Catching Up Is Hard To Do

CatchingUpHow can it possibly be March 3rd already? It feels like only yesterday it was December and I was fired up after an incredible GAFE conference in Montreal, which I meant to write a post about. And then there was the third Face to Face at MaRS in January, which also inspired me to write an reflective, ideas filled post. Then I met with my PLC group at Greenwood for an enriching “Critical Friends” tuning protocol, inspired by Klingenstien, which deserved a well written, eloquent blog post.

But somehow, between all these amazing events, life happened and my blog posts didn’t. Reports, winter holidays with friends and family, weekends working on my house, more reports to write, weekend winter adventures, planning new design thinking activities, Cohort 21 Google Hangouts…and suddenly it is March and I am yet to catch up on my blog posting.

One of the things that is great about Cohort 21 is that it is a process, and one in which I have control. So for those of you like me, who haven’t had the mental space to devote to writing, don’t feel guilty or unproductive. You have been busy doing incredible thinking, making great things happen in your classroom, and your action plan is coming together despite your absence from the blogs.

Something that I often need to remind myself of is that there are many ways to reflect. It doesn’t always have to an eloquent, witty post (if only we could all be great writers like @gvogt). Reflections could be a video-log, a simple photo from your class with a caption, or a tweet to a colleague.

With March break upon us, hopefully we will all be able to carve out a little time for ourselves to reflect on what has happened inside and outside of our classrooms this term. I plan to challenge myself to write at least one post per week in March, to help my brain catch up to my body.  Anyone else care to join me for this blogging challenge?

In the meantime, a little tune to start your day…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/tbad22CKlB4[/youtube]

 

7 comments to “Catching Up Is Hard To Do”
  1. I totally agree @lmcbeth! Sometimes the thinking and doing is happening, but it may not be visible on the C21 toolkit. And that isn’t the priority. Sometimes, thought it can be difficult to reengage and recieve the support and energy and inspiration from others within our community. That’s why I love your ideas of how to get connected.

    Thanks,
    garth.

  2. I feel a whole lot better after reading this post, @lmcbeth! I too have been meaning to blog for several weeks now, but with the busy-ness of the term-end upon us (and a school trip this past week!), time has been racing by. In the meantime, however, my brain has indeed been buzzing with ideas and reflections. Thank you for this great post!

    • Hi @aharding,
      Glad that the post helped ease your mind. One of my goals has been to get better at getting more done in a day, but it seems the more I get done, the more there is to do. I have a friend who swears by David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” method, and I’ve been listening to his podcasts while I drywall my bathroom this week. some great inspiration for turning ideas into action: http://gettingthingsdone.com/podcasts/

      I’d love to hear how your “toolkit for flourishing” is going and I hope that you’re having a great break!
      Les

      • I often feel that way too – I check two things off the “to do” list, but then four more things are added!

        Thanks for pointing me to this podcast (I love podcasts, but don’t listen to them enough. They certainly help to optimize time)! I will most definitely check it out.

        Hope you’re having a great break as well!

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