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Say ‘cheese’ to the 90s mems! 🧀🧀🧀 When I think about the companies responsible for capturing the essence of my fondest moments + mindsets as a 90s baby...brands like Polaroid, Kodak, and Blockbuster come to mind (film, duh). 🎯 Aside from a pretty rad come-back at Target, what do these companies have in common? ⏳ Well, a pretty wicked beef wit’ that thang called Modernity, for starters… 📽 Netflix 100, Blockbuster 0 📱 iPhone 100, Kodak 0 . Here’s the thing...companies like Kodak + Blockbuster lost the whole friggin’ war because their fearless leaders couldn’t let go of the old and step up to the new. . Bitty-bits of casual proof? 👉🏻 My classroom closet used to be a darkroom, y’all 👉🏻 And my mobile phone has ‘3’ cameras .. 📷 But Polaroid?! This is where it gets tricky ... This analog tradition of ‘in-real-time-moment-capturing’ may have went down for the 🥊 —the originators threw in the towel in 2008—but the innovators around them saw a different 💫 . A team of 🤓🤓 who believed relentlessly in the power of analog-slash-instance bought + rebranded the company... ⚡️⚡️⚡️ Tradition AND Modernity! . Instead of disrupting the status quo (like Netflix, and Uber, and Amazon, and…), they found renewed purpose in what ‘once was’ . Teacher-Point? . WE 👏🏼 CAN 👏🏼 HAVE 👏🏼 BOTH. 🙏🏼 Stop telling yourself you don’t have enough ⏰ or space or permission to try something new in your curriculum. 🙏🏼 Stop telling yourself you’re forced to choose...the way you’ve always taught VS a ‘think different’ way you potentially could. . It doesn’t have to BE one or the other... . 😶 Our gender isn’t. 😶 Our sexual preferences aren’t. 😶 Our race isn’t. 🤭 So why does our curriculum have to be? . Take a few responsible risks today. Plop a few disruptive moves right in the midst of your traditional teaching. They CAN exist at once. . 📩 Spread the word: ‘pivot *with* the times’ 📸 You’ll be amazed at the learning moments you capture + the lasting memories you make with your students while mixing old-n-new.
Have you ever made that ‘whatever’s left before it spoils’ meal? 🧀🥝🥯🍇🥦🤷🏼♀️ . Or the one where you’ve got nothing left—and have positively nothing left in YOU to make the grocery dash—so you just *pray* for Food Baby magic?🙏🏼🤰🏼...🤦🏼♀️ . I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but for once, that’s actually NOT this ☝🏼meal... 😵🤬🤔 . ME... 👋🏼 ...the girl who’s *never* eaten anything GREEN until she was 23 years old (ask my Dad...this is not fiction). 🤮 . Me, who only believed in turkey-tv-dinners and swore by Hamburger Helper?! 😏 But *THIS* dish?! was actually one I willingly CHOSE! (Compliments, by the way, to the Head Chef @dipavich ) . Am I here to food shame you? 🙅🏼♀️NO! . Am I a nutritionist? 🥗Freak-NO! . Am I here to set off a lil’ thought-💣? ... 💁🏼♀️ YES! . As I (food-prep) step into this new decade, I’m making it my *obsession* to base my food choices on: 💪🏼 what my (note: empathetic use of ‘my’) body needs to feel full + strong (what up, black beanzzz!) 🧠 what it needs to make my brain work better (yo, yo, avocado!) 🤘🏼 and what fires up the Joy (+ my drool-effect) with each bite (b/c face it, corn has 🚫 nutritional value!) . We all have different bodies, different taste buds, different nutritional needs. . But as any new year starts, we all land on the same topic of how we hope to improve our lives, moving forward (be that via food, exercise, or otherwise). . This is what I’m calling my ‘Food EVolution’ because it’s a new decade, and I’m a new girl (and then some, from that wee-23!) . Annnd also because resolutions never-ever stick for me, so I’m gettin’ creative here! 🤣 So I’m curious, teachers (my pals who eat as they plan, attend lunch at the permission of a dinging bell!)... ❓❓❓ What are your intentions, health-habit-wise, for kicking off the new year? How do you hope to keep up with your intentions amidst the busy-busy? 👇🏻 Comment below and let’s talk EVOLUTION!
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