At the beginning of this calendar year I launched this blog to share my #onewordONT surrender. I was enthusiastically welcomed into the EDUblogger community and given advice to set aside a time each week for writing/blogging. I set a reminder in my phone to spend some time on Fridays reflecting on how/why I chose surrender that week. Fast forward to July and I’ve done some reflecting, even made some notes on my phone to remember to blog about – but haven’t actually written another post. Turns out, Friday afternoons often have a lot odds and ends to complete and writing got bumped down my to-do list. With plans in mind to readjust this practice next year – here I am.
There is often no greater time to practice surrender than the end of a school year. As an instructional coach I kept expecting teachers to get busy with final reports and end of year responsibilities and for my schedule to consequently quiet down as well. Yet, I was busy right until the end of the year with a great number of teachers wanting to discuss their transitions to new roles, begin planning for the upcoming year and take a look at new resources. Many of these conversations have continued into the summer months and I feel so blessed to have a PLN full of lifelong learners.
One of the things that has been most exciting for me this year is the launch of the HCDSB Summer Reading Club (primarily for Secondary teachers right now but looking to expand). My colleagues and I have been inspired by the work of Peel DSB on Culturally Relevant Texts (check out #CRPEnglish) and Lorena German and Julia E. Torres and their #DisruptTexts movement on Twitter. The reading club is focused on sharing recommendations for new and culturally diverse texts. The conversations have been great so far and we hope to continue with book club discussions in the fall. What better way to surrender than reflecting on the literature offered in your classroom and expanding the choices available to your students? Happy Reading!