This week I wanted to at least take a moment to honor those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our Freedoms through their military service. I didn’t know how to do a whole chat about that, but still need to acknowledge this. So I came up with tonight’s multiple section chat of the things that I have been pondering lately. Honoring History, Celebrating and preparing for the end of the year with reflections on where we have come from, and of course celebrating those who provide us support to do what we love to do.
Q1 Please take a moment to acknowledge those who have served and lost their lives in the military. Feel free to name individuals who you have a connection to, or simply share your thoughts about those who have served as we extend Memorial Day by a couple of days to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Q2 What does Memorial Day mean to you, and how do you teach about it in your class? Has it turned into many of the other American Holidays that have become so commercialized people don’t realize what the day is truly supposed to be about? How do you preserve the meaning of Memorial Day in your classroom?
End of the Year - I want to honor Memorial Day, but also want to give you opportunity to reflect on your year in review.
Q3 As you look back over this year, What are some of your favorite moments from this past school year?
Q4 Who are some of the individuals who helped create lasting memories or lasting impressions on you this year? Hopefully these are positive experiences!
Q5 If you had to create a 6 word memoir of this year, what would it be?
Q6 I just read Justin Birckbichler @Mr_B_Teacher wrote about his journey with cancer and his latest post http://www.aballsysenseoftumor.com/ make me think more about relationships. Who has allowed you to do what you do professionally? Who has provided you opportunity to take risks and shine?
Q7 Similar question to 7 but who has provided you with opportunities to pursue your dreams and ambitions? Who has been your supporting cast as you work through the challenges of achieving your goals? Who has helped keep you sane, made you dinner, been your rock through the journey?
Q8 Who do you support to take risks, FAIL and then succeed, be more than they thought they could be? Who are you there for without question? How do you support them?
This last section really hit home as I continue to struggle with that work/home life balance. I have taken a step back from being on Twitter and engaging in as many chats as I have previously while working on Graduate Classes. I am learning from the classes, but struggling to learn new things that got me excited about technology and new innovations. At the same time I have tried to devote more time to family, but as always I feel like I could do more and need to do more. In every aspect of life there are forces pulling at us, and we need to figure out priorities and then live up to being present when in those situations. I have a colleague who says BVOS - Best Version OF Self. I am still working on that, and know that my time with the #sstlap crew helps me with that. With that being said, I am hoping others will sign up to host this summer. I plan on participating in the chats, but the planning each and every week does take time and I like most everyone else find summer to be a busy time of year. I am hoping to share the load of hosting this summer as well as provide others the opportunity to steer the ship and see what they want to discuss and am excited that some have already volunteered to host.
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