For 25 years now I have taught at Sam Houston State University. And I have taught yer round for those 25 years, too. I must admit that it was tough those first couple of years after I left the middle school classroom. Summers were time for recharging, relaxing, and taking courses of course. But now I was teaching each and every semester. At first the decision was financial. I took a huge pay cut to move to the university to teach, and I needed summer pay to continue to support my family. But now, I could sit out for the summer (though I do love the pay still), and I elect to work. I wondered about when this shift occurred. It dawned on me that so much of the rest of my life was already year round. Certainly my reading life did to stop when summer arrived nor did it end when fall approached. Ditto my writing life which did not seem to have a seasonal cycle.
I am a lifelong reader (at least so far) and writer (fingers crossed that it continues) and learner, While the time I can spend reading and writing and learning might differ rm day to day or season to season, while I might be a dormant reader or writer for a period of time, I am always preparing for the time when I can dive into a book, write a blog post, or organize a presentation.
How can we make sure our students see themselves as lifelong, year round readers and writers? Donalyn Miller gives us great insights in her book READING IN THE WILD. As the summer approaches, perhaps this is a book that could make it into your TBR stack? What can we do to help our students see summer as just another season in their literacy journey?