Best Things December 2009

More Time on Treadmill from LOLCatz

More Time on Treadmill from LOLCatz

Rather than make resolutions for 2010, I’ve decided to keep track of the positive things I’ve done for myself each month. I’m doing this  for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a way of tracking progress or seeing a trend in my interests.

Second, and maybe most important, it’ll force me to focus on the positive when I get head-down into work on my doctorate and things seem to be too much. I don’t know that the lists will be very long, but that doesn’t matter.

It’s similar to what I tell my student teachers to try: each night, no matter what, write down three things you tried, did well, made you feel good. These can be as small as sharing smiles with a kid with whom you’ve never really connected, to teaching a class where the kids groan when the bell sounds. I find this helps keep self-criticism away. 🙂 Plus, doing this also fosters awareness of the issue of keeping a balance between teaching and other aspects of life. There’s nothing like practