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"You've got quite a few packages in the office," the secretary told me.
"Yay!! That means my order is here!" The afternoon just got a little brighter.
I went out to run some errands and got back to school just in time for my duty and then to begin seeing my reading groups. The lure of that stack of packages slipped my mind.
An hour later, T showed up for his reading group. He came alone as the other 2 boys who usually join him were completing a special project in their classroom. As I quickly tried to figure out how I might change my lesson, I remembered.
"C'mon, T. There's something in the office for us."
"What is it?"
"Remember when you helped me choose books the other day? Well, they're here."
A smile slowly spread across his face. You see, a few days ago, T was by himself for reading and not wanting to start something new, I asked him to help me order books for my third graders to read independently. He sat next to me at the computer as we scrolled through titles. He'd either approve or dismiss books as read summaries of books and looked at pages online. His was an important job, because it's been a long time since the library in that room has been updated (like 10 years) and many of the books are more geared toward the first graders who used to have reading groups in there.
We brought the packages back and tore into boxes. T rummaged through the books, looking for certain titles. I told him he could take them home for spring break.
He left my room a happy boy, excited to have some new books to read over break.