Do you complete an annual report at the end of the school year? Does your school/district/resource office require it?
Our does, but I also really like the idea of reflecting on your meaningful practice throughout the school year. I appreciate this in part because I just forget what has happened in a given year. It's also a really great way to remember those accomplishments, endeavors, and adventures smattered throughout the year that you might lose sight of when the going gets tough.
And so, being the author of this blog, I'm taking the liberty today to reflect on the highlights of my 2012 blogging year. The post can then serve not only as a sort of virtual blog yearbook for me to reference professionally, but also as a way of reminding/affirming myself of the hard work I did for my students, my school, and my profession.
Thanks in advance for coming along for the ride. I hope you also find some cool stuff in these reflections. Maybe you'll even consider creating a yearbook of your own. If you do, please share! I'd love to see what you were up to in 2012.
Happy New Year!
January. We hosted a Wii Learning Webinar.
February. We had a Book Fair.
March. I lost my hair and our kids won big.
April. We had a Shelf Challenge. and I won an award.
At the end of the month I was honored at our state technology conference at an awards banquet where I was recognized at the Maryland Outstanding Educator Using Technology 2012. That was pretty amazing. The video makes me feel pretty awesome, too!
May. We started the Level Up Book Club.
June. I presented at a national conference. Twice. and I was the recipient of some very kind words.
Later I received a copy of the application letter a recently graduated student of mine wrote for the Ben Carson scholarship. It was/is one of the most sincere string of words anyone has ever put together about me. It's a regular go-to when I need to hear those words that I am making a difference in the lives of my students.
July. We started a state book award for graphic novels. and I coordinated a family gaming competition.
In the meanwhile, I also coordinated a Wii Family Competition in which teams of four (2 kids and 2 adults) battled it out in four different games on the Nintendo Wii. I think it's safe to say that all parties had fun, despite lots of improvements to be made in preparation for this year's competition (the topmost being a secure internet connection).
August. I helped others connect for International Dot Day. and We took our first vacation sans child.
Just before returning to school, though, Aimee and I took a much-needed vacation together. We journeyed to the Windy City, packed our itinerary with museum visits, touristy adventures, and a last-minute meet up with blogger pal John Schu (of Watch. Read. Connect.). We returned well-rested and very connected. We've kept that same focus on our relationship throughout the rest of the year and it's proven to be a very, very good thing.
September. We celebrated our first Dot Day.
October. I presented at the state library conference. and I coordinated an epic online side quest.
We also tried something new in Level Up. That is to say that we held our first side quest, a completely optional adventure based on an optional book selection for Season 2 of the Level Up Book Club: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Challenges abounded and individuals competed in a virtual battle of whit and research know-how. The feedback from the participants was tremendous, but I found the work of designing and coordinating the challenges to be the most rewarding.
November. We used games to do a lot of good.
December. We began work on our own mock Caldecott award.
Well then, that about wraps it up. It's been a great year. Thanks for reading. I look forward to sharing all that 2013 brings our way.