Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bullet Journaling

In What Questions Do You Ask Yourself Every Day? From  Cool Cat Teacher Blog by coolcatteacher@gmail.com, Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, asks,

So, your challenge today is to examine the questions you’re asking yourself now. When can you ask yourself those questions for maximum impact?

At the beginning of the year, I make yearly goals and review the at the end of every month.

I started using a bullet journal about a year ago and it has helped me reflect on my day and meet goals that I want to achieve. I also like decorating my bullet journal because it makes me happy.

I set up a monthly page and then weekly pages. I put down daily goals in the morning and reflect on these at the end of the day. At the beginning of the week, I list weekly goals and at the end of the week, I see whether I have met my goals.

Questions that I ask myself are:
1.     What do I want to accomplish this month?
2.     What do I want to accomplish this week?
3.     What do I want to accomplish this day?
4.     What have I accomplished?
5.     What did I not do and why?
6.     What needs to be pushed into the future?

I think reflecting is very important because it helps me be a better person. It helps me be more productive and able to do the things that I want to do. When I reflect on my acoomplishments, it makes me feel proud of myself.

This would be a great for my students to do. It would help them be more productive and help build up their self-concept.

What questions do you ask yourself? In what format do you use to do this? Please share.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bad Days Happen

“Since then, however, I’ve discovered some great strategies to lesson those negative emotions and invite more happiness into the day – before leaving school, and not only has it been good for me, but my family has benefitted as well.”

I thought this was a great practice to have and I thought it would be great to help students practice this. I think it should be done at the end of the day. Reflect on the day before I go to bed. By doing this, I don’t beat myself over things that didn’t go well but rather think about ways to help tomorrow be better. This helps me remember that I have control over my actions and no other people’s actions.

Sam gives three good ideas on this and I wanted to add some other suggestions.

Think about three things that went well. Also think about why these things went well. These do not have to be about work but also in my personal life also.

Think about one thing that didn’t go well and how I could have done things differently. I think it is important to be prepared and in case this situation occurs again, I will be prepared to act differently.

Think about one thing that I wish I had more time to do today. If I consciously think about it, maybe I will make time for it tomorrow.

Think about one thing that made me smile today. Remembering the good things is a good way to end my reflection about the day. It leaves a good memory to sleep on.

What do you do to make things better when bad days happen? Pleases share.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 3/16/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Front Row – “Front Row helps you deliver the perfect lesson to every student across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science” (L:G; SA:A)

How do birds learn to sing? – “A brown thrasher knows a thousand songs. A wood thrush can sing two pitches at once. A mockingbird can match the sounds around it — including car alarms. These are just a few of the 4,000 species of songbirds. How do these birds learn songs? How do they know to mimic the songs of their own species? Are they born knowing how to sing? Partha P. Mitra illuminates the beautiful world of birdsong.” (L:H; SA:S)

Science Netlinks – “Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!” (L:G; SA:S)

Cardio VR – app for Google Cardboard, “When the doctor’s away, who’s going to find all the broken bones and brain worms? You. Using Google Cardboard, enter a virtual reality doctor’s surgery where you search for your patient’s ailment using x-ray vision. And speaking of vision, navigate your way through the diagnosis using your eyes - just look at the eye icon for help.  Cardio is a fun, child-friendly and gender-neutral immersive experience. There is no win or lose, just come and enjoy the surgery. (L:E; SA:S)

Cueprompter – “CuePrompter is a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed. Free for any use (both commercial and non-commercial).” (L:G; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, March 15, 2018

No Excuses

In Get Rid of Excuses and Get Ahead from Cool Cat Teacher Blog by coolcatteacher@gmail.com, Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, asks,

“Are you making excuses for yourself? Are you blaming others? If others are truly at fault, how will you respond?”

I tend to make excuses when I’m trying not to do what I know needs to be done. To avoid what I should be doing, I do all the other things that I normally avoid. This way, I feel like I’m doing things I don’t like, so I don’t feel so bad. I rationalize that I’m doing things that had to be done. When in reality, if I put them off for longer, it wouldn’t really matter. I’m only making an excuse not to do what I need to do.

I really don’t blame others but I do put a lot of blame on myself. Sometimes I blame myself so much that I feel bad and don’t want to try. Then I think that this is just an excuse to avoid failure. I guess it is just a vicious cycle and I have to really work hard to break out of it.

I’ve started a new routing where I list all the things I have to do. I am making myself do them in the order of the worst is the first. Once I get the worse thing out of the way, it actually makes the others easier to do. I’m learning that I can get a lot more done this way and still have time to do the things that I want to do.

In fact, since I’m not finding excuses not to do things, I’m getting more things done. I’m happier with my productivity.

Of course, realistically, there are some things that have to be done first, even if it isn’t the worst. But if I move things like that off the list and only list things that I have flexibility with, it makes things less overwhelming. It is like taking one step at a time rather than being overwhelmed by the big picture.

Others might not find the list of things I do as horrible as I do but each individual may see things differently.

I think if I had my students do this, it would help them be more productive also. I think my students would be more successful in their daily living.

How do you get around your own excuses? Please share.