Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thankful: Reflecting for Growth

self relection

This week I had the privilege of attending the Georgia Education Technology Conference. As a teacher, I feel like sometimes I get stuck in the “humdrum” conferences and you hear the same people repeat the same thing about the same buzzword topics, but this one was different! I sat in about 10 sessions and connected, learned, and had lots of “ah-ha” moments, but one that I’m still fumbling with in my mind is reflecting for growth.

I sat in Nicholas Provenzano aka The Nerdy Teacher‘s 945 session Friday, entitled Blogging: A Blank Canvas for Education, and seiously had some soul-searching moments. His first point involved reflection and how blogging is a way to do just that…and I thought about why I started 180 Days to Happy. In launching my blog, I don’t know if I thought of it as a way to reflect on myself, but I definitely placed the emphasis on the monthly growth areas. I didn’t think that it, the blog, would help me be a better communicator or even broaden my pedagogy but as I reflect it has!

In ways that I couldn’t imagine, I have learned an immense amount of information and made “friends” via Insatagram, Twitter, and even Face-to-Face. I can sit back and think I would have done this anyway, but honestly I just don’t know. Through reading these posts, I may seem as if I am an outgoing person, but I honestly get QUITE nervous when I’m introduced to new ideas and/or people. My blog has given me an authentic audience and a place where I can sit in my pj’s and say that I am going to work to be a better teacher with little judgement. I appreciate the opportunity this blog has given me to be authentic, not mince words, or always show the good about my days. I am thankful for the growth that the growth area organizers have helped me capture. I am thankful for the tips, tricks, ideas, and warnings that teachers from around the world may have shared. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to have readers that stop by and I hope that these 300+ words spark a fire for you as Nicholas did for me.


Even if it’s a notebook, just take the time to jot down where you are and where you’d like to be. Don’t wait until January 1, do it now! Write down where you are and what you’re doing. Come back to it periodically and you will see growth. For some this may mean you will “write” more often, but for others this may mean you share with more depth. Whatever it is, reflecting for growth with help you be a better teacher, sister, wife, soccer mom, football mom, cook, …..and all those other hats each of us wear!


Need a jump start? Download November’s growth area organizer, set some goals, and start reflecting for growth

Thankful: November Growth Area (1144 downloads)


November Currently

Oh the fun of Oh’ Boy 4th Grade’s aka @farleyfarleyfarley November Currently post!!! This made my Saturday Night 🙂

November Currently

Listening- This should be noted as a hybrid mix of Yo Gabba Gabba and the OSU game! My daughter is attempting to steal my TV, but I can’t be mad since we’re winning 🙂

Loving- My son and nephew are three months apart, so it’s nice for them to have each other. Especially since they’re the ONLY boys their age in my family. They have been wrestling, watching YouTube videos and just having a good time being around each other. I love that they are finallly living close to each other and getting to spend quality time with each other. The saying “Cousins are your first best friends” is SO true!

Thinking- I will be 30 in just under 3 weeks and it’s kind of a weird mix of emotions!!! I am quite excited to celebrate another birthday, but I almost feel guilty because I’m not as excited as I think I should be! I have no plans and I really don’t even know if I have the energy to attempt to plan anything. Sound boring? Yes, it does but I don’t know if I care right now. lol

Wanting- I had my very first Donors Choose project go live yesterday and I am REALLY hoping for it to be funded. If you feel inclined please donate and visit our project 

Donors Choose

Needing- It has truly been an interesting week and to cap it off, my son’s football team had to forfeit their final game today. This game would have gotten us in the playoffs, with a win. To say I’m sad is an understatement…. I think a good night’s sleep is the answer to my problem?

Reading- I have to admit I’m not really a “book finisher”. Instead, I’m more of a “Oh that  looks like a really good book, but I only get 1/3 of the way through and lose all attention” reader. Sad, I know…but it’s just the way my brain works! I had been hearing REALLY good things about this book and the first few chapters got my FULL attention!!!! If you haven’t grab it, read it, and finish it!


Happy November!!! Don’t forget to grab your November Organizer while you’re here and visit the intro post!

Thankful: November Growth Area (1144 downloads)

Thankful: November Growth Area

November Thankful

It’s November, already! Now is the the time where we’re officially tired, but we have to push it into 4th gear with Holiday parties, gift-giving, and plenty of family-oriented gatherings. However, I encourage you to dig a bit deeper within yourself and take some time to revisit previous months goals, growth, and mishaps in order to make this month the best yet! How are we going to help you? Read on and let’s review the 180 Days to Happy method!

When we began this journey, I talked about what 180 Days to Happy is. I explained how important it is to set goals, how important self-reflection is, and I even told you how to get organized and gave you $10 to get started so you can continue to progress! Now let’s review how it  ties together and rediscover how  this site will support you as we move through the next month of  180 Days to Happy!

First, Decide what your Personal Truths are. Be honest with yourself and tell your truths. For me, I think of this as my personal 10 Commandments. I won’t list them all, but some of mine are

  1. Give more than you take.
  2. Don’t second guess yourself.
  3. Take a step toward the goal, big or small.

See how that works, these are things that no matter what, I will aim to do through my actions and words. Nothing too lengthy, but I know that these are the things I will continue to live by. This is an exercise in just writing things down and believing in yourself. Don’t second-guess yourself when developing your personal truths, just do it!

Next, pick a growth area. This won’t be hard because we’ll do that for you! Each month we will focus on one area of our life that we will work on in order to build our happiness on solid ground. Our first month’s area is Organize. This may mean anything to you, but it’s about setting things in order!

Thirdly, set goals. Perhaps it’s your classroom as you enter this upcoming year, beginning this school year with a new system of doing things, or maybe it’s something at home that you’ve been meaning to get to but just keep putting it off. Set a goal and write it down. In fact, I admonish you to pick three goals and make them something that will truly begin your day in a more organized way!

Lastly, reflect. As we move through each month, you’ll need to stop and really think about the progress you’re making. Had a bad week? It’s ok!!! Stop, reflect and make a plan! We, as a group, will be here to support each other and make it a supportive act as we reflect and redirect our energy.

This month’s growth area printable is a collaboration between Tracey, of The Teachers Chair,  and 180 Days to Happy. As we focus on being Thankful, I encourage you to think beyond your normal areas of thankfulness and make this a daily area of reflection! It’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have and our many struggles, but life is filled with amazingness and how dare we forget that! Although we give you the tools, this is your individual journey, so use your teacher skills and differentiate, accelerate, and use various depth of knowledge procedures to increase your growth.  Get  started by downloading our monthly growth area printable  below,  print, and get started!!!! I’ll be back to share my My Action Plan, but review October,  September  , and August,  for ideas!!!

Congrats and welcome to Thankful:November Growth Area!

Thankful: November Growth Area (1144 downloads)