We spend time hunting down book thieves and rummaging in lockers for MIA titles. We wish for one of those little "Do not disturb" signs from the Hilton and long for a chamber maid to arrive to tackle housekeeping. If we're lucky, someone has stopped to wish us a nice vacation and remind us why we enjoy working with these packages of adolescent hormones. (Disclaimer: I was a middle school librarian for about 10 years...)
By the time we get poolside drinking [soda] with little umbrellas, we have 10% more gray hairs and a few less brain cells. We've baked the cookies and eaten dozens claiming we deserved them and we desperately hope to rouse up a little patience for our own kids.
Fast forward three weeks:
- Yes. I did agree to the PLC and where is that book?
- Yes. I did take home ten books to read so that I can recommend good books.
- Yes. I did agree to look at Piktochart and learn how to create infographics.
- Yes. Perhaps I can find time to read
Three goals seem manageable. Three goals are easy to meet. Three is a friendly do-able number. Take time for yourself and family, but also take time to equip yourself for change. Partner with a colleague, listserv, or PLC for accountability. Here are 3 simple goals to embrace:
If you don't know where to start, here are a few ideas:
- Review the narrative nonfiction winners and pick a few
- Review the Newbery and Printz award winners and pick a few
- For professional reading... you can "do" twitter, but Twitter is often a surge of surface reading. It's great-don't get me wrong. I tweet. I read tweets, and I follow links for ideas. But that's like being fed with breadcrumbs. Occasionally, you really need a meal. There are great professional books which will help you equip yourself for our changing educational world. Here are a few that I recommend in order to equip yourself with the tools for Inquiry, Common Core, and the latest buzzword for libraries...Makerspaces. Choose one and enjoy it with a friend, poolside, sipping soda and making plans.
Rx for the Common Core - because I wrote it and know it's easy to read, packaged for easy understanding and will equip an educator with a plethora of skills for the CCSS, Inquiry Based Learning, questioning, and higher level thought.
Teaching for Inquiry - because everything that these authors write is good. It will equip you with a strong foundation in Inquiry Based Learning.
School Library Makerspaces - because this is the latest buzzword and we should understand this...in order to weave this into our learning common space.