There hasn't been a single Treasure Mountain that I've been to that hasn't ended in disappointment. But as Dr Suess has famously said, "don't cry that it's over, be happy that it happened." We've covered so much territory in less than 24 hours. Our retreat is ending with a Big Think. A time to collect our thinking and ask ourselves, So What? and Now What? Why do the things we've discussed matter, and what are we going to do with this information?
We're reflecting on our thinking through the lens of the CSL Leading Learning Standards. How do the big ideas present themselves in the context of the standards? How might the standards need to be finessed to reflect the current thinking? What's missing? Ultimately, how can we as school librarians be yet better?
It is this kind of thinking and the drive to serve our communities better that drives us as teacher librarians and makes me keep coming back to Treasure Mountain Research Retreats. Thanks to Anita, Carol, Joseph, David, and every single person that I've had the pleasure of talking to. You have made me a better teacher librarian and a better person. Until next time!