I’m in professional development meetings this week with instructors from Teachers College of Columbia University. The information on reading workshop is wonderful. Today, though, when I was reading part of the thick binder of information we each were given, I had to laugh at one little snippet:

“The author Annie Dillard once said that sometimes it is as if writers have all these Christmas tree ornaments and no Christmas tree to hang them on. If you forgive the religious reference, I suspect you’ll see that Dillard’s image can be a wise critique of too many primary reading units of study.”

IF YOU FORGIVE THE RELIGIOUS REFERENCE! That cracked me up.

Christmas ornaments and no Christmas tree to hang them on

A place like Teachers College WOULD feel the need to apologize for using the C-word. I’m actually surprised they didn’t quote another author or substitute a different metaphor: books without a bookshelf, plants without a garden , hot dogs without a grill, charms without a chain, merchandise without a store….. well, you get the idea.

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