Yesterday was my first official day back! The students report on Tuesday. So it looks like I’ll make my 15 days just in time. : )
We have a strong culture of reading at our school. We read professional books together as a staff during the year and over the summer. This summer we decided to read a children’s book and I suggested Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. When we come together to discuss books it reminds us of the power of small group collaboration in developing a deep and rich understanding. It also gives us time to reconnect with each other and connect with new staff at the school. This book was perfect because the plot and characters directly related to our everyday lives as teachers.
You may or may not have something similar at your school. I strongly urge you to start a teacher book club if you don’t already have one. Maybe you start with five people instead of the whole staff? Choose a compelling children’s novel that relates to teaching or pick a non-fiction text that you’ve been wanting to read but just couldn’t find the time for. Teacher book clubs give us a support system and a vehicle for purposeful talk around out profession!