I couldn’t imagine going to a job that I didn’t want to go to. Instead of complaining about going back to work, I spend Christmas break dreaming of returning to work and implementing all my crazy ideas. I get so excited when students run into the library to say “Hi” and tell me about all the books they read during the break.
Does that really happen? No. (Maybe a few students.)
But I want it to. I know that if I want students to come in to see me, I have to give them a reason. Books aren’t enough. I wish it was. For most of the students, other relationships have to form. There must be trust.
One thing I purchased over the break is a letter board. I’ve been eyeing them for a while now. I picked one up at Wally World after Christmas for 66% off. I couldn’t pass it up. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. But I know, it’ll start conversations. As soon as I unwrapped it, my daughter flocked to it. “What is that? What are you going to use it for? Can I put the words on it?”
Conversations will happen. I’m not sure where they’ll go, but the students will take the lead. And for that, I am happy!