Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I dream bigger than my ability to keep up. This website sometimes proves to be that for me. I haven't stopped reading or teaching--I just stopped writing about it in a coherent, consistent fashion. But today I felt that need to write about that and to explore some of the reasons why.
- I was busy doing things I am officially employed to do. Last year I again had a full-time homeroom class. It was challenging, exhilarating, and exhausting. Plus, I was teaching occasionally for a college class one night a week. As a result, I rarely felt I had time to breathe.
- My mother had a major medical issue, and I had to be present for her and help her get back on her feet.
- My mother-in-law died about a year ago. That put my whole family in higher tension.
- My son who is a college student took a year off and spent it back at home. Need I say more?
Now, for why I am returning.
- I have things to say--about books, education, thinking, and pretty much everything. Where better to start?
- I miss writing. I find that unless I make time for it, I don't do it.
- It's hypocritical to teach people how to write, to edit other people's writing, and teach about other people's writing if you are not willing to write yourself. And I hate hypocrisy, so that had to change.
So a brief update about what is new or not--I am still the school librarian at the place I have been. This year I embarked on a new adventure of teaching computer coding to third and fourth graders. I will write more about that soon. I am also trying to seriously explore the role of mindfulness in my own teaching and in my life. That too is likely to appear here occasionally. And I am also directly mentoring another teacher, a new experience for me. These and other factors in my life are likely to show up.
So watch this space for thoughts on teaching and exploring my own education. And watch for the return of my reviews too. As I said, I am still reading. I may be posting fuller reviews of books I have listed on Goodreads as well.
Thanks--and if any one is still reading this, I appreciate it.
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