Happy Anniversary, Power Posing, and New Beginnings

It’s been over one year since I started my blog.  In fact, I published my first post on 8/8/13.  I realize I haven’t posted anything lately.  I just haven’t found a topic I thought was interesting enough.  After school got out in June, I was busy packing up my classroom and moving into my new office space at a different school.  I wanted to be all moved in before I left for my vacation in July.  After my vacation, I went back to school.  It’s been busy.  Basically, after returning from my vacation in Hawaii, it was back to work.

Last week, I attended the last two days of a math institute given by my school district.  Math leaders from all over the district met over two days to plan the district-wide professional growth day which would focus on math practices.  I would have to present two sessions.  One was on math discourse and the other was a polygon investigation.  I was able to remain calm while others around me expressed their anxiety.  I think it had to do with having presented to a large audience last spring for the SDAWP Spring Conference.  I was not nervous at all, except for right before I was to present.  During the institute, one of the consultants shared a video about power posing.  All it takes is two minutes of power posing to raise your confidence and lower your stress.  Who knew??


Amy Cuddy talked about not belonging.  Boy, can I relate to this feeling.  I started my job as a district math coach this week.  I spent most of my time at my mentor site which just happens to be the largest elementary school in the district.  My first order of business is to build relationships with the people on staff.  It’s been difficult, and I find myself missing the people I had connections with at my previous school site.  I am thinking this is pretty normal.

I felt odd not prepping for the first day of school, which is tomorrow.  It ‘s the first time in 25 years where I wasn’t getting ready for students.  I felt like I needed to be doing something, a task of some sort.  Instead, I organized my office space.  I prepared for my next staff presentation by doing research in the many resource books I received.  I don’t know why I felt guilty.  Everyone in my building was “working”.  I was working, too, but in a different way.  It was strange.  I managed to take a picture of my office and the sign I created which I hung on the door.

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I am excited.  I know I made the right choice in applying for this job.  All I have to remember is to stay positive and do my power poses.

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A glimpse into my office

Home Again

Ahh, it’s good to be back home again.  My family and I spent ten wonderful days in Hawaii for a family vacation.  It’s amazing how relaxing a vacation can be.  We spent a few days at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on the island of Oahu.  After that we spent a week in a rental home in the area of Hawaii Kai which is very close to Hanauma Bay.  I posted many pictures from my trip on Instagram as a way to document what we were up to.  We had a wonderful time, but it is nice to be back home again.

In some ways I was sad to leave Hawaii.  I realized that leaving would mean I would have to get back to work.  I think part of the reason why I loved being in Hawaii was the fact that I didn’t have a schedule.  I had no job to report to, and I didn’t have to set my alarm clock to wake me up every morning.  Going back home meant leaving paradise and facing reality.  I wonder if I would still view Hawaii as paradise if I had to live and work there.

One night, as I was enjoying the sunset on the beach of our rental home, I met one of the neighbors.  He happened to be walking his dog, and we struck up a conversation.  He voiced his opinion about how living in Hawaii was different from vacationing in Hawaii.  He commented about how island living could get somewhat boring.  I guess if you have seen and done everything the island has to offer, what else is there?  I totally understood what he was talking about.  I guess that is the allure of traveling.  You get to experience all the place you are visiting has to offer.  Then, you can come home.

My favorite place on vacation was the hammock in the backyard of the place we rented.  It was truly relaxing, and I spent a lot of time on it.  It gave me a chance to enjoy where I was.  I didn’t think about work once.  I truly could appreciate the moment and enjoy.  I can’t wait to get back to that hammock.  I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

hammock