As I started my winter break on December 15th, I had goals of being productive for the two-week span. I wanted to try to get our house in order- clean closets out and donate, attack the dining room table that has a mountain of items on it (it’s right by the door and becomes a dump zone), and read to better myself for my profession. Additionally, spending time with family is on the top of my list.
I enjoyed taking my sweet thrincesses shopping for new winter coats. We definitely needed those coats the past few days as it has dipped in the 20’s! I took the girls to see Star Wars and Wonder. Both were great films.
Perhaps one of my favorite things I did over the break was go down to the beach to comb the sands for treasures. One great treasure not found in the sand was reading. I had time to reread The Innovator’s Mindset and enjoyed it more the second time than the first. I also had time to reread The Book Whisperer. Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) does a fabulous job with many suggestions. I gave my teachers this book as their book study this year. I have had many positive conversations with staff regarding the book. I was really excited to read Hacking Education by Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez. I love the ease and set up of the book. It offers quick fixes that you can implement immediately in some sort of fashion. I also bounced around reading various posts on blogs here and there. Too many to name. I read blogs in Pinterest fashion like a wormhole…sucking me deeper and deeper, clicking and clicking, and reading and reading until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer.
All in all, the break was great. I had time with family and it allowed me to reflect as many of us do this time of year. I am recharged as I hope you all are as well.
Happy New Year and may you have a blessed 2018!