This summer, my goal was modest – to explore ways to strike a healthy balance in my life as a teacher and writer – and I think I was successful.
I’ve realized that I don’t have to do everything that I set out to do. This last week of CLMOOC, for example, I wanted to do a number of different makes – but I discovered that facilitating the CLMOOC Make With Me & Twitter chat while preparing for my trip to Europe. I decided therefore that my facilitation of the Make With Me & Twitter chat would be my make for the week, and I’m okay with this.
To be sure, I would like to finish some of the stuff I said I’d do but haven’t yet – I still want to write a blog post on why I think that, even if everything isn’t a story, we are better served as educators acting as though everything is a story; I want to finish my 5-image story; and I want to do a few blog posts in appreciation of CLMOOC members whom I haven’t yet acknowledged for their contributions. But I’m going to do these things when I get back from Europe. It’s okay if I don’t do everything at once.In the Make With Me & Twitter chat, we talked about moving forward with our learning from CLMOOC, and I have a list of ideas that I would like to pursue & practices that I would like to continue.
1) I’d like to blog at least twice a week.
2) I want to comment on a CLMOOC participant’s blog at least twice a week.
3) I want to involve my students in creating “How To” makes that explain various procedures & activities in our classroom, as well as in creating “How To” makes for activities that they care about.
4) I want to write in my journal every day, or nearly every day.
5) I want to do a Find 5 Friday, or variation thereon, each week, to acknowledge the people I am learning from and with.