ISTE17 Here I Come!

After many years of wanting to attend ISTE, I am finally on my way. I am heading to San Antonio for ISTE17, and I can’t wait. I have been to numerous VSTE state technology conferences, but this is different. This is the big time. I left Richmond, VA, at 5:25AM today, and I am currently sitting in Charlotte airport awaiting my flight to San Antonio.

I tried to prepare as best I could. I have taken the time to join several ISTE communities, which I highly recommend for anyone. I have read as much as I can about how to make the most of the conference, but there is one word that comes up time and time again…overwhelming. I am hoping, as an ISTE Rookie, to avoid this as much as I can. We shall see. I am also looking forward to meeting several of my PLN members face to face, some to renew friendships, and some to start new friendships.

If you are going to ISTE let me know. If you have any tips for me, please leave a comment. I have a feeling I will need all the help I can get! You can follow all my adventures at ISTE by following #ISTERookie!

Keep fighting the good fight.

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Summer Time is Here! Now What?

Please don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I love working with kids, parents and teachers. But come late May and early June, they have to go. I need some slow time to recharge and refresh. I am sure many of you are in the same boat. So, now that summer is here, what do you do?

I decided to try something new this summer. Every year, I promise I am going to read more, blog more, and generally get my self better prepared. But something happens. I am not sure if it is too slow, I am too exhausted (at least at teh beginning of summer), or I just lose my mojo. Whatever the case, I find myself looking back on summer months with some “I wish I had done ________”. Not this summer. I decided that I needed some structure, some dedication and some extra organization.

We work four days a week during the summer months. Each day is ten hours. It certainly a different pace than the hustle of a school day. So I decided to maximize my time. Each day I set aside a block of time specifically for a certain task. I set aside 30 minutes for some professional reading. Right before lunch, 30 minutes to exercise (we have a fabulous fitness room in our school). As the afternoon winds down, 30 minutes to blog. The idea is that if I set aside time to do these things, I will have fewer “I wish I would have” moments come September. And, I am hoping that the momentum will carry over into the next school year.

In case you were wondering, by the time August gets here I am really bored and can’t wait for kids and teachers to be back in the building…until the next May!

Keep fighting the good fight.

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my latest Diigo posts for the week of June 5, 2017. I have set a goal for the summer to write every weekday. I am committed to follow through. Look for a lot of posts starting next week. I hope everyone has a smooth ending to their school year!

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Happy Memorial Day! We should all take a few minutes to remember those who have sacrificed so much for country. I hope everyone is having a smooth and uneventful closing of the school year.

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my weekly Diigo posts for the week of May 14. I hope to more consistent as the summer months get going. Hope everyone has a smooth end of school!

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my weekly Diigo posts for the week April 24th. It’s hard to believe that May is beginning tomorrow! Happy Spring everyone!

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my weekly Diigo education posts. Lots of good stuff after a week off for spring break. Summer is right around the corner!

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