So I am moving on, but not leaving education either in practice or in interest. Specifically, I continue to be passionate about YA literature as an important genre and study, in ELA/Literacy as a learning and pedagogical study, in online and other technologies to support this learning, and in how "teaching" can be improved. In order to keep channeled and busy, I have made a list of 10 things To Do. Some are just technology skills, others are interest threads, others are real tasks I want to complete that will support learning.
- Tweet effectively. I have had an account for years, now I am going to use it to learn and network.
- Find the best apps to synch my Apple tools (iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro) - and use them.
- Volunteer locally in a Literacy capacity (beyond the support I give to our local woman's group)
- Design and implement a free online global-awareness club for middle school students - that is in the works. An alternative is to work on a very local middle school version of microlending (to improve the lives of local kids and encourage their independent creativity)
- Investigate The Bad Guy in YA fiction
- Use Twitter and this blog to encourage Creativity and Vocabulary Development
- Write a digital All You Really Need to Know About Grammar that will be a self-guided text with collaborative elements
- Beef up my LeastTern.com site - probably totally redesign it using new tools (Google, some apps I like) and definitely write some essays on pedagogical topics
- Review literary YA titles - they are being written and teachers need to become aware of them
- Write a blog post addressing every one of the Grade 8 CCSS ELA standards from the POV of the public school ELA teacher.
I also want to have some fun. #5 - The Bad Guy - is where my brain keeps going, so I will follow.