Saturday, May 10, 2014
Celebrate Good Times, Come On 5/10
Each Saturday Ruth Ayres invites us to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week. Looking for celebrations has certainly improved my outlook on my week. For that, I am certainly grateful to Ruth and to all of you who choose to celebrate with me.
Celebration #1 - We are down to two hands. Two hands is important because that means there are only ten days of school left. It is a bittersweet moment for me because I truly love this class, and I will miss them terribly.
They make me smile. They make me laugh. They are hilarious. Sometime, they are just downright goofy. That is the beauty of teaching 4th graders.
Their sense of humor is what has made this class special. We can laugh and have fun, (and boy have we done that!) but they know when to get right back to work.
Celebration #2 - Our DOE is holding 19 technology conferences around the state of Indiana this summer, and our school corporation is hosting one. Click here to take a look.
I have been asked to present at this conference. I was a little nervous about accepting at first. Technology is certainly not my strength and this IS a technology conference after all. I began doubting myself What can I offer other teachers? What can they learn from me?
Then it was explained to me that a technology conference is not all about learning from the technology experts in the field, but it is also about learning from teachers in the trenches - those who have found ways to use technology in the classroom. So, I reluctantly agreed.
My presentation is blogging as a teacher. I will be showing what I have learned from my personal blog, as well as my classroom blog. My goal is that they learn and take away one idea to use in their classroom. That should be easy, right? We will see!
I am compiling a list of classroom blogs who are willing to share with other teachers. Please leave a comment with the grade level you teach and a link to your blog if you would like to be added to my list. Also, if there is something you feel beginning bloggers need to hear or advice for classroom blogs, please feel free to share that with me as well.
Celebration #3 - This week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. My students wrote a letter to a teacher they have had thanking them and sharing a favorite moment. I think this was a celebration not only for the teachers, but the students as well. Sometimes a simple thank you can make all the difference. This is certainly something I will do next year.
Have a great week and may you find many celebrations as we wrap up this school year!