I ran into a former student and her mother at the store yesterday. It was very nice to see them and catch up. When I asked Kristen how her first year of college went, she sheepishly hung her head and confessed that she had not done as well as she had wanted.
I assured that transitioning to college was an adjustment and that it was not unusual to have a less than stellar start.
Then her mother said, "Ask her what she means by not doing as well as she had hoped!" I looked at Kristen.
"I only had a 3.4," she admitted.
"A 3.4! That's nothing to be ashamed of!" I told her. I continued saying that there was more to life than studying and that she should, in essence, stop and smell the roses.
Later that evening I realized that the same advice applied to me.
I began my summer vacation with a wild list of plans. For starters, here is the list of resources I wanted to read and annotate:
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness [Kindle Edition]
Breaking Free [Kindle Edition]
Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life [Kindle Edition]
Cyber literacy : evaluating the reliability of data
Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs [Paperback]  American Library Association.
The End Games [Kindle Edition]
Facebook House: Insider Tales of Mark Zuckerberg and His Empire's Tumultuous First Days
Goal Sticking: How to Go Beyond Goal Setting and Get on the Road to Success (Goal Sticking Series) [Kindle Edition]
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)[Kindle Edition]
The Myth of the Garage[Kindle Edition]
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty [Kindle Edition]
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (P.S.) [Kindle Edition]So far, I am on Empowering Learners.
Using Common Core Standards to Enhance Classroom Instruction & Assessment [Kindle Edition]
Next, consider my lesson planning goals: By now I should have completed 10 lesson plans for kindergarten and first grades, and five for second grade. So far: 10 for kindergarten and six for first.
According to my Google Tasks list, by the time the weekend is over I should have:
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- displayed my Big6 posters
- laminated construction paper for my Reading Counts markers
- ordered digital duplicator supplies for the beginning of the school year
So why am I so far behind? One word: Nolan. Nolan is my adorable almost 10 week old grandson. He is taking a lot of my time. And I am taking my one advice and enjoying this. On the rest, I will do what I can!