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Making Time for Everything...

People often ask me how I find the time for all the projects I'm involved in.
For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about this today.
How do I make time for everything? 

Twitter chats.
Professional reading.
Online webinars, courses, online book groups, discussions and more.
My EdD research.
My family - my husband and I have three children, but only one of them is still at home with us.
More that I left out.

All of these activities keep me going.
And, every day I'm able to go to work  with a smile on my face
because my PLN is positive and upbeat.
We help each other gain perspective 
and confront the challenges we all face in our schools.

Sometimes being too close is a drawback.
Sometimes we need to step away in order to see what's right in front of us.
Because stepping away gives us a fresh view of our world.

But, this wasn't the way it has always been.
I was always good at focusing on the negative.
Not anymore.

Now, I go to school with a smile on my face. 
I feel happy to be with my students who are eager to learn. 
I try not to get too immersed in school politics that I can't control.
I stay focused on my mission: my students.

That's why I do all of these extra projects:
I get to remake myself every day.
And, this gives me tremendous joy.

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I share some questions I'm grappling with in my classroom. 

No answers. 

Just questions.

(1) What purpose do math stations serve in my classroom?

(2) How can I continue to engage writers without overwhelming them or me?

(3) How can I determine if my tangled readers are learning to be better readers from the books they choose to read?

(4) How can I strike a balance between student choice and making sure my students learn what they need to learn at any given time?

(5) Am I demanding too much from my students?

As I find responses and solutions to these issues, I will post some ideas on my blog.

Any thoughts are more than welcomed!