Volume II, Issue VI
Heather Clayton, the author of Making the Standards Come Alive!, is the principal of Mendon Center Elementary School in Pittsford Central School District, New York. She is also a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning published by Just ASK.
A New Beginning
Renewed and Reenergized
As educators, we are lucky because each school year we have the opportunity for a fresh start. We are afforded the chance to step away from our day-to-day responsibilities with students and take a collective breath.
Summer recess gave us time to read the things that inspire us and time to engage in activities that cleared our minds and helped us to rejuvenate and prepare for the stamina needed in the work ahead.
To that end, this month’s issue provides thought-provoking questions, quotations, engaging links, and book recommendations intended to engage and motivate, as well as help you in the upcoming year.
As you near the opening of school, consider these questions…
As you near the opening of school, investigate these resources…
www.slj.com/2013/05/standards/common-core/20-outstanding-nonfiction-books-core-essentials The School Library Journal has created a list of 20 Outstanding Non-fiction books for the year.
Apkon, Stephen. The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2013.
Weaver, Laura. and Mark Wilding. The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching: A Practical Guide for Educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. 2013.
As you near the opening of school, consider these quotes…
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
– Steve Jobs
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
– J. B. Priestly
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.
– John Steinbeck
As you near the opening of school,
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Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
– Ralph Blum
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Clayton, Heather. “A New Beginning Renewed and Reenergized.” Making the Standards Core Come Alive! Volume II, Issue VI, 2013. Available at www.justaskpublications.com. Reproduced with permission of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK). ©2013 by Just ASK. All rights reserved.