Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Thank you, Walmart!

Recently, my grant proposal was accepted and selected by Walmart! This money received will go towards a brand new iMac computer with the latest video editing software, allowing my Tech Crew students and myself, to produce innovative technology tutorials for our staff and students in our district. We are all extremely happy and looking forward to the use of this new technology in our district. #Walmart #WalmartGiving #BetterTogether

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Taking a Bite Out of Apple

Well, after a certification course and two months of working on projects in the Apple apps of iMovie, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, and GarageBand, I am officially an Apple Education Trainer. Another Apple certification which is always nice, but there is always a catch in life, am I right? The certification only lasts for two years, which makes sense I guess- new updates, more to learn- so nevertheless, I will enjoy this accomplishment for the next two years. Woot! Woot!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Feeling Stretched is a Form of Exercise

To some, teachers can be looked at as a person who gets their summers and weekends off, but to anyone who has a personal relationship with an educator, they see teachers are the most elastic humans on the planet. As a woman, naturally we feel pulled in multiple directions as our minds swirl with hundreds of tasks to do along with the puzzling question of what shoes will match my outfit tomorrow with the sharp reminder to pay the electric bill. I don't know if maybe it is just me, but how long can one person feel stretched in life before they break. Even a rubber band has a maximum elasticity range before it snaps. Ever notice that more than not, those episodes of Snapped show the woman losing their mind? They should do a brief mini series of that show "Teacher Edition". There probably wouldn't be too many episodes in that series due to the fact that they are teachers. Teachers know how to juggle, figuratively (bonus points if you are literally an educator who can juggle).

The school year has started and the teachers are flooded with Student Learning Objectives, Professional Development Growth Plans, lesson plans, technology integration, surveys, and don't forget the grading of those assignments to keep them warm at night- 0h wait, then there is actually teaching. Notice none of those things even mentioned the laundry, dinner that needs cooked, or the child who wants snuggles tonight. Where does a personal life fit in? Everyone has their secret recharge that they tell no one about, but in that slight instance it is just them- no family member screaming their name, no phones ringing, just a moment that is solely theirs. Do yourself a favor tonight, take 5 minutes to just be by yourself. Even if that means locking yourself in the bathroom to sit in silence to eat those Oreos you told your husband were gone. And yes, they're double stuffed Oreos.