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Here it goes...my first blog EVER!

I do not even know where to begin. With juggling work, life, and Cohort 21, I feel myself constantly treading water (which is why it took a while to write this post!) I know I am not alone, but sometimes it feels like it.

As a teacher of almost 20 years, I have had my fair share of challenges and have somehow managed to overcome them. One of my biggest challenges is trying to juggle too much at once. I have been told that I am the type of person that likes to "make work." I admit that that is a tad true. However, I have a good reason for it. I swear!  I am always looking for ways to enhance my teaching and my program. When I heard about Cohort 21, it seemed like it was right up my alley. Although the first F2F was daunting, I realize that this IS the right PD for me. I like that it is personalized, we choose the problem/goal, and we have a supportive of group of like-minded individuals who want to help us achieve our goals.

During this PD experience, I am hoping to:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the tools out there that will enhance my program. When I was first introduced to Google Hangouts at our first F2F, I was lost and confused. Since then I have reached out to an ornithologist and had the opportunity to connect with him via Google Hangouts with my grade 2 class. In addition, we will be meeting with a zoologist next week in the same manner. Who knew? Having these experts in the classroom was an amazing way to collect information for our research projects.
  2. Collaborate with other teachers to help put my action plan into place.
  3. Reflect more on my teaching practice. I have to admit, with my hectic life; sometimes it is very hard to find time to do this.
  4. Take more responsible risks by trying new things. I know that some things will work and others will not. I am sure that getting me out of my comfort zone will open more doors for me and will help improve my practice.

I am sure I am missing something, but for now, I have to make lunches, fold laundry, write report cards, and if I am lucky catch a few ZZZZZZZs!