Now that the school year has ended (or is just about to end) for so many educators, we take a big breath and exhale. We made it. The stress leaves us and our shoulders are no longer stuck around our ears. Breathe. For many of us, it is a time to re-group and rejuvenate. What are your plans?
I know what I won’t do: count books I read. I’m fascinated by the number of summer reading challenges in my email, twitter and blog groups. My summer reading is a time to sample, savor and simply read. Maybe I had a particularly difficult year, but I just can’t face the pressure of tallying the number of books I finish. I applaud those that are enthralled by the challenge. I’m rooting for your success, and most importantly, I am not judging. I simply want an un-challenge.
Typically, I read too fast. I also tend to read more than one book at once. I usually keep books in various places throughout the house. I’ve been banned (whohoo) from cooking because I would hold a book in one hand and not pay attention to the overflowing pots. (Boring.) My goal for my summer reading is to slow down and let each word I read embrace and envelope me. I don’t want to rush.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I adore Young Adult Fiction and the books I’m reading are breathtaking. My TBR (To Be Read) pile is enormous and varied. It is filled with fiction, non-fiction, and books on teaching. I have a collection of book markers and sticky notes that hold my place in many of the books. I have a buffet of book delicacies.
Recently I attended my first Un-conference, Edcamp Philly and felt an excitement for learning that I haven’t felt in years. What made it so unique is that the typical “conference” rules were thrown out and educators had choices. (Imagine that in your classroom!) I love that I was in charge of my learning for the day. I’ve decided that my summer reading will be a Un-challenge. I will read and not count how many books I finish. I will read simply because it is what I do. I will not be intimidated by the book counts that others produce. I will allow myself to un-self-consciously jump from book to book because it is what I choose to do.
If you need me, I’m sitting in the sunshine with a pile of books.