Even though I jumped off the Reverb 10 train, I am still and always interested in reflecting on where I’ve been to see where I want to go. So I’m continuing my tradition of recap posts for the third year in a row–won’t you join me, please?
I finished 2009 by setting a lot of goals for myself in several different arenas of my life, and attacked my blogging goals by challenging myself to do NaBloPoMo, which worked out really well and helped me set some trends for the year as I moved into more teaching-focused posts like my series on what makes a great teacher. I also joined some conversations about working moms and leisure time, as well as overscheduled children. These posts all ended up in my Spotlight page, highlighting my best posts, which makes me realize perhaps another round of NaBloPoMo is in order!
In February, I was feeling a little bittersweet, talking about the Bible as literature, celebrating my catfish friend and surviving some major blizzards. By March, I was recognizing the need for some re-centering, blogging about student blogging.This was a slow blogging time for me–I wonder if it was a NaBloPoMo hangover, or just a busy time?
April brought the cruelest month for schoolteachers trying to hang on till the end of the year. My first supper club night and some other lovely moments helped get me through it, as well as my first annual public poetry project with my students. Watch this space–I’ve got big poetry month plans this year too!
In May, I tried my first experiment with student evaluations, which I’m going to refine and try again at the end of this semester. I realized that while my teaching of poetry had grown richer, it wasn’t the right season for me as a poet. My girls turned eight and took our first trip to faeryland. Finally, just when I needed a boost, my first teaching article, on scaffolding with digital media in the English classroom, was published!
In June, I was thinking about Twitter and tinkering, as well as piles of summer reading. We took our first journey to Green Gables, and I looked through a blog, darkly. In July, I felt ambivalent and struggled to exercise. I added up nine teaching accomplishments, updated my most popular post ever, and realized how blogging as made me a better writer. These summer months saw me blogging pretty regularly, helping me process my year and look forward.
August, my birthday month, saw me a a little teary after a lovely surprise reader email. I spent a perfect sewing day with my sister and my own girls, and blogged a series of posts about dialectical notebooks before beginning the back-to-school countdown.
My own school uniform showed up in September–of course, it’s a uniform I choose for myself, which makes all the difference! I cheered for Teach Like A Champion, got to know my new students and stumbled a few times during my first week back.
How do we teach kindness, and how can we make it better? These are some of the thoughts on my mind as we headed into October after a hectic September. I got more than a little cranky about the old “180 days a year” teaching stereotype, reflected on my life as a writer, and still felt I was at full speed ahead into November.
In a month where my calendar felt overstuffed, I blogged about teaching by calendar, and still had time to fall in love with some great books and music. Finally, in one of my most-commented posts this year, I realized I was going gray, and no, I don’t feel any more resolved about it than I did then.
December began with me attempting a reflective challenge that I didn’t finish, though it did help me think about my writing next year, possible (and better) versions of myself, what I need to let go of, which added up to at least 11 things. I succumbed to the holidaze and read some great books, which brings us to……
today, the last day of 2010! As appropriate for a new decade, this year has definitely been one of change and growth for me. I made some real progress on my goals and am working towards some new ones–you can find me on 43 Things if you are curious, and we can cheer each other on!
Thanks for spending some of your time with me this year–I hope it has enriched your life, as much as your presence, emails and comments have enriched mine.
- Happy Fifth Birthday, NaBloPoMo! (blogher.com)