Tuesday, June 27, 2017

{time} #sol17

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So far, I haven't said too much because at first I had {no words} and then all I had was {today}.

It was time for a change. I just didn't know it was MY time. After a few weeks of reflection and the process of packing up my classroom, I've accepted my new role and transition to a new school.

My reading specialist role is changing. I'm now considered a "Literacy Interventionist" in my district. Sounds fancy, I know.

But really, my goal is the same: Improve student learning as readers, writers, and thinkers, and nurture the love of reading.

The location is what differs: Instead of working with the most developing readers, writers, and thinkers in my own space, I'll be working with classroom teachers and students in their space.

Oh, and all this in a new school too.  The learning curve just curved again.

I understand the benefits of both working in classrooms and working with students outside of the classroom. Of course, I'll be honest, I adore my own cozy room full of books and magic and connecting with readers and writers.

I'm open to the possibilities of what is to come, working with teachers and students in classrooms. I'll be reaching more students and working alongside teachers to be a thinking partner and to help students achieve their goals.

Change can be good, but change can also be hard.

Or, in my case, change can be hard, but change can also be good. I have to envision the positive.

For now, I appreciate time - time to reflect, to accept, to think, to plan, to read, to write, to ponder, and to dream forward.

And, so, with change, a new Pinterest Board was created: New Adventures!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

{Today} #sol17

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I packed my last box
stacked it on top of all the waiting boxes
and I sighed.

I looked around my desolate classroom
thought about my students
and smiled.

memories of students laughing, learning, sharing
of great books echoed in the empty room
and I looked down.

I left a note welcoming the new teacher
moving in hoping she loves the cozy space as much as I did
and I blinked back tears.

I took one last look, closed the door
for the last time
and cried.

I walked down the hallway, out of the school
drove away for the last time
and never looked back.

my summer can begin -- time with my girls, reading,
continued learning, growing and preparing for my new role
and I let out a big sigh of words.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

{no words} #sol17

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I don't even know where to begin.
There is so much to say.
Yet, still no words.

My brain is a tangled mess of words and emotions.
So many changes: New role. New school. New teachers. New students.
Saying goodbye to my school family after 15 years.

Friday was our last day of school.
Squeezing students goodbye because I just couldn't say the words ...
As tears fell, heartbroken.

I waited and waited and waited before starting to pack.
A room full of books and treasures, because once I started ...
Then I knew it was all too real. Too final.

Yet, I understand my purpose for moving on.
It wasn't my decision, but I understand there is a bigger plan.
I must forget all the reasons why it won't work--

And believe the one reason why it will: The kids.
There are new kids who need me, my help. my love.
Or, perhaps it's me. Maybe I'm the one that needs these new kids.

I'm in the midst of packing box after box after box.
Every little thing packed has a story.
A memory that I'm bringing with me.

Huh, I guess I found a few words.
There is still more to say ...
But this is where I begin.

(Thanks, Terje, for nudging me to slice.) 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Announcing the 2017 #cyberPD Book Choice!

Check out our #cyberPD Google Community to 
learn more about our summer PD event.


Every year in May, we ask to see your stack of PD books you can't wait to dive into over the summer, looking for just the right book to read together. Then, we plan to discuss our thoughts and learning virtually through our Google Community, blog posts, and Twitter during the month of July.

This year, once again, there were many great book selections shared. And, yet again, we had many conversations about the perfect book for our #cyberPD group. Our list of criteria is extensive and our standards are high.  This book must reach a wide audience that will allow for deep thinking and learning. Our hope is that the book selected will push our thinking to make positive changes in our classrooms.

Yes, book selection is important, but what makes this PD event truly successful are the amazing teachers and educators across the globe that support each other through the learning process.

YOU make #cyberPD a success! Thank YOU for joining us ... whether this is your very first year, or your seventh year, or somewhere in between, we are thrilled YOU are joining in the conversations! 

The beauty of this summertime PD is you make it what you want and you do what you can when you can do it! Personalized online PD that meets your needs!

So, are you wondering what book we selected for 2017, like these #cyberPD friends?!?

I think Kylene Beers would agree ... the 2017 #cyberPD title will teach us, touch us, make us want more, and fill us up! (And, no, it's not Kylene's new book Disrupting Thinking ...)


(Now cue the drum roll ...)

This summer we will be reading Vicki Vinton's new title  ...

It all begins this July! Order the book (if needed ... it was in many book stacks, so a lot of you are ready to ...), start reading, and join in!  Share your thoughts each week around specific chapters (more specific information to come) with a reflection in the Google Community -- a blog post, a Google+ comment, and on Twitter (#cyberPD).  We encourage you to respond and comment on at least 3 other participants reflections.  Happy deeper reading!


Additional Resources

Questions about #cyberPD? Contact Cathy Mere or Michelle Nero. We are here to help!