The Reflective Educator turns one just as my Christmas break is getting started. Two full weeks, or more accurately as one of my colleagues noted, “16 days!” My gifts are wrapped, the cookies are baked…yep. It’s good to be a teacher on her holiday break. 🙂 Yesterday, for example, I spent 4 hours baking cookies and preparing treat bags as gifts to my family. Of course, I had a system and was very organized!
The Reflective Educator Turns One
Besides celebrating the holiday season, I’m also celebrating the one year anniversary of The Reflective Educator! When I started blogging, I deliberately kept my expectations low. I just wasn’t personally convinced that I had the skill or discipline to regularly write blog posts. Well, over 60 posts later and that doubt has been laid to rest. My style of writing has evolved, as has my purpose for blogging. Both, I hope, will continue to change as I also continue to reflect and learn.
Beyond the Classroom
I’m naturally an introspective person, so reflecting on my work as a teacher was never really a skill I had to cultivate. I’m also a practical-minded person, and creating a website that provided teachers with useful, effective information was one of my core values. Still is, only now I’m also hoping to share more about myself beyond the classroom. I just want to connect with other elementary teachers who are passionate about teaching and making a difference in the lives of their students.
Beyond the Blog
I’ve also taken steps to create my own business through the Teachers Pay Teachers website. My store, The Reflective Educator, was officially launched the day after Thanksgiving. Since one of my favorite things to do as a teacher is to write lessons, why not see if I can make some extra money from something I’m going to do anyway? I often get started writing my lessons/units just as soon as my summer vacation begins! This confession only further enhances my geeky-ness, but I don’t care. I want my students to have fun while learning…that’s hard for me to accomplish without a plan. Now, if you’ll excuse, I’m going to bring this post to a close. There’s a cookie with my name on it! Merry Christmas!