Saturday, May 20, 2017

#cyberPD: Share YOUR Book Stack 2017

Welcome to the SEVENTH #cyberPD summer event!

Check out our  #cyberPD Google Community to learn more about our summer PD. 
Cathy Mere and I can't wait for YOU to join our community and conversations.

I cannot believe yet another school year is ending and endless days of summer will be arriving. For me, summer is an opportunity to experience the fun of playing at home, outside in the backyard, visiting local parks and zoos, stopping by the library, getting lost in a book, and occasionally getting bored with my twin seven year old girls.

I also like to dig into a professional book (or a few when time allows ...) with a group of amazing educators that participate in the summer learning of #cyberPD. This group pushes my thinking and makes me want more. Kylene said it best:

Our goal is to pick THAT book that will teach us something, touch us, make us want more, and fill us up.  Each summer one professional book is chosen to be read by the #cyberPD community.  During the month of July, the book is discussed across three weeks.  Each week participants read and discuss a different section of the selected book.  Share your thoughts each week around specific chapters with a reflection in the Google Community -- a blog post, a Google+ comment, and on Twitter (#cyberPD).  We encourage you to respond and comment on at least 3 other participants reflections. 

That's what #cyberPD does for you:  Provides an opportunity to read a common book, share your thoughts, and grow with educators across the globe.  

You will not want to miss out on the conversations and learning this summer.


So, are you in?  

Your FIRST step is to share your PD book stack 
in the "Share Your Book Stack" section!

Click the link below:

We'll be sharing our #cyberPD book selection on June 3rd, 2017. Then, come July, we'll all have the selected PD book in hand, sticky notes and highlighters ready, ready for sharing.  Let the true learning begin.  I hope you will join in the conversation too!


Stay connected via Twitter and our #cyberPD Google Community to learn more about 
#cyberPD starting in July and to find out more specific details.  

For your planning, the book is divided into thirds and each week in July we 
read, reflect, share, and respond to others. Then the last week, we will host a final Twitter chat. 

Got questions, suggestions, or wonders?  Contact one of the #cyberPD co-hosts:
Michelle Nero on Twitter @litlearningzone and blogs here at Literacy Learning Zone

Past #cyberPD titles include:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

{excuses} #sol17

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
Join in and share a slice of your life. 

And just like that three weeks fly by without writing a slice.
But I have excuses:

My brain is full and ready to share what's on my mind ... just not here.

Many changes happening in my district ... that I'm not ready to share.

New position on the horizon ... but I'm not sure yet.

My girls turned SEVEN ... and I still cannot believe it.

Kid parties, family parties ... oh, thank you cards to help write.

The every day to do list ... that never (ever!) gets shorter.

I know excuses shouldn't really matter.
So I'm back to writing a slice today.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

{time} #sol17

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
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Today, my six year old daughters -- and I can only say that for another 12 more days -- brought home an ABC end of the school year countdown.

It starts on Thursday.  So that means there are only 28 more days left of school.

"You will only be first graders for 28 more days," I thought out loud.

Tears filled my eyes.

"Don't cry, Mommy," M. said as she held my face. "You are going to make me cry."

"I just can't believe it. You are almost ... I can't even say it ... second graders."

Big eyes stared my way.

"You don't understand now, but time just goes way too fast."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

{time for us} #sol17

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
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It's late. I haven't written a thing.

This week I scribbled some ideas and seeds in my notebook. But time has not allowed me the opportunity to just write.

Particularly because of our newest obsession with a TV show.

Now, here is what you need to know. I watch minimal TV. But so many people encouraged us to just watch.

I'm thankful for "on demand" TV. The entire season ready to watch right at my fingertips.

Weeks ago we started watching.

Almost every night we watched yet another episode. Sometimes two.

Tonight the last two episodes waited. And we had to watch both. I put my schoolbag to the side. My laptop remained closed. Slicing would have to wait until later.

We watched and cried and couldn't believe the ending ... there's one more episode, right?

Oh, when does the next season of This Is Us start again?

