Monday, July 30, 2012

Home Again, Home Again...

Looking out the hotel window
It's nice to be home again.  I know I was only gone for five days, but I am glad to be back in my own space.  This was the second time I had the opportunity to go to an AFT convention and I have to say: going rejuvenates me.  I don't talk much about my roll in my district's union.  I don't enjoy the inevitable political comments, judgements, and debates that usually come once people learn that I play an active roll in unionism.  Don't get me wrong, it's a roll I love to hate, that's why I do it but the last few years have been tough with the political and economic climate.  That being said, it was great to be part of a celebration of solidarity, in a place where unionism is valued, applauded, and a cornerstone of daily life.  Detroit lives unionism - out loud - with pride.  It was inspiring to be in a convention hall with thousands of people who are excited about education, who are passionate about the work that we do, and who believe in the power of having a voice.  Refreshed and re-energized, it's good to be home :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ahhhh....Summer "Vacation"

So far I have spent the summer "stalking" other blogs and wrapping my head around so many new ideas (Common Core, Daily 5, CAFE, new evaluation process, my portfolio, blogging, posting, etc.)  This whole blogging thing AMAZES me.  I am awed, inspired and overwhelmed by the talent people have in getting their ideas out there, linking up with others, and making virtual experiences "interactive".  Obviously, if I am going to continue to network through this page, I need to get my act together and figure out some of the ins and outs of blogging.  Sometimes I truly feel like the "old dog" who is struggling to learn "new tricks"!  Yikes...moving on... I just took my first small/brave step toward connecting with others on the internet...
I signed up to be part of an alphabet project hosted by Chrissy of First Grade Found Me.  I hope I get to participate...I love reaching out to other educators and my kiddos LOVE getting mail.  Years ago, I was lucky enough to do a similar project that featured the 50 states and it was such a worthwhile experience.  So, fingers crossed!