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?

1 Comment

  1. Jon Hill

    Nice post! Keep striving toward a good work-life balance and don’t be afraid to take active steps to achieve it!

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