Slice of Life: Closing Time… At Least Virtually #SOL17

I was having dinner with a friend and she reflected, “I wish my job had an ending each year like your job.  I know you still work over the summer, but each year has a set beginning and an ending.  I think it is great to have a marker in time to reflect, make changes, recognize growth and set new goals.  I know I could do that myself at any time, but it is powerful when everyone marks the same ending and beginning.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Endings give cause for celebration and reflection.  Beginnings inspire hopes, plans, goals, and new ideas.  The combination is energizing.

Tammy and I have always appreciated the time in the summer to slow down, reflect, learn and plan.  Long stretches of time to think together is invaluable.  Education is all-consuming – intellectual, physical, social, creative, and emotional.  It is a profession that requires time to recharge and refocus each year – for teachers and students.

We will be spending July attending conferences, planning our work in schools next year, reading new children’s and professional books, and making the final revisions on our new book – It’s All About the Books!  (working title – Heinemann Spring 2018).  In August we will be spending time with family and friends playing, relaxing, and traveling.  We will not be blogging during these months – but you might see a tweet or two when we are at conferences in July.

We hope you find time to recharge, play, relax and reflect this summer.   See you in September when we will be back at it!!!


  1. Julieanne June 27, 2017

    So true! This time to reflect and recharge is what makes for good teaching come fall. Excited for your book to come. Happy summer!

  2. Fran McVeigh June 27, 2017

    Oh, I can’t wait!
    It’s all about the books!
    Sing it!

    Not at ILA but I look forward to seeing you at NCTE in the fall! YAY, St. Louis!

    Recharge, relax . . .

  3. Michelle June 27, 2017

    Such an exciting time right now! Always looking for the tweets of inspiration … and that new book! Can’t wait to hear more about it! Enjoy your busy, but rejuvenating July. Savor your long August days with family and friends….until next time!

  4. Tara June 27, 2017

    Enjoy the break from routines – can’t wait for your new book!

  5. Stacey June 27, 2017

    I didn’t realize you had another book coming out. Wow! Congratulations! Looking forward to it next year.

    Until then, ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

  6. Leigh Anne June 27, 2017

    I enjoyed your presentation at All Write. Teaching in a middle school, transfer is still important! Your Zach story is still lingering with me! Enjoy your break, and I will be watching the tweets!


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