I've never been great at New Year's resolutions. In fact, I'm really bad at them. Instead of picking a resolution or "one word" at the beginning of 2016, I chose it on the last day. If you read my last post you know that word is "leap". So here I am on the 1st day of 2017 thinking about the year ahead. It's going to be a big one. I'm scheduled to facilitate at many conferences, my daughter is going on two trips overseas and she is graduating from high school. This year will be full of adventure and many experiences to "SAVOR and SHARE".
This school year is a unique one for me in that all four members of our family spend our weekdays at the same high school. My husband teaches Ceramics, my son is a Freshman and my daughter is a Senior. I've been looking forward to this year for a long time and I can't believe it is already half over. My lunches are spent with our son and his "squad". I clearly have the best classroom in the school with access to every possible piece of equipment needed to prepare the perfect lunch. Let me tell you, it's loud and distracting and I can't hear myself think. However, I have chosen to savor. Savor the noise, savor the laughter, savor the fact that my son is proud to bring his friends into my space. Time is fleeting, and I want to remember these moments vividly. As my daughter spends her last semester as a high school student, I want to savor. When I go to new places to speak about that which I'm passionate and connect with my PLN, I want to savor.
When I joined the Twittersphere 3 years ago, I had no idea the impact it would have on my growth as an educator. Because others shared their ideas, thoughts, failures, successes with the world, I grew. I realized so many of my fears and questions were shared with others coming from a vast array of educational settings. I also realized I was not alone in my struggles and that others shared my passion for teaching. I felt connected in a way that I didn't know existed. So now it's my turn to share my story. I want to give back to so many that have given to me. That means sharing my failures, my successes, my struggles, my ideas. It means being okay with others seeing that I am far from perfect. I will continue to share on Twitter, at conferences, in my district, and I will blog REGULARLY.
So here's to a new year full of promise and adventure. Maybe putting my words out there for the world to see will help me keep them in focus. Savor and share. Bring on 2017...I am ready! Happy New Year!
Tech Integration Specialist in Southern Oregon and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.