Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thank You for Being a Friend

Back to School brought so much more than the usual classroom shopping and decorating this time around. Digging more deeply into the Common  Core, writing and revising SGO's, understanding and experiencing major changes in the state teacher evaluation system are just a few considerations.

Some of us have also changed grade levels, schools, districts, or even states.  I moved to a new grade level in a different building in my district, so my summer wasn't really, well, my summer.  I spent all but a few days organizing, purging, packing, unpacking , purging more, organizing...etc. all.summer.long.

I would never have been done in time for September, without the help of my family and friends.  So, although I have expressed my thanks to all of those who helped (and that just doesn't feel like enough), or even offered to help, here it is again.  I really, really, couldn't have done without you. You made  a very stressful time so much more bearable, and that helped me start my year successfully.

Have you thanked a friend lately?  Feel free to steal this picture, and pass it on. And if you're reading this, thanks for stopping by. If you're one of the hundreds of bloggers,  IGers, or TPTers who inspire me and create some of the awesome resources which I use in my classroom, thank you too!  

Happy Weekend :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Powerful Message

This short, but powerful  video clip really got me thinking.  Social media connects millions of people across the world.  But at the same time, it can cause an obvious disconnect between family members, friends, and colleagues in real life.  Distracted, much?

Can you see yourself in this video, in some way?  I am guilty...of sometimes spending just a little more time online than necessary, of sometimes being just a little less attentive to those I am closest to because of the internet {Blogger, Pinterest, Instagram, You Tube, and well,  the www-at-large}.  Thanks to smart phones, the temptation to connect is always there.

I'm in no way saying that it's time to ditch any, or all, of the connectivity.   I am saying that this short video caused me to stop and really think about how important it is to live mindfully, and to actively appreciate the people we hold closest to our hearts, the people with whom we interact daily-you know, in real life.  

So last night at midnight, I challenged myself to disconnect from Instagram for 24 hours.  Minimal sacrifice.  It's been almost 19.5 hours since I've tapped that Instagram icon. I can only imagine what I missed from all of the inspiring teachers that I follow daily on IG. But, I really did find that I was a little more connected to what was going on around me in real life.  And you know what else?  It actually felt as though I was on summer vacation, because I thought about school a lot less!  That alone is a mini-vacation.

I am going to work at being more mindful, more present, and more connected on a regular basis IRL.  It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing . Like everything else, it's about balance and moderation.  So that's my goal.  The tagline of the video is "Disconnect to Connect" {IRL}.  Makes sense.

And in just about 4.5 hours, I'll be ready for a little Instagram inspiration.  Happy weekend  :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chalkboard and Neon Freebie

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