Spring Break of Firsts!

Spring Break.  A time to relax, reflect and re-energize to finish the school year strong!

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Family First.  We did a first as a family and went “tent” camping without water, electricity, and wouldn’t you know no reception!  We (all three of us) slept in a 10 person! Yes, my daughter needed a 10 person tent.  We learned a lot together in those three days! We learned to cook over an open fire, keep the raccoons away at night, and enjoy each other without interruptions! We went on a walking hike, fought raccoons all night, attempted to fish, and sat by the fire.  It was a relaxing and much need time together as a family. We are better today at camping than yesterday.

My First National Conference. I’ve been to many conferences during my years in education, but I’ve never been to a National Conference! IMG_1587I went to so many amazing sessions on how to grow and lead as a lead learner.  Talk about being on fire!! From Danny Steele’s “A BluePrint for Awesomeness” to LaVonna Roth’s “Ignite Your Shine,” I came back being inspired to serve, inspire, and empower all those around me.  More importantly, I learned to take it slow when I got back to school.  In a session by Jill Thompson and Lisa Already, they demonstrated how we as teachers sometimes pour in so much information to our students they can’t remember it all.  I sat in that session thinking of how leaders do the same thing to teachers, so here goes…take my time…introduce slowly.  Make it meaningful, purposeful, and have the why ready for teachers to understand their new learning.

 I’m better today than yesterday!

Not only did I attend amazing sessions, but I met the most amazing educators face to face!  I participated in a “live” twitter chat with #leadupchat early Saturday morning!

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Compelled Tribe Members (Debbie Campbell and Jennifer Hogan), Lisa Dabbs, Leslie Kinnard, Michelle Hill, Danny Steele, Beth Houf, Neil Gupta, Dave and Shelley Burgess

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