Happy SUNday, #OKLAED! Lara with #NSUEngEd in Tahlequah. I am happy for June because my birthday is on the first day of summer! I love reading out in the sunshine and spending time with my family outside! ☀️📖
A1: Going to Los Angeles (Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, etc), Grand Canyon, Vegas, etc. I got a new car last week, and I work for the best district ever. #oklaed Hey, he said to BRAG! #oklaed
A2: I found an awesome way for Ss to self-assess. I implemented new forms of technology into my classroom that my Ss loved. I started fostering 2 amazing babies. I am in the process of adopting my 2 babies. #oklaed
Wow - there were so many great highlights to the year. I think we all learned a lot from the teacher walkout. We learned how incredibly brave, determined and resilient teachers are when they collectively join together for purpose! #Oklaed
A2: Making the decision to stay in Oklahoma and fight the good fight! Glad I accepted the position! Not only did I get the honor to learn from the best, but now I get the honor to work with and be part of the best! Thanks #oklaed!
A2: I stepped way out of my comfort zone and into admin. I sometimes miss my students. A lot. But I’ve grown a lot, too. And also, grants. Lots of grant writing with @GauntTonya@vperezy & @MrsHime#oklaed
A2. #TeamDrLara PhinisheD! And I was honored with the NSU Circle of Excellence Award in Teaching. 🥇 Both are testimonies of hard work that has been peer-reviewed and acknowledged. Nothing means more than the respect of your colleagues and students. #OKLAED
A2:Through our District Strategic Plan, we implemented STEAM throughout our district...saw amazing learning with students... AND we received the Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehnsive Literacy Grant for our Students! #oklaed
A2 1/Zero minutes offline for our online assessment system from Labor Day though April. :)
2/Finally got the formatting and legend for our new OAS Summative Objective Analysis report right! #oklaed@AlphaPlusEdu
We also learned how critically important advocacy for #oklaed is gong forward to keep the momentum toward investing in our kids and schools. We must be strategic and purposeful in our efforts moving fwd. #OklaEd
A2: I got some fun stuff co-publised with Dr. @MrsSearcy112, I got to watch @lauren_pena16 teach and that was AMAZ-ING, and I did my first real keynote thing thanks to the support of friends like @MrsBeck25! I surrounded myself with people smarter than me! #oklaed
A3: I think at the end of each year every T feels like they could have done more in their subject. I teach all subjects so there is a lot i wish I would have done.. but it really has nothing to do with any subject. I hope I loved them as much as they needed from me. #oklaed
A2: I learned so much that I need to put it all into action next year! I was an instructional coach this year, but am going back to the classroom next year.!! I will be teaching 6th-grade math and science. I just couldn't handle not doing it. :) #Oklaed
A2: And then there was the time I took a road trip with Dr. @scoreCrag. I stayed busy during #NCTE17 & #CEL17 and was elected to the CEL board this year which is dope. And had my first official out-of-state consultation opportunities this year. Which was very on fleek. #Oklaed
A4: It's the little things that make the most difference. So many students admired the fact that I greeted them with a smile every day outside of my classroom prior to the beginning of class. I shall continue to do this even more next year...with my guitar! #oklaed
A4: I learned to give my Students more voice. More say so in what happens in their classroom. I learned that It's okay to not have complete control al the time. This was an area of struggle for me. I learned compromise. #oklaed I want them to feel valued.
A3: Ugh... that's a long list...
1. Power Standards
2. Standards-based Report cards
3. Guest teach in every grade-band
4. Visit every PLC in the district
5. Lead a PD event at a local brewery
6. Get accepted to ILA
.... it goes on.
A4: I haven’t been doing enough to support a positive classroom climate. I know my kids and they respect me, but they stick with their own groups in my room and don’t get to know each other.
I know how to do it. I just have to be more deliberate from the start. #oklaed
A4) I learned once and for all there are things that are completely out of my control. As proactive as I think I am, I'm sometimes caught completely and totally off guard. I learned that sometimes I have to let it go. #frozenismythemesong#oklaed
A4: Pre-K kids can do a helluva lot more than we know. We (adults) are usually holding them back! Oh, and the responsibilities principals have are outrageous. I have a much deeper appreciation for them. They crazy. But we probably made 'em that way. #Oklaed
We had Ron Clark at the beginning of the year and he was fantastic. We loved working on our strategic plan and digging in w Staff and community w meaningful conversation. Reflective conversation w any PLC & maneuvering the Teacher walkout w others was huge as a leader. #oklaed
A5. #OKLAED has amazing leaders, so there was so much awesome PD. Does the #OKLAEDwalkout count? I loved seeing the strengthening of our collective teacher efficacy— the belief that together, #OKLAED can succeed! And it was an amazing opportunity to bring communities together!
A5: Either #OkCTE Fall Conference or AP Summer Institute. As a newbie to ELA, these experiences were indispensable*. #oklaed
*full disclosure: I misspelled indispensable the first time. #thankyouautocorrect
A6: This I need to work on. I need to disengage from social media. but I do workout #CrossFit, and that helps me relieve the stress. but I do need to work on taking legit breaks from the world. #oklaed#goals
A6: Lunch with friends where you get to sit and talk and actually enjoy your food...as opposed to shoveling it into your mouth in 20 minutes to be back in class before your 4th hour can plan a coup! #oklaed
A6. Rest= relaxing poolside reading books sans pencil ✏️... which means I am simply reading for pleasure and not critically annotating or analyzing it. I also go on a lot of #brainbreak walks with a good playlist 🎶 and escape to nature as much as I can 🏞 #OKLAED
A1. Looks like I pretty much missed #oklaed chat. I had a quiet house for about 45 minutes and got some #diysuwt#AcWri in instead. This summer, I'll be writing like crazy! And swimming with my kids at the pool when I can.
A7: I keep saying it but working out, #CrossFit, is what does it for me.. It's my most favorite thing, and yet my most hated thing.. I also like to spend time outdoors with music and no words.. just reflection. I love time at the river & travel. Meditation is HUGE! #oklaed
A7 - I do a lot of self-reflecting during the summer. That might sound crazy, but it always gets me excited about the next school year. I love the endless possibilities of always being better and trying something new! #OklaEd
A7:) Read, plan, laugh, laugh some more 😂, have conversations w amazing colleagues and ponder the opportunity we have every single day to touch the life of an adult or child. There are so many great things to make happen and be a part of in #Oklaed
A7. In higher ed, so much planning is determined by syllabus due the first day of class. It always recharges my batteries to review, clarify, enhance, and reflect on how to add more opportunities for engagement. The more I learn (from/with them), the more they learn!? #OKLAED
A8: Not necessarily education centered, but I love listening to Terry Gross’s interviews on the @nprfreshair podcast. So many interesting perspectives.
Also: Writing Excuses podcast is really good stuff. #oklaed
A8:) Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud, Brene’ Brown has lots of good books, Present over Perfect is an excellent book. I love education podcasts but I also love Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, she talks to amazing people and it motivates you to live larger #influence#oklaed
A7: Part of how I'm recharging this summer is by thinking about all of the awesome new things coming to @utulsa! STEM program for elementary ed, study abroad course in Italy looking at how Italian philosophy of ed compares with US... going to be a great year! #oklaed
Okay #oklaed please plan to be here next Sunday as we Re-Imagine school... It's sure to make you question everything you're currently doing. and I LOVE IT! What better time to reconsider what we have been doing all along?! Let's discuss new and better ways! :) June 3rd!