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Newborn Twins: My Summer Professional Development
By Guest Writer Sheldon Soper @SoperWritings
A Different Kind of “Working Vacation”
Not all cries are the same
Boundaries are Adjustable
Never Underestimate a Healthy Grain of Salt
Last week I was away with my family on vacation. We did something new as a family – we did Backcountry camping which meant we had to trek all our camping gear and provisions 2 kms up the side of a mountain. We have done a great deal of camping as a family but not like this. With 10 of us, it isn’t always easy to figure out what to take or what we’ll need so we have to do a lot of improvising. It’s isn’t easy when we’re setting up in a regular campsite but trekking 2Kms into bear country added a new twist.
One thing we didn’t take into consideration was how to ensure we could get our food up to the site AND store it in the bear-secure lockers. Who knew that breakfast for 10 weighed so much! What to do?
What to do?
We decided that it wasn’t going to work trekking things up and down.
Instead, we decided that breakfast, lunch, and supper were going to be “take out”
– where we took ourselves out
We’ve learned that you have to learn to adapt to work within the environment you have, looking to make the best of what you have. You look to find ways to make things happening, to adapt to what is happening and do what is best for the group.
Be Ready to Meet the Challenges
This week, the topic for the #saskedchat Blogging Éxpose is Make Something Happen. How will you meet the challenges of the upcoming school year?
What will you do when you try something new and things don’t see to be going the way you expected?
How will you adapt to meet the needs of the students and build relationships, like a family at a meal?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas this week. Each week we have more people joining us and sharing their ideas and thoughts. I encourage each of you to visit the blogs each week to leave a comment and support their work.
So I haven’t blogged in forever…about 7 months. I used to blog a few times a month! Why the sudden lack of content? Why the sudden lack of content? Lack of motivation? Not really. I’ve always got things I want to share, want to think through, and want to explore! Lack of time? Partially. My […]
From the back, you can see things you don’t from the front. And, if you let the students lead the learning, you can see even more.
Learning to become better is about consistently seeking to improve.
|Used with permission from artist © Nicki Ault, 2017
There is beauty in this world that we almost can’t comprehend. Without a break from the monotony of the day to day, it would be easy to have it pass us by. It lives and breathes a life that can be compared to no other. It is, in its simplicity, found in the everyday, just waiting to be savoured & enjoyed.
As the sand of time continue to count down, I find myself thinking less about the here and now, and more about where I need to be … in the coming days, weeks, months. It can be overwhelming at times, thinking about the future rather than allowing myself to fully commit to present moment. Truth be told, it is actually a mind shift that many of us educators make as the summer sunshine begins to move just a little farther off on the horizon. The multitude of moments to recharge and reconnect with ourselves begin to slowly fade in anticipation of another school year.
It is the promise of this hope that plays a significant, make that, a critical role in our view and vantage point as teachers. I know so many of us are excitedly planning and envisioning for the new school year. How else could any other profession begin to celebrate milestones that have yet to happen? As teachers we want not only the beginning, but also the middle, and end to seamlessly come together to create the just right conditions for our student’s success.
My beautiful, inspiring friend Nicki Ault is the acclaimed artist who created the beautiful painting I have showcased in my post. I have been following her journey, almost since its inception, and I am happy to report our friendship spans almost 2 decades, as neighbours, new moms, and most of all, friends. She continues to inspire me with her passion, her drive, and also her gifts as well as talents as an artist. I follow her blog with zest & zeal as she showcases her newest works and upcoming exhibits.
This particular piece of artwork (which I am happily gazing upon right now from across the table) is, in its essence, a most incredible sense of JOY to be captured with paint and brush. From the majestic trees that allow the glorious sunset to filter through, their beautiful shadows mirror the beauty of the earth at their feet. The sunshine, as it begins to set, provides a canvas that bursts with colours and hues that captivate the sky. Texture and depth allow for glorious movement and the blue of the skyline is the promise of another day.
And so I will allow my own hopefulness to shine through, as I reflect and plan for the coming year ahead.
For those as inspired as I am by Nicki’s works, please check out her Facebook page as well as take a peek at what is currently being displayed at the Darrell Bell Gallery here in Saskatoon.
As teachers, we need to be professional about the decisions we make about technology use. Planning for the learning is critical to success.