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.