13 Things in 2013

I'm a little late in the game for reflection, but better late than never, right?

1. Class Vision Statement 
I'll never again start my year reading my syllabus. Instead, I'll focus on building community and setting a vision for how our year will unfold. 

2. Group Work
Group work is now an integral part of my classroom every day. I love watching students explore and collaborate as a team. They're reaching a deeper level of understanding.

3. Leading Professional Development in Mozambique
Two weeks in Chokwe, Mozambique, working with preschool teachers. Words don't do it much justice. Check out this video instead. (I even slaughtered a chicken.)

4. MERIT
A great program at Foothill College's Krause Center for Innovation that focuses on equipping teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Paid PD and a fantastic networking opportunity. I'm beyond thankful for the relationships that came out of this experience.

5. SVCUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher
I'm honored to be nominated by my colleagues and recognized as the Silicon Valley CUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher for the things I've done in my first three years of teaching. It's been a wild ride and I've loved (almost) every minute of it.

6. 1:1 Program
Each of my seventh grade students has his or her own MacBook Air this year. It's been fun to learn and explore with them every day. My focus has shifted to a large amount of content creation. It's been an almost paperless year. :)

7. iBook Creation
The seventh graders and I are finishing up our iBook of A Christmas Carol. They worked with me to annotate this text. I can't wait to share it with the world once it's done!

8. Twitter & #caedchat
Twitter and #caedchat have become integral parts of my days and weeks. I'm continually finding inspiration and laughs from my PLN. It's also been a lot of fun meeting so many of them face to face.

9. Presenting
My colleague Jackie DenOuden (@jsnoden) and I presented at Fall CUE and are looking forward to heading to Spring CUE. I loved sharing our story of how Google Apps have worked in our classroom. I'm looking forward to 2014 being a year of a lot of presenting!

10. Student Film Festival
My students wrote, directed, and produced their own short films. We had a blast viewing them movie theater style with the fifth grade class. I loved seeing their creativity come alive.

11. Role of Women
I spent way more time than necessary reading about what it's like being a strong, independent female and how other people respond to that. I read at least eight books on the subject, asked a lot of opinions of people, and listened to unsolicited opinions of others. My consensus: I love the way I'm made and look forward to continuing to influence the world.

12. Google Sites
All my curriculum is moving to the cloud as my school has begun using Google Sites. I love seeing how my students interact with the different resources I post.

13.  Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer
I finally applied for and received certification as an Apps Certified Trainer. I look forward to seeing what opportunities this presents for me in the new year. Check out my intro video.

2013 was a great year, especially professionally. I can't wait to see what I continue to learn in 2014! Thanks for being a part of my journey!