The Global Pen is proud to introduce the much-anticipated arrival of…
PHOENIX KENT PAVICH
Born on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.
Thank you to all of my friends and colleagues who wished me well with a safe and easy labor…your prayers (and mine!) came true! I’ll go ahead and brag here…it was the fastest, smoothest delivery EVER! I’m not even kidding when I say, the doc wasn’t even in the room when Phoenix hit the atmosphere. The nurse had one glove on. Mommy’s makeup was intact. I’m certain it was all the prayers and good vibes being sent from my friends, fellow teachers, and loved ones that got us through it, so THANKS 🙂
I’ll be taking some time to enjoy our latest edition to the Pavich family, but with my new muse by my side, I’ll have plenty to blog about for all three courses, so keep in touch! And yes, my academic posts will be sprinkled with loosely related, baby adorableness, so get ready for lots of warm and fuzzy clipart to accompany my updates and inspirations in education! (Fine, you can knock off points in the ‘focus’ column of the rubric if you must…)
Speaking of pictures, I have a great story for you…(it’s a quick one, I promise!)…
Once Phoenix arrived, I couldn’t wait to have the hospital photographer come by to take his picture. And though people always tell me don’t get ‘suckered’ by hospital photography because it’s expensive, etc., etc., this is one Mommy Myth I’ll dismiss right now because it brought me not just one great gift (in the form of photos), but another surprise that brought tears to this teacher’s eyes…
When I opened the door to greet the photographer, I was overwhelmed by what I saw…the ADULT standing there was one of my former STUDENTS! All grown up with a real job and some REALLLLL talent 😉
Not only is Nicole doing amazing work at the hospital (she has the best job next to ours, I swear!), she also has her own photography business. And the best part about it all, she does both jobs alongside her husband, David, who is as equally sweet, kind, and gentle as Nicky is.
As educators, it is our aim to support our students’ talents both in and out of the classroom setting. But our work doesn’t end at graduation; perhaps one of the greatest gifts of teaching is the lifelong reward it grants us.
We get to watch our students dream about the great, big world when they are young, but sometimes, we even get to watch them conquer it in adulthood.
As I watched her photograph my son, interact with her husband (who she is actually teaching the art of photography to!), and keep conversation with me (it’s been a while!), I was bursting with joy to see that Nicky has before her just what I wish for all my students: the authentic happiness of doing what she loves for a living.
In my ongoing efforts to support her, I want to take a moment to promote the talents of Nikki Rhea Photography.
Here are a few more snapshots she took in honor of our new arrival and bundle of JOY! (Please note that the photos taken here were composed through Mom365, the hospital company Nicky works for…I don’t know how all that ‘photo cred’ stuff works, so I want to be sure I attribute credit properly somehow here!)
Jill Pavich, NBCT and baby Phoenix
PS…wondering about Willow? I think this smile says it all…
Though I would never give up my summers off or my guaranteed holidays home, there are times in the school year when I wish we had 365, not 180, to teach to this curriculum. There’s just so much to do in so little time!
This always gets me thinking…how can I maximize the opportunities for learning in my classroom?
In my opinion, the best thinking cap is the one fashioned for freshmen, so if I’m going to solve this puzzle, I need to be pondering like a pupil.
I remember being 15. Grades were never an issue because–lucky for me–school was something I did naturally. I was a natural-born nerd 😉 But I definitely had those days where classroom content failed to mesmerize me for whatever teenaged reason.
So what does a student do with his or her time when he or she is not immediately engaged in the lesson? Why, survey the scene, of course.
Lots of times I found myself staring at the walls…
- I’d read and re-read the signs hanging about;
- I’d question the writing on the board–does that homework message pertain to me or is that for some other class?
- I’d sketch an image I saw on a poster;
- I’d practice vocabulary definitions in my mind from the word wall;
- I’d try to memorize a poster adage (“What’s right is not always popular, but what’s popular is not always right”…that hung on the podium of my sophomore year professor, lol).
Anything to pass the time…
- because it was Friday,
- or because there was a pep rally next hour,
- or because softball try-outs were that day…
- because Mrs. __ is repeating herself from yesterday,
- or because I hated reviewing tests,
- or because I already knew everything about topic x…
- OR because I knew nothing about topic x and I intended to keep it that way…I was as stubborn as I was smart, lol.
Sometimes it was educational dazing, sometimes it was just plain dazing. But even still, what I visually stared at always stuck.
As amazing as we are as teachers, we have to allow for the margin of error that not ALL students are ALways engaged at EVERY moment during our class. No matter how much they love and adore us for our dynamic enthusiasm for the job, they have Life weighing on their minds, just as we do.
Is this like teaching by osmosis?!? Perhaps we could mark it up to ‘differentiated instruction’ ?!? 😉
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At its core, asking teachers to turn inattention into learning is like asking someone to successfully saw another in half. Surely this feat is merely illusion, right?
Today, while talking with a colleague about how super-nerdy-cool this year’s Upfront poster ‘line’ is (themed, “Great Moments in History”), it inspired me to create the following classroom visual, which I will share in visual format below…(Danielle Eddy of Boca Raton High School, I dedicate this post to YOU!)
Reaching out to our student population from a multitude of mediums…we work hard, we work smart!