What If I’m Reading Alone?

Maybe you are reading alone. Can it still be book club if there isn’t a group? We think it can be!

Here you will find additional support for an interactive reading experience 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 professional relationships in the video below.

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.

Matt offers reflection questions at the end of each chapter. Prepare a place for your written reflection. Find a notebook that makes you happy, or purchase new pens or pencils that you love. It can also be an app on your phone or a document on your computer. No matter your preference, just make sure you have a place for written reflection.

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.)

Combating Leadership Loneliness

Gwen Blumberg addresses the issue of loneliness in literacy leadership. She offers a variety of ways to create connections that will nurture and sustain leaders.

Nourishment: Making Time and Space for Little Joys

We can’t forget the importance of being kind to ourselves. Ruth Ayres explains how small pleasures add up to big delights.


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.