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Slice of Life Tuesday: My Reflections on 2015’s One Little Word

Slice of Life Small LogoOne Little Word. LEAN. My chosen word for 2015. I looked back at my posts about LEAN and found I have almost accomplished my two goals: 1) Lose Weight/Be Healthy and 2) Lean Towards the Future and Live My Dreams. I’m satisfied with my goal choices; I could have done better on both. But it wasn’t a bad year, like the two before. It was a satisfactory year.

Lose Weight/Be Healthy

Overall, I’ve lost 8 pounds since last December. I ate better, more healthy foods, and cut down on junk food, for the most part. I tried to eat salads, chicken, and other healthy meals as much as possible. My goal to exercise more failed, but I’ll work on that.  I do feel like I’m healthier than last year, but stress plays a big part, so I struggle still.

Lean Towards the Future/Live My Dreams

I DID attend the NCTE Annual Conference this year (which I missed last year), as well as the All Write Institute, and I met some awesome people from Twitter chats and blogging in person! Meeting friends was the most important and best part of my year! They are now real, not virtual friends, and my life has changed so much because I met them. I started using more technology outside my classroom, and I’m still hoping to learn more to bring technology inside my classroom in the coming year. I’m living my dreams — I’ve written more and I’m sharing more, so becoming a “true” writer is no longer a dream, but reality.

I’m still thinking about my OLW for 2016. I’ll have to decide soon! (Maybe “decide” should be the word! LOL)

PS: CONGRATULATIONS to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers blog! They won the BEST group blog this year! I’m so happy to be a little part of your awesome world. Thank you for hosting!


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Slice of Life Tuesday: More Reflections, Please.

“Teachers must be critically reflective about their practice to improve.” — Frank Serafini

I have poured over ISTEP scores since last Friday when the preliminaries were sent to schools. Yep, I have a LOT of improving to do!

I asked students to do some reflective work as well: I surveyed them to review and choose the books that should stay (and go!) in the classroom library. I discovered the best advice they have for upcoming 6th graders through honest “advice columns.” I observed that they are ready for summer break! (It’s ok, I am, too!)

Soon, kiddos! Soon! In the meantime, we will talk about books, we will write, and we will share our last field trips together.

Then, when the little ones are sleeping in on June 12th, I will be critically reflective, and plan for next year’s improvements.