teachers

Banana Peels and Dying Bugs

BRINGING THINGS IN FROM THE CAR: 9

So I finally decided to clean out my car.  Months of practically living in it left it beyond a mess.  I’d try to describe it, but I’d probably make you throw up in your mouth a little bit.  Let’s just start with dog hair everywhere, two dog crates, a large dog bed, trash, receipts, about 8 plates leftover from breakfast that I eat on my way to work, banana peels- you get the idea.  It had gotten out of control.  WAY out of control.

So I drove it over to the dumpster and just started throwing things away.  I unloaded the dog beds, washed the clothes, and cleaned the dishes.  While I have yet to do the deep cleaning (scrubbing, vacuuming, sanitizing), it still looks and feels INFINITELY better.

So today, for the first time in a couple of months, I took my trash with me when I got out at the end of the day.  While I find it somewhat annoying (don’t ask me why, I just really hate carrying more from the car to apt. than I absolutely have to), I felt so much better that I’m attempting to keep on top of the problem before it spirals out of control again.

At least for now 🙂

UNEXPECTED SURPRISES: 10

For everyone who works outside of a school, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I remember seeing on Facebook last year one of my friends’ boyfriends sent her flowers to school to appreciate her.  I thought at the time “Wow- I’ve only heard of students giving gifts to teachers, but how sweet that he thought of her.”  Haven’t thought about it since, but I definitely did then.

Well yesterday I got a surprise visitor who brought me over a bouquet of tulips and a nice card in celebration of Teacher Appreciation.

Seriously.  What beats that?  Nothing.  Feeling lucky 🙂

CATCHING BUGS IN YOUR EYEBALLS: 0

Hit the Tobacco Trail for a beautiful afternoon run today.  Until a bug flew straight into my eyeball.  This is a 0 for many reasons.

1)  I don’t like killing animals.  I like it even less when they are dying on top of my eye.  If I rub to get him out, I squish his entire body.  If I leave him there, he probably drowns in my eye gunk.  And without a mirror, it’s nearly impossible to rescue him.  So then, I know he’s dead, and I have to continue running knowing that I’ve just buried an animal in my eye.

2)  Sometimes it hurts.  Today it was just irritating.

3)  It is incredibly distracting for the rest of the run.

Beautiful weather, bad finish.

MY ATTEMPT AT PHOTOGRAPHING THE BUG FOR HIS MEMORIAL: 4

You can’t actually see the little guy, so it’s definitely below a 5.  But it does make me laugh, giving it some value 🙂

Until next time, just living for the tens 🙂

Authentic Assignments

Alright, in the past I’ve attempted to avoid too much techy/teachery stuff, because I realize I’m a giant nerd and not everyone loves it as much as I do.  HOWEVER, the past week has been too much to not rate, so I’m picking one of the many 10’s to blog about this morning.

In my sessions on technology integration, one of the main goals is for teachers to understand how powerful a tool blogs can be in our classrooms.  They can be powerful for many reasons.

1)  They help our students to develop stronger writing skills and voice by giving them an authentic audience.

2)  They can extend conversation outside our classrooms, and teach about other cultures and the world, by inviting adults and other classes from around the globe to engage in conversation with our students.

3)  Lastly, and possibly my favorite, they provide an incredible way for us as teachers to extend our personal learning networks and engage in thoughtful conversation about teaching, students and education without the confines of time and space.

Case in point.  One of the follow-up assignments for my sessions taught this past Saturday in NY, was for teachers to visit two of my favorite education blogs, and respond to two specific blog posts about teaching, one by David Warlick and one by Will Richardson.

My goal was for teachers to be exposed to the powerful conversations already existing out there, become motivated to blog themselves, and begin to follow education blogs and become part of the conversation.

So far I am SO impressed with the level of thought and engagement being put in by the teachers, and every time I read another comment I get excited about what they have to offer, and the power of these conversations.  This in itself is a great example of how a genuinely authentic assignment (they are required to actually post their comments on Will and David’s blogs, where hundreds/thousands of other teachers will be reading them) can produce impressive investment and results.

I LOVE IT.  This just made my night/morning 🙂