#OneWord for 2017 and 18

I must have missed the #OneWord challenge for 2017- so looking backoneword, I guess if I had to pick one word summarizing my year as an educator, it would have been Adventure. 2017 was a year of firsts for me- my first full year only teaching one prep, first time presenting at an EdTech conference, first time teaching in and supporting a 1:1 environment, first time reaching out to the greater educational community, first time helping to build and roll out a new online course for our students. I think “Adventure” is an appropriate way to describe the journey I’ve been on and the surprises and challenges that still manage to be present at every turn!

 

 

I’ve gone back and forth at what I want my #OneWord for 2018 to be…

I’ve decided to go with Positivity as my #OneWord. This will be no surprise to those who know me, but I think it’s time I make that extra effort to commit 100% to the positive vibe lifestyle. To me, positivity doesn’t just mean avoiding negativity, but looking for and celebrating the good there is.

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When presented with a challenge, positivity means asking myself, “What can I do about the situation to make it better for everyone?” If something is out of my control, deciding how I will make the best of the situation in spite of the obstacles.  I have a 2.5 year old, and he tests my strength more than any room full of 11 year olds. We all would benefit from more positivity in our house!

 

Finally, positivity means looking at each of my students and colleagues and trying to make my classroom a bright spot for each of them- a place where they can feel welcome, respected, and empowered to grow and take risks.

So maybe this means I’ll need to add in an extra cup of coffee, maybe my students will once again think I’m crazy, maybe my husband will think I’ve gone back in time to my hyper enthusiastic cheerleader days (you can totally see it now, can’t you?),  but 2018 is going to be a great year!

Happy 2018!

 

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Welcome Blogging Buddies!

This school year has been a year revitalization for me in my teaching journey. After riding for a year on the “10 year struggle bus,” I was offered the opportunity to give up teaching Spanish part time to fully embrace the EdTech world. In addition to teaching my 6th grade class, I would also be supporting the faculty as we began the first phase of our 1:1 “Digital Conversion.” Let me just say:

I. Love. This. Gig.blogging buddies

One of the best outcomes of this change for me has been the full immersion into the social media worlds where I can build a PLN that inspires me and helps me to reflect and improve every day. As a teacher of a “nontraditional” class, I often felt like an island at department meeting time. Also when you constantly are the “go-to” person for workshops and breakout sessions, you need an outlet to learn and grow from too!

(This is also the part where I give a big shout out to my in-district homies! Using Twitter and Instagram, we have built a teacher tribe right on our own campus! If you don’t think you can learn from teachers of other disciplines or age levels, you’re missing out on a whole world of amazing in-house PD! I get just as many ideas from a high school trigonometry teacher as I do a 4th grade classroom or an 8th grade Spanish teacher!)

Our K-5 TOSA/Fellow Teaching Super Geek Lori (Outside of My Classroom) shared the ISTE Blogging Buddies PLN with me and I’m so excited to join and continue to build my tribe! Soon I will be given a pack of blogs to follow of fellow EdTech Coaches, and from there I hope to see my own PLN explode and get to meet even more awesome educators!

The Blogging Buddies PLN is inspired by this post from The Compelled Educator, which couldn’t be more relevant to me at this point in my career.

So if you’re just arriving via the Blogging Buddies, welcome and I’m so excited to have you here!

Thanks for coming to the party!

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