I know it’s been over 5 months since my last post, and well…life got in the way. In the past few months, my husband and I became (very happily) pregnant, and it seems like everything just went crazy from there. I know this will probably come as no surprise to the parents reading this, but things just…change. There’s a gradual, but very noticeable, shift that I wasn’t expecting.
I don’t have the same drive to blog, or tweet, or create, or innovate. To be fair, my body’s a little busy doing plenty of creating, however, I don’t feel the same ambitious desire to do anything innovative or new in my library. It’s disconcerting, but I’m emotionally and professionally fine with it. It’s been easier than I expected to just let it go.
Andy Woodworth at Agnostic, Maybe has an excellent blog post on how first-time fatherhood affects his professional life. I read it last summer, and it came to mind again a couple of weeks ago. It captures rather well how I’ve been feeling (except for the partner judging/shaming…my hubby has taken over all the cooking and most of the cleaning, so I blessedly can’t relate to that part). I admire his ability and willingness to write about how his personal and professional lives interact. And I wish more librarians and educators would be so honest about the realities of the elusive work-life balance.
So for my readers’ patience, here’s a freebie of one of my library centers that I’ve used for a couple of years. A commonly used center is the “reading independently” or “book buddies reading” center, and some other versions are available from my teacher-librarian PLN. I made my own version for two reasons:
- I color-coded my library centers based on my 3 types of centers: Research Skills, Reading & Language, and Makerspace. I assigned the color red to all the Reading & Language centers, so I wanted my Independent Reading Center to be red.
- I wanted to add options for reading material to include magazines and ebooks, as well as whisper-reading to a beanbag buddy or “book buddy.”
So if you’d like to try my version of this popular center, click on the image below or on THIS LINK to download it in my shop. The zip file download contains the center sign below in PDF and Microsoft Word file formats, and an editable lesson plan in Microsoft Word file.
Thank you for staying tuned during my temporary hiatus. Enjoy!