Because I know that this story is worth watching.  And it's ...  Time for us.  Together.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

{vacations} #sol17

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
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Vacations are exciting!
Planning, preparing, scheduling, anticipating.
Check lists, packing, organizing, repacking.

Vacations are exhausting.
Early to rise, go, go, go.
Drive, drive, stop, drive, drive more.

Vacations are exhilarating.
Sunshine, blue skies, ocean breeze.
No worries. No reality.

Vacations are expensive.
Tickets, souvenirs, ice cream.
Memories, stuffed animals, more ice cream.

Vacations are extremely sad in the end.
Pack up time's up.
Reality slowly creeps in.

Vacations are memories.
Photographs and stories. Remember? Smiles.
Planning next trip, anticipation, can't wait.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

{break} 25/31 #sol17

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
hosted at the Two Writing Teachers.
Join us for a month of writing!

Dearest Reader,

Today is the day. Spring break begins. A time to get away from the ordinary daily scheduled life and make new memories as family.

I've debated my next move. I've thought a lot about what I should do. This year is going to be different. It's hard to write these words, but this is the first spring break vacation that is not a stay-cation at home or a visit to my parents' home. Our days away will be full and busy and exhausting and fun.

Living life is more important to me right now. Time with family and friends is more important to me right now. Snapping photos and capturing memories in my notebook are more important to me right now.

So, I have decided, as my friend recently did, to press pause right now.

I have wondered how I would even manage it, squeezing it in the full days planned, and spending the time crafting something worth sharing ... I don't want to write something just to post it daily. 

This is my seventh year of the March SOLSC. Over the past six years, I wrote all thirty-one days in March. That's a celebration. I enjoyed it and I had the time to dedicate to writing and commenting in those seasons of my life.

I will not apologize for letting go of this challenge this year at this time. It's what I need to do for myself. I have enjoyed the journey so far, but I'm getting off at today's stop: Spring Break and I'm taking a break from the challenge.

I wave goodbye for now with tears in my eyes. Sad to know I will miss YOUR stories and YOUR words. But I am happy to know I can live freely in each new moment to come without worry.

I'll catch up with you on Tuesdays. Hugs to you all.


P.S. My amazing Mom and fellow slicer has graciously accepted to complete my month-long task on the Welcome Wagon. Thank you so much, Mom! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

{lucky for me} 24/31 #sol17


The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
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Lucky for me, my plan was to take the girls to see the musical Madagascar.

Lucky for me, I found out their classes were planning to go too.

Lucky for me, I found out before I purchased tickets.

Lucky for me, chaperones were needed. 

Lucky for me, I was selected to chaperone.

Lucky for me, it was scheduled for the day before spring break.

Lucky for me, I was approved to go.

Lucky for me, I got to be a mom today, not the teacher.

Lucky for me, it was an amazing musical production.

Lucky for me. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

{not now} 23/31 #sol17

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
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Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh). 

Come on in (even though you were never invited).
To be honest, now is not a good time (and really, it never is).

Finishing the last days before spring break (counting down).
Feeling a little stressed as I'm trying to pack (and repack).

There is too much going on for you to stay (please not too long).
A day or two, but then really you should move along (for good).

Just know sunshine & warmer temps will push you gone (goodbye).
And you will be left behind (for good).

I hate this spring cold that sprung a day ago (days before vacation).
I wish I could say not now, but you are here (not for long).

Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh again).


Author's note: This little slice format was borrowed from my friend Chris, who writes at Reading Amid the Chaos.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{counting the days} 22/31 #sol17

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
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Counting down the days
Excited about the trip to come
Less than a week to go ...

Squeezing in the usual daily tasks
Life at school and at home
Along with sorting, piling, packing ...

Six days to go ... laundry and more laundry
Five days to go ... pulling out possibilities
Four days to go ... packing, packing, packing
Three days to go ... unpacking and repacking
Two days to go ... double checking the packing
One day to go ... waiting with anticipation

Along with sorting, piling, packing
Life at school and at home
Squeezing in the usual daily tasks ...

Less than a week to go
Excited about the trip to come
Counting down the days ...