Saturday, January 21, 2017

Finding My Mojo {Celebrate This Week}

This weekend I'm celebrating finding my mojo - the art or practice of casting magic spells.  Now I must share right away I know I can't cast magic spells in reality however, I can create opportunities for possibilities.  Possibilities for students to have choice.  Possibilities for students to share their voice.  Possibilities for students to share their learning to teach others.  Possibilities for students to publish their thinking.  Possibilities to work with purpose and intent.  

I decided to close my writing teaching resource.  I decided to use the webs we created to collection information about guinea pigs which helped us understand our new class pet and create a planning sheet for student's to plan their own informational book.  Their planning sheet included a spot to choose their page topics and a checklist for nonfiction features to include.  I checked their plan and then I got busy talking to a student.  When I looked up, I was a bit surprised and thrilled to see how engaged every student was.  It was beautiful.  It was purposeful.  It was magic and my mojo was back.  

My mojo includes teacher choice; taking curriculum standards/goals and finding a meaningful way to foster student learning with purpose.

Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, Love is An Apple Core.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

That Tiny Little Box {Slice of Life}

I'm staring at a tiny little box.
It's as if the box is calling to me.  
Click me.  
You can do this.  
You can set a goal and work towards it.  
You can be more active in this community.  
It will help you personally and professionally.  
It will hold you accountable.  
It will let you be a model for others.  
It's as if the tiny little box is staring back at me now, daringly.

Epilogue - 

I couldn't click without more information.  I emailed a few friends who recently had been looking at the same tiny little box with how to questions.  Within 24 hours, I clicked the tiny little box and set a goal to read 100 books in 2017 and keep track of it within the Goodreads community.  I'm already excited how this little click and goal is taking action within my life, almost daily.  Stay tuned I'm sure it's going to show up in further slices this year.

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers group for hosting our writing community.  

You can find other slices from today by stopping by the link provided and thank you for joining me here today.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

One Little Word {Celebrate This Week}

This week I'm celebrating my one little word but not just selecting it; I've decided to slow down and spend more time with my word from last year.  Many moments, days, and projects I wish I had more time and as I pondered a new year and a new start with a new word I kept feeling like I wasn't done with my work from last year.  I tried to think of synonyms for last years word and came up with capture and record.  However, when I thought about the word capture I thought about physically catching lightening bugs or garden invaders that I don't want.  When I thought about the word record, I thought about record players and songs from when I was growing up and I have no intentions of focusing on singing.  

I listened to Ali Edwards and Elise Cripe in the podcast, episode 117 and where Ali encourages people to "show up, be curious, and try stuff."  She also mentioned she likes to exhaust the word she chooses along with finding joy and happiness with the choice she makes.  As I reread my thinking and post One Little Word 2016, I feel good about noticing, creating, and the fostering pieces but not everything I wrote about last year.

I struggle with capturing and documenting in my home life and my school life.  I think if I take Ali's advice and "show up, be curious, and try stuff" I will exhaust my word with joy and happiness.  I took time to share my word because I wanted to make sure I could start this project by trying stuff; taking action and I did.  I completed the January prompt for Ali Edwards One Little Word Class.  Okay, confession time - I'm just doing the course from 2016 that I never completed last year and I'm thrilled with my end result and the thinking I have for this year. 

One action step I'm taking this year is to share my mantra for the week; words to live by.  I was inspired to do this when my friend Cathy Mere started Wednesday Wisdom.  I asked Cathy if I could join her and she graciously said she would love to have someone to walk along side.  My hope is to have 52 Wednesday Wisdoms related to story to publish in a little coffee table book.

Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, Give Love Away.