One of the #edurockstars that I follow on Twitter, Mari Venturino, re-posted one of her blog posts from March in which she challenged readers to reflect on their lives in groups of five. Sadly, I wasn't following her blog through my Feedly so I didn't see it then (no worries, I've rectified my error and added her to my feed!), but now that I have seen it, I've accepted her challenge.
Some of the topics below are hers, some are my own additions. :)
Five Places I'm Dying to Visit
As I say in my bio, travel is one of reasons for life and there are a lot of years left for me to explore.
- Scotland - I'm a HUGE fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and want to see all the places she has brought alive for me.
- Prince Edward Island - Again with the books. This time, Anne of Green Gables.
- Hogwarts - Yes, I know it's not really real, but I keep waiting on my letter.
- ISTE - Duh?
- Some sort of beachy, over-the-water private room/resort - I'm not actually sure how much I would want to STAY in one of these, but I definitely want to visit.
Five Tasks I Do Every Day
- Update digital signage at my school with daily announcements - I use Google Slides for this so that I don't have to walk around to every TV.
- Tell someone how to log in to their school Google Apps for Ed account
- Put my son to sleep - He's way too old for this to still be cool, but he lets me do it anyway
- Walk my puppies - My family has two rescue pups (5 years apart) and they get walked 3 times every day
- Try to improve my practice - Books, Twitter, blogs, conversations with those at my school, whatever I can find to help me be better at serving teachers
Five Talents I Wish I Had
- Feeling comfortable with not knowing something in a pressure moment
- Being able to dance (traditional dance studio dance, like ballet, lyrical, jazz...)
- Emotional control - When I feel stressed or cranky or sad, I tend to let it affect my relationships. This is amplified even more if I am rushed to get things done or am running on too little "me time."
- "WOO"- In her post, Mari said that she wanted to be able to handle the people who "woo" (Strengths Based Leadership) Like her, I'm an introvert. In addition, I struggle with some anxiety problems (they feel severe to me, but I know that in reality, they're NOTHING). I can handle most extroverts but I also secretly wish I was able to be more like them sometimes.
- Invisibility - Common question among Harry Potter fans :)
Five Leaders I Wish I Could Work With
Five Twitter Hashtags I Love
- #forsythpln - weekly chat by my district
- #LambertLeaders - new chat just started by my school for Aspiring Leaders at Lambert High School
- #satchatwc - I just can't wake up early enough for the regular #satchat
- #langchat - The French teacher in my heart loves this one
FIve Books I Own Waiting to Be Read
- Kids Deserve It
- Hacking Leadership
- Blended Learning
- Uncommon Learning
- Digital Leadership
Five Things in My House at ALL Times
- Creamer (Dunkin Donuts Extra Extra)
- Wine (Sauvingnon Blanc)
- Cheese (Brie, Chèvre, Gouda, Cheddar, Monterey Jack)
Five Things I Miss About the Classroom
- Student relationships
- Those can't be explained but somehow it all came together lessons
- Lightbulb moments
- Igniting a love of language, literature, and communication in someone who thought they hated French
- Instilling a sense of pride in someone who does well even though they thought they couldn't do it