Last week, I had the honor of having a column published over at the amazing Nerdy Book Club. I love Top 10 lists, and writing this post was an opportunity for thoughtful reflection on the library experience for students.
With more than 2 months between submitting the column and its publication, I had forgotten exactly what I’d written. Rereading the column – and reading the thoughtful comments of others – reinforced the value in reflecting and learning from students. Not a day goes by without thinking how I could do something better, more efficiently, or more meaningfully. From lessons with students to library admin to classroom management, there is always something to learn. Ignoring the opportunity to learn and grow is a disaster for educators.
I suppose this explains why, when my husband deleted the first draft of this column, I didn’t completely lose it. Yes, I sulked. Yes, I was fussy. But as my 4th grade students remind me, I have a choice: I adopted growth mindset and started rewriting. After all, it was ultimately my fault (I didn’t save it), and the writing was better for it.
So now I ask you: What lessons have you learned from your students this year? Please share!