I love March, when during the Slice of Life Challenge, I commit to writing on a daily basis. It's fun during 31 days of posts to watch the ebb and flow of my writing. Some days I'll be incredibly pleased with how a post turned out; other days I'll just be glad I posted anything at all. A huge thanks to the gang at Two Writing Teachers for hosting, organizing, and commenting on this ginormous event each year. I appreciate the community of writers you encourage the entire month of March, and all the Tuesdays the rest of the year. Thank you, thank you.
**This March, I plan to connect as many posts as possible to my #OLW for the year - SAVOR.**
As I move forward to that official retirement date, I have been thinking of those things I'll miss after retirement. From time to time during the month, I may be sharing some of those with you. Thanks for humoring me.
Tonight after school, I took part in one of the two book studies I facilitate each month. As I drove to the school that was hosting, I couldn't help but reflect on all the ways I will miss these book studies.
I will miss our actual gatherings:
- The time to come together with colleagues from different buildings to build personal and professional relationships.
- Each "host" providing an after-school snack; it adds to the relaxed structure and camaraderie of our time together.
- The sharing of ideas that takes place during each conversation - thoughtful, collaborative, encouraging, and reflective.
- The ways we keep student growth and learning at the forefront of our conversations.
- The honesty in the ways we look at ourselves when thinking about refining our instructional practices.
And I will also miss the preparation for the study groups:
- Reading and rereading the assigned pages before the meeting.
- Marking the text as I read to hold on to "can't miss" ideas
- Searching for the right video clip, blog post, or snippet to complement the focus of the month.
- Laying out an agenda to help propel our thinking forward.
- Reflecting on how this professional read has real-life applications in our work.
- Responding to the reflections on our shared Google doc - our "conversation" outside of our actual face to face time.
I will miss these conversations and the collegiality. I plan to savor each book study experience between now and May 25!