SOL17: Year 44, My Senior Year

IMG_0785Thanks 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.



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3 Responses to SOL17: Year 44, My Senior Year

  1. JoCSin603J says:

    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.

  2. Ramona says:

    Love seeing these plans for your senior year. Thinking of it as senior year certainly increases the possibilities.

  3. lindabaie says:

    Congratulations on your “senior year”, Jone. From the goals you’ve set, I know it will be a fabulous one! Retiring brings new adventures!

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