Figure It Out As You Go

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Sometimes we are unsure of ourselves. Sometimes, we are frightened. And sometimes we don’t want to do any work because it’s winter and we’re hibernating.

But we have those goals and we do want to reach them.

I created a highly imperfect system for organizing my tasks towards National Board Certification, but I think I’m making progress.   ;)\

 

 

 

 

Yellow – Corn – Wealth

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Took the photo – not completely dry yet

The yellow poppy symbolizes wealth. This is due, in part, to a legend:

“It’s mainly due to some legends and stories that these meanings were attached to the flower.  According to a Greek legend, the poppy was the creation of the god of sleep.  Helping the goddess of corn when she lost her daughter, the poppies were used to sooth her to sleep.

If she rested the corn grew and because she fell asleep, the corn started to grow again.  It’s viewed that the poppies are essential to the growth of corn.  Corn is more than food but also a source of income.  That’s why yellow poppies mean wealth.”

Source:  https://www.auntyflo.com/flower-dictionary/yellow-poppy

Sunday Suggestion

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This week’s suggestion is an overall recommendation to “go for it.” Stretch yourself. Take a risk. Invest money and time in yourself to be better.

I’ve been teaching for over 11 years and the subject of pursuing “National Board Certification” has come up multiple times. Each time, I dismissed it immediately, based on what I had heard as simply “extra work” for an empty title. But the people who have been saying that are people who did not pursue the NBCT. 

Recently, a colleague (who IS certified) spoke highly of the program. I attended two meetings this week and I’m now completely ALL IN. I’m going for it. I don’t even care about the title or the actual certification. It’s the process….the four modules will require me to create, re-create, and reflect on my teaching process with students and their parents. I have discovered a renewed sense of respect of the profession. Teachers create the certification process for NBCT. How refreshing: Teachers having control of an education program.

Yes, it it will require a huge time commitment. But it will be worth every minute to gain a heightened awareness of my teaching process: be the best teacher I’ve ever been, be able to mentor others, gain confidence and forge new friendships on district, state and national levels!

If there is something you’ve been considering, but worry about the time or expense, ask yourself, “What is the cost if I don’t do it?”

 

Some trivia: Did you know that although Arizona is often in the bottom 3 in terms of investment toward public schools, we rank anywhere from 12th to 16th in number of National Board Certified teachers in the nation? Teachers in AZ are working hard in their profession – despite the bum rap – for our students.

 

Security!

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From MS Tech

If you don’t have two-step verification on your email and social media accounts, I strongly encourage you to do it now! It’s an easy guard against fraud.  I realized that I have not done this because I my financial accounts have not been violated. But that’s dumb…why wait for it to happen?

If you have a Google account, go here: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

Follow the directions. It’s easy!

On Facebook, go to Settings.

Under Security and Login, you’ll see:

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Click on edit and follow the directions. It’s easy and well worth the security you’ll have.

Adding another layer of security to your online accounts is free and easy. It will add just a few seconds to log in, but is nothing compared to the time and expense of recouping your identity and credit if breached.