A Challenging Summer

It’s here – the end of summer.

One of the best summers I’ve ever had to be exact. Since joining the “Twitterverse” last spring and seeing what all the amazing educators around the country have been doing, I made a pact with my self, my only-talk-to-strangers-if-they-talk-to-you-first, keep-the-doors-locked-and-the-curtains-closed self: be the daring, adventurous person in your own life that you want your students to be in theirs.

I did that this summer and I hope to continue it for the rest of my life. Some experiences were more daring than others, but each challenged me in such a deep, personal way.

Here were my most memorable professional and personal experiences of the summer:

  •  Caught the I-want-to-connect learning bug and went to the “iConnect iLearn” conference in Hutchinson, edcampFWTX (over 5 hours away), the inaugural edcampKS and Podstock13 in Wichita
  • Met so many AMAZING educators from my PLN in person – met in lobbies to continue conversations, had brunch, went to dinner, and learned more about them at a Tweet-up
  • Made a spontaneous decision to move up my trip to Mexico when I realized how much of my summer had vanished from all the school planning excitement
  • Tried scallops and lamb chops after watching it being served on countless episodes of Hell’s Kitchen- sooooooooo good!
  • Let a lemur crawl on me and parakeets walk on my head as I fed them on my first visit to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park
  • Started a personal blog to share my stories, ideas, and reflections

What did you do this summer to challenge yourself? What daring adventures did you tackle?

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali