You know our official new year isn't January first. It's September or August depending on where you live and it isn't a stay-up-and-party-all-night celebration. Instead it's a labeling, organizing, decorating, reflecting, writing, dreaming, and hoping bonanza with the addition of one quality teaching nightmare before school starts. Well I've done it all & I thought I was ready.
As part of my organization, I always post What I'm Reading on my library door, but I thought I'd post my what I'd read this summer to show students this is truly what I do. As you can see, it was a great summer!
Then I realized, I haven't consolidated all the learning I did. I had all these professional books, filled with sticky notes and margin notes and folded pages. How was I going to remember all the great lessons, quotes and ideas that I wanted to share with my classes and colleagues? Once or twice I had tried to reference a lesson I wanted and couldn't find it.
Then I remembered a file I used to use. You know how you do that...you have a strategy, lesson or activity that works for you, you use it, love it and one day it falls by the wayside like a sweater tucked into the corner of your ever-growing closet. You forget that you ever owned it, until one day you rediscover it and remember why you loved it. Today I found my Mini Lesson Ideas file, as simple and haphazard as it is, and updated it with new lessons I might use.
So here I am, the day before school, copying links, ideas, poems and insights, just hoping when I'm pondering how to support the new class that lies before me, I'll be able to reference the brilliance, wisdom and support of my PLN.
Thanks to all of you!
Who Am I?
I'm a Teacher Librarian and Grade 7 Language Teacher.
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