Toddlers

Pretending to sleep

Lucy pretending to sleep

A quick post about juicy, chubby cheeks that stomp around the house all haughty.

Toddlers are funny. Lucy’s been our third one now, and you could say we notice a pattern in behaviour. The smugness, the desire to be pantless, the hilariously melodic turn of phrase. They are priceless alright.

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if toddlers think they are actually running the world. Delusions of grandeur. They have no doubt on anything. They are passionate about everything. Lucy exhausts and delights us in equal measures. Just for fun I call her Kim Jong Il. Since she’ll be our last, I’m really savouring how unique and special it is to have a toddler.

Perhaps the most amusing thing about them is the way they are so emotional. Their outrage is as adorable as their gregariousness is irresistible. Our middle boy Jackson was quite chilled out as a tike, but the two girls have been assertive.

One of my favourite things about them is the way they play with words, as though they are notes on a xylophone. You say it like this? Well, I say it like that!

¡Viva el espíritu del niño! It rests in all of us.

Just post it.

clock CC licensed photo shared by svintus2010

I can’t imagine being an educator without blogging. It’s taken my ability to reflect, collaborate, and lead to another level. If you’re someone who struggles with the process, or is thinking of starting a professional reflective blog, here’s something I do that may or may not help you.

I try my best to go from birth of idea to published in as little time as possible. My ideal is 12 hours max. The longer the timespan is from spark to online, the more likely it is I will:

  • lose the reflective moment;
  • forget why the idea/message was important to me;
  • focus more on reader perception than personal reflection;
  • over-think it;
  • become paralyzed by analysis.
A blog is not the same thing as a peer-reviewed journal. It does not need to be vetted a million times. Sure, you don’t want to post in a flippant or overly impulsive manner, but it’s still important to remember that you should…
Just post it.
Time of idea: 10pm-ish, October 31 2011
Time of post: 9:16am, November 1, 2011 (on my prep at school)
Time of writing: 15 minutes.

What’s one thing every teacher should know about you?

On the first day of school, I had my students fill in a quick one line google form question which asked, “What’s one thing every teacher should know about you?” Here are some samples (I kept the original spelling, punctuation, and grammar):

I like learning alot with modern technology
I have bad vision (I can't see stuff that are far)
I am scared of needles
I have a fragile nose it was broken last year.
That I work hardly and independant
I work best individually sometimes.
I am not always able to concentrate in class.
I do gymnastics
I love hockey and runing sports
That I might need some help sometime.
That I like lego coins
Sometimes I freak out in a math test and start to cry.
I enjoy whale biology.
I have troubble sometimes.
I'm good at stuff when i like it
That I try my best to succeed
I have a difficult time concentrateing in class.
I get nervous when it comes to tests.
I don't like talking in front of the class. 
I love to learn about new things
i am a little bit slow answering multiplication and division questions.
one of my weakest subjects are reading and comprehension. 
I don't like like insects
i have a very short attention span and i have trouble concentrating after teachers talk for a long time
i like teachers that talk to me