I’m Reading Alone
Maybe you are reading alone or with a buddy for book club. Can it still be book club if there isn’t a group? We think it can be!
Here you will find additional support for written reflection and tips for connecting with others.
Recognize that You are Not Alone
Many educators battle loneliness. If this is true for you, then we are so glad you are here. First, read the article “Leadership Loneliness” by Gwen Blumberg. It will speak to your heart. Next, be proactive about making professional connections and enjoying your own company!
Offer an Invitation
You may be pleasantly surprised that others will join you for a book club if you simply extend an invitation. Don’t underestimate your influence for bringing positivity and professionalism to your building.
Tap Social Media
Challenge yourself to share something after each chapter on social media. Tag your colleagues and the author. Also add a hashtag. Doing these things will begin to forge professional connections. Dana Murphy offers ideas for seeking this professional relationships in the video below. Make sure to tag the author in your posts.
Make Reflection Special
Prioritize reflection about each chapter by adding an event on your calendar. Just like a book club meets on a regular basis, give yourself this same gift.
Find a notebook that makes you happy, or purchase new pens or pencils that you love. You may also want to plan a special treat, like a cup of coffee or a favorite snack to go along with your reflection. Small things can be quite motivating. (Check out the article “Nourishment: Making Time and Space for Little Joys” by Ruth Ayres for more on this idea.)
Use the study guide from Stenhouse to create your own interactive reading experience. Instead of discussing your answers, write your answers. When we write we can figure things out and generate new ideas.
Stay Sharp by Seeking Others Out
Dana Murphy shares the ways she seeks out educators who help her stay sharp. Her key sources are Twitter, the educators in her school, and reading the Big Fresh.