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Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Right as school was starting this year I read Austin Kleon’s post “Seasons”, and it really resonated with me (I highly recommend you take 3 minutes to read it too). I’ve been quiet on my blog and on Twitter for a while. A break was necessary. Last year was hard for many reasons, and I felt like my creative brain was drained. Looking back, I know it was a season of growth, learning and reflection for me in many ways, but it was so frustrating. I wasn’t able to do what I really wanted to. Even in my classroom, where we still did some really great things (that I STILL need to write about), I felt a bit stuck. It was kind of like a dry summer or a really cold winter. Can frustrated be a season?

Celebrating Seasons of Creativity

At first I felt really bad about not sharing as much and taking some time for me, but as I’m able to look back I know that I was meant to be and what I needed. I share that because I rarely cut myself any slack, and I know many educators are the same. We’re humans, with changing seasons of life, and we need to be able to recognize it and accept it.

So what now?

It’s a new season of creativity! I’ve started the school year with a slightly different title. I’m still teaching First Grade, but there’s some time each day when I’m able to leave and be and ITS. I feel like my acronym should really be BOJ (Bringer of Joy). This opportunity has brought me new life and is spreading joy too. I’m planning projects with teachers, integrating technology in meaningful ways, and getting to teach teachers and students. I just love it! As I walk into classrooms on our small campus I’m greeted with very happy cries of “Mrs. Zig! What are we doing today?” My heart sings, and I know their little hearts are happy too.

As I settle into school and routine even more I’ll be finding time to share. I’m excited to post not only what’s going on in my classroom, but the things I’m privileged to share in other classrooms as well.

So, whatever season of creativity / life you’re in, I wish you the best and hope you’ll be blessed with wisdom on how to “act accordingly” as Austin says.

MZ Sig

Starting Out With iPads: The First Weeks

Starting Out With iPads: The First Weeks

Lately I’ve had several people ask me about how I get started with iPads in my classroom each year. Specifically, about the first week. So I thought I’d write about some procedures and activities that I find work really well to get our 1st grade classroom started creating and collaborating. Please remember though, when you plan,… Continue Reading


What Does Your Classroom Say?

What Does Your Classroom Say?

It’s been so enjoyable getting back into the classroom to start getting things ready for this year. Reflecting on last year’s set up and experience helps me prepare for this year. I wanted to share a bit more about how my friend Danni helped me rethink my classroom last year. Before school started last year the… Continue Reading


The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

My incredible first graders wrote stories starring Mo Willems’ Pigeon character, read about our process here, and decided to publish them a bit differently from our normal method. Usually we use the Book Creator App to publish our writing, and some of my early finishers wanted to do just that. Here’s one … While we… Continue Reading


The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading


Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Last week I shared a Symbaloo of resources for using Explain Everything here, and with the staff at my school. When I shared at school, one of my friends asked a question I couldn’t answer right away. “Can you mute the mic while you draw in Explain Everything?” I had no idea. As far as… Continue Reading