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Create, Make & Take A Break

Create, Make & Take A Break

 

So, I just finished my 100 Day Project. Phew! 100 days, a critter drawn and posted each day. It was a labor of love and dedication. It wasn’t easy in so many ways. Carving out time, learning to “see” differently, finding inspiration, just showing up and frankly, being brave. Some days it was a solid color bug, and there’s no shame in that! Some days it was a frog that made me nervous, or a bird that I loved and was scared to muck up – see the egret that I ended up being rather proud of!

create, make & take a break - find your balance

As challenging as it was, it was equally if not more, rewarding. Each finished critter made me feel accomplished in some way. I discovered things that made my process flow more smoothly . I loved sharing and connecting with others. I looked forward to their posts and was excited to see what new things they’d come up with each day. I was inspired by them, and found things I wanted to try.

It’s over though … so now what?

It’s time to find a new balance. I found a balance and routine with this project. Doodling is something that makes me very happy, but how to continue these doodles? More sketchnotes? Doodles to relax? Doodles at school? Yes please! My brain is beginning to head back to my classroom, where just like life, there are so many little places to find balance. Work and play, create and take a break. Or maybe could the break be to create, just in different ways? I had more or less taken a blog break last year. I didn’t intend to, but finding balance between work, play, rest and sharing here was just not happening. I guess it really all just boils down to passions and priorities.

One of my all time favorite book / movie quotes is from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Jo March is with a group of men having a discussion. One of the men tells her she should’ve been a lawyer and she replies “I should have been a great many things, Mr. Mayor.”

I feel like everyone could be, should be, even is, “a great many things”. The challenge is to find balance and joy for ourselves, and as educators to demonstrate it in the classroom too. We may not have it all figured out but we can lead by example, and work to find the right balances for ourselves and our students. I really believe fueling our own passions spills over and inspires those around us.

So, with all that rambling over, I’ll keep working to find a good balance between personal projects, school, life, and hopefully even a bit more blogging too.

Thanks for reading my brain dump, and possibly enjoying my project too. If you wanted to check it out, it’s all on my Instagram at #100daysofmzcritters.

 

Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

In March I participated in Royan Lee’s #doodleaday challenge. It was a really neat experience to doodle with a community, and take in everyone’s responses to prompts shared each day. I found myself using my ferry ride home to unwind with my doodle. I’m pretty sure the ferry people think I’m some kind of crazy nut… Continue Reading




Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading




Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

I love informational texts, and so do my students. But, we also love informational videos. We can gather information on just about any subject from both types of resources. Think about the way you learn – besides a person standing in front of you. I’m guessing you mainly use two forms of media, text (of all… Continue Reading




Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Since my last two posts have been Mo Willems themed, I thought I’d share this Elephant and Piggie project from earlier this spring. In addition to loving The Pigeon, we also LOVE Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. So naturally, while working on inferring character traits, we used these two hilarious characters. As we read multiple… Continue Reading




Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Happy New Year! I have been enjoying my break, spending lots of time on a few of my favorite things, family, reading and cooking. I’ve also been reflecting on the last year, and setting goals for the new one. So … I got out my favorite stylus, The Cosmonaut, and made some #sketchnotes! My three… Continue Reading