Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For The Love of TLAP #LoveTeaching

Several years ago (I thought it was 4, but it was 5!) I came across the book Teach Like A Pirate  the world of Dave Burgess, then #TLAP & it saved me. #TLAP was new and fresh as a chat and the book was taking up the education world like a storm.

I was perishing in a silo and unconnected. Not that I was a wreck, not exactly. I was feeling like I was trying out new ideas but in that, I was alone. Sometimes, when you are alone it makes you feel like what you are doing and your innovation does not matter. 

I had a boss who gave us an iPad. It was new to us. I really didn't know what to do with it and I had heard of Twitter, but not Twitter for educational use and I had no idea that there was a whole tribe of people just like me waiting for me on the other side. I joined Twitter. That was all it took.

It was much like that scene in Schindler's List with all the people coming over the hill of people that he had rescued and saved. I was saved. Do you remember it? The whole movie had been filmed in black and white until the hill scene with all these people, everyone touched because of Oskar Schindler and the movie broke out in color.

I came across a tribe of people. That tribe of people were reading this new up and coming book called Teach Like A Pirate and it was as if we were drinking water for our parched throats with words and ideas that filled a page, with words that lifted weighted hearts like mine that were born to fly. Just around the same time, #TLAP started. We were world changers, education hackers & dreamers and lovers of learning. We were passionate about students, the art and science of education. We were coming alive in a safe space.
Casting Crowns: Thrive

Everything can change when you open a new book, and the words pour into you. This is a great week to celebrate the teachers in your children's lives. It is #LoveTeaching week. If you are drowning in status quo or feel like you are stuck in a rut or a silo, that is not a space designed for you. We have a noble profession. You were born to thrive, not survive. So,
pick up the book here! 

If you love a a teacher, the classroom, the administration at your children's schools or at your own where you work , then buy them the book. If you think that there could be growth in those spaces of learning, then buy them the book.

In this life, we need to look for the gateways that open up hope and Teach Like A Pirate is a great way to start. It will lead you to all the books that Dave and Shelley Burgess have birthed so that we might as educators be able to speak life back into our classrooms. Tell them I sent you over and tell them Dave did too.

So why do I #LoveTeaching? Well, because of all of this! All this and one GREAT book!

 Great collaboration & PLN including our Minnesota #mnlead

 Laughing at the everyday joys

 Touching hearts/reaching minds

 Food in lounge

Ever so thankful to you Dave. 
Ever so thankful. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One Word 2017: Resounding Joy

It is always good to make time to press pause and to think back over the course of my social media adventure, specifically on Twitter and this can be done when by thinking about my #oneword. Have you made a #oneword before?

It is always good to reflect on those from the past.

#BeBrave 2014
#NorthStar 2015
#WhyYES 2016

Designing a New Year's resolution is really hard and sticking to it is even harder, but thinking about the one word that you will use to guide you through the next year might be easier. At least you are able to visualize it and reflect on it better throughout the year.

Welcoming 2017 means a new word and my word is #resoundingjoy.

I have for the past four years taken two words, added a hashtag and made them one. Why stop now?

I selected #resoundingjoy because I want to make sure that joy is on my repeat button, that it is my default attitude. I wanted to make sure that joy was my strong word because it is so different than being happy which is fickle and based on emotions. Joy is not. Happiness wavers but joy does not. Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit. Happiness is not.

I can still #bebrave
seek my #northstar
continue with saying #whyyes
and do so by pressing repeat with #resoundingjoy.

Here is to whatever brings you joy! May it resound in your 2017 as well.

(Google Definitions)

(Google Definitions)

Discover joy in your EVERYDAY, in your simple things and share it as you go!

Friday, November 18, 2016

I am sure you watch the news or see the news on your Facebook feed that it is filled with horrible actions done by people toward others. Instead of being humanKIND, some people are just humanMEAN. 

I believe that right now is the time as Angela Davis stated, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept." I was thinking about that for a bit this week, especially as the unkindness towards others has become more and more documented. Even at my former junior high, there was an incident of a student ripping off another student's hijab. 

Could we all just walk two moons in someone else's moccasins?

What if we decided that we would be more intentional on making a difference as an individual, or as a family? What if being humanKIND started with you, because it does.

Maybe it means putting up a sign like this in your lawn that comes from Germantown Mennonite Church where my former classmate, Amy Yoder McGloughlin is the senior pastor.

Maybe it means as a family, finding new cultural places to visit and learn from. 

Maybe it means making a point to go to truly ethnic restaurants where the staff speaks other languages and the menu has other languages on it. 

Maybe it means that as a family, plan an ethnic menu at home after researching it and finding the products to make it with and it might even mean a trip to a local or not-so-local ethnic market.

Maybe it means listening to music in other languages as we drive along.

Maybe it means keeping nasty comments away from the ears of children and instead teaching them to see people with their hearts.

Maybe it means going to a church that is more diverse than where we are. 

My friend Kory posted this on her FB wall and I loved it!
Maybe it means looking up and saying hello to people who are different than us, smile and not turn away.

Maybe it means that we should stop saying we are going to build a wall and instead, extend our table to break bread with people who don't look like us, talk other languages that are different than ours, and even have other faith backgrounds. 

Whatever it takes friends is what we are supposed to do to extend friendship, love and compassion. That is being humanKIND.

Be that kind human!