tap tap tap Is this thing on? Is anyone still here?
It's been... well, it's been over a year. And even then, it had been awhile.
But in the past few years I've been busy working on some other professional goals. One of them was more of a fast decision.
Last September, I was rummaging around online and founds an ELL Endorsement program that was 24 credits in one school year (about a class every 5-6 weeks). The deadline for applying was in about a week, so I took a couple days to reflect and consider it, and then thought what the heck and sent in an application. A few weeks later I was neck deep in teaching and taking my own classes.
Then in December I got the news that I had missed the National Board cutoff. I know you aren't supposed to say you passed, or didn't pass, or failed and are supposed to say you "achieved certification" or had "not yet achieved certification". I failed. As in, I did not pass... by one weighted point. Two years of work and low scores on the component I felt was my most learning didn't feel like "not yet". So I decided to retake a couple of the tests from the first component....but I couldn't take that until the window opened in April and then I had to wait until December to hope that it was enough to push me over into "achieved certification" status.
So I continued my classes for my Endorsement all year. I retook the boards test in April. I finished my classes and took my state ELL test in June. I added an ELL Endorsement to my certificate.
This December, National Boards scores were released and I "achieved certification" after three years. So now I add the NBCT letters to my certificate as well.
Now that I'm not doing all of that work, I look back and think "WOW that was A LOT of work!". So it's no wonder that blogging and my creative outlet took a bit of a back seat for a few years.
So much of what we see on social media for teachers today talks about teacher self-care. My school has even started a morning book study (and some staff meetings) using the book "Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators" to support our staff in this endeavor.
The truth is, you simply can't do your best work when you are spread thin. I didn't plan to take a break from all of this. It just happened because I had other things going on that took priority. And while I let the blog be "back-burnered", I let some other goals become priority.
Happy Valentine's Day! I know it's Sunday funday, and Valentine's day, and really the last thing we are thinking about is school. Right? RIGHT?
I thought I'd share something my students and I are LOVING lately with you this day of love + kindness. If you want to start your week on an easy breezy note tomorrow, Class Dojo has released a new series of 5 videos about the Growth Mindset and my class is l-o-v-i-n-g them! So if you don't use Class Dojo on the daily, I thought I'd give you a little heads up. These are great mini-lessons in the classroom and each video is only 2-3 minutes long (my favorite one so far has been about using the word "yet"- I don't get this "yet"... LOVE!).