When I get a few extra minutes…

I had a “fall break” of a whole day… so I was crafting… IMG_20151013_071438   IMG_20151013_071451

I bought some canvases a few years ago when Michael’s had them BOGO. I ordered the sayings from Amazon (confession time… I’m an Amazon addict… currently working on my recovery). I painted the canvases orange, applied my sayings, painted over them with the navy and then pulled off the letters… They look okay from a distance. 🙂 (Extra confession… one of the canvases was from one of those group painting classes and I didn’t like how mine turned out so I painted over it… DIY and reclamation all in the same project!!)

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This saying wasn’t quite how I expected it so … It’s a bit different… It’s hard to take pics with my phone without a glare… so I’m working on that … It’s all a part of the journey.

What the BLEEP am I doing?

I am in my 13th year of post high school education… 13th!! I say it’s because I’m crazy… It’s in no small part because I love the act of learning, growing your mind, and becoming a better contribution to this planet. I’m working on my latest degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have been thinking a LOT about how teachers teach, how we teach teachers, and how to contribute to the knowledge base.

I’m supposed to be reading and writing for my dissertation and apparently I’m procrastinating yet again… 🙂  I digress. The math twitter blogosphere fascinates me.  I get lost for hours (or at least an entire planning period) digging into what has been published and how to utilize their amazing ideas in my own classroom. I am currently co-teaching all day, which is amazing, but I am constantly looking for ways to enhance my practice. (We are on a block schedule so I will have a resource class in the Spring).

Interactive notebooks are coming… I may spend all of winter break getting ready but I’m determined… I found daily warm-ups and plan to use them. Mondays are light on these so I’ll have to address that… and I’ve had to change some of the problems to make them work for Foundations of Algebra.

Sketchnoting…  I cannot wait to use this… (and Vicki at Cool Cat Teacher is my hero, js.) I’ve got a lot to learn about these and I can’t draw so I’ll have to work on that part too… But hey what’s teaching if you’re not learning?!? Dr. Mike White was presenting at a conference and said something like schools should be places were everyone is learning. I’m paraphrasing but still… He was right.

So I’m starting the journey… the journey to record what works and maybe sometimes what doesn’t… and the journey to add to the collective. One day at a time… Shel Silverstein had it right… so here’s to eating my whale…