Tuesday, June 21, 2016

{the lake} #sol16

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We moved into our new home six weeks ago.  It still feels like we are on vacation.  The extra space and bathrooms and newness of it all.  Our main living space is free of boxes and everything has a place. Of course, the "Honey Project To Do List" will grow as we settle in.  But for now, we enjoy it, not worrying about the flowery wall paper or hanging brass chandelier.   As our "forever home," we'll have time to make changes and update.

For now, we enjoy the newness of the neighborhood.  We moved a couple blocks away from a neighborhood lake.  When we agreed to purchase this home, I promised the girls that our goal was to walk at least one time around the lake every day this summer.  It was initially proposed to enjoy this new landscape and stop by the park half-way around the lake.  Now it's essential to head out every day to get me moving! (It was a stressful year ...)

I originally thought the girls would ride their bikes or scooters, and I'd walk along following behind.  But they have taken to walking beside me. We talk as we make our way around the lake.  We notice.  We wonder.  We ask questions. We ponder. 

Today, P. suggested that we write a book together.  I agreed, but questioned what we would write about in our book.

"Actually, we will write TWO books together.  I want to write a book like "Some Birds" and you can pick an idea for the other book," P. responded matter-of-factly.

Me?  I just smiled.  I love this time together, just me and the girls, walking around our lake.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

{my so-called life} #sol16

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I've been away for too long. I have missed this community.  This group of writers. This close-knit supporters who are always here through the highs and lows of life.

I stepped away from blogging for a brief, but all-too-quick month to collect beautiful moments like...

1.  Celebrate the girls' sixth birthday.
2.  Pack up our house and move to the next town over to "our new" house.
3.  Unpack box by box creating some order of living.
4.  Transition the girls into a new school for the last month of school.
5.  Pray for many friends going through big transitions.
6.  Prepare for our #cyberPD announcement. (Please join us!)
7.  Host a party with eleven of the girls' friends.
8.  Continue unpacking boxes, reorganizing, moving things around.
9.  Host my mom as she played "Grandma School" with the girls.
10. Finish up our kindergarten year and my school year.
11.  Walk around the lake in our new neighborhood.
12.  Start this so-needed summer break ...

Each a story to tell in my so-called life.  It's amazing how much can happen in a month, but last month I did not have the time, energy, or words to share.  But I can't wait to jump back into writing on Tuesdays and read what is happening in your little corner of the world!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Announcing the 2016 #cyberPD Book Choice!

Cathy Mere, Laura Komos, and I are so excited to announce the PD book title for the 6th annual #cyberPD event!!!

It was not an easy decision ... every year seems to get more difficult! We scoured the PD book stacks. We researched. We read. We discussed.  We pondered. We questioned.  Back-and-forth Voxer messages. Trying to select this year's title that meets our criteria and high standards of PD.

This July we will spend time each week reading, reflecting, sharing, writing, responding, learning, and stretching our teaching brains and muscles to be the best we can be in the classroom.  The best part about it?  We are NOT alone!

It all started six summers ago ... sharing PD book titles that were to be read over the summer.

A small group of educators decided to read a book together, share some thoughts with a blog post, and respond with a comment.  It was an amazing learning experience because we all know reading and learning is social!  What better way to read and learn than with colleagues around the globe?

Each year our  Google+ community grows and the ideas and learning opportunities continue to expand and reach all heights -- from preschool teachers to professors to LRC directors to reading specialists and ALL classroom teachers and educators in between.

Today our Google Community is 200 educators strong!  (Cue confetti!) How amazing that so many educators take time during their summer break to join in conversations about teaching and education?!?

Bravo to each and every one of you! 
You make this community work.  Please join us!

This summer we will be reading this new, popular Heinemann title by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts ...

It's all beginning this July! Order the book, start reading, and join in!  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 and #DIYLiteracy).  We encourage you to respond and comment on at least 3 other participants reflections.

The #cyberPD July Schedule of Events
Week of July 3rd: Chapters 1-2 and the Bonus Chapter
Week of July 10th: Chapters 3-4
Week of July 17th: Chapters 5-6
Week of July 24th: Final Twitter Chat

**Last year we added a weekly Twitter chat for participants.  This was a popular addition, so we will continue to host a weekly chat for participants who prefer a little real-time conversation. Stay tuned.   

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