I started this blog with the photo from Facebook because it defines this year for me.
I’m loving this year so much.
I’ve loved my job forever, but the last few years have been tough. This year should be the HARDEST ever. I have four advanced staff in yearbook. My yearbook editor is an amazing writer/photographer/organista who agreed to take the job even though she’d never done a yearbook page. We’ve moved the newspaper online. Everything is different. BUT
I spent all summer in this positive-only zone and it carried over into the classroom.
The only thing different this year from the last several is I changed my perceptions. I focus on the positive. I find the fun.
I still stay up to date on education politics (Save TX Schools rallies coming soon to a town near you!), I still constantly watch the news and engage in political debates. I’m still pretty much the same across the board (only 50 pounds smaller, see my getting fit page for that story), but I’ve changed my perspective, and I’ve done so deliberately.
That change in perspective is seen in my writing, my work and my home life.
I can’t control all the events in life and at work, but I can control my responses to those events.
My response, my responsibility.
At least easy today.
I hope you’re all having wonderful years. If you’re in the path of Sandy stay safe.
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Best yearbook distribution ever! Had a blast. Proud of my kids!
I love my job. I love my kids. I think teenagers are the most creative beings in the universe.
When the kids first said they wanted to do a black light/maze distribution, my immediate reaction was…WHAT the heck?! Followed quickly by No. But the long-time adviser in me remembered the kids are in charge…in this. This is their book, and they know what they want. So, instead of what I was thinking, I said, “you figure out a way to make it work…” I was thinking there was no way they would do it. Too much work. End of the year. No way.
I. Was. Wrong. It took until the very last minute today, but they did it. We had a black light maze distribution night for seniors. And tomorrow, we’ll have a black light maze distribution day for the rest of the school. If the seniors are any indication, the kids will LOVE it. The maze fits, because it keeps kids moving, and the theme is Perpetual Motion. The black lights work because the cover is a marbl-y white and gold, and it looks cool.
And one of the ad girls brought white balloons that look cool under the light, too.
I’m so proud of my kids. They’ve done an awesome job. I can’t wait for tomorrow!
A handful of yearbook kids and three parents came up today and worked in the gym getting it ready for yearbook distribution. Our marketing director asked if we could set up distribution to be part of the theme experience. Soooooo we spent the day setting up a maze, making posters and taking photos. The best part, though, was when I got to show the kids who worked a preview of the book. They were so happy. 🙂 Days like this, I LOVE my job.
The only bad thing, a pair of shoes I planned on wearing to Europe hurt my heels today. Rethinking that plan.