3
May

Last big push…

Look what happened, overnight!

Look what happened, overnight!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted and it’s because I’ve been very busy with school things and real life. My time online has really been dwindling and I jump on and off to check email, Twitter, and Facebook statuses but I’ve been doing a lot of reading and trying to get outside to take the girls for walks. (I even ran Lincoln Woods last weekend so I’ve been getting back into that as well.)

This is the final week that I can work on the State Alternate Assessment for my kids and I’ve been going full force since April vacation. I’ve literally been going in early every day, staying late, and working through EVERY prep period and planning period for the last month. It’ll be close but I need to have it ready for pickup Wednesday night when I leave school.  This week is going to be hairy as I already know that I’ll be alone tomorrow ( Assistant is sick…) so I’ll have to keep my kids and won’t have a prep to work on it because they can’t go to gym and music alone. I have quite a few medical appointments to attend as well, so there won’t be much after school time available. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to eek it out.

It was a busy weekend with going out to dinner and to  see Foreigner (blast from the past!) last night with friends and spending today at the Special Olympics with my kids. This is the first time I’ve been online for more than 30 seconds today so I dropped this quick post at the last minute. I’m really hoping that with the end of the Assessment comes time to get back to more social media interacting and new media creation.  Until then… see you on Twitter or Facebook and wish me luck!

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21
January

Back to work

TEACH

TEACH

I’m still flying high from yesterday’s historic Inauguration Day and shed more than a few tears as it was very emotional. I had such a sense of pride in our nation and hope for the future. Hope that we’re REALLY going to take to heart that we’re all in it together and that there’s lots of work to do. We need to do it as a nation, with commitment and as a team,  and we ALL need to pull our own weight to make this a better place for all.

I was so happy to be sharing the event with my students. (It was my free period but I kept them with me as we’ve been anticipating it for a very long time and they were super excited.) Luckily, they were able to play it on the TVs throughout the building. I had brought my laptop in, just in case. It wouldn’t have been ideal to all gather around the 15″ MacBook Pro’s screen but it would have been better than missing it!  It was awesome to see them standing to salute the flag and singing the national anthem together. You could hear a pin drop in my room as all eyes were glued to the set.  As it turned out,  because we watched it on TV, I was able to pull up Tweetdeck and was able to tweet along with my friends and read the reactions from around the world.  The excitement continued right up until I fell asleep watching the festivities.

Just as Obama partied for one day then headed to work to deal with business today, the party is over at school as well. Between the snowdays, MLK events and the Inauguration, it’s been pretty hectic but special for the entire month of January. Today was a  “get back on track” day in terms of our routines and schedules and expectations. I’ll be starting some new units and upping the ante from here on out. Second quarter ends Friday and we’re fast approaching the halfway point at school.  There’s lots of learning to be done and time is flying by.

My To Do list is growing and I’ve got to start heading to bed at a decent hour again so that I can squeeze the exercise in. I’ve got lots of paperwork that I’ll be needing to do for work and I’m going to try to stay late a couple of days a week so I don’t have to take it home. (I carry it home and never have time to open the school bag once I’m here because I have a whole list of things to do here.)  I’m hoping to stay one day a week to plan and make copies for the following week and one day a week to work on assessment stuff and IEPs, PLPs, and other Special Ed paperwork.

I’ll also be out at night a bit for Jake’s wrestling meets but most nights I’m home with the girls. :-)  I’m tucked in now and will be rolling over to turn out the light soon. You can be sure that I’ll be drifting off to sleep with a smile on my face and determination in my heart.

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22
July

Podcamp Boston 3

Podcamp Boston 3I had been looking forward to Podcamp Boston 3 as soon as the dates were announced and planned on going to the Saturday session because of easy train access.  However, when something else that I was REALLY looking forward to was planned for the same day, I had to bow out and thought that I would have to take a pass on PCB3.  Luckily, things fell into place and at the last minute I ended up being able to take in the Sunday session. I so prefer public transportation but thanks to GPS and free parking I made the drive in to Boston. Despite tons of traffic getting out of there, it worked out ok.

