Day 9: Gratitude Challenge

What’s a possession that makes your life easier?

My cell (LG G6)

While I admit sometimes I’m glued to it too much, I don’t know how I would manage without it.

It’s easy to grab at work when one of my students asks me to take a photo of something they’re doing and I can upload it to their Freshgrade portfolio using the app on my phone. It’s pretty great when I get a notification that a parent has commented – the kids are always so happy when I show them!

I use it for all my photos while I’m exploring the world – at home and away!

I use it daily to communicate with Coen (WhatsApp), which is obviously incredibly important. It makes things slightly less difficult to know he’s a message away whenever we’re both awake.💜

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Day 8: Gratitude Challenge

What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?

Singing at my school’s talent show.

My friends encouraged me to join them at band but I was too shy to sing in front of others for the longest time. The first year I played a little drum for the talent show performance. I sang a duet the second year. And last year I did another duet but Darryl really only sang the chorus with me. This was HUGE! Now that we don’t have a guitar player at our school we won’t be performing at the talent show so I’m grateful I had the opportunity to face my fears the last couple years.💜

Honesty: Why Are We So Afraid?

“Honesty is the best policy.” We’ve all heard it and I’d hazard a guess that most believe it. So why is it that so many of us struggle with actually being honest? What are we worried about?

On the way to work I was listening to the radio. One of the hosts was sharing her predicament and looking for advice. She’s paying a fortune to get her hair done and just can’t justify spending that kinds of money on it. She wants to switch to another hairdresser but doesn’t know what to tell her current one. She thinks most people just wouldn’t go back anymore but the problem is the salon is below her building so she walks by every day. There is no avoiding seeing her hairdresser. Now, I didn’t hear any of the advice given, but my first thought was – just be honest. Tell her you can’t afford to spend that much on your hair. But listening to her conversation with the other house, this didn’t seem to be a route she was willing to take.

Why not? Why is it that we go to extremes to concoct stories to use as excuses? Why don’t we just tell people how we really feel?

I know I’m guilty of it. And I don’t know why. I shouldn’t be afraid to say how I really feel about something just to save someone else from potentially feeling disappointed. But, alas, I do it anyway. As much as I’m a huge proponent of staying true to yourself, I’m still quite a people pleaser. Sometimes I worry about others’ feelings more than my own. I’m better than I used to be so maybe there is hope for me yet!

Well, that’s it for tonight’s ponderings. I’ll leave you with this❤

Student-Led Conferences

The weeks leading up to Student-Led Conferences are always crazy and stressful. We usually have our conferences in May so having them last night and tonight was a change. We’ve only been back at school for a little over six weeks so it seemed really early. I was in a major panic to get my students prepared but I’m happy to report that they went really well!

I always love watching my students share their learning with their parents. This year I decided to involve the parents a little more and included a couple activities for parents to do WITH their child. It was neat to see the kids explaining how to complete a “See, Think, Wonder” chart with their parents.

The kids seemed to love showing their parents EPIC Reading on the iPads. Teachers, if you don’t already use this, I highly recommend it! My kiddos absolutely love it! You can access it from the Internet as well.

One of my favourite parts was having students share their “2 Stars and a Wish” with their parents and to have their parents fill one out for them. As they finished up, I gave them the one I had completed for their child. It was interesting to see just how many similarities there were – it looks like I’m on the same page as many of my parents! A few commented about how they wrote pretty much the same things I did, especially for goals for their child.

Doing the 2 Stars and a Wish helped a lot for report cards too. My copy gets attached as the “From Your Teacher” section, the child’s copy gets attached as the “Student Perspective” and we use the goals from all three for “Collaborative Goals.” Thank goodness too because mine are due next Friday. Yikes.

All in all it was super successful. I hope my students are proud of their learning and of sharing it with their parents.❤

Highs & Lows

I did it! Once I hit “publish” I’ll have finished the 30-Day Writing Challenge! Took me a little longer than expected to write this post but here it is. Highs and lows of the month…yikes. I don’t really remember what happened! Thankfully there were more highs than lows.

I got to go to the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships which was awesome. I saw the mens and pairs short programs. It was the first time I had watched live Figure Skating since Vancouver 2010 and I was reminded of how much I love the sport. I’ll definitely be watching this Olympics.

Coen booked his flight here. We haven’t seen each other since August so I’m definitely happy. We’re heading to Arizona for 10 days and I can’t wait to explore together!

I started tackling more of the Core Competencies at work. It’s part of my Field Study for SFU and I began focusing on Creative Thinking. The kids have loved the activities and they haven’t even really complained about having to do reflections/self-assessments!

I wouldn’t really say there were any lows…just hiccups. I had some rough days at work and I was sick, but nothing long-lasting!

A few people have asked me if I’m going to do another challenge. They say they’ll miss reading my posts every day if I don’t! I think I’ll do one at some point in the near future but for now I’ve got work to focus on!❤

Overwhelmed

Today is Day 30 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge and I’m here to tell you I won’t be writing that last post tonight. I’ll try to get to it tomorrow.

When I think about all the things I have to get done for work and my SFU course I feel like either my head is going to explode or I’m going to burst into tears. I’m not complaining, because I know it’s going to be okay and I’ll get it all done, but needless to say, my blog post still wasn’t a top priority tonight. Thankfully I submitted my Field Study Action plan Plan so that’s one thing I can cross of my list!

See you (hopefully) tomorrow!❤

Goals!

2nd to last day of the 30-Day Writing Challenge and I’m supposed to set some goals for the next 30 days.

Spring Break is coming and sunshine is in my future! It’s also crazy busy at work until then. I’ve decided to set three goals, which are hopefully realistic and manageable.

1. Meet my calorie goal at least 5 days a week. I’m hoping it will mostly be 6 or 7 days but 5 seems more realistic.

2. Go for a walk at least 3 times a week – even if it’s just a short loop around the park.

3. Stay on top of everything that needs to be done with my students and for my own school so I’m not doing it all last minute!

What are your goals?❤