It has been such a long time since I've even thought about blogging. I am so busy that I barely have time to breathe, much less blog about it. Tonight I actually have a little bit of time after graduate class to sit and think and update about what's been going on.
This fall I'm busy teaching sixth and seventh grade, finishing my M.Ed. at USF, selling Stella & Dot jewelry, working on the Holiday Gift Market for Junior League of Tampa, and helping in the event planning for Emory Alumni events. It keeps me busy, but it has also helped me to realize that I am literally only productive when I am busy.
I have recently regained some exciting and fire in my Stella & Dot business. I have booked more shows, talked to more potential stylists, and sold more jewelry than I have in several of the months past. I've gotten re-energized to make sure that people are motivated that are on my team and feel that they are being supported. Over the summer, I didn't feel that way. I enjoyed sitting around and doing nothing as well as taking four classes online for my Masters. Somehow, when I have more on my plate, I get more done and it is done more effectively.
As I've picked up my jewelry business, I've also committed myself to ensuring that my teaching is shifted from being teacher centered to student centered. I want to make sure that I'm not always reaching using powerpoints and instead turn to group work, discussions, debates, and other activities that have students engaging with each other in conversations and thinking about the material that they are learning.
I can't say that I am as motivated about graduate school as I am about my teaching and Stella & Dot. I don't feel that the classes that I am in right now are really that beneficial, and I sometimes feel like I am wasting my time sitting in them. They don't really apply to me because I don't really understand a lot of what is talked about. I feel lucky to be teaching in a private school, and while I understand that not everyone who teaches wants to teach at a private school, I also don't think that private school is better than public school or public school is better than private school. Sometimes in our class discussions I feel that some of the attitudes emerge and I am unable to express my opinions that may differ from those in my classes. That is sometimes disheartening to me and has led me to dread going to class rather than being excited to continue to fine tune my teaching craft.
Anywho, those are my thoughts and feelings for right now. I'm glad to be back in the swing of things, but I am excited for the spring when some of my stuff has been cleared off my plate and I have a little more down time to sit and enjoy the things that I enjoy.
Oh, and I started Weight Watchers again. I'll be going Mondays. Wish me luck.