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Two Months Into a New School Year

We are about two months into a new school year, and so much has already happened.  Our school, Rundle College, is always abuzz with activity.  Students get involved, teachers get involved - EVERYONE is involved here.  We are a true community, and it is amazing to be a part of it.

A while back I ran across a blog post that I sent out to my colleagues because it truly struck a chord with me.  I knew it would hit home with my colleagues as well.  It did.  I ran across that same blog post today, as a friend of mine on Facebook shared it.  It is a post by C. Mielke about caring for students and why we do what we do as teachers.  He says,"As long as you are in my life, I am not going to let quitting be easy for you.  I am going to challenge you, confront you, push you, and coach you.  You can whine.  You can throw a tantrum.  You can shout and swear and stomp and cry.  And the next day, guess what?  I will be here waiting — smiling and patient — to give you a fresh start.  Because you …

Balance

Once September hits, my life is about balance.  I am a full-time teacher at a highly regarded school in Alberta, I am a mother and a wife.  In addition to those roles, I hold family and friends close.  Sometimes I feel like I am being pulled a million ways, but ultimately I always find a way to get to that sweet point of balance.

It doesn't always come easy - the finding balance point.  It takes some trial and error, some epic fails, and some days where the bottom of a bottle of wine can't come soon enough, but I do get there.  When I am at the precipice of "aaghhh!" and stressing about deadlines, meetings and extra-curricular that both my kids and myself have, I truly don't believe I will ever reach that point of "okay, I can relax now", but it does happen.

I think one huge factor in my ability to find balance was the first years of my teaching career.  I worked with some amazingly experienced teachers who taught me that if I want to survive, I have to e…

Inspired

I feel inspired, and therefore I write.

I used to write a lot in high school, but the demands and rigour of university took the passion and desire to do so away from me.  Starting this blog has renewed the spirit in me to write.

Today I am inspired in a different way.  It began with Ron Clark, the principal at Rundle College Elementary.  He gave a great presentation on connectedness.  He spoke about many things that we already do here at Rundle College.  What I love about this institution is that we do connect with students, staff and families.  I have built so many valuable relationships with not only my students, but their parents and their siblings over the 7 years I have been at Rundle.  It is truly an amazing community that I work in.  Ron touched on the fact that the connectedness starts with a phone call to the school - a school where a real person actually answers the phone.  We, as teachers, continue this connectivity with relationship building internally, but what I loved t…

Back to Work and Back to Thinking

Okay, the title isn't completely accurate.  I am always thinking.  Maybe not as much as some people I know, but I am!  As a mom and a wife, I have to be on my toes, but being cognizant in those roles is much different than in my role as a teacher.

I attended the Google Apps for Education Calgary Summit last week, this is a Google Summit put on by the EdTech Team.  One of our amazing staff members and my tech mentor here at Rundle, Michelle Armstrong (@myarm), is a member of the EdTech Team and in addition to all of her organizing, she was the closing keynote at this event.  It was during these two days of the summit that after a short, but fantastic summer, I had to turn my brain on, and I mean FULL ON.  I was quite overwhelmed with the learning that I did. I was inspired and psyched to start my school year, as there were #futureready ideas flying everywhere.  I would feel very safe in saying that all teachers who attended will make some pretty positive and digital changes in thei…