Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find positives in my week.
1. Today is my son’s birthday. Although I keep teasing him that his present is a Barbie Dream House, it’s really a new bicycle. The grandparents are coming over to help him put together his new bike, and I bought his favorite cake (red velvet) and will cook his favorite dinner (nachos). I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good day for him. Birthdays can be so hard for traumatized kids, but he really deserves a special day.
2. Blogging bootcamp. We’re three weeks into blogging in my Digital Literacy class, and I knew students had questions, so I asked Kelsey to guest lecture. This is the second time she’s taught a lesson on blogging in one of my classes, and once again, I learned so much from her. I also appreciated having a chance to live tweet class. I am not a fast or efficient live tweeter–yet! I need more practice. (Kelsey, want to teach class next week too??) At the end of class, students set goals to improve one aspect of their blogging this week. I’m excited to see what they do!
3. I made my reservations for NCTE. Last year, I traveled to NCTE with a group of my pre-service teachers, and I discovered that it’s even more fun going to NCTE with my students than it is going alone. (That’s Reba, Lindsey, and Kelsey just after we checked in for our flight to Boston. Those are some happy pre-service teachers!). I’m hoping to bring a small group with me this year too. It’s such a valuable experience for teachers, and I love being able to learn from my students who often attend different sessions or have a different perspective on sessions that we attend together. More fingers crossed for funding to be approved.
4. So. Much. Reading. Time. I usually take a couple of hours for reading on Fridays. But this week, I found a couple of hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, AND Friday. Major discovery: less time on social media means more time for reading. That makes my dog very happy.
5. Sam Cooke. I’m loving this CD I recently bought. Such a smooth sweet voice. I grew up in the 70s, but for my parents, musically at least, it was perpetually 1963, so this is the music of my childhood.