the read deal- writing for an audience

Screen Shot 2020-08-15 at 2.40.54 PMAs a former fourth grade teacher (in Texas that means writing test writing test writing test) and as a sometimes school newspaper editor, I have always valued authentic writing opportunities as far more valuable for students than out of touch exercises meant to help us pass a test.  When I searched for others who were doing just that- providing data and examples of authentic audience, I found fuel to pursue more real writing goals for kids. This presentation centers on using GSuite tools to help students produce pieces that are intrinsically motivating to publish because they are engaging and they can be shared with people OUTSIDE of the classroom for a real-world feedback session. Have a suggestion? Drop me a note (look, real-world writing). Click the image below to access the slide deck.

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summer bullet journaling and planning

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Screen Shot 2020-07-09 at 3.54.14 PMYou know what is hard for me every summer? Planning and journaling and sticking to goals. It’s actually a little easier in the school months (though time is short) because I am on a schedule. In the summer somehow it’s 2:00 and I haven’t eaten lunch or made the bed.  The summer of 2020 is possibly the worst because I am planning…to stay home. But I do have some goals and tasks I need to accomplish for professional learning and some personal ones that my husband would really appreciate (the laundry room). To encourage myself I do what I always do in crisis, I read things. Especially quotes. And then I write them in my bullet journal. I downsized to a smaller bujo too, which doesn’t seem so overwhelming. I need a full size during school, but this size seems more reasonable when the day’s goals include washing the dog, watching a zoom, and vacuuming. Even a small effort can keep me moving toward my goals and the habit of WRITING- by HAND!

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“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!” ― Brian Tracy, author and motivational speaker

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ― Pablo Picasso, painter

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President

More motivational quotes