Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing space every week to share our slices.
On Wednesday, the students will arrive for the 2017-2018 school year. I can’t believe that I am beginning year 44. Where did the time go? How is it that the students I had my first year could be in their fifties.
Last week, I attended professional development for teacher librarians. It was inspiring. We investigated Breakout EDU (both the digital and physical). Participants are given problem-solving tasks to figure out. Talk about engaging! I usually can get a couple of things done while listening to speakers. I. Got. Nothing. Done because I was so engaged.
I can see the possibilities with students. Like having students break into a box to discover a new book, a way to provide a review of information, the possibilities are endless.
On Thursday, our principal asked us to consider our “WHY.” Why do I do what I do?
Here’s my why:
- the love of students
- being able to help students discover who they are as readers
- being able to have students research and create
- sharing poetry
- provide a space for families to hang out with their children
- working with staff and getting resources for them
- being part of a community
I know that I probably left something out.
I am so excited to begin this year. I have so many ideas and I know that the year will speed by. I am also a bit terrified to think I am retiring. I am looking forward to new adventures but forty-four years is a long time in an advocation.
One way that I have dealt with this idea of retiring is to consider it as my senior year of teaching.
This year I plan to
- collect 1500 books to give to students in June (3 per student) (my senior project)
- tweet about school every day
- build a bookworm with a book a day for 180 days
It’s going to be a great year.
And I thought I was a veteran starting my 31st year. This blogging is a new thing for me, and your slice of life for today gave me the inspiration I needed to forge ahead! Have a great senior year.
Love seeing these plans for your senior year. Thinking of it as senior year certainly increases the possibilities.
Congratulations on your “senior year”, Jone. From the goals you’ve set, I know it will be a fabulous one! Retiring brings new adventures!