#Nerdlution Challenge Update

I just realized this is Day 26 of my 50 day #nerdlution challenge.  That means I am more than halfway through with this challenge.  I started the challenge back on December 2nd.  I decided I would post something to my blog every day for 50 days straight.  So far I have been on track.  It has been a challenge.  Some days I do not know what to write about.  I will sit in front of my computer and realize I hadn’t done anything interesting.  I just went back and read my previous posts.  I am amazed that I have been able to keep up with this challenge for 26 days now.  I think part of the reason I am successful is that I am on vacation right now.  I can sit down at the computer whenever I want and write.  This might be more difficult to do when school starts up again.  However, I am really going to give it my best effort to complete this challenge.  I mean, if I could keep up with my blog while I was at Disneyland, I am pretty sure I can continue posting after school starts again.  Right?

I am also wondering how other folks are doing with their #nerdlution challenges.  When the challenge first began, I saw a lot of tweets on Twitter.  People were sharing what they would be doing for the 50 days.  I wonder if they were able to keep it up.  I wonder how people are feeling now that we are more than halfway through.  I am going to have to do some investigating with this.

All I know is that I am pretty proud of myself for trying to stick with it.  I wonder what will happen after the 50 days are up.  I believe the end of the challenge is on January 20th.  I remember reading somewhere that it takes about 3 weeks for a behavior to become a habit.  I would say that I am definitely over that 3 week window.  I hope I will just keep on writing even after I am done with the challenge.  Or, maybe I will just have to come up with a new one for myself.

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#Nerdlution Challenge Day 4

What to write?  Tonight, I have no idea.  But, it is the 4th day of my #nerdlution challenge.  I have challenged myself to write something on my blog for 50 straight days.

I was talking to my friend on the telephone about this challenge.  I told her I didn’t have anything to write about tonight.  “I am having a writer’s block,” I explained.  I went on to tell her about the things I have posted so far and how it has helped me get in contact with people I didn’t know before.  She told me I should write about that.

So, here I am.  Through my blog, I have communicated with people I have never met.  When I first started this blog, I thought I was only writing it for family, friends, and myself.  However, I have learned that I am speaking to many more people outside of my immediate circle.  I don’t know why this never dawned on me.  In any case, two days ago I wrote about an assembly at my school given by the Dairy Council of California.  Someone from the council asked if they could use my story for their website or their newsletter.  I asked how she knew of my blog (I have never met the woman.).  She said she does a media search.  My blog came up, and she commented.  That was amazing.

Last night, I blogged about my former students coming to visit me after school.  I heard from Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax), and he commented on my story.  You can also visit his blog by clicking here.  He is also participating in the #nerdlution challenge.  He wants to comment to different blogs each day.  I just happened to be his 4th comment!  I love how this challenge is bringing people together.

And with that, I will officially end my #nerdlution challenge for today.  Day 4. . . Done!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I had been talking to a good friend of mine on the phone.  In the course of our conversation, I mentioned how I was worried about my class this year.  We just completed the reading and language portion of the fall MAP test.  Needless to say, my scores have me a bit worried.  My friend told me that we just need to get rid of the word, “worry”, from our vocabulary.  I thought easier said than done.

When I was asked to teach a 2/3 combination, I worried about how I was going to make it work.  Over the summer, I heard the song, Three Little Birds, by Bob Marley.  This was a perfect song to use for my opening song in my classroom.  It would remind me that I didn’t need to worry about a thing because every little thing was going to be alright.

That was two years ago, so I decided to use the song again for my opening song this year.  It is still a good reminder for me not to worry so much.  I just need to keep doing what I am doing and hopefully, everything will work out.  I must continue to use this as my mantra because I just found out I was accepted to the SDCOE Tier I Administrative Credential Fall cohort.  Although I am excited by this new challenge, I realize I will need to come up with the tuition cost.  Something else for me to worry about!  Oh wait a minute, I’m not going to do that.  Instead, I need to take a few deep breaths and remain calm.  Everything is going to be alright.