You may remember my hesitation about getting an i-phone, my worries that I would not be able to resist the urge to check email messages and that I would become – well, one of those people who is always playing with her phone.
I think I have been able to moderate the urge to tap and it has been a great help to have access to my calendar and email as I drive to and from my various campuses.
But my favorite thing right now is this new application I found for list making. I have hunted for months, looking for a program that will take the place of my many pieces of paper lists that are always stuck in the wrong part of my purse. When I make a list here, I can store it on my phone or mail it to myself for printing. I even made a list for Slice of Life ideas!
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Sounds like a long time but –
In twelve weeks, I hope to be healthier,
In twelve weeks, I hope to be sleeping better,
In twelve weeks, I hope to be feeling more balanced,
In twelve weeks, I hope to be running in a 5K.
Last spring I participated in a healthy choices challenge at work and I am reviving that process to get back on track. Twelve weeks. Ready, set, GO!
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Earlier this month, I was at our admin retreat and we were talking about how we can stay true to what we understand and believe are good educational practices. I brought up the difficulty of describing a play-based program for young children in a way that would not turn away those parents who want their children to be “learning something.” In my summer reading, I had come across the term guided play and was wondering if this might be a better way to talk about what teachers and children are doing in the classroom. Then someone mentioned a story they had heard on the radio citing research that indicated a good kindergarten experience could result in a higher earning potential. What she had heard was this – children who had great kindergarten teachers ended up making more money than those who had less than great teachers. Wow – talk about pressure. I was very interested in this idea so of course I launched an internet search and I found this article (which had been sent to me but left unread). I will leave it to you to decided who is spinning what but it does make me think about how we use words. As I am getting ready for our back to school parent meetings, I am contemplating what words to use and how to use them. The last thing I want is to get caught up in the spin.
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Time to get back into a routine. And hoping the transition from summer to school year will be made a bit easier with a no mess hair style and a simplified approach to dressing. Earlier this summer I heard about a challenge to choose 6 items and wear only those items for a month. I am working on a version of that for my school wardrobe. I have also been learning to embrace my curls which has really cut down on my morning routine. So, what will I do with that extra time? Not quite sure yet but there are books on my Kobo and a new Couch to 5K ap on my phone not to mention a blank journal. Surely something will feel right.
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Being back at work is made a bit easier when there are fun distractions – like an evening making little books and crafting with my daughters. We made a big mess, started some projects, finished some projects, and enjoyed being together.
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In my own world, my day-to-day getting up and going to work and being an educator, I feel pretty confident. Not overly confident (I hope) but enough to believe that I can do the work. I try to put in the time, at the desk, in the classroom, reading and studying and keeping up on the research. When I tell people that I am an educator, I believe it.
But I struggle with calling myself a drummer or a writer. I am putting in the time, practicing those rhythms, writing words, reading the music book, watching other drummers, reading about writing, taking up writing challenges. But I hesitate to say that I am . . . I wonder what it will take to give me that confidence? performance? publication?
Today I read a piece about doubt and it ended with asking a good question; if doubt is a seed, what doubts are being planting in my so that I can grow?
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I don’t usually mess with wet mediums – fabric and paper are my preferred materials for creative processing. But I got this little paper sample book and I do have a bottle of gesso and I have been browsing this magazine all summer so I thought, maybe this is the thing I need to do now. I am heading back to work today – just a few hours for the first few days, but I need something to pull me back to the “not at work” state of mind. So far I have prepped about half the pages inside and will do the rest tonight. Not sure what will go into this little art journal but I am inspired by so many things, especially the work of this fellow teacher.
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