We went back to school today. We were one of the few schools in the area who didn’t get today and tomorrow off. Although….a lovely snowstorm is upon us…so maybe we will get an extra vacation day tomorrow!
Anyway, I started off 1st period presenting my class with their “New Year’s gifts”….new writing journals. (They were already moaning and groaning about being back to school, so it didn’t really bug me.) By the way, Staples has composition books on sale for $1 a piece.
As I gave my students a few minutes to write about their Christmas break, one girl said, “Oh my gosh…I forget how to write! Holding a pencil feels so weird!?!?”
Imagine me doing my pretending-to-be-angry teacher face here.
During 2nd period, another student comes walking in from Science class. “Do you know my google password?”
I shake my head in dramatic disbelief….“Ummmm….your password?? No, I just keep track of my own passwords. Sorry.”
And then he says, “Well, I tried to login and it said my password was changed 58 days ago.”
More theatrics from yours truly. (During my first year of teaching, my boss asked me if I’d ever done drama. I think/hope it was my animated personality and not really an insult. And incidentally, no…I never did theater.)
The kids are all laughing at this point, including The Boy Who Forgot His Password.
Our break was relatively short and the alarm was a little annoying this morning…..but it was good to be back!
It’s the end of the year and it will soon be time to make some resolutions. I don’t
make stick to them every year but in the past I have made some pretty simple, yet big mental resolutions.
In 2008, my resolution was “Breathe.”
In 2009, “Dream.”
In 2010, “Peace.”
In 2011 and 2012, my resolutions were more about physical health and I stuck to them pretty well.
Although I can’t say it was a planned resolution for 2012, I would say that this year’s resolution became “Write.”
I didn’t start my blog until April but I have written 144 posts (counting this one). I have discovered some great writers and made some great new friends.
With over 180 followers and 17,000+ views I have experienced the excitement and motivation of being an “author.”
As 2013 begins, I am excited to work on my newest resolution, “Learn.”
In the past few months, I have I learned about so many types of technology and I want to continue to explore the possibilities in 2013…for work and for fun (which thankfully go hand in and for me).
I not only have some big tech goals for 2013 (which I will expand on later), but I want to learn more about lots of things.
Learning from others is not something I anticipated when I began blogging. Many people think blogging is a self-indulgent “let’s talk about me” hobby but I encourage people who don’t blog to find blogs of interest and create their own. The range of topics covered in blogs is pretty amazing. Its a fast way to explore many new topics.
No matter your interests, learning never stops.
I read an idea recently that if we asked our students to write down just one thing they learned every single day for a year, we would see great things.
I am going to try a learning journal this year and will try it in class maybe too.
If you are looking for a new hobby or just like to learn and understand how to do things, I think you should try out the app called Snapguide. Maybe you’ve heard of it.
Basically, it’s like a YouTube/Pinterest/Instagram mash-up. People make “How To” guides for anything and everything in 17 categories. The steps are paired with digital pics and short videos.
You can learn how to make candles in a crockpot, how to extract honey, how to make an iPhone speaker for free, and how to open a beer bottle with a wedding ring!? Who knew?!
This app would be great for students to explain the steps in a process. Just another app to add my “To Learn” list.
So, I hope you all have a great New Year’s celebration and 2013 brings you many wonderful learning opportunities!!
If you are going out, be safe and whatever you do, have fun!
And before then, visit Snapguide and get ready for NYE with these New Years Nails.