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#LetGo Working Women - Don't Let Yourself Burnout!

I ran across this video today on Facebook, and it struck a chord.  These are beautiful, older women with a powerful message.


Today's women pride themselves on being able to hold a job, have a family, friends and if dedicated enough, a workout schedule.  It seems that the "busy" syndrome is something that is fashionable to be.  I love how the women in this video talk about pressure and perfection.  These are two words synonymous with women in their twenties and thirties today.  Young moms strive to "do it all", but at what price?

I was one of those moms - working in the classroom day in, day out, and coaching volleyball for three months of the year.  My schedule was chaotic, but I was determined to not let it get me down.  I had a young family at home, a husband who also had a busy schedule and relied HEAVILY on before and after care at my girls' schools.  It seemed that every year the insanity increased and the pressure to keep up was directly proportional.

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A Decade of Memories: Time for Change

I am sitting at my desk at Rundle College Junior High at the beginning of my final week of work here.  So many feelings are circling in my mind as I sit and watch my final homeroom complete their math exam.

About a month and a half ago, I sat down with my headmaster, Jason Rogers, and talked about wanting a change here at Rundle.  I had been asking for change for a few years now.  Not that I am ungrateful or unappreciative for the position I have, as I am and I love it.  Teaching Language Arts is great (minus the marking!), and my department is full of amazing educators, but over the last few years, as you have seen on this blog, I have been developing another side of my professional life.  I told Mr. Rogers that if there was nothing in the way of educational technology, in the capacity that I desired, then I would likely be asking for a leave, or to resign.  Currently, Rundle does not accommodate leaves of absence, so I resigned.  Handing over that letter of resignation was HUGE.  I…

Visualization in an ELA Classroom Using AWWApp

A few months ago, I was browsing Twitter and noticed a tweet about this new application online that would enable you to use it as a whiteboard.  I was instantly curious, so I checked it out.  My initial thoughts were, “How cool is this!?”, and my thoughts soon turned to, “How can I use this?”

As quite a new user to awwapp.com, I am still learning all the ins and outs of it.  My first use was in a poetry class with grade 7s.  I had my students use ipads and awwapp.com to create concrete poetry.  We began by talking about one-word concrete poetry, and I showed them a few examples.  Next, it was their turn to try AWWApp.  I gave them a word like “rollercoaster” and they had to create a concrete poem on their ipads that gave meaning and form to the word “rollercoaster”.  We tried several words, each word students would get about one minute to create using AWWApp, and then they would have to hold up their ipads to share their creativity with the class.  This was just a simple, basic use for…

What's in a Name or a Title?

My name is Charity.  Quite often when I tell people my name, they make some remark about how lovely a name it is, or how much they like it.  I like it too - it's a great name and I am very proud of it.  My dad named me, or so the story goes, as he liked the name and decided I should be a Charity.  When I give my name at a Starbucks, or over the phone, they never get it right, so my "go to" has been to say, "like the foundation."  Charity is my name - is it my identity too?

Labels, names, titles - they all serve to create an identity for us.  Who am I?  I am more than a name, however nice it may be.  I am so many amazing adjectives, definitive adverbs, and incredible abstract nouns.  Sometimes the things that we truly are may not even be a part of what title, name or label is assigned to us.

Breaking our own mould and becoming who we want to be is something that takes perseverance, guts and a whole lot of time and effort.  Yes, I am a mother, wife, sister, daug…

Las Vegas Summit 2017

I just got back from another incredible Summit by the EdTechTeam.  I consider myself quite fortunate, and I am ever so grateful each time I get to work with the team of educators that +Michelle Armstrong brings in to work with her at these summits.  Michelle is the ultimate leader who has a penchant for making her team feel united, empowered, and awesome.  You just want to work hard for this woman and help her to produce the BEST SUMMIT EVER.  This time I presented 3 sessions, and the closing keynote.  My entire weekend was so amazing, but I have to say, I was consumed with thoughts of my keynote speech, so much so that my sessions may have suffered.  I apologize to all my attendees for that.  I do love what I do, but being a keynote in Vegas had me bound by thoughts of that final half hour.  Once it was over though, I was on that high of, "I just did that.  I did it.  I. DID. IT."  Version 2 was alright, and I know I have tons of room to grow, but I know I will gain valuabl…

On Becoming A Google Certified Trainer

This week a goal that I have been working towards for a few years now became a reality.  I was accepted into the Google for Education Certified Trainer's community.
Since I discovered and began using GSuite, I have been a huge believer in how they can change the landscape of teaching and a person's classroom.  It has certainly changed the way I teach, and it has changed the learning that takes place in my classroom.  In addition to improving the learning, my student's have empowered themselves through the massive organization that Google Drive and Google Classroom has allowed them to have.  Like I said, I am a HUGE believer in the products.
Not many people understand what it means to get certified by Google for Education.  I know that when I began getting certified and passing exams, nobody around me at work truly "got it".  "Oh, that's great!" they would say, but not truly understanding what a personal achievement it was for me.
When I was accepted…

FOUR GUIDELINES FOR INNOVATING AND DESIGNING A BOOK PROJECT

Recently I was posting to a G+ post in the EdTechTeam Community sharing some ideas for book projects, when I was asked if I would like to blog about what I do with my book projects in terms of ideas, choices, etc. I decided that I would, so below is the blog entry that I shared with EdTechTeam in hopes of it making it onto their blog!

When I was a young student, I loved reading.  I have memories of hiding under my blankets in bed with a flashlight, hoping my parents never caught me and made me go to sleep.  When I reached the age in school where book projects, or book reports as they were called back then, started to be assigned, I was more than eager to share my reading experience with my classmates.  Unfortunately, the book report experience was a HUGE disappointment.  One basic assignment, over and over again - write a report about the book.  Of course there were other requirements, but each time it was an essay.  No variety, no choice, no excitement to complete the work.
When I bec…