Thursday, December 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Years ago, our daily announcements at my school ended with the statement: "Make it a great day or not - the choice is yours!"
In 2021, my goal is to chose JOY and to use that as a guiding principle throughout the year.
This year, I commit to finding joy in the following:
- New Challenges - I have truly enjoyed learning more about Desmos and EdTech during 2020 and I want to continue challenging myself to learn more
- My Students - Yesterday, I saw a quote that said something about "The best part of my job is the kids. The worst part of my job is everything else" - that rings true for me in a lot of ways!
- Connections and Relationships - I honestly couldn't have made it through 2020 without the relationships I've fostered over the years and I want to focus even more on those connections
- Me Time - I struggle with this one... I have a tendency to put others (especially my students) ahead of everything else. I want to release that pressure and be okay with putting myself above others for just a bit of me time each day
- In Failure - Another toughie... yesterday's post lamented the kids that have slipped between the cracks, but Pam reminded me later in text about the kids that I have connected with, the kids that know they are loved and cared for. I've not reached every child, but honestly, in the best of years, I don't reach every child. I can only do so much. (please keep reminding me and yourself about this one!)
Monday, December 28, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
- Fresh air - While we aren't allowed to congregate at work for lunch, there's a small group of us that have brought our lawn chairs (and now fuzzy blankets) to sit outside for lunch to get a chance to have fresh air while maskless and social distancing. While this 30 minutes goes WAY too quickly, it's one of my favorite parts of the day
- Friends - I can't imagine doing this without my friends, both in-person and online. While I know it can easily devolve into a gripe session, there's something about having true empathy for what you are going through that others can't understand
- Calming Activities - Honestly, I'm bad about this... I really love teaching and I'm passionate about it. So for me, I find calmness in things like podcasts in the car (Forensic Tales is my current favorite), binge reading novels (Kindle Umlimited was a great purchase for me), and things like the YouTube video of the crackling fire and instrumental music.
- Exercise - This one is one I've fallen down on recently... With the pandemic, I haven't moved as much and it's a struggle. I was never one to sit at my desk and I was always up and moving, but since March, my movement has been limited. :(
- Consistency - This deserves a post all its own, but one of the stressful things about this year has been the lack of consistency. We started out in distance learning, came back in-person, had tons of kids in and out on quarantine, then spent most of November back in distance learning, then back in person for December, so from day to day, you really didn't know how many kids might be in person, at home, ill, etc. I decided early on to do the equivalent of distance learning, even while we were in person for the equity for the students at home. Having only one lesson method really helped my sanity (other than the assessments, but that's another issue).
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Winter Break has finally arrived! I don't know about you, but this year's break couldn't come fast enough! 2020 has been a unique and very challenging year, but I also have learned a ton and grown professionally, so I definitely want to take some time to reflect on those moments and hopefully get back into a blogging habit!
Over the years, @pamjwilson and I have often hosted a "Yule Blog" challenge to help us with blogging over the break, so I was extremely grateful when Pam was willing to do this again! This year's prompts will be a bit more serious than previous years simply due to how different this year has been for all of us!Your challenge... if you choose to accept it... is to blog 12 times over your Winter Break. There are prompts listed below, but don't feel like you have to blog in this order or even use the prompts at all! You'll also notice that there are more than 12 prompts - that's in case you want to combine some or if you don't like one or more of them! But again, the prompts are only there as a suggestion when you don't know what else to blog about! :)
Please share your post with us in the comments or via Twitter using the hashtag #MTBoSYuleBlog - we can't wait to read your reflections on 2020!!