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Monthly Archives: July 2015
I am sad. REALLY SAD. Today is the LAST Monday of Summer break. For all of those people who comment about how great it is to have the Summer off, it is. Then you go back to work. It never fails that this is around the time where your kids get the hang of sleeping in (and so do you), you’re working hard on something , or you’re just able to relax. Instead of sitting and telling you what I haven’t done this summer, I want to stress the importance of just doing. Here’s how to get things done, ready?
In the past few years I’ve learned a lot about myself. Mostly, I’ve learned I can’t do everything I’ve planned to or want to do unless I write it down. Maybe it’s because I’m 30 (I forget that, a lot), or because I try to do a little of everything, but probably because I’m just human. In the world of special education I told my students that although they may have exceptionalities, it’s important to find a way to work through it; mine is checklists. Checklist have changed the way I think, act, and live. I’ve done it, but now I want to share 3 ways checklists can change your life.
Call me crazy, but going into my 8th year teaching and I’m finally getting the hang of it. I can remember my first year teaching and how nervous, anxious, and worried I was that I wouldn’t be a good teacher. As time has gone by I have come to realize that I was worrying about all the wrong things. No need to fret about what’s going on as you enter the school building, what will happen if you forget an upcoming IEP (or maybe that just happened to me), or how students will “like” you but it’s about what happens when the kids are gone. You see, I’ve learned why being just a teacher is never enough.
In a world where so much of our life is conducted, managed, and revised via mobile devices it is always easy to “find an app for that”. Our students are living in front of a glowing screen and it’s getting harder every day to pry them away. But, why pry? The idea of the Flipped Classroom has been around for awhile now, but it is reaching new heights. Why? Because flipping the classroom from the palm of your hand is the easiest way!
This has been a busy summer! I have pushed myself to be more active and that was spurred by the TPT Seller Challenge. This challenge spanned four weeks and had four activities throughout. With the third challenge, we were encouraged to Make Your Masterpiece and here is mine!