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My #oneword2018 (hey it’s #oneword2019!)

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Yes it is 2019 so I guess I need to have a new #oneword for the new year but I’ve decided to go with my same word from 2018. Not because I’m lazy and couldn’t think of a new one (though some might argue that point) but because I still feel it’s relevant. I still believe this is the word I want to live and inspire others to live by, promote AWESOME, look for AWESOME, celebrate AWESOME and most of all BE AWESOME! Everyday is a new day and that means we get to see the awesomeness of this world with fresh eyes. It’s so easy to take for granted the everyday mundane things in our lives but when we look at them for the awesomeness they are we can’t help but smile. I mean look I’m writing this on a computer using free WIFI in a coffee shop drinking coffee! That’s so awesome! Less than 10 years ago that could not have happened (at least at Starbucks). So for 2019 I will continue to look for the awesome and work to help everyone I come into contact with be their own AWESOME, whatever that is! 

So here it is my #oneword2018  #oneword2019 in the form of the post I wrote at this time last year in all its 2018 awesomeness! 

In my last post  I shared how I really have not been very good at this whole #oneword thing. I spend time thinking about a word, write something or a couple of things, tweet about it and then a month later move on. This year, thanks to #teachNVchat and my friend Sara I’m hoping to keep focused on my word for 2018  2019

So what’s my word this year? That was actually pretty easy once I sat down and thought about it. My word is one that I spend almost everyday saying to staff and students. My #oneword2018 #oneword2019 is AWESOME!

Pretty easy!

AWESOME

That sums up pretty much everything. In the morning when I do the announcements I end with BE AWESOME. At the end of the day when I’m at crosswalk duty I ask kids “We’re you AWESOME today?” Everyday there is something awesome that happens and something we all do that is awesome. Awesome is in the eye of the beholder. It can be an awesome job making sure you wrote you name with all the right letters if you are a Kindergartner, it can be standing in front of the class to present your PBL project if you are in 5th grade. If you’re a teacher it can be a lesson where every student has that moment of clarity and you realize they all got the objective or it can be walking around Hi-5ing kids at the end of the day (my personal favorite) Its all AWESOME!

 

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There are some many things that happen everyday that are awesome, we just need to open our eyes. As The Book of Awesome points out things like the other side of the pillow, figuring out how the hotel shower head works, wordless apologies are ALL AWESOME! I have the book placed on the shelf next to my desk at eye level and it serves to remind me that even the simplest things can be awesome in some way.

I know this word gets overused (I’m pretty sure this post has the word about a hundred times) but hey that’s because lots of stuff can be awesome! Thinking of things that are awesome can help us realize all the things big and small that we need to be grateful for. Something that I need to remember because there are days when working in education can feel not awesome. Horrible situations, negative people, silly mandates or endless compliance issues can suck the awesome right out of you. But when you stop and think of even one thing that was awesome about that day you can refocus and get awesome!

So there it is #AWESOME that’s my word for 2018  2019 . I’m looking forward to sharing my progress towards finding the awesome in everyday as part of #teachNVchat and hoping that this year having that constant reflection on my word will help me live it not just for January but until the next January as well.

Now go BE AWESOME!

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New episode where we talk about start of school memories, give some tips and drink some beer. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-beeredu-podcast/id1429881657

New Project!

I’ve been neglectful of this blog for quite a while and it’s time for an update. There’s been a ton of stuff going on including me filling in as interim principal while my friend Katie Weir was out of her building enjoying time with her new baby. She’s got an amazing staff and it was a great couple of months! I can truly appreciate what my wife and all the other stand alone administrators have to do, talk about doing it all!

Now I’m back at my Assistant Principal job at Maxwell Elementary and stoked for the next school year.

#teachNVchat and @teachNVACS are taking a summer break and my good friend Sara and I are thinking up some new ideas for the next school year!

and now my newest project:

@beerEDUpod

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Kyle Anderson and I have been talking about doing a podcast for a while. Thanks to Kyle’s motivation it’s become a reality. The concept is super simple:

2 educators talking about education and talking about beer with maybe a guest or 2 on a podcast!

BAM!! that’s it.

Nothing complicated, just about 20 or so minutes of us talking education topics and then ending with some talk about beer. We’re hoping to have a couple of episodes a month and will be looking for guests and topic ideas. Oh and we would love a sponsor, maybe a local craft brewery or pub….. (HINT HINT).

