This blog is a place to ruminate on the problems of teaching. If I am thinking thoughtfully, my posts will hopefully raise more questions than answers. By problematizing teaching we reflect on those questions that are constantly behind, in front, and at center of everything we do in the classroom. Feel free to comment. I'd love to hear what other teachers are thinking about on these and other issues.
If I could read all day, or most of the day anyway, I would. This summer, despite some voluntary and involuntary deadlines, I have found long, uninterrupted spaces for reading. As always, I'm trying to figure out how I can keep the momentum going come September. And, as never before, I am begrudgingly coming to the realisation that this is not possible once school starts. Once I get back into the swing of a full teaching day, I just won't have as much time to read or write. And, that's OK. As long as I have at least one book going and some writing I do every day, I can satisfy my reading and writing habit. Nevertheless, it is right at about this time, during summer vacation, when I start to get anxious because I know that my summer is winding down which means my carefully crafted morning routine of exercising, reading and writing is about to be disrupted.
This summer I read professional books, participated in educational Twitter chats, wrote book reviews, and worked on the…