Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Book Study

Thumbs let go of pages as they fall into the next one.  Highlighter caps click off and snap back on again.  Candy wrappers crinkle.

We're reading and studying and noting.  We're thinking and writing and reviewing.

The quasi silence is the gift of time to participate in a book study during the school day.  We are teachers and learners.  We are together.  The feelings of camaraderie and collaboration are bouncing on the air, like magic spells causing each of us to smile.

We talk.  We listen. 

We ponder.  We dream.

We plan.  We reflect.

We are inspired by what we read.  We look for the beginnings of our goals amongst the happenings of our present day.  Do you think?  Could we maybe?  What about if?

If all our time together was this intentional...

If all our time together was this treasured...

If all our time together was this positive...

We thank each other for the effort and the time and the candy.  We promise to do it all again soon.  We leave better than when we arrived.


8 comments:

  1. Oh, how I loved participating in book studies when I was teaching. You captured the mood in your first paragraph with your sensory detail. And now, I need to know - what was the book?

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    1. We are working to implement the Patterns of Power by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca. The first three chapters are full of wonderfulness and leaves us much to aspire to! We will meet again to look at the lessons in the second part of the book and to discuss how it went in implementing the plans we wrote during book study. It's our first time holding book study during school. It's exciting!

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  2. Yes! What was the book? This reflection took on such a lovely form. I wish I'd been there.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. It was a fabulous day! We are studying Patterns of Power from Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca.

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  3. My question, too? Kudos to your administrators for providing the time. We are trying "grassroots PD" this year in learning circles. There is so much more buy-in when teachers drive their learning.

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    1. We are blessed to have this time. It's our first attempt at this kind of PD opportunity. There was some additional funding, so I don't count on it happening next year. We are studying Patterns of Power by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca.

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  4. Gathering for a learning purpose is always exciting!!!

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