Archive for March, 2017

Just writing

Posted: March 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I shared about how I’m doing on my goals for 2017. After I finished, I started to think about all the excuses I have for why I am not doing so well on my goals. That’s what we do, find excuses. So why not share some here?

It’s been too cold in the mornings to go run and then when I get home after school I have the dog to take care of, dinner to eat and planning for the next day. I don’t have time to run. Yea . . . that’s an excuse. I keep telling myself to go out and run every morning, but then I don’t. I have to stop staying no and just make myself do it!

I like watching television. I don’t have time to sit and read. Actually, when I’m reading, I can’t play Candy Crush. I enjoy being brain dead in the evenings and watching t.v., but that needs to end. I need to get to reading more.

Finally, I feel I always need to have some profound to say in order to blog. I know that’s not the case, but I feel like some people may open my blog and just go, “I’m wasting my time.” Well, I hope not. I want people to enjoy my blog. Yes, it will be boring at times and I need to be okay with that.

Now, to stop making excuses and start making changes.

2017 Goals Update

Posted: March 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s the end of spring break, which means we’re about a forth of the way through 2017. On my run today, I got to thinking about the goals I set in January for the year. How are they going?

Well, first you can read about my goals in that post.

Goal 1: I’ve been running, but I haven’t even reached 100 miles yet. Yea, if you do the math, I should be at 166 miles already. I have a little work to do, but I know I can reach 800 miles. It’s only 17 miles a week, so DOABLE!

Goal 2: I’ve completed two books, one professional and one fun read. I have a few more books set and ready to read, I just need to turn the television off more often and read instead.

Goal 3: Well, I’m writing right now . . . yea, need to write more as well. Again, I need to turn the television off more often.

I hope all of your goals are going great!

The Changing Path

Posted: March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

img_0903Yesterday I attended EdcampOKC at Del City High School. I had a great time catching up with my educator friends and meeting new ones. Edcamps are a great way to connect with others and to learn from one another. I even helped an edcamp newbie write a session and then facilitate it. It was awesome to see the power of self-empowerment happen!

The two morning sessions were great and I really enjoyed the conversations. One was about classroom management, the other on teaching middle school. In the classroom management session, I learned how we need to better prepare new teachers tips about managing their classroom, especially when stepping in mid school year. We can do better.

The second session was one I facilitated and we just talked about teaching middle school and how to help them be more successful. It was mostly talking about student behavior and getting work turned in. Again, a great session.

Then lunch time hit.

The afternoon was much different. I felt lost and I didn’t know what session to go into. I stepped into a couple and I felt as if the conversations were not geared helping each other, but more of complaining. I had to step out. I ended up leaving early and heading home.

During the hour drive home, I started to get depressed. Am I over edcamps? Are they no longer for me? Why did I feel lost?

As I thought about it, I had the chance to talk to a good friend about the situation. What I figured out is that I love the edcamp model. I have attended over 20 edcamps (I’ve actually lost count), which has helped me create many lasting connections and friendships. I wouldn’t give that up! However, I don’t think it’s where I am to go to learn.

You see, I’ve empowered myself throughout attending all the edcamps to search out what I want for my classroom. I don’t need anyone telling me to do this and to read this, I seek it out myself. I use Twitter to find new things to read and blog posts to try new things in my classroom. In fact, I’m looking and changing my classroom so much next year that I won’t even recognize it.

More on that later, back to my thought yesterday.

I am one of the original founders for EdcampKS because I know it’s a great place to make connections and to learn from your peers. I also head up the edcamp for my school district for teachers to learn new ideas and to share. I know the power edcamps have and I have loved every moment I have attended one.

However, they are not the place for me to learn.

img_0801-2You see, I think I have things to share. I know I’m not the know-it-all (some may think that), but I’m not. I’m always finding new ways to try things. In fact, I just finished Hacking Project Based Learning by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy. It was a huge slap in the face. I know I don’t use PBL as I should and I always make excuses. However, this book helped me realize I need to make just a few changes.

Would I have gotten this out of an edcamp? Probably not.

See, there are many who attend edcamps who have no idea even where to start. I was there once. I needed edcamps to get information and find connections to help myself improve. But I don’t need them as I once did.

Am I going to stop attending them? Of course not! Will I attend every single one possible? Of course not.

I will continue to attend Edcamps to share my knowledge of information, but I do not need to be there to learn. Yes, I will learn while I’m there, but I won’t be learning in the same capacity as I once did at them. My path of learning is changing and taking me in new and exciting places.

Yesterday afternoon as rough as I felt I couldn’t do anything. Today, I’m ready to see the new path and head off in a different direction.

Happy Learning!