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Goals

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As a teacher, we are constantly asking our students to set goals for themselves.  We rarely keep in mind that we should also set goals.  Lifelong learning is absolutely something that teachers preach and do, but it isn't often that we set big goals for ourselves.

At the Calgary Google Summit this past summer, the term "big scare" was used.  What is your next "big scare"?  This simply was asking, what is the next goal you are going to work towards that might take you out of your comfort zone?  Mine this summer was doing a keynote.  I did it, felt great about it, and now I will do a second one in Las Vegas in January!

My next goal after that was to apply to the Google Innovator Academy that was being held in Toronto in October.  It was to be the first Canadian Innovator Academy at Google offices in Toronto, and getting in would be such an accomplishment.  I applied and I got in!  If you read my previous blog posts, I explain how amazing the experience was, and th…

Google Innovator Academy - I Found My Tribe

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Well, one week ago I was just barely through the door at Google in Toronto.  My journey started like this...

I pulled up to the Calgary Airport so excited to be boarding a plane to go to the Google Innovator Academy.  As I sat and waited for the boarding call, I was texting with family, as they were wishing me good luck on my trip.  My mom, who lives in Saskatoon, texted me a picture of the snow they were getting dumped upon them in Saskatoon.  Funny that she should send me that when shortly after I hear an announcement about my flight being delayed because the captain who would be flying our plane (which was sitting at the gate) was flying in from Saskatoon and there was a weather delay.  Great.  An hour delay meant I would be pushing it to get to Google on time.  I didn't want to be THAT girl showing up late to the first day of Innovator Academy.

A few hours later, I was landing in Toronto and it was verging on 3:00pm.  The Academy began at 4.  I was grateful that I had only car…

#Tor16 - Google Innovator Academy BOUND!

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So this summer I had a goal.  I was going to apply to the Google Innovator Academy by the end of August.  As the deadline of August 30th got nearer, I still had one task to do to ensure I could apply - pass my Level 2 Google Educator test.

I scheduled my test for a cooler day on the weekend, so that I wouldn't miss out on any nice summer weather.  The day came and I had my husband take my kids out of the house so I could have peace and quiet in order to focus on my test.  He got them out for a solid 3 hours, perhaps it was even longer.  I was so nervous because I had taken the test blindly almost  a year ago, and didn't pass.  I then took it again this spring, but didn't pass - I scored a 78%.  Needing an 80% to pass, I knew I could do it, but got gun shy so put it off again.

Knowing the Innovator application deadline was at the end of August, it had to be done.  So there I sat alone in my home with my two laptops.  The test seemed to be going well.  When it came time to s…

My first KEYNOTE with EdTechTeam

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This year's Calgary Google Summit was, once again, a high energy, fun-filled, learning-packed two days.  Led by EdTechTeam's +Michelle Armstrong, the team of speakers and keynotes she put together pulled off a very successful Summit.  I love being able to be a part of these summits, and this one was no exception, as I was the host, and it was at my school - Rundle College.  In addition to that, +Michelle  gave me an opportunity to do the closing keynote.

I have been a featured speaker for the EdTechTeam previously, so I wasn't nervous about presenting at this summit.  My two sessions went well, as I presented about my experience doing #20Time in my classroom, and I also did a session on +JoeZoo.  What I was anxious about was doing my first keynote.

I began thinking about a keynote several months ago - I would start to make notes on my phone about ideas that popped into my head.  When Michelle confirmed that I would be able to be the closing keynote, it became real.  I fir…

#RundleCares and shares #NaacoLove to #YMM

As I settle into my desk at the end of another school day, I am trying to mentally prepare myself for the huge, daunting task that lay before me.

MARKING WRITTEN FINALS
Today was the day that all grade 7, 8 and 9 students complete part A of their English Language Arts final - the written portion.  Now, as their trusty teacher, it is my task to read all 84 paragraphs and 28 essays and/or narrative stories.  I.  Can't.  Wait.
Actually, sometimes it is fun to do, as the grade 7 prompts are interesting and lend themselves to some fun reads.  Right now, the entire reason why I choose to procrastinate is that I have my mind on several other things, including the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Last week's fire, or as the media is calling it, "the beast", tore through and burnt down the old neighborhood where my husband and I used to live, and where I started my teaching career.  The destruction that we see all over the media is emotionally taxing, as in the evenings my husband and…

In the "Spotlight" with EdTechTeam

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This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to work with my friend and mentor, +Michelle Armstrong as a part of her EdTeachTeam for the Thunder Bay Google Summit.  What a fantastic experience to be a part of this team of brilliant presenters and educators.  Alongside +Michael Wacker , +Donnie Piercey , +Emily Fitzpatrick, +Scott Monahan and +Les Macbeth, I was a Spotlight Speaker for the Summit.

I have presented at Google Summits before, but this was my first time as part of the team.  +Michelle  knows how to lead.  As our fearless and energetic leader, she had us all in great spirits and high energy.  I enjoyed being able to be there for the Pre-Summit day.  I didn't present that day, but I was able to help out by running errands for Michelle so we were prepared to get the Summit ready at the end of the Pre-Summit day.  Once I picked up Michael Wacker from the airport, I dropped he and his amazing daughter off at St. Ignatius High School.  Michael informed me that the errand…

It's Almost Spring Break!

Spring break is right around the corner, and I decided to reflect in a blog post.  I actually had disabled this blog because I wasn't sure about putting my thoughts out there.  Over the last few months I have been working on being confident in who I am and what I know in a new area of my professional life.  My good friend and mentor, +Michelle Armstrong told me about +Seth Godin's rule to not take one so seriously.  I am guilty of taking myself seriously, but this year is the year I am truly trying not to - thus this blog is reborn.

Over the past few months, I have been working more on a new aspect of my career - the educational technology side.  I am really enjoying what I can offer in terms of educational technology expertise, and I am finding I love growing and learning in that area.  This past January I presented at the +EdTechTeam GAFESummit in Las Vegas.  I had presented at a few other GAFE Summits, but this time I felt less nerves and more confidence.  I took this as a …