Friday, June 21, 2013

"Life is like riding a bicycle; In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving."

And moving, I am, even if at a wobbly, just got my training wheels off kind of pace.  After seven years in the same position at the same school, I decided to change everything up.  When contracts were handed out, I didn't sign mine.  There were many tearful goodbyes at the end of the year when I made the announcement to my colleagues and students (I'm still defragmenting this part of my journey, and will write a more in depth account soon; I have come to realize how many people I truly have in my corner, and it's amazing feeling). So I'm on the hunt for a new job.

But I'm moving on, and making some significant and wonderful changes in my life.  I've been accepted to the Reading and Literacy Master's Program at UTSA.  I met with my advisor this week, and I'm incredibly excited to begin (if I could only get my crazy passphrase to work on ASAP....)

After discovering that my resignation from the district made me ineligible to teach GT Summer Camp, I also made a last minute decision to go to the Tech for Tots Conference in of the best decisions I've made in a long time(another reflection I need to stop and write about).  While I've been working hard to learn and incorporate technology in my classroom, all the while trying to help the teachers around me do the same, I still have that feeling that I'm on the cusp of something amazing that I can see, but I just can't quite grasp.  Tech for Tots opened my eyes to a whole new world.  I've been following some amazing people doing some amazing things, and those people are about to become my reality.

Because this week, I'm going to ISTE for the first time (again, thanks to not teaching summer school; guess the adage is true- everything DOES happen for a reason).  I have a feeling I'm about to be blown away.  I can sense that everything is going to fall into line, and I am so ready for the ride.  My bike is about to get blinged out with streamers and those cool noisemakers for your wheels.  I'll probably still wobble, but I'm about to look a lot cooler doing it (or nerdier, which, by the way, is making a comeback).  So first thing on my ISTE agenda- volunteer to stuff bags.  Here I go....