Back in July, at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando, I was asked by my friends at Stenhouse Publishers how, as an educator, I prepared myself to go back to school each year. I was being filmed for promotional purposes that particular afternoon, and, not having had much time to prepare my answer or even down a quick glass of wine (*coughZSOFIcough*), I mumbled something boring and stupid and completely unoriginal.
As I walked back to my hotel room, I giggled to myself as I thought about how I would have answered the question had I been 100% honest. Yeah, yeah–in preparation for the new school year, we educators read an abundance of professional texts and organize our classroom libraries and lovingly wipe away the grime left after weeks of our classroom spaces collecting dust as we envision the adorable cherubs who’ll soon inhabit said spaces…but am I the only one who prepares to go back to school each year by doing these things, too?
If so…forget you ever read this. *blushes*