Saturday, June 29, 2013

Currently --- July

What?! Say it isn't so! It can't be July!

Today, my husband, daughter and my niece went to my classroom today. I started to clean out 21 years of teacher collection...flashlights and mirrors for light investigations, 8 tubs of books (that was just chapter books)-haven't started on the picture books, dominoes, iron fillings/magnets, magnetic words in cute flower pots, borders, posters...I had to stop at that point as I started to freak out! Where do all of these wonderful teaching tools go?

So... where did I go? In our pool!!!!! (After, I got more tubs at Walmart)
Hence, why I'm listening to the water features in our pool!

Loving: I am super excited about my new position as a new instructional technology specialist!

Thinking: Stuff and more stuff! Where does it go? What if I need it?

Wanting: Love the teachers/friends I work with! Several have offered to help make it magically pack!

Wanting: If you've been following my blog, you will know that there have been many amazing things that have happened this year! I am truly blessed!

Tips, Trick or Hints: Here is the long part! I have written about 30 essays this year for various reasons. This was actually one of last essays I wrote about 3 weeks ago...all about...

Our superintendent, Dr. Brown, often shares an old Irish legend, Sharpen the Saw, that is also included in Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Person. This legend describes two lumberjacks in a competition to cut down the most trees. The first lumberjack, strong, is slated to win.  The day of the competition, he sawed forcefully and without stopping knowing that every tree chopped down brought him closer to his title. The other lumberjack, unlike his larger competitor, stopped every hour to sharpen his blade. He knew all along that in order to win especially against a larger competitor, his tool had to be continually sharpened.  His axe was smaller and therefore each swing had to be more accurate in order to produce the better product. By stopping to sharpen his instrument, he had proven, once and for all, that he was the better man for the job. 

In order for educators to “sharpen their tools” they need to occasionally disconnect from school, the computer and develop honest collaborative peer relationships and strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  

I am thankful for the connections I have made through blogging and the groups that I interact with on a daily basis, but know that it is ok to step away from the electronic devise and just be!


  1. Wow! I loved, loved, LOVED "Sharpen the Saw". I never used to be a reader until I got to my senior year in college (surprising, I know). Now, I enjoy reading books on teaching and my subject area (social studies). That is one way I "sharpen my saw". Blogging and making connections with people just like me is another. I really enjoyed reading your Currently! I look forward to following you!

    Lil Bit Country In the Classroom

    1. "Sharpen the Saw" is such a great story! I almost see a linky...hum?!!!

  2. I will come help you pack - just let me know when! So excited for you to have your new position.

    Krazy Town

    1. Thanks! Just finished up 2 hours in my room! It's pouring now so it was time to take a break!

  3. Congrats on your new position. It sounds really interesting, and I can't wait to hear more about it!

    Third Grade in the First State

    1. Thanks! I am very excited! Heading over to your blog now. Cute name!

  4. Congratulations on the new j-o-b! Do you get to help teacher's with all the technology in the district? and 21 years of teaching?! WOW!!

    1. Thanks! It's an exciting new adventure!
      Yep, 21 years! I know!

  5. You will be fabulous at your new position. Change is always so refreshing. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thanks, Brandee! I've got soooo many ideas running through my head...thank goodness I have a friend that happens to be the ITS at our other campus! We are going to have so much fun!

  6. Charlotte- You are going to be SOOOOO great at your new positions. I was amazed by everything you did this year in your classroom. :)

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher