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Don’t get me wrong. I ❤️ a good tradition. *Especially* around the holidays... 👇🏻 Thanksgiving dinner, my family draws from a hat their ‘Secret Santa’. 👇🏻 On Xmas Eve, we sing the 12 Days of Christmas, w/ each holiday bulb assigned to a different soloist. ⛏ Digging back even further... 👇🏻 My Dad + I used to do this thing where we’d lay under the 🌲 tree after decorating it, just to watch the twinkling lights + bask in our delicate work. 👇🏻 On the day after Christmas, *every year* *without fail* my Bro + I would head to the mall to buy a new pair of kicks and a new 📞 phone (remember the Razor?!). . Some traditions feel SO good 🥰. But here comes the bomb-bomb…💣💣 . Not all of them SERVE us 🤯 . Consider the traditions of a 100+ year-old education system (ya know, the one made for Industrial Era compliance, yet hasn’t changed much since?): . 👉🏻single-row seats (admit it, you loved the front—or the back—row) 👉🏻 key concepts or skills in isolation 👉🏻 product > process 👉🏻 competition > collaboration . I’m not posting to say ‘Damn the Man’ and all that garbage. . I know well, that like the personal pieces that fill our ❤️s, there are plenty of timeless teaching traditions that’ll always hold space in our classrooms. . But I’m ALL ABOUT the almighty power of the Audit 🧐 . SO...Honest-Talk: have you done a *genuine* audit of the lessons you’re so timelessly using? . Some will stay, some will go...but the❓is: . ⁉️ are they still serving your students in ways that truly translate into TomorrowLand? — ⁉️...for the JOBS they’ll be doing that don’t 👏🏼 even 👏🏼 exist yet 👏🏼?? . I know it’s hard to let go of those activities that make our lives so easy. . (But until you truly audit, DO NOT defer to the point that you ‘ain’t about to fix what ain’t broken’) . Cuz tomorrow, there *ain’t* no more assembly line (we have Amazon 🤖 for that) ... Our ~students~ will be assembling (in their own, innovative minds) the next big thing since sliced br—, er...wireless AirPods 🧠 . So I leave you with this… 😑 Sticking to the status quo rarely gets us in trouble. 🤭 But comfort never leads to innovation. 🛤 Which road will you be walking down as we trapsy into 2020?
FACT: you can’t pour from an empty cup. 💧 This week’s blog post tackles a tender topic...mental health. . More than ever, our students silently fight battles which are entirely unique to this era. . From cyber-bullying, to the looming threat of campus shootings; the comparison effect inextricably tied to scroll-sessions on social media; and an inundation of data unlike any generation has ever witnessed before. . As teachers and Leaders, we are 💯 here to protect their hearts and their minds... . But if we’re going to do that, we’ve gotta put the proverbial oxygen mask on first, which is what today’s post is all about. 👩🏼💻 In this season (be that holiday-mode or ‘season’ of life, in general), you’re on my mind, my fellow teacher peeps. 💛 Mental health is for us, too. . 🔗 in bio if you’re up for some real-talk. #iteachhighschool #iteachela #highschool #teachersofinsta #igteachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachertalk #mentalhealth #selfcare #madeformore
Right on 🎯 this weekend as we prep for the holidays… . *giggles at silly, picture-related pun* . 🌲🌲 Two Christmas tree-decorating operations later (one for the kids, one for the ‘rents), and we’re kinda-sorta ready to get the Christmas vibes on. . Key word: kinda… . 😏 ‘Kids’ tree-decorating Op… Great! Loved it! Mom-of-the-year patience! . 🤔 Letting go of the ‘main tree’ decorating? Not so much… . *Cue the Type A, control freak in me* . Maybe it’s my Spirit Creative, my love for design, the Maker in my DNA mold.... . 🤷🏼♀️ It’s freaking HARD to give up creative control, m’kay?! . 😳 Even when I’m handing it over to my own kids. . (And I’ll tell you straight...I got a D+ on that -ish tonight...at least I’m real about it.) . Sometimes I think holiday memories are supposed to be ~just like~ they were when I was young. . 👁 (Admit: don’t we all?!) 👁 . Then it hits me: this is legit *no different* than the way we—teachers—get down in our own classrooms...(guilty as charged + right here with you, friends!) . 👩🏼🏫 From a TEACHER’s perspective: Yeah, I want to detail the ~shit~ out of that rubric so my students can’t possibly eff it up… . 👩👧👦 From a MOM’s perspective: I want to tell my babes ~exactly~ where to put those ornaments so as to meld the perfect holiday memory in their minds. . But, YO...here’s the connect: . 💡 Letting the younger Gen take the lead is what *real* learning and *genuine* memories are made of… 💡 . 💣 So what IF we gave them license to design? What if they DID make a big fat mess (my lil monsters, my learners, or *your* students)? . 👎🏼 Failing—actual experience—leads to learning, doesn’t it? Yet here I am, in all my decoratin’ glory, not applying this strategy to my OWN 👏🏼KiDS 👏🏼 ?! . *kicks Self in gut where she deserves it* . So ~today~, I CHOOSE to: . a) own that mess as a Mom, but b) inspire other teachers to embrace that mess in the classroom, too. . 👹 Let the freakin’ Wildlings lead a lil’... 👹 . We might have our own nostalgia (i.e. agenda!) for what’s worked in the past... . ...but I guarantee that *letting go* of some of that control just 👏🏼 might 👏🏼 turn out even better than we EVER could remember, imagine, or divine ourselves.
