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Think Positive

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Recently, I have been reminded that it is important to notice the good things in life. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative and only see what is wrong or challenging. I get frustrated when my students complain about an assignment because they don’t want to read. I get frustrated when I see certain people I am friends with on Facebook that only ever have things to complain about. I get frustrated when my colleagues bring up the same issues over and over again and seem to think that all or most problems could be fixed by going back to what we had last year.

I am reminded, however, that I cannot change others. I can only change myself. One of the high school teachers in my district is writing a blog documenting the positive things in her life. She started by doing this for 365 days and is now past 1000. Her idea inspired me to remember the positive things in life and keep my joy even when it seems I’m surrounded by negativity.

In that spirit, here are some great things that are happening this school year:

1. Today, one of my most notorious complainers had a good day and proceeded to announce this fact to me when he saw me later in the day. I agreed, smiled, and reminded him to keep it up! It was great to share a positive moment with him when I often struggle to motivate him in class.

2. On Monday I made a student’s day (it also happened to be his birthday) by giving him some mixed berries from my lunch. He ate them in about 5 seconds and raved about how delicious they were. He had asked me to bring him some for weeks since he saw me eating them once.

3. My Digital Portfolio class has really turned a corner. They are blogging every week and their posts are improving. I love the blogging portion of the class because I get a window into my students’ lives and what they are learning in school. The experience has been very positive!

4. Technology hiccups are slowly disappearing! We get to submit our app requests this week and hopefully the apps we would like will be added to the students’ iPads soon!

5. I have great co-workers! They are always there for me and we have a lot of good conversation even if it is sometimes just joking around.

I’m so thankful for what I have and need to remember to focus on the little things that make life great!

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Week 1 Reflection

Week one of 1:1 laptop integration is complete! I can definitely say that I have jumped in with both feet and I’m feeling great about it. In one week we have transitioned from paper “warm-ups” turned in weekly to answers submitted through Edmodo. We have also created folders in Google Drive to submit assignments. I also created a shared folder for assignments that students can make copies of them and save them to their Google Drives. Going paperless anyone? I haven’t made more than 20 copies all week! Lastly, students have been researching 1800s inventions and creating infomercials about them. It has been a whirlwind of activity!

I feel like I am finally becoming the teacher I have been wanting to be. I feel as though I have a whole new world at my fingertips. My favorite part of this week has been the increased opportunity for formative assessment and feedback. I feel even more connected to my students and I feel that I know even more of where they are at with their learning. This is mainly because of the comments I can make on their Google Docs, the opportunity to grade their warm-ups daily on Edmodo and provide feedback, and the project-based learning going on in my classroom. The project has allowed me to “flip” my classroom in some ways – put more of the ownership of learning onto the students and follow the “every student every day” theory. This means that I make an effort to connect with every student and have a conversation about their learning in class.

I feel more alive as an educator than ever before. Today was definitely one of the best days that I have ever had as a teacher and I cannot wait to see where the journey will take us next week.