This week my reflect and write notification popped up while I was away from the office. Specifically while I was kicked back on my couch. Unfortunately, it isn’t a holiday or a fun personal day, but a sick day for my little one. We had to leave school early today to take her to the doc and get her home. She’s been sleeping for a while now so I’ve been working from the couch next to her. Sick kids in a developing, malaria having country is always a little nerve racking, but she’ll be ok.
The week was a good one and I feel like there is a positive energy in our building. I’m learning every day and getting some good feedback from my colleagues. I’ve had moderate attendance at my “Getting Techy” sessions and what I would consider great attendance at our Tech Thursday sessions after school. One of my favorite things to see is that attendance has been a mix of all divisions in the school. Yesterday’s session had at least one teacher from ECC, ES, MS & HS. I think it is important for a school of our size to make sure we create and maintain those connections between divisions. We’ve got between 750 & 800 students which is just small enough to still feel like a genuine community, but we have to put in some work to keep it that way.
I’m enjoying running sessions about Google. I’m definitely not reaching everyone, but those who join my groups have been positive. I also started my Google For Education Certified Trainer course today. I’m looking forward to submitting that application. The new curriculum is much improved. I did not like the tests in the past that covered each tool specifically. It felt like I was back in middle school trying to memorize terms and dates for a history exam. Again, Google has found a way to improve their product that makes sense. The new training is actually based on being a trainer, not just on knowing everything about the different tools. Its practical, user friendly and engaging.
Oh, last week I made some goals to help me with my focus.
I actually made a card to put on my wall as well some to share with colleagues. I didn’t have a whole lot of takers on the cards, but I’m determined to slip in some wellness with my tech tips. We could all do better with taking care of ourselves.
I feel like I’ve got my foot in the door now. I’m figuring out what this is all about. I’m making connections, getting teachers in my sessions and in my office. Next step, I need to get them to invite me into their classes.
Oh, and one more reason I love Google Apps. Helped this teacher with an issue while on my couch watching Glitter Force with my girl who’s already feeling better.😄
Enjoy the weekend.