Happily, today's PD focused on technology - one of my favorite things! I was not looking forward to re-learning a windows machine after being totally converted to Mac several years ago. Now, normally, my attitude would be to grumble and complain that I don't want to change to a new computer and how I hate windows machines, etc. but today, I decided to welcome the day with a smile and positive attitude. The positive spin being all the wonderful new programs and gadgets to explore on my new computer! Even if some of them do take 45 minutes to load. (Note: that might be an exaggeration).
Our wonderful (and very positive) media specialist kicked off the meeting with an interesting and funny article called "Self Help for Skeptics", a topical and funny read about passwords in the Wall Street Journal. Happy reading.
Thank you to the teacher today who reminded me to "Stay Positive" when she heard me grumbling about (of all things) a desk in my room. It's not to say I stayed positive all day and tried to look at the bright side, but I am really trying. So, you can imagine my surprise and delight when I walked into the copy room to start my million copies for the first week of school when I happened upon this on our bulletin board:
This truly made my day! Thanks to the "mystery" teacher who made this. You really should put this on Pinterest. And by the way, do you have an extra copy? I think I'm going to hang it up in my classroom. If it's helping us teachers stay positive, I think the kids would love it.
Afternoon PD continued with school improvement goals and looking over MEAP results. That is a really, really difficult topic to stay positive about. Plus it had been almost an entire 5 hours of me trying to stay positive, so I was teetering on the edge. Finally, I looked at the positive side -- look at all the curriculum we did cover and all the questions the students did get correct! We are amazing teachers!!
If this keeps up, I'm going to need a hug.