I got an idea over the summer that was met with a little push back. Sure, I was a little defeated when it happened, but I will not let that stop me. It was a little tough dealing with dissenters, but I know that what I want to do will benefit the students of my school.
Now, what is this little idea that I received? Well, I want to ask teachers for a collection of their teaching/education related books and begin to form a library in the teachers’ lounge. These books would be open for all teachers to borrow and gain further knowledge of their profession. It would also form a stronger community where teachers want to share ideas and thoughts about what they have read. Sure, some information may not pertain to particular class levels, but the idea that I could find a way to better connect to a grade level that I don’t teach, to me, is awesome!
I want others to know what I have been reading. I want them to take that risk and open their minds to new ideas. Some teachers may not even know what other books are out there! If we build a library, we will build a community! I want to make teachers push their minds further. I want them to push their limits!
This library would be simple. It wouldn’t be much, but it would be a foundation of opportunities. It would allow use to build new connections. It would allow us to do what is best for our students.
The feedback I first received was that of hesitation. It was also very tough. I am not going to let that stop me. I am going to make this happen!