December Kickoff

Welcome to December

I could not be happier that today is December 1st.  I love the first of the month in any time frame, but December carries with it a heightened sense of family, joy, contentment, and enthusiasm.  It could be that December includes Christmas, my birthday, and a reduced number of work days ::cough, cough 13 cough, cough::.  Focusing on what is most important about December 1st, the kickstart of a new month, I want to establish my Currently and monthly goals.


  1. Stay a week ahead on my SNHU classes.  There are 10 modules per term and I’ve been able to maintain a 1-module lead.
  2. Run four days a week.  I have two half marathons this month: the Divas Half and Jacksonville Beach Half MarathonScreen Shot 2014-12-01 at 8.02.09 AM
  3. Gratitude is the Attitude!  I want to make sure that I take the inspiration that I’ve been given by the special friends and family in my life that have shown me how to be kind, considerate, and grateful no matter what obstacles are placed before them and incorporate that in my life.  I know that I’m not unique in my tendencies to focus on the empty part of the class, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stay that way.  I will make this goal measurable by writing down three things that make me happy every day in my Bullet Journal.

december currently

loving my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with my extended family. #VeevaLV

studying nouns, verbs, descriptors, determiners, and Structuralism

enjoying the calm before the storm that is going back to work tomorrow

preparing mentally for my long run of 11 miles this morning.

wondering if I should run outside or hit up the treadmill for said 11 miles.

laughing because I always seem to need more things when I get an email that has the word “Sale” in the title.

reading a heavy selection from this pile (still):


listening to the “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” and “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” podcasts

thinking I’m adding more “-ing” to my December Currently to delay those 11 miles…

feeling like it’s time to get up off the couch!

See ya soon!!!

October Currently – The Halfway Mark

October Currently

loving the cooler (for Florida) weather that is starting to show up

painting my own nails. #BallerOnABudget

enjoying last night’s TV shows on my DVR

preparing my bullet journal for the day

wondering what I’m going to have for dinner tonight – I need to start planning

editing student college essays

laughing about a conversation my students had where they were trying to distinguish between cocoa and coca beans.  “That’s what gets you high!  The chocolate!”

expecting a great weekend of relaxation

drinking more plain water

reading The Fool by Christopher Moore

planning to complete my last ESOL course requirement to receive my endorsement

listening Garth Brooks’ greatest hits before his concert on Friday!!!

watching the season premiere of The Walking Dead through covered eyes

thinking about what it would be like to take a charter boat vacation (I watched Below Deck last night)

praying for my students who have been testing all week.  They must pass their state standardized reading test in order to graduate

wishing I could be with them while they take their tests

feeling like today is going to be a great day

Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Twenty-Five: Collaboration with Students


The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?

I’m really sorry for doing this, but I don’t have a lot of time to add details to this post, so please accept the following word cloud for the terms that should be incorporated when defining how collaboration between students should look like:

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