The venue was beautiful (albiet more spread out than last year’s PCB2) and I immediately headed up to the 3rd floor for some coffee and to put down my bags and get a look at the schedule.  I finally got to meet @DougH whom I’ve interacted with online for quite some time and was introduced to Steve Coulson of the Advanced Guard and YesButNoButYes fame while chatting with CC Chapman.  Apparently, I made his day by raving about how much I love my daily visits to his site. :-) I hung out by the Utterz booth and talked to them awhile and took home my very own Bessie :-).

When it was time to head down for the unkeynote, I settled in to the auditorium and stayed for David Fisher’s presentation on Advanced Audio Techniques, then CC’s Personal Branding session. Of course, it was nice to see old friends like Len Edgerly (even if we didn’t get lost together this year) and meet a some folks that I’ve only seen online  on Twitter and Seesmic like @philcampbell, @chriscavs@jeffhinz, (Mike)  @istarman, (Sarah) @rojopelo, (Tracy) @tapps, (Dana) @wankergirl and many more.  While I didn’t hang with those Seesmic folks and missed out on the Seesmic Session and the live Push My Follow recording it was still nice to meet face to face even briefly.  I told myself before I got there that this year I would go up to people to introduce myself and I’m glad I did.

After hitting the food court and meeting Keith Burtis at lunch I took in Chris Brogan‘s Social Media session then the Extreme Website Makeover with Chris Penn, Michele Wolverton, and Whitney Hoffman.  I picked up some good tips in that one, specifically a site called Website Grader and the All in One SEO Pack plug-in  for WordPress. It’s not that I’m producing my content for business purposes but heck, if I’m going to do all the work it might as well be found!

While it was a relatively mellow podcamp for me, (compared to the highly social experience for many of the campers) it was nice, productive day which got my wheels spinning just in time for daily podcasts and training camp reports from  Patriots Training Camp, which opens this Thursday, July 24th!  I’ve still got lots to do before then but it was a most excellent weekend!

For more content on the web search for tag pcb3. Here’s the public flickr stream to get you started. 😉

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21
July

Great time at Podcamp Boston 3!

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20
July

Uttering from Podcamp :0

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5
June

Countdown 10, 9…

It’s been an incredibly busy week since coming home from the Rendezvous. Unexpected things have been happening in the personal life and I’m wrapping up things at school so online time has been limited. As of right now, there are 9 more mornings that I need to get up for work this school year! There’s been little time to blog but I’m hoping to carve out at least a few minutes each day from here on out.

I’ve finished my last two IEPs for this year and met with parents on my free periods today and yesterday. These will be the last two done in this manner as RI has changed their procedures and forms. (I attended a training the other day and it’s going to take some time to “unlearn” what I’ve been doing all these years and change my mindset.) One of my favorite students has moved back into my district so he started again on Monday. We’ve been kept busy meeting his unique needs so my assistant and I are really on our toes.

Tomorrow, the adults in the room are holding a Cultural Feast for the students. I’m making traditional French Canadian Meat Pies (Tourtiere). Each family has their own recipe but the basic ingredients are beef, pork, potatoes, and spices. Right now, my house is starting to smell like the holidays! In my family, this is also the meat stuffing for the Thanksgiving turkey. It’s quite a bit of work but so very yummy!!

Due to the inconsistencies on Twitter of late, many of us have taken the opportunity to check out Plurk. It’s yet another microblogging site and is good for a back-up or as a page to visit in it’s own right but is not the same type of service as Twitter and will serve different purposes. I’m mrsb there as well. Add me if you wish. To me, Plurk is much more like Seesmic; a place to visit and spend time involved in the conversations. I’m playing around with a new toy a bit but Twitter is my mainstay. (Mostly because I don’t “go to” Twitter. I never spend time on their website, I just have Twhirl open and it scrolls on by. Sometimes I get in on the conversation and sometimes I don’t. It’s invaluable if you need an answer for something fast and it hasn’t let me down yet. My son needed some information about the price of refinishing a wood floor for a math project and businesses were closed. A quick tweet and I had a number of answers within minutes!)

That’s all for tonight.. going to fill the pies, tuck the girls in and hit the bed with a book. More tomorrow for Day 8.

Edit : Don’t forget the ketchup!

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30
May

Social Media in Plain English

The folks at Common Craft are at it again. Here’s their explanation of Social Media… In plain English.  (Thanks for sharing, guys!)

Check it out:

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23
April

Try again!

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