Embarrassed. Disappointed. Yet, I realize I have to give myself a break and acknowledge that life happens. I never stopped writing, just stopped writing here. To be honest, I’m not sure why. I know in the past, I struggled with finding this space what I once found it to be, but I have always believed in the power of writing and reflecting. After all, reflection was my whole purpose! Through reflection is how I learn more about myself and who I am as a teacher.
Yet, what a semester. I started off focused and ready to go. It was going to be a great Fall. And it was, but a Fall full of tough times that ultimately made me realize while we may have an impact on the kids we teach, it’s their impact that is also everlasting.
Literally. As some of you know, tomorrow is my first day of class as a doctoral student at UGA.
And if there is one thought that is lingering in my head tonight, it’s a point from the “Course Expectations” for Dr. Fecho’s class: “What one believes is fairly useless unless we understand why and how also.” This statement is pretty much the reason I started this blog in the first place. The whys and hows are what we work through by reading and writing and learning and believing and communicating and evolving, right?
The whys and hows are what have led me down this journey I am continuing tomorrow. Excited. Nervous. But very ready.
It has been WAY too long since I have been here. As I look at all of my colorful sticky notes, my yellow notebook, and teal notebook (yes, I had to grab another one!), I realized that I have been way too _________ (isolated? quiet? suffering from blogger’s block? not sure what word should fill this blank).
Anyway, I’m back. Way too much to get up here, but instead of feeling overwhelmed by the task, I’ll just focus on getting this stack of notes posted one by one the best I can:)
BTW — cannot express how truly amazing my school / colleagues / students are. More on that to come…
I have so much to share from my short, but super busy time in Chicago for the 2011 NCTE National Convention. Lots of buzz about Common Core [which I’m currently writing curriculum for as my school is going full CCGPS next semester] and “tools” [which if you've followed along with my thoughts, you'll find I love tools but have a problem when it comes to focusing on tools (if that makes sense)].
Be on the look out for my reflections on the Convention AND for some thoughts on the semester this year. I know I haven’t posted as much as I should be [I need to work on getting my handwritten notes turned to posts on here], but my goal is to write much, much more! Also, I want to share with you some notes of thanks that my students gave to me before the Thanksgiving break. These notes were a reminder that the little things truly do matter the most.
Hope you all are refreshed after your breaks and ready to head into the homestretch of the semester! Only 10 full days of school left for me! [read: where in the WORLD did this semester go?]
I am SO impressed by the creativity of two local area high schools and their students’ videos. As quoted in this Get Schooled post, these ARE examples of what the best “spirit cheers” look like today. You can check out the original video in this “battle” here and the response here.
For me, these videos show just how multiliterate our students are and all of the neat ways in which they are reading, writing, and engaging with the world around them. These videos use rhetorical strategies, rhymes, video angles, music — and this list only continues — all to help show their school spirit. And, I love the fact that they pull in lots of different members from their respective student bodies to be a part of the banter.
No matter which school wins the game, the main point is that these two videos have just under 400,000 hits (combined) in two weeks. Where these students’ voices heard? [I think so!]