Happy Friday! I hope all of the schools that have started already had a wonderful back to school week! I have personally found that my productivity and self-care ebb and flow throughout the summer. In the beginning, I try to take as much time off as I can with a five year old to relax and read a TON. I have some blips of activity like edcamp, but overall, I am able to take it easy. Throughout most of July, I don’t get too much done school wise, but that is the beauty of it! I can work when I feel inspired and stop when I do not- and go back to reading or Netflixing. Late July and early August, I get bursts of energy to work and get many things on my to do list accomplished. (Thus the flurry of blog posts you see from me!) Then, the last week, I soak up even more summer time and son time knowing that the busyness of the first week will be here soon.
Frequently, I read about people worrying about not enough self care because of working too much in the summer. I believe that it is all about balance. During the summer, I finally have time to work on some of the longer projects that I cannot accomplish during the school year. I am also able to take long vacations to both Virginia Beach and South Carolina. Learn to listen to yourself- if you aren’t feeling inspired, take some extra time to lay by the pool or get a pedicure where they offer you a free mimosa! (This is evidently a thing in my new town!) Don’t beat yourself up if you spend extra time one day working on a school project. It will all balance itself out in the end!
To add one more thing to my much more wordy than normal BV intro- EdPuzzle has AMAZING NEWS!! You can now PROJECT a video and all students can submit their own answers! It is similar to a video and PearDeck combined! I used to love using this feature with Zaption. While I love EdPuzzle for its ability to differentiate, I like to use the project version the first time we watch a video and at times before an assessment. That way, we can discuss the answers as we go.
With ALL of that- here are my favorite blog posts from the week:
- I love PearDeck AND novels– so it is no secret that I love this post by Laura.
- I have already saved Sara-Elizabeth’s post on how to make some PBL projects and my head is spinning on which one to try first!
- Allison wrote a great round-up of resources for the tv show Go! Vive a tu manera!
- This billete from Zambombazo is amazing.