My one word this year was breathe. I need to breathe in order to stay sane and not freak out about the fact that I don't have enough time. And I'm talking time today and time over the months and time over the year. Yes, because I'm a BIIIIIIIG picture planner.
My professional life has always been a huge priority for me. When I stumbled by accident into the ed tech world, it changed education for me. When I worked closely with an instructional coach or 2, it changed education for me. Both of these things showed me a professional path that I am exceedingly passionate about. My ultimate goal in my professional life is to be in a position of influence where I can inspire teachers, get them excited about teaching and their students, understand how to use, and the many benefits of technology in their classroom. I'm excited just writing that sentence.
1. I thought I had found the perfect job at OSU. I was getting to work with select high school teachers around the state of Ohio and do exactly what I described. It was perfect! But it was a grant and short lived.
2. I found myself back in a classroom but working with the teachers at my school to build some technology integration excitement. I knew that I wanted more though.
3. I want to BE someone in the world of educational technology. I so admire Tony Vincent, Matt Miller, Alice Keeler, Travis Allen and the iSchool Initiative, Jesse Lubinsky, Todd Nesloney, and Dave Burgess just to name a few! Now I never want to on their level...but I want to be on my own level...enough to inspire teachers out in the world. To do that I try to cultivate a presence online...Twitter, Instagram, blogging, etc.
|Enterprise Architecture - SDSU Spring '18|
5. This year I ended up transitioning from the technology teacher position to a 4th grade teacher position. I couldn't love it anymore. However, it does involve a lot of planning and time and energy. Couple that with the MA program that I'm enrolled in (see #4), and I'm overwhelmed but juggling.
Inspirational Ed Tech Goal + MA student + 4th grade teacher
I love my life. I don't have time for everything but I surely juggle the best I can.
My first week as a 4th grade teacher I found out I was pregnant! It was definitely a struggle those first weeks figuring out everything I needed to do, working on homework, and being completely exhausted. However, I have an incredible partner teacher who supported me the entire time (and still is) and an exceptional husband who picked up the slack at home so I could get work done, eat, and sleep...not always in that order.
We are over the moon with this wonderful blessing. But for me, that means I literally cannot continue to do everything I've been working on. Clearly, I cannot stop working. I won't stop my program...I'm almost DONE - August! But I can't, now or when the baby comes, focus so much of my time on my goal of being someone in Ed Tech. I will still be on Twitter, I will still engage with my PLN on Voxer, I will still blog. These things all bring joy to my heart in a professional capacity, but they can't be a priority.
Being a mother has to trump all of these things and more.
I'm writing this post, for me...because 99% of the time my posts are for my own peace to get my own thoughts out of my head and "down" somewhere. It's therapeutic for me. However, I'm also writing this post to point out, because while not the exact same circumstances, there are teachers all over the world, struggling to balance everything.