Sunday, November 21, 2010
Is my job getting in the way of my real work?
Ever tried not doing your job for a few days and just be an available presence in your library? Last week, I did just that. The bookfair had been scheduled for the media center but at the last minute it was moved to an empty classroom; so I had not planned with any teachers for this week. Instead of rapidly filling my time, I decided to just "be" in the library and see what happened. What a great week! I had time to talk with students about what they were reading, what their projects were, and what they liked about the library. Because I was in the library by myself, my assistant was in the bookfair madness, I asked students for their help on various things that came up, and they were so glad to help! They were thrilled with the time for a one on one conversation with me, excited to be given trust and responsibility, and the week was a joyful one! I made movies with Pixie, edited narratives, searched for websites, and read books. Now I know I can't just abandon my work, but I will make time to just be; it is too important not to be too busy to spend quality time with students. Now I remember why I went into this line of work!
Posted by Liz at 4:43 PM