Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Come on 2015! Can't Wait to Meet You!
It’s that time again. We’re all making resolutions…maybe mine should be to write more since I haven’t written since the summer! Last year I had my students fill out a resolutions sheet, and I’m doing it again. However, this time is different. This time the students are my students, not students I will only have for a short time. This year I can revisit their goals, or remind them about their goals. But of course if I’m having my students do it, I need to as well. Not only is that the easiest way to get them to trust me enough to write their goals, but this year I am teaching ESl-I model everything! Of course my version for my students will probably not be this long so I can fit it on the graphic organizer. And as much as I am honest with my students, things that are too personal don’t need to be shared with them! So without further ado…
Name: Mrs. McLoud/Miss Shannon/Mom
Favorite food: Chocolate!
Age: You seriously didn’t think I would answer this one did you?
Favorite activity: reading/writing
Favorite color: Pink!
Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows…or maybe The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, or Jane Eyre. Honestly, this is not a fair question for someone of my nerdy stature!
Highlights of 2014
Greatest lesson learned: It’s hard to pick just one lesson isn’t it? Hard work pays off! I sent out countless resumes, had many interviews, worked my butt off in school-and now I have a position that I LOVE! It wasn’t easy, but as I sit here typing this, during my two week vacation with my son, I feel rewarded and content.
Hardest thing this year: All the rejections from the job interviews. Although the silver lining is that because of those rejections I ended up where I am now-at the time I had no idea things would work out so well!
Favorite memory: Disney World with my family. It’s cliché, but it is the happiest place on Earth! You are forced to be in a family bubble, where it doesn’t matter if your child is a little too loud, or wants to run. Epcot feeds my British obsession! And the weather is beautiful!
What I loved about 2014: Finding a great school to work in, with amazing students! I look forward to every Monday! I love walking the halls and getting greetings from my students, or when one has a breakthrough. (The last week of school one of my students blurted out “Miss I need a drink!” and it was the most unsolicited English I have heard from her that I almost hugged her!)
I also love watching my work go from page to stage. I staged two shows that I co-wrote in 2014, and co-wrote two movies. I never in a million years thought I could write for film, and I’m glad I tried it! I was also published in two anthologies. I felt like a writer, and even began to refer to myself as one. It’s a great feeling!
And meeting new people. Through the last year I’ve met new people that have of course in some way impacted parts of my life.
Looking forward to 2015:
Want to learn: How to be a better teacher! I will never stop learning about education, and I will never try! I want to learn more about teaching ESL as well. I would also like to learn some more Spanish. My students love teaching me the very little Spanish that I now know, and I love seeing the excitement on their face when I get it right!
And cook. I would like to learn how to cook.
Want to get better at: Time management and organization. Well this didn’t change from last year! I tend to have a lot on my plate-and I love that…I just need to manage in more “Shannon time.” Time for writing, running, and reading!
Goals for 2015: I looked at last year’s goals…and I hit them! The power of the written word! Of course my first two goals from last year aren’t too off from this year…to stage a Spring show with RTC and build our company, to run my THIRD 5K and to make better time doing so, to remember that fitness isn’t a diet- but a lifestyle I shouldn’t drop during stress, to publish my novel, to read more, to write everyday….writing is always a goal-I don’t always achieve it!
So bring it on 2015! Can’t wait to meet you! We have a lot to learn, and about 365 opportunities to grow!