Pining for Pinterest

My fancy new “teacher toolbox” is a cheap, easy and fun idea that I recently found with my new favorite web tool, Pinterest! Paula Naugle invited me months ago, but it wasn’t until when she mentioned it at EdCamp Louisiana (which was awesome, BTW) that I decided to check it out. If you are anything like me, you will be INSTANTLY ADDICTED to pinning, so be careful!!! Continue reading Pining for Pinterest

The Kids are BACK!

Today was the day my students returned from their summer break. It was interesting to see how they reacted to being back in school–here are my impressions:
Kids love school.
I know this seems like a huge lie to some, and I know that it may not always be the case, but I can honestly say that most of the students I saw today seemed genuinely happy to be back at school with their friends and favorite teachers. It was like a family reunion–lots of hugs, catching up and just a warm fuzzy feeling of getting back to our familiar routine. Like old friends, my former students and I related to each other like no time had passed between today and the end of last May. New faces added to the excitement and mystery of the year to come. Continue reading The Kids are BACK!

2011-2012 school year- my motivation

Today was my first day back at work–I started my day at 5AM working on some web projects that I’m very excited about (I’ll blog about them later this week!)  I even skipped boot camp at the gym to fit in a few extra minutes to fiddle around on the computer before I had to rush off to work.  When I arrived, the entire faculty was in a meeting where the details of our new status as a “turnaround” school were discussed.  Not fun. That’s all I will say about that.  On his blog, Zen Habits, my favorite blogger,  Leo Babauta, wrote a post titled “The Myth of Discipline“, in which he asserts that motivation, not discipline, is what drives us to get things done. This post, along with “Achieving, Without Goals“, helped me define a path of following my passions as opposed to simply meeting arbitrary objectives based on what I “should” be doing. My focus this school year is to do what I love and inspire others with what motivates me. Continue reading 2011-2012 school year- my motivation