Here's what I haven't yet done, and most likely won't be doing...
- I won't be starting a podcast - unless my students want to start their own.
- I purchased 50 (teeny) stickers for Shift This - I won't be purchasing more. I understand the sticker is an advertisement. It can spark discussions - great! And even though I have myriad stickers on my school laptop, I just won't take time to design a sticker and send them out. It's just not me.
- I won't be tweeting out a link for readers to fill in a form so I can send them "swag." As mentioned above, I don't have swag.
- I won't be presenting if it's a conflict with what I'm trying to do in my classroom. My students come first once the school year is in session.
- I won't be a full-time consultant. My place right now is in front of seventh graders.
- I won't be setting up "summits" for other teachers. These are very valuable, and I sign up for as many as I can. I realize it must take a TON of time to set up and execute. Time I could use to improve my own practice. Thank you to those who take the time to do this (some - many? - are not teaching children directly anymore).
Here's what I have done and will keep doing...
- I will be available for a video conference if you have a group that is reading Shift This and time permits. I will NOT charge for this half hour. I'd love it if educators took the ideas and ran with them, even after they hear first-hand about issues I've had!
- I will still be available for podcasts. This will be dependent on time I spend preparing for students.
- I will still be available for presentations - if it fits with my schedule and does not conflict with my current position as a classroom teacher.
- I will still organize the #ShiftThis chat on Tuesdays. We have guest moderators who will bring their own voice, so I'll be able to enjoy this hour with contributors!
- I will try to self-promote without going "overboard." I still think educators should read Shift This, so I will be sharing what others have said about it, and perhaps quotes from the book itself.
- I will continue reading young adult and middle grades literature and sharing them with followers if I feel they will benefit our students.
- I will continue saving quotes from this literature to use as mentor texts for use in our ELA classes.
- I will continue to scour tweets for ideas for #geniushour, #goinggradeless (#tg2chat, #ttog), along with the #1st5Days, and add these ideas to the free LiveBinders I curate.
- I will continue to take small breaks from social media - to reflect on where I am and where I need to be going.
- I will continue to share - though blogging, too - ideas that I believe other teachers can connect with or learn from.
The school year brings its own struggles. These things listed are some of the things I can control in my life. I may not be able to "do it all," but I have to be okay with that.