I've mentioned before that teaching inspiration came to me this summer, when I felt that I had become stagnant and at a loss as an educator. Some of this stagnation was just the general circumstances we face as teachers, some was based on my particular teaching circumstances in the moment, and some was just the natural cycle of teaching for so many years--questioning whether or not this was going to be my long-term path. At 42 years old, did I see myself doing this forever? If you had asked me a year ago, the answer would have been no.
Where did this inspiration come from? I have to thank a handful of specific bloggers for lighting that spark. I was looking for ideas to energize me, and to help me remember that a) I'm so lucky to do this job, and b) this job is fun. Somehow, I found the ladies below. I could go on about what each of them unknowingly did for me. In the unlikely event you have not been to their blogs already, you should just head on over and see for yourselves:
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Christopher Lehman (ditto)
1. I've done pretty well when it comes to my #1 start of the school year resolution, which was to just enjoy the kids more. In my effort to keep things moving and keep my management tight, I've often forgotten to just stop, look around, and enjoy the fact that I get to spend my day teaching and learning with kids. I feel good about that so far this year, and need to re-commit to that as we move into the period of time before out state testing. I don't want the stress to fit everything in to make me lose sight of this important resolution.
2. Use as much technology as possible. I use it to the extent I can and know how to, but I want to do more. We have a great tech resource specialist for elementary grades in my district, so I need to haunt him a little bit. He'll be coming to help me set all of my kiddos up on Google Drive in January, so that's a start. I also want the kids to do some podcasting, and we'll be making book trailers during historical fiction book clubs. I'd also like to use more video clips in my lessons, not just to show movies, but for the purposes of visual literacy and working on those speaking and listening standards.
I have a million more, but I need to focus, so those are the big teaching ones.
1. Take more pictures during lessons. I've been finding myself with things I'd like to post about, but that I forgot to photograph in the moment, and then the moment is gone. Blog posts about lessons without visuals aren't as easy for me to understand when I'm reading, so I'm sure that others need that visual as well.
3. This fits with #1--Participate in Krissy's (Venspired) See the Good project. 365 photos, one a day for the rest of the year? I'm going to try. Having a list of suggestions like she blogged about will help me with this one! Staying positive by seeing the good in each day seems like a pretty good resolution to me. Anyone want to join me? Look at that hashtag on this here picture:
Dare I make a Twitter resolution as well? No! However, once the pic is blogged about, it's really not that hard to do...
1. Family first. Come home from work at a reasonable hour, and leave work behind--period.
2. Reduce the coffee intake. It's just scary, is all I'm saying. (Notice how I didn't say give up?)
I've read so many resolutions around the blogging community, and I'm inspired by so many, wanting to add them to my list. I love that we all head into the New Year with so many good intentions. Whether we stick to them or not, just the making of them speaks to the good there is in the world. So important right now.