#REFLECT31 Day 31

Day 31: Start Again The best thing about being a teacher, it that each year we are given the opportunity to improve ourselves as educators. We owe it to our students as well as to ourselves to be the best that we can, and make their learning experiences one that they will never forget! Quote of the Day: “ Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.” - Marianne Williamson Song of the Day: “We Must Start Again” - Golden State https://youtu.be/FmaFfu55fR8

#REFLECT31 Day 30

Day 30: Community Reflect on your school community from the past year. Is it in need of more strength from the community around you? What steps do you plan to take this year to help increase the sense of togetherness in your classroom as well as the community around you? Reflect and share creatively. Quote of the Day: "Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community." Anthony J. D'Angelo Song of the Day: “Yellow Submarine” - The Beatles https://youtu.be/laRyswIO_-g

#REFLECT31 Day 29

Day 29: Classroom/School Reflect on the past school year. Did you bring true learning experiences to your students? If not, How do you plan to bring the world to your classroom this year? List some ideas and share creatively. Quote of the Day: “The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” - Jack Hanna Song of the Day: "Friends" - Jack Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqfCfUQxM4I

#REFLECT31 Day 28

Day 28: Colleagues Many of us spend more time with our education family than our immediate family. Colleagues are often our sounding boards, our think tank, our inspiration and most importantly our teammates. However they can also play the role of devil's advocate or debbie downer. Reflect on your relationships with colleagues. Are these relationships positive & motivational or negative & energy draining? What role do your colleagues play in helping you grow as an educator? What can you do to be an inspirational and supportive colleague for your peer? Share your thoughts creatively. Quote of the Day: “I try to make myself happy, no, because I know that if I'm not happy, my colleagues are

#REFLECT31 Day 27

Day 27: Students Given a new group of students each year, we are often left with wishes you would like to bring out of them. What are some wishes you have for your students in the upcoming year? Draw an image that comes from one of these wishes! Quote of the Day: “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”-Charles Kuralt Song of the Day: “My Wish” - Rascal Flatts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyjq5SCbjQk

#REFLECT31 Day 26

Day 26: Teacher Reflect on the week so far, are you growing? Stretching? Making changes? How will you continue to practice reflection in order to become a better teacher throughout this school year? Share your thoughts creatively. Quote of the Day: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” - Ernest Hemingway Song of the Day: “Fearless” - Pink Floyd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCgQuj8v2gg

#REFLECT31 Day 25

Day 25: Implementation Plans are great things to have, but without some form of follow through they are no good. Reflect on how you will put into action the plans you have created over the summer. Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.” - George Patton Song of the Day: “Rush” - Golden State https://youtu.be/l56OQz6mvqg

#REFLECT31 Day 24

Day 24: Create and Prepare Reflect on the preparations have you taken to ensure a successful year. List and share creatively some of the resources you will use to make your dream become a reality! Quote of the Day: You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. - Walt Disney Song of the Day: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield https://youtu.be/b7k0a5hYnSI

#REFLECT31 Day 23

Day 23: Perception & Understanding Each year teachers have perceptions of what other teachers do in their classrooms. Share some things you will do this year to shake up and change the perception of your class. Quote of the Day: “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” - Stephen R. Covey Song of the Day: "We didn't start the fire" - Billy Joel https://youtu.be/eFTLKWw542g


Day 22: Passion and Energy Passion is essential for educators, one must care deeply about pedagogy, growth of students and have a life long desire to learn in order to be a successful educator. How do you harness the energy that comes from you passion for education ? Reflect on how you maintain and grow this passion and energy then share creatively. Quote of the Day: “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” - Oprah Winfrey Song of the Day: “The Saint” - Orbital https://youtu.be/s2EaEsZntcU

Creatubbles Article: Challenge Queen

http://blog.creatubbles.com/2015/08/19/guest-blog-interview-with-arlene-shelton-smartisteacher/#more-1292 This summer, art educators have been busy with the #K12ArtChat PLN set up by challenge queen and Texas high school teacher Arlene Shelton. Arlene has been using this hashtag to provide encouragement and inspiration for art teachers, and pushing our learning community to think creatively. Arlene first challenged “the house of Grundler” (as she calls us) this spring to create daily hashtags for the #K12ArtChat community, the challenge was accepted and this was the result: Arlene is always thinking of ideas to inspire fellow educators and, shortly after, sent us one of her ‘what if’ messag

#REFLECT31 Day 21

Day 21: Time & Effort With all of the distractions throughout the day, time is a always a challenge for teachers. How do you keep focused and make the most of your efforts. Reflect and then share creatively. Quote of the Day: “This is the key to time management - to see the value of every moment.” - Menachem Mendel Schneerson Song of the Day: “I Go to Extremes” - Billy Joel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xgjtm4_M20

#REFLECT31 Day 20

Day 20: Manage and Delegate You don’t have to be a Superman and take it all on! What are some things you can deleigate this year, to help you be a “super” teacher? Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: The first rule of management is delegation. Don't try and do everything yourself because you can't.- Anthea Turner Song of the Day: “Superman - Main Title” - John Williams & London Symphony Orchestra https://youtu.be/e9vrfEoc8_g?list=PLJ5TX6O3NF7AN-vYAEWGnFXkG2dQkxxZj

#Reflect31 Day 19

Day 19: Self Preservation and Balance How do you know when you have reached your limits? What are some things you do rebalance yourself personally and professionally? Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” - Ronald Reagan Song of the Day: "Limits" - Barenaked Ladies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIxc00ok_3E

#REFLECT31 Day 18:

Gather around, boys and girls of all ages! Want to make to the Big Time? Reflect and List several ways you plan to Promote and Educate the community around you. Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Day 18: Promote and Educate Quote of the Day: “Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!” - P. T. Barnum Song of the Day: “Big Time” - Peter Gabriel https://youtu.be/PBAl9cchQac

#REFELECT31 Day 17:

Day 17: Share and Examine When you take a closer look at something, you are able to find areas where improvement can be made. How are some ways you plan to have students examine and share their projects with fellow classmates? Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one's day and every night to examine the results obtained.” - Alexis Carrel Song of the Day: “Man in the Mirror” - Michael Jackson https://youtu.be/ljpl0neGk2Q

#Reflect31 Day 16

Day 16: Transition and Metamorphosis In order to improve, change must happen. Illustrate how your teaching style has evolved. Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” - John F. Kennedy Song of the Day: “Changes” David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJSv6JXKS_I

#Reflect31 Day 15

Day 15: Contemplate Change There is time for change. Contemplate and list 3 things that you have thought about in your teaching style that you would like to change. Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi Song of the Day: Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds https://youtu.be/pX6SuX0Z6AQ

#Reflect31 Day 14

Day 14: Simplify Understanding In simplest terms, how do you plan to evaluate student understanding this school year? Sketchnote what worked well in the past and your improvement plans for the new year. Share your thoughts and reflections creatively Quote of the Day: “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” - Leonardo da Vinci Song of the Day: “Don’t you Forget about me” - Simple Minds https://youtu.be/CdqoNKCCt7A?list=PLJ5TX6O3NF7AN-vYAEWGnFXkG2dQkxxZj Movie Clip: “Breakfast Club” Ending Scene https://youtu.be/Sv1I4q6lOpo

#Reflect31 Day 13

Day 13: Illuminate Ideas When you enter a dark room, to see where you are going or to showcase something you turn on a light. What are somethings you plan to do this year to highlight things happening in your classroom? Share your thoughts and reflections creatively. Quote of the Day: “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path” - Buddha Song of the Day: “City of Blinding Lights” - U2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQOb51qZ-c