I have done my best to post here and there through the summer because August and September start a really big chapter in my teaching career: new school, new location, new life!
I am starting a long-held personal and professional goal: to work abroad/to teach abroad.
I am moving from California, USA to Turkey. I will be going back in the classroom, back in kindergarten–where my career began–but in a whole new country! I am allowing myself some time away from writing to enjoy the remainder of my break, and to allow myself the necessary time to transition into this new world and chapter of my life; I will be back in mid-to-late September with new content–really new, as I imagine this experience will give me a whole lot of learning to write about!
A repeat of all my work this past year–replete with additions, updates, and clarifications based on my initial presentation(s) and feedback. It’s been quite the July — and I still have a certification series to go!
These webinars have served as a tremendous growth opportunity for me. I have had to review what is most important to my work and research for every topic. I have had to play with technology and visual organization. I have had to rehearse definitions, arguments, concepts, frameworks, and possible Q & A. I feel more and more prepared, more and more inspired with each presentation–and I hope you can join me, share this opportunity, or provide me with added ideas as I move forward and keep presenting!
As previously mentioned and announced, I have been fortunate enough to be able to take all my learning and passion into professional development training for my colleagues and fellow educators around the nation–most recently and specifically into webinar presentations.
All teachers know that while summer is our official break time, multiple opportunities come out for learning and preparation for the following year.
I have been asked, and I am thrilled to present, two webinars next week on two demographics of students near and dear to my heart, my work, my experience, and my community: BIPOC students and immigrant students.
If you can’t join me, please share with friends that may be interested, and wish me luck!
My first year of teaching, at the end of April, I was told by a veteran teacher: beware of May. She didn’t explain why or what, she just said enjoy the rest of April because May isn’t easy.
Every year I have taught I think of her, and her warning. And while every year I do make it through May, it’s definitely rough.
This year I finished a professional development series–as the instructor, I had presentations, portfolios, and paperwork making me anxious the first two weeks of May, and then consuming all my time the last two weeks of May. On top of that, I presented my final education webinar, and I finished three large editing projects.
May is a month of celebrations, and deadlines. Culminating projects, and closing paperwork. It’s a big month in the world of education. So, I apologize for falling behind here, but I did make it to the other side so that’s something to celebrate, right? 😁