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{time} #sol17

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________
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 understan…

{Today} #sol17

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

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

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

{Yesterday}
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.

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

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

{Today}
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.


{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'…

Announcing the 2017 #cyberPD Book Choice!

Check out our #cyberPD Google Communityto  learn more about our summer PD event.
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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 ea…