Why did I choose appyadventuresandteaching? That is a great question! Let me start with the obvious – the last part. Yup, I am a teacher! I have taught many grades – prekindergarten, kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, and high school at a residential behavioral setting. I have learned many interesting “things” while teaching. They have helped me become who I am. They have also helped me understand the importance of communication, respect, and trust. The most important thing you can do as a teacher is build a relationship, including respect and trust with your students and their parents It will take time, but it worth it. Your classroom is a community. I will talk more about that in another blog entry (I have to save some of my thoughts for other days…then maybe you will come back and read 🙂 )
I have the word adventures in the title name as well. I love going on adventures! Living here on this planet is a big adventure. Living life is a big adventure. You can’t be afraid to go on adventures! Find joy in the journey! Everyday we need to focus on the positive and learn from what we are doing. I really like to be positive. I am struggling with that right now….maybe it is summer vacationitis – haha. I am not sure, but I am struggling with it a bit more this year. I am sure you know that teaching is not what it used to be, and sometimes you just get in a slump. I have to say, I LOVE the kids, they are the reason why I get up in the morning and get ready for work. Mostly, it is adults that will bring me down into a negative mood. I find that when I am surrounded by negative people, they rub off on you. I don’t like it!!! Then I become negative. We have many meetings at work (ugh..meetings) I find that they can bring me down. However, the minute I am back in my classroom with the kids, I can start smiling again as our room is one, big family. It really is. This year, my students have learned to get along, help each other, and show the world the importance of everyone. One of the quotes they have learned (you will find out I am a word nerd quote gal) is “Never let anyone dull your sparkle!!” Yes, I told them about that quote very early in the year, when we had lots of negativity going on from other rooms. It was dragging us down and I didn’t want it to. I would say my class DEFINITELY understands what that quote means. As a class, we have been known to spread our sparkle around, and we also understand that sometimes you have to make your own sparkle! Yes, we had lots of gold sparkles on our classroom floor that day, but it was worth it! We all have wonderful, great talents and gifts that make us special. Don’t let anyone put you down and be proud of who you are! Enjoy life and the adventures that you go on while going through it.
Now, we are down to the first part of the name I chose..appy. Yes, I know it is not a real word as spellcheck hates that word right now haha. Really, it is not one of my usual typos-haha. I chose appy for a few reasons. One is for the word happy, two is for apps that I will share from time to time that I find useful and interesting, and three, because I fell in love with the Appalachians last summer. I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip. It was something I have always wanted to do, yet never had. Through wonderful people, it happened. Talk about taking a leap of faith – I went down with a woman, her husband ,and their son who I met that year on a Cursillo weekend. They were wonderful and took me under their wing. Imagine inviting someone you have not known really well to ride down in your car for many hours and go on a trip! Well, it was supposed to be one week. OOPSIE! After three days, I was enjoying the adventure (See, I told you I LOVE adventures in life!), I fell in love and decided to stay longer. So, Nancy, John, and Zach went home the following week. I said goodbye and I stayed another week. How did that become possible. My team leader the first week, said she would drive me to her house and I could spend the night there and take a train. Yup, another adventure! I said yes! I stayed and LOVED every minute of it! The entire mission lasts three weeks. Guess what?? YUP, this year I am staying the full three weeks and I can’t wait!! I may even stay longer – woo hoo!! It has been an adventure trying to make this adventure work, but I am now in the final stages. It looks like I have a way down, a way back, and most of my funding should be met. I also have figured out some of the logistics with pets, lawn care, etc, etc… YEAH. If you really want something and you persevere, it will work out. I really, really want this! This mission trip last year was WONDERFUL! I learned so much about people, the culture of the Appalachians, what is most important in our lives, and community. I met wonderful people and families while working on their homes. I also met wonderful, positive people while living in community in the bunkhouse with the other workers! I still keep in touch with many of them! We are all excited about seeing each other again this summer! I can’t begin to tell you all of the conversations that we had, the walks we took, the laughter, and even some tears. I will share more about that later. As a matter of fact, that was one reason why I did start this blog. I am hoping I can blog while I am there this summer. Check it out, as you will not want to miss it!
So, there ya have it! That is why I chose appyadventuresandteaching. It is a little quirky, but so am I. I will admit it! I enjoy thinking outside the box-haha. Thanks for reading!