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Celebrations this week...
Monday brought me back to the classroom after NCTE and ALAN. I missed my students so much and returning with piles of books was amazing.
Tuesday brought my new ukelele.
At ALAN I heard Mary Amato speak about music and writing. I'd read Guitar Notes and I loved it! She talked about how she learned to play guitar when she was 45 years old. She played ten minutes a day...badly. In a few months, she saw progress. It made me think that I could do that. (I took lessons in the fourth grade for a few months before I quit and I always regretted it!) She signed my copies of her new book Get Happy and I asked her about learning the guitar in her forties. I told her that I'm thinking of trying it. She suggested the ukelele. We chatted for a bit and I dismissed it...until Cyber Monday (really Sunday). Shopping for gifts, I found a great uke for a huge discount! It's here. And I've already started to play badly.
Wednesday brought time to slow down. I didn't have any meetings after school so I stopped at the grocery store and came home and cooked dinner. Taking time in the middle of the week to breathe and slow down helped me a lot. December can be such a crazy month with so much to do, it's vital to find time to stop and just be in the moment. I'm grateful that I took that chance on Wednesday.
Thursday brought our second Twitter chat for Loudoun County educators. We discussed student engagement. Getting together to share ideas and learn from colleagues really inspires me! It was an amazing chat! Our next one will be on January 8th at 8pm EST. All are welcome!
Friday brought creative and interesting work from my students. I'll be honest, this happened all week long. We are about to start a group project so I wanted them to get some practice working together. I read them If I Were a Book. They wrote their own lines inspired from this text. Students were assigned groups and then wrote these creative collaborative poems using receipt tape (makes revision so simple). The poems were so good and the teamwork was even better! Certainly a hightlight of my week!
What are you celebrating this week?