Wow! How could it possibly almost be the end of
2006 2007? Each year goes faster and faster, and this year, of course, is no exception…
Looking back, I can not believe that I started this blog only a year and a half ago, in August 2006. It has become such a natural part of my life that I honestly do not know what I’d do without it. I was just explaining to Alex that my thoughts just rumble around in my brain until I can write them down – without the blog I’d just be a lost pile of disconnected thoughts wandering around. Honestly, what did I do before blogging?
Reading over some those old thoughts makes me realize that this was an especially exciting year for us:
- We started out the year thinking we were going to stay in Malaysia for a few more years, and are ending it here in Bangkok, with an entirely new teaching position, creating an entirely new learning space.
- My network grew from my immediate colleagues to a whole world of connections, starting with the creation of NextGenTeachers, and growing with the vast collection of social networks on Ning.
- Globally collaborative projects became a natural part of my teaching routine, thanks to the infinite patience and wisdom of my new edublogging friends.
- I learned an awful lot about developing a framework for success with technology integration and 21st century literacy (combined with Understanding by Design and the Technology Design Cycle) through my work with David Sinclair at MKIS and the amazing team here at ISB.
- I started really thinking about our learners and teachers and parents, and adapting myself to this new teaching and learning environment.
- My world became a whole lot smaller with the discovery of Twitter.
- I have been so fortunate to be able to attend (and present at) some fabulous and inspiring conferences (and to decide not to do an Ed.D right now).
- I read a lot of fantastic books (and have waaaay too many more on my bedside table for 2008).
- I finally started tagging my posts.
Double wow! All of this started with just a small group of amazing colleagues who were willing to share their time and thoughts with me – I honestly can’t believe how much (and how fast!) it’s grown over the past year! I remember jumping out of my chair with excitement at my first comment, and literally dancing around the house the first time someone else actually mentioned me in their blog! What a year it’s been!
All I can say is, thank you so much to everyone who helped, guided, and advised me over the course of the last year. I could never, ever have done this alone. I am so proud to be part of this learning network, it actually brings tears to my eyes!
This will be my last post until after the holidays so,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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