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Time for Networking #IMMOOC

I am trying to find time to read the Innovator’s Mindset by George Cuoros but my home life and job are getting in the way! Or at least that is what it feels like right now. I am normally a very organized person – when I am living alone, that is. Add a husband, 4 children living at home who have yet to be trained to do their chores without me standing over them, 160 students who need me to figure out how to engage them in lessons that they enjoy learning from, let alone having to ‘grade’ them and I often feel like I am going crazy.

Of the 8 characteristics of an innovator, I believe that I still need to really work on networking. I have Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also have a Voxer. During the summer I spent a lot of time (relatively) diving into the education groups that I have found out about through listening to various podcasts.

What I think that I need to do is make sure to schedule in time to do the networking. My mind is full of so many creative and reflective thoughts but I don’t block out the time that I need to get things out so then I feel overwhelmed. If I could spend full time reading, reflecting and writing, I’m not sure I would be able to get it all out and into a cohesive plan, but it sure would be best if I at least knew what days and what time I will work on posting my ideas and reading others’.

So my conclusion is that I need to take the time to sit down and schedule out my week so I can be more deliberate about networking and, in this way take better care of myself so I don’t get so stressed about not doing it like I know I should.

Posted in personal life, Teaching, time management

Lovin’ summer learnin’

If I could spend all day long learning, I would be the happiest person ever. I wouldn’t stop to eat, or drink or even sleep if my mind, body and family could take it. Planning out my learning is something that I hadn’t thought of doing until last year and haven’t really put into place fully much, but this summer I have used Angela Watson’s 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress-Free Fall and it has been very helpful in guiding me to schedule out the things I want to learn about, projects I need to do at home and preparations that have to get done for the start of school. She guides you through the big picture and then down to the day to day details and even provides you with note-taking organizers and calendar PDF’s to facilitate all of this planning.

I have used my own notebook for re-creating her tables and calendars with my own personal flare. With her guidance I have set a main summer goal to aim for and broken it down into the four categories she has suggested of family, home, work and my personal well-being. Now it’s just a matter of getting my daily tasks well distributed and disciplining myself to stick to the schedule.🙄