Monday, December 26, 2016

Third Time's a Charm

Last year at this time I had revisited my blog after quite a hiatus hoping to begin creating a journal of my newest adventure.  I had returned to my previous school after four years to serve as their principal.  With great faith, I returned to a place I loved and wanted to see continue to succeed hoping I could have an impact.

Hoping I would remember what  blogging was all about and finally getting into my account, I tinkered with the settings and design.  It had been a while and my tastes had changed, although I am still not satisfied.  Soon enough, I had quickly abandoned it again for more pressing needs - my family, my job...

Well, here it is the eve of 2017 - well, almost - and I am yet again making another attempt.  Perhaps this year I will stick with it.  No, not perhaps - I will.  My goal - at least once a week.  What will I share?  My leadership journey, perhaps a few personal tidbits here and there.

This last year and a half I have been greatly influenced by all the eduheros on Twitter.  They have served as my motivation and spurred my continued learning.  They inspire me to stay true to why I became an educator and the reason I will not throw in the towel on my blog.  When I am feeling discouraged, I can participate in a Twitter chat and feel rejuvenated and inspired.  It is reassuring to know I am not alone.  I may not have it all figured out and know that I really never will, but will continue to push myself to become the best wife, mother and teacher I can be.

Blessings ~

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Downtime and Fitness - Quite a Pair

So I missed posting the past couple of days, but that was because I was experiencing some DOWNTIME with these amazing folks!


One of my goals for 2013 is to spend more time creating memories with my family.  I am ashamed to say that this is the first time my family has been to the snow for a play day!  I mean they have seen it out the car window but we have never planned a day to go and just play!  They had a blast!  Even the oldest, who is often too 'ccol' to hang with the family, had a great time.  He was the last one to the car and didn't want to leave.  The sled run he had made wasn't quite perfect.  Even though we were frozen and wet, we will definitely be back!
I want to take more pictures to document our fun times.  I realized this past year I just didn't take as many pictures.  That is going to change!
This past year I have been so immersed in my school work, making my classroom a better, and cuter, place, and discovering the blog world and Pinterest - on, my!  I am not planning on giving it all up, but I know I want to be a more "present" mother with my family in 2013!
As far as my fitness goals - I want to start walking again!  I mean for exercise!  I was doing great a couple of years ago, even lost some weight and tightened up things that needed to be tightened, but have just lost the motivation.  I love the peace I gain when walking and listening to my music.  It is often the only quiet I have in the entire day.  I come home refreshed and am better able to handle my family without becoming "unglued".  The challenge is finding the time.  I am going to have to work on that!
I wish you a Happy New Year and a blessed 2013!
Mrs. M.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Professional Development

I am determined to make it all the way through this linky party - whether anyone is reading it or not!  Today, I am linking up with Amanda at One Extra Degree to share my professional development goals for 2013.
Here are a few:
  • I returned to the public schools two years ago and began work on my CTEL certificate which would enable me to work with ELL students.  I opted to take classes so that I could earn some units and move over on the pay scale.  I finished my last class just before Christmas!  Thank goodness!  I only have my portfolio to compile and submit and then I WILL BE DONE!!  It was a challenge to balance my classroom, my school, and my family.  Needless to say, once my certificate is granted I will be taking a break from school - I think my kids and husband would kill me if I took anymore course work right away!

  • As a result of my course work, I have become very interested in the ELL porgram at our school and the involvement of our second language parents.  I hope to do more with this group and creater a greater sense of community at our school.  Not sure if that is professional growth, but it is a need.  Any suggestions?

  • I have wanted to go to the California Kindergarten Conference for years but have never been able.  My husband, a wrestling coach, has always held his tourament this SAME weekend.  I may not get to go this year, but I can hope!  I love getting new ideas and learning from the experts!  Thanks to the blogging world I have learned so much and feel like a better teacher already!
  • I want to really help our Kindergarten team get ready for the Common Core.  I feel we are a little late to the party in our district and know there will be many changes that will need to be made.  I look forward to learning more and using many of the resources I have found on TpT.
Lots to accomplish already, and it's not even 2013 yet!
Mrs. M.