We dropped our first episode a week ago and thanks to Kyle, we’re getting the podcast up on all your favorite podcast platforms, like this one!

So that’s my update! I’ve got another couple of weeks off before it’s time to plan for 2018/19 and I’m using that time for hiking with my wife, running up and down mountains, riding bikes and just chill’in.

So look for some posts that link to the podcast, some posts about some ideas for next school year and some info on some @teachNVACS meet-ups here in Reno!

Now go be awesome like this!

 

 

ELA Practices

Recently, I was honored to be asked by Student Achievement Partners to write a short piece on English Language Arts Standards in the Common Core and the idea of Practices around those Standards for their blog Aligned. The Math standards have 8 Mathematical Practices that help educators see how students can work to be Mathematically proficient and through some discussions with other educators the idea came up about ELA Practices.

The point of my piece is to create a dialogue around what these ELA practices might look like, what students who are proficient with the ELA standards might do.

The piece is by no means a final statement of what those practices are or should be but to encourage others to think about what they might look like.

So take a look at the link below, contemplate and lets discuss!

English Language Arts Practices

Comments are always welcome and encouraged!

Go Be Awesome!

 

#Oneword2018

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All over the edutwitterverse the discussion has turned to #oneword. The idea being that you choose that one word that will drive you forward for following year. This is the 4th year I’ve written something on my own #oneword and if I’m being honest I have SUCKED at the whole #oneword thing ( and blogged about it before).

I think its an amazing idea and based on all the blogs I’ve read, really powerful. I always start the year with the intention of keeping my focus on that word but then life happens. And part of the reason I think I struggle with returning to my #oneword is that I am always looking forward. I believe self-reflection is powerful and needed but I tend to not be very good at continued self-reflection. Once its gone its gone. Always move forward! As Henry says: All you got is life time. GO!

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Oh, I have that normal neurotic self-reflective nature of “ugg did I really say that?” “Did anyone notice that broccoli in my teeth?” “Oh crap how long has my zipper been undone” or maybe that’s just me.

And I do focus on professional reflection, always looking to get better at what I do, but with the whole #oneword thing I just seem to suck at follow through.

For example last year my #oneword was Charge and I posted multiple Haiku’s to share that #oneword but something shinny came along and I was once again distracted. The funny thing is that the original post talked about me failing at following through on my #oneword2017 , this seems to be a theme for me. But not this year! Thanks to the amazing Sara Holm I am not going to roll into February with that #oneword in my review mirror.

For 2018 #teachNVchat the twitter chat that I moderate with Sara & @teachNVACS will focus on 2018’s #oneword once a month, that way we can have check in to see how people are doing and for me, help to remember that I did have a #oneword way back in January. I am looking forward to this personal accountability as well as seeing what other #teachNVchat participants are thinking about. I’m not sure if we plan on doing 12 months of #oneword but even a couple of months is better than what I’ve done in the past.

I hope you will join us on this Thursday night 7:30 PM PST to begin this journey and share your #oneword

As for my #oneword for 2018, that’s going to be coming up.

Stay tuned and remember to

BE AWESOME

Vlog #1 posted

Just finished my first Video Blog (vlog) and posted it on the RummagesandRamblings Youtube Channel.

RummagesandRamblings VLOG

Sorry for the weird cut off at the end, still figuring out the editing portion, also wondering if I might switch to Blogger for hosting this site, since its seems more compatible with Youtube (that whole Google owns the world thing). Let me know you thoughts on using WordPress VS Blogger.

Please check it out and here are some links for some stuff I talk about!

Thedropinsdotorg Sara Holms awesome blog

Jim Walmsley One Wrong Turn

Western States 100 mile run

Cheers and go outside and Be AWESOME

 

New Stuff Coming

Wait for it……..

video blogging!

VLOGGING

I know not really that original.

So I’ve been very neglectful of this blog over the last 6 (or more) months. Things have been busy to say the least. But I’ve just been working on some Video Blogs (VLOGS) and creating a Rummages & Ramblings Youtube Channel.

So……

Look for a new Vlog to drop in the next couple of days once I work out the whole editing thing  and getting over listening to how weird my voice sounds.

Stay tuned and BE AWESOME!!!!

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