Every day, as I rev up my work day, I write it down: 💫 ‘I’m changing the world for my children.’ 👩🏼💻 The birth of my daughter inspired the birth of my first blog. 📕 The birth of my son inspired the birth of my first published book. 🤩 The support of my husband—my best friend in the 🌎 inspires me to dream as big as I want. 🎯 And Chewy...he’s my ride-or-die in the office, cheering me on to hit those daily, needle-moving goals or *I* won’t get any (world changin’) treats, either. 🙌🏼 So I could be more GRATEFUL for what I’ve got goin’ on right here. Happy 🦃 from the Pavich fam! #grateful #familyfirst #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #itsabeautifullife #bossbabe #bizmom #changeagent #edPioneer #blazingthetrail
Me, too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And little known fact, I'm not just a writing teacher, I'm a writer...too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But no one's ever really read my work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because back in the days when I was building brave, new worlds with words in pink ink (that tender age of 7, though), there wasn't really a way for my work to be read by, well, anyone other than my mama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So in keeping it all to myself for 30+ years, you better believe I never found any kind of confidence in sharing what I wrote. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hence that little novel I want to write, but the likes of it have *yet* to see the light of day... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sigh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But the part that makes the writing teacher in me smile, is that it's not like that for *my* students. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instead, the Digital Era brings the noise when it comes to sharing in an instant our work with those folks we could never reach before. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our four walls are far less limiting when it comes to getting student work out there and into the great, wide open. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And they need that. They need authentic audiences. They need feedback and critique from more than just our audience of one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because 'when our students create for the world, they make it good; when they create for us, they make it good enough.' ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Rushton Hurley, I'm lookin' at you, man...#ballerquotes) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So which would *you* rather they create? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well if you're down for the former, if you think there's worth in our writers writing for someone other than us or examinations officers, I've got the ultimate geek-sesh for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, I'm goin' live and gettin' real about what it means to teach writing in today's digital era. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I'm shelling out 3 legit ways you can pivot your writing instruction in a more authentic direction. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So if you teach writing, I look forward to meeting up and nerding out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in bio, yo. 'See' you there! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #iteachhighschool #iteachela #highschool #teachersofinsta #igteachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachertalk #teacherpreneur #21stcenturyteaching
When I started teaching, this wasn’t a question I found myself asking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Apparently, in 2004, smart phones weren’t quite smarter than our 5th graders just yet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But fast forward to 2019...even now, lots of teachers will tell you, ‘well, that’s not *my* job.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, iTeacher here...I’m here to say, ‘oh, hecks yes it is, brave teacher’... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our ~job~ is to transform learners into good citizens, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Productive members of society,’ we beam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well the digital footprints they create *reflect directly* the humans we’re shaping them to be, academically, socially, and professionally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Think about it… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a world like this one, where technology + communication = ubiquitous 4ever...where much of our reading, writing, seeking, and finding is conducted online... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ N O T having a digital footprint just isn’t an option anymore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being Google-able is what opens the proverbial doors these days. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (And apologies here, but, ‘I’m going to Google a few of her formal essays,’ said no human-or-employer ever!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being Google-able is our resume and our business card. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But here’s the kicker for the status-quo classroom… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One must C R E A T E something in order for it to be Googled. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instead of just finding the answer online, our writers need license + encouragement to *produce* the answers t h e m s e l v e s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And in giving them the space to figure out what’s worth sharing, they’re building a bridge toward who they are in the process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Right now, they share for self(ie). This is what they know. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But they don’t know what they don’t know, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What would it look like if we started teaching them to share online for others? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because #truthbomb of the school day...if it isn’t in our job description to do it, and unless they take the initiative to Google it themselves, who *else* will? #iteachhighschool #iteachela #highschool #teachersofinsta #igteachers #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachertalk #teacherpreneur #teacherpreneurtribe #21stcenturyteaching