us, and let us know what you think either in the comments, or in our suggestion box.