The July Report

As promised, I’m making the most of the rest of my downtime this summer. I tackled some personal and professional goals in the month of July. and still managed to have some fun even though I couldn’t walk or drive.

  • I made a baby blanket for a little boy expected in September! I just love these colors together. See the photo below.
  • I became a Google Certified Educator, Level 2! The test was split into two sections: multiple choice questions and hands-on tasks. The multiple choice questions were tricky in their wording. I thought the hands-on tasks were a breeze since I use Google so heavily on a daily basis.
  • I finally tackled my giant collection of yarn and organized it by color in stackable drawers. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you look at the photos below, you’ll see all of the drawers and understand what a feat this was! I did restrain myself and didn’t label the drawers since the colors can be seen through the drawer fronts. For those of you who know me well, you know how much I LOVE my label maker 🙂
  • Although not a “goal” per se, I was the featured educator in the Jump$tart Coalition’s Teacher Spotlight for July for being an innovative financial literacy teacher. I was very happy with the write-up and am working on the case study mentioned in the story. I’m still collecting the medical bills!
  • I attended a two-day retreat for the MassCUE board of directors. We spent the time working on how to become an even higher functioning board and updated our strategic plan. I’m even more proud of attending this event because I had to take an Uber to get there/back and stayed in a hotel overnight. I did rely on ♫ a little help from my friends ♫ but it was the most “independent” I had been since my accident. It felt good!
  • I got to see Queen!  It was awesome to see Brian May and Roger Taylor still rockin’ after all these years. Adam Lambert was good, but no one will ever be able to replace Freddie Mercury. I can now cross Queen off of my bucket list of concerts.
  • I didn’t get to attend ISTE this summer due to my flying restriction from the surgery. Instead, I attended the BLC (Building Learning Communities) conference in Boston. It was another feat of independence for me. I stayed in the hotel and made my way home by myself. BLC was a great opportunity for learning and networking . . . more to come on that in a separate post!

I hope August will be just as productive!