I find myself in new terrrritory. I am currently taking a class that requires me to read and write in a new genre: academic writing. I can say with all honesty, “It’s hard!” I find myself rereading sentences over and over. Looking up definitions of academic vocabulary is a given and I’ve found a new use for YouTube videos. Did you know that you can find short videos that explain theories and research terms? And then there’s the writing. Academic writing is not my strength. I can’t even begin to emulate the mentors I am reading. I’m not even sure I have a clear understanding of what everything means, much less write about it. Have I mentioned that this is hard work? I can’t help but put myself in the place of my own students. For some of our young readers and writers, every day in class brings challenges and frustrations like the ones I am experiencing.