I'm taking a break from going over the state mandated year-end reports for 169 schools. It's going to be a short break, we're headed for the 11th hour and there are still many to go through.
Last year at this time, I was so stressed over these reports (among other things), that I got Shingles. Not a fun thing. This year, it's not so bad. Don't get me wrong, I'm still stressed, but I find myself looking beyond the idea of "year-end". Just next week, the 1st of July, is the beginning of a whole new school year. With year-round schools, it never ends, there is the always the opportunity to make a difference for learners, young and not so young.
As everyone is wrapping up one year, it's time to look at what we did. What we did well. What we didn't do so well. What we wish we had done. What we wish we hadn't done. It's time to take all of it, the good along with the not so good, and make this new year so much better than the last.
Is there a new technology tool that you want to become more proficient at so that you can make learning more challenging and enjoyable for other learners and yourself? NOW is the time to learn how to use it!
Is there a book that you've wanted to read to help you become a better learning facilitator? READ it!
Is there someone that you've wanted to connect with, collaborate with, to make your part in education more effective? Find them, talk WITH them!
This isn't the end of the year, it's the beginning of a new one. Please share your experiences with us so that we can all become better at what we do. Be part of the common thread.