Decisions & Opportunities

Our shipment arrived! As I referenced in my previous post, I have been working to build a home for my family here in Beijing. This process is made so much easier with the arrival of everyone’s stuff. We are struggling a bit to fit it all in our 3-bedroom townhouse, particularly the kitchen ware; our new kitchen is a quarter of the size of the one we left in Jordan! The decisions over what to keep and what to put into storage matter: am I a baker, a prep cook, or a chef? Or, can my choices of what to keep reflect all aspects of my role in the kitchen? Or, as some of my friends back home in Canada would scoff, Your Ayi cooks dinner during the week – who are you trying to fool? There is much to continue unpacking here…

I feel a similar struggle in the process of trying to decide between reading or research as a focus for my professional learning goal. I have arrived at the conclusion that I cannot fit both into one goal for the year – I have to chose one over the other. So, reading it is. Though as I type this I feel the powerful pull of the research LibGuide I am creating for Science 8…

But reading. Choosing reading for a focus is timely. In the MS, we are digging into how we deliver reading instruction. This is starting some great conversations about our classroom libraries, our familiarity with books for this age group, and student choice and voice in what they read. We have also received the exciting news of a new Literacy Coach position for grades 6-12 starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

As I “build relationships and partnerships” with teachers under the “Leader” domain in the Librarians professional growth framework, some of my measurables, presented in narrative through this blog, will be:

  1. A unified belief about the importance of classroom libraries in the MS model of reading instruction;
  2. Greater confidence in our knowledge of what our students want to read, familiarity with popular MS books, and comfort in recommending titles to our MS readers;
  3. Equity in MS classroom libraries; and,
  4. A clear definition of what a culture of reading means to MS Humanities teachers.

There is also an exciting opportunity is to present at the ACAMIS Spring Leadership Conference, March 6,7 in Beijing at Keystone Academy. A colleague and I are starting to toss some ideas around about a contribution we might make to the larger learning community here in Beijing.

Decisions made, opportunities abound. Now…I wonder what’s for dinner?

Late for some very important dates

I’m constantly late these days. It’s not my usual practice, although my husband might tell you otherwise. Finding my groove these past few months has been tricky. Moving to a new country is hard work. My efforts are focused on the work of building a new home for my family and finding my way in a new school. On the home front, I have been late in the mornings, trying to figure out my new morning routine. I can’t consistently nail down the exact minutes required to properly wake up before actually getting out of bed, open the third floor curtains, take a shower, get dressed, and head downstairs. Do I wake up the girls on my way down or do I come back to do this after my coffee? I still can’t get the timing right to choose one option over the other. It is wasted energy each day as I revisit the dilemma.

In a similar nature, I am late to choose my professional learning goal for the 19-20 school year. I can’t decide which area of librarianship to focus on: reading or research? Unlike the rest of the teaching faculty, the four librarians are not working with the 7Cs. Because of the unique responsibilities in addition to teaching, we opted to work with this framework. I plan to focus on the Leader domain, which contains these strands:

•Serves as teacher leader
•Takes a global view of the community
Leverages the holistic view of the community to create (learning) opportunities
•Demonstrates commitment and knowledge
•Builds relationships and partnerships

We are still playing with these strands; the un-bulleted one is meant to take the place of the second bullet, and we have some word-smithing yet to do. Regardless, I intend to focus on the last bullet: Builds relationships and partnerships. In future posts, I will elaborate on how I plan to approach this important work.


Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.

  • Decide on your goal, perhaps in consultation with your colleagues or principal, and create a post to share with this online professional learning community that you are now a part of! Categorise this post in Goal Setting. Set your goal by considering:
    • Self-assessment and reflection based on new teacher standards  (Tripod 7Cs)
    • Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
    • Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
  • Identify colleagues, coaches, principals etc. that will play a supporting role in achieving your goal, and invite them to view and comment on your post. Encourage them to bookmark your blog and visit regularly.
  • Throughout the year, collect and share evidence to support your progress. Categorise these posts in Reflection.
  • Encourage your colleagues to share your learning journey by engaging with your blog. In return, engage with their blog (and others across the School)
  • You may also like to share work that your students have created or your own professional achievements that may not be directly related to your goal setting. This is encouraged! Categorise these posts as Showcase.

If you need support using this platform, please don’t hesitate to contact Ed Tech, we are always happy to be of assistance!

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