This is the longest year in my teaching career. Honestly, it feels like it has lasted 24 months. Last year has never really ended, summer has never really happened, this year I have been working hard to do what needs to be done. I’m. Exhausted.
I know I am not alone.
I talk to colleagues in and outside my area. I talked to the children in my building. Even the government nodded in agreement. This has been an incredibly long year.
Another year is coming.
I know one thing without a doubt: in order to support my teachers, in order for the children to make a difference, in order to show the best self at work and support my management, I have to spend time to recharge.
Drink coffee on the deck, take care of my flowers, have lunch with the girls, and walk with the dog.
Downtime is necessary, but it is not enough. In order to come back stronger and better than ever, I must seek inspiration. I must figure out what will ignite my fire next year. I think educators in all walks of life need the same things. We need to make the first day of school full of anticipation, and next year full of hope, optimism and potential.
As you might expect, for me, discovering sparks started with some books.
What’s in my summer reading bag?
First of all, I am taking time to enjoy the fun of being a reader again. I need to rekindle my love of reading good books. I want to savor the author’s twisting and weaving language to evoke emotions, create suspense, help us fall in love with defective characters, and let us look back at more ways. Embracing this feeling helps me remember why I did this job in the first place: connecting children with books that arouse them the same joy.
At the top of my stack of novels this summer: “The Obelisk Gate-Broken Earth,”#2. I read the first book of the trilogy (“Season 5“) Last summer, I can’t wait to go back to the next (and third, “Stone sky“). This trilogy is a powerful fantasy/post-apocalyptic story written by Hugo Award-winning writers, NK Jamison. I like the novels that make me question, think, and look forward to the next chapter, Jamison provided it!
After that, I would really like to watch a thriller or a complicated suspense film. I also want something that touches my heart. I might end it all with something laughable and funny-maybe even Dav Pilkey’s “Dog man“!
If you are looking for a great summer book to help you remember what it’s like to be a reader who doesn’t want to put down a book, please check one (or more) of the following:
Although happy reading will start me, I will also read to grow.
Every summer in the past few years, our employees will gather together to conduct book research. This summer’s choice is “What if I am wrong: 25 habits of culturally efficient peopleAuthor: Vernā A. Myers. I look forward to opening this package with my colleagues and the building manager.
Other titles that I think can expand me and help me grow include:
- “Happiness: The amazing power of ordinary things creates extraordinary happiness“Written by Ingrid Fetell Lee. I have been studying this chapter chapter by chapter for some time. I spend time immersed in thinking, experiencing the world, and becoming a happier version of myself.
- “American Queer History of Young People“Michael Bronsky. I’m reading this book with the diversity-focused book club of the Missouri School Librarians Association. It’s very approachable, easy to solve one point at a time, and the writing is very attractive. If you want more Expanding the understanding of American history from an inclusive perspective is definitely worth reading.
- “The hidden life of trees“Peter Wallerben. I heard an interview with Mr. Wohlleben on NPR not long ago, and I was very interested. When I sat down and watched the treetops bend from the window, I wanted to know their connection to each other, to the earth. Contact, my curiosity is growing, and I want to know how researchers can figure out this kind of thing. Solving this problem also helps me achieve my personal goal of reading more non-fiction novels.
Finally, I knew that to be truly ready to welcome the students next year, I needed to be inspired. At the top of my list, these ideas are inspired:
“Fact and Fiction: Teaching critical thinking skills in the age of fake news“Written by Jennifer Lagarde and Darren Hudgens.
with”Leading from the library: helping your school community thrive in the digital age“By Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass.
The former, I solve it myself and explore more work News Literacy Project.I hope to strengthen my skills in teaching critical thinking. The latter, as part of the Future Ready Librarians Summer Book Club, is in-depth research. With the changes in the leadership of the two schools we serve in our district, and the changes in the leadership of the district-level library department, next year may become a year of reform for our district’s libraries. My goal: to be proficient, prepare and be inspired to move in the direction most suitable for children.
This summer I will turn a lot of pages-some for happiness, some for learning-but each page will serve its intended purpose: to remind myself of what it means to be a reader, to expand my own horizons, and perhaps the most important The thing is, that fire is lit, so I am ready to go back to work when the calendar shifts to August.