The only true, honest reflection I can offer is one of gratitude for making it through.
This school year has been long, challenging, and left me in a fog.
Apparently I had a BOY professional growth meeting but remember none of it. Most of the time I feel like a duck – attempting to appear in control on the surface whilst paddling like a mad person underneath.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, this year.
Looking back at my blog, I realise that I only set myself online learning related goals.
They were based on captivating, clarifying and communicating library skills in manageable chunks for the online environment.
Whilst I had some great ideas of all the innovative and interesting things I could do, the reality of this year’s incarnation of online learning (either me online and the kids in the library – August to November – or the period everyone was online in Jan/Feb) meant that the kids had SO MUCH screen time in a day, I needed to reevaluate what my priorities were. I didn’t want them spending longer than 20 minutes on a screen – just like my in-person lessons aren’t longer than 20 minutes before releasing them to browse and borrow.
So I kept the structure simple and predictable for all my classes, with the 3Cs in mind: check in, read aloud a Panda Book Award book, very short activity, and then sent the kids to do an optional library themed choice board.
The reading fort was the most captivating, for sure!
I’m happy with the level of service the library offered during our periods of online learning as I believe I created predictable and enjoyable routines that helped students continue to grow as readers.
The fact that the library sent over 4300 books to ISB homes in a two month period thanks to courier deliveries and curbside pick up, meant that our learners continued to see reading as a joyful, purposeful activity. I know this is something many kids clung to in a time of intense uncertainty and cannot be underestimated.
Online learning aside, there were a ton of goals I had that I never documented and that just continue to percolate and give me a vague sense of anxiety over not doing enough. I’ve made some decent progress in some areas and ruminate on them here.