Three or Four Chapters

I’m a member of a very vibrant and energetic bookclub.

What members bring with them is so thought provoking. The conversations are teeming with connections, life experiences, stories and humour, so much of it. We meet on Zoom from different continents, with our different nationalities and accents. We discuss in a common language.

Having been a participant in different bookclubs I realised how different this format was. I went through the first meeting nodding and thinking, I’m learning so much. Not only was this particular book provocative, but the energy the members brought to the three or four chapters we read was intriguing. So many issues, topics and questions surfaced.

What made the author include this or that?

What was the author thinking?

Why did we have to infer so much?

What exactly was being addressed here?

Sometimes we are led to carry out some more research in order to understand parts of the book.

At the end of our first meeting, I could not wait for the next three or four chapters and the leads that would come from the discussion.

Putting my teacher’s hat on, I plan to set this up for my fifth graders, to get them engaged and ‘fired-up’ to read and enjoy discussions around books.

Reflection of this school year

5 things that made me smile

Students , their resilience, mask wearing, dotted illnesses, some class closures, managed play areas due to social distancing and many more ‘news’!

Conquering my new school year of looping with most of my students. They were different as they matured a lot through the school year.

Students’ passion and interests shared eloquently during our PYPX. 

Getting to know my students their strengths and needs.

Collaboration (with teachers) not so easy but achieved results in the end.

4 words to describe my school year

Different

Changeable

Manageable

Successful

3 plans for my holiday

Rest

Read and write daily

Recuperate ( seems like the word for teachers to regain the energy) before the next school year.

2 things I learned this school year

To listen more and reflect before judging.

Be patient and work through challenges, they soon pass.

I goal for my next school year

Start with a positive mindset