This seems to happen each year…this type of moment in my classroom. Fresh off the ICE conference and well into a routine with my students. I suddenly feel inspired to start changing things. This year was the same as last. The change meant it was time for my students to start blogging.
Student blogging is nothing new to me. My class blogged last year too. It should have been something that I started right at the beginning of the school year, but with a new group of 6th graders and a brand new Reading and Language Arts curriculum, it left me little time for anything considered extra.
Three quarters of school and more the six months into school, me and my students were ready…ready to start blogging!
….as eyes lit up and smiles of inspiration took over faces, I wondered why they heck did I wait so long to do this and I knew that I would never wait this long ever again!!!
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My friend told me about it, conference for students by students.”You totally should come. Tricia is finally old enough to attend. Tech and kids…it’s a fantastic day,” she said.
Trusting her and her knowledge of great things and things my daughter would love (bonus: our girls would be able to hang out together and well the promise of technology…no brainer). I signed my daughter up to attend the Buffalo Grove SIT Conference 2015. Then I decided why should she have all the fun and I signed up to be a volunteered at the conference!
Bright and early on last Saturday morning my daughter and I drove to Buffalo Grove. There we would join hundreds of other 3rd-12th graders for a technology conference for students by students. To top that there would also be four other SIT Conferences going on the exact same day and time as ours throughout the state of Illinois!!!
At check in I was amazed at every detail that had been noticed. Every procedure and process had been put in place and thought of to make sure this conference for students by students was safe for kids. It would allow this all the students to be as independent as they wanted to be and have a real conference experience.
As quickly as the keynote started she was off with her friend to the sessions they had selected. The conference had started and to say it was a beyond awesome experience would be an understatement…
At lunch Tricia barely got a bite of food in as she talked non-stop about all that she was experiencing and learning she had done.
I honestly had never heard her talk so much in her life.
As we drove home from this fantastic event, I looked in the review mirror to see Tricia’s head leaning on the window… she was sound asleep. I smiled. I knew in that instant that we will forever support and be a part of this incredible day!!!
Well that was fun!! I don’t know about you but I have a serious love hate relationship with Christmas. This year my procrastinating tendencies caught up with me and honestly I didn’t handle it oh so well. There may have been some anxiety and stress. In the end, as always
we I got through it and I was able to look back at it all, laugh, smile and see all the fun we had!!
This is just a glimpse at some of the crazy fun I had!!
Last week was one full of those on the edge moments! You know those moments you want to run out of your house screaming someone save me from this insanity. Those moments you count down the time until your husband will be home from work so you can tag him…”you’re it”! Those moments you filter so much, your families mouths would drop if they knew the things you really wanted to say. Well…wrapped up in all that insanity there is awesomeness. The you wouldn’t have it any other way moments of motherhood.
Last week was a smidge more on the am I going to survive side…
Early this week I shared my new found love for what I have now learned is called #sketchnoting (I personally think it is so much more then a boring name like that. Don’t worry, I’m working on a new name, prettier and way more creative name for it). Even with a boring name my love for what I like to think of as writing with intertwined words and drawings continues….
Last weekend my 9 year old asked if we could decorate the outside of the house on Saturday. How could I possibly say no. So we brought the lights up from the basement and got to work. It was so much more then I could have expected.