These past two weeks have been filled with a lot of great excitement and wonderful encounters.
- I got to shadow one of my favorite former students for a day. It was nifty being a 9th grader for the day!
- I was able to visit some amazing classrooms, one of which brought Physics to life!
- My fabulous colleague, the marvelous Supervisor of Library Media Education, invited me to present on TouchCast and its many uses at the Winter Media Specialist in-service.
- This week, I completed my graduate studies and now have my Ed. S. (Education Specialist, a step between a Master’s and a Doctorate) in Instructional Technology. Graduation was such a woderful way to wrap up this memorable experience. (I’ll be sure to expound upon that in a blog post later.)
- My department mates and I presented a comparative analysis between the book The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon and the 1994 classic “Speed” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
- Finally, because of my presentation at the Winter Media Specialist In-Service, TouchCast asked to feature my work in their weekly newsletter!!!!!!! Yes, I about squealed with excitement.
While I am so excited for what I have experienced and accomplished, this, paired with having recently finished The Energy Bus, made me realize something extremely important. We each need to take time to celebrate our personal successes, no matter how small. This is especially true for educators. These past two weeks also brought news of proposed gubernatorial takeovers and a resurgence of political support from some for performance-based pay for teachers. These hot-button issues can cloud our ability to see the great deed we educators do.
Whether you are an educator like me, a parent, a student, or a casual passer-by, be sure to take a moment to celebrate your personal successes of any shape or size.