Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rewrite #SOL17

I have the joy of being a part of my district's curriculum writing team.  Rich conversations, hours of brainstorming, learning new layouts, and writing for our coworkers have filled years and hours of our lives.  

I love it, but the hardest part of the writing process is the rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite.  In my own writing, I can sit with a sentence and let it run around the page until I capture the exact thought or idea.  However, this is different because we are writing for the district.  Therefore, if the coordinators have met, changed, or added something, we have to rewrite it. This has happened about seven thousand times.  So, we sit as a team and tweak to make it meet their latest learning.

In this process, I have experienced how powerful it is to collaborate and communicate.  To make our work seamless, we have to check with other content to see how they are doing their work.  Then, we have to rewrite.  We have become a well oiled machine, and this is where our patience has been developed.  

the rewrite.

It can be frustrating.

the rewrite.

It can be rewarding.

the rewrite.

It can be humbling.

the rewrite.


the rewrite.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Currently #SOL17

Honestly, I don't usually take time to read the suggested blogs and blog topics each day.  Today, however, I clicked the link and LOVED the post idea.  Bev's post is a delight and a great way to blog about where I am on this 20th day of March.


Looking around my classroom...

  • I see lamps warming the corners
  • My computer screen is lighting my desk 
  • The sensor has turned the over head lights off because I have been super still

As I Ponder...

  • what I need to say to my 4th graders before next week's test
  • if my student teacher is nervous to join our class today
  • if my sleepy students know just how much I missed them last week.

What I Am Learning...

  • To be content
  • to be thankful

What I Am Creating...

  • my weekly calendar in my bullet journal
  • anchor chart for combining sentences

What I Am Reading...

  • trying to finish the Harry Potter series that I started when it came out.  I love the series, but I get lost in it sometimes.
  • Soar - by Joan Bauer - it is one of the Bluebonnet nominee books!

What I Am Listening To...

  • The clock ticking away the quiet moments
  • The birds waking up outside my window
  • My fingers tapping on the keyboard

What's happening in your life right now?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Favorite People #SOL17

Blessed is a word I use to describe myself.  God has given me many blessings to enjoy throughout my life.  However, my greatest blessings are the people He has placed in my path to love and care for.  

I am humbled that I get to be this guy's wife and these precious angels' Aunt Mandyn.  I love the humans in this picture more and more every day!  I am so thankful that He gave me each one of them to love, enjoy, and take care of!  

What a joy it is to be part of their world!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pizza Lovers #SOL17

My family loves pizza!  

It is true!  The whole group loves it.  My brother, sister, and I grew up eating it.  My mom and dad both loved it, and we could all agree to the dinner plans if it involved a pie full of toppings.  Sister and brother both have children who will pick pizza for the meal just about every time.  It is part of our genetics.  

Over the years, our love for this meal hasn't changed.  We like to try different pizzas, and all of us still enjoy the cheap, frozen variety from time to time.  We aren't picky, and every time we are together, we usually end up eating several slices before saying good-bye.

So, after spending the day together playing, shopping, and laughing, we needed to pick a place for dinner.

You guessed it!  

We chose pizza!  

I love my family!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Favorite Guests #SOL17

I have been frantically working around the house.  Bathrooms are clean and sanitized.  The floors have been mopped.  Linens are being washed, and my dogs think I have lost my mind because I am running around trying to get things ready!

The thing is that some of my favorite people in the world are headed to our house and should be here in about 30 minutes.  

My sister, niece, and nephews are coming!  Spending time with family is the perfect way to end my Spring Break.

Gotta run...I need to finish the dishes!  We are about to have guests!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Perfect Dallas Day! #SOL17

Today, my friend, her sons and I took a trip back in time.  We climbed into my Ford Explorer, and the flex capacitor began flexing.  We sped off at 88 miles per hour to the Dallas Museum of Art.  (Yeah, no flex capacitor, yet,....but, maybe one day?)

We spent the morning in Africa, Europe, and Asia enjoying the work of many masters.  We noticed, wondered, giggled, admired, and had a really great day traveling through works of art.  

After a full morning of looking and interacting with the amazing displays at the DMA, we walked over to the food trucks and enjoyed an amazing lunch from several different food trucks!   It was a wonderful way to spend one of our Spring Break days!!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Who's Going To Write Your Story? #SOL17

I had a road trip today to my hometown, and I decided to download the Hamilton (original cast) soundtrack.  Amazing is simply not a strong enough word for it!  I was escorted back to a time of unrest and struggle.  I got to know some people who I was only acquainted with by name.

One of the parts that really reached out to me was Hamilton's struggle and urgency to tell his story.  There were several times through the score where Lin Manuel pinned the question "Why do you write like you are running out of time?"  In the past, I have studied Alexander Hamilton, but I never really let the fact that he was so powerful with his written words really settle into my understanding of him.

This score and the casts' wonderful performance rushed over me as I drove.  Some specific words were haunting and left me completely aware that these thoughts deserve my time.  

Who lives?

Who dies?

Who tells your story?

When you are gone, who remembers your name?

Who keeps your flame?

So, as I continue to wrestle with this, I feel the pull to write like I am running out of time.  Who else would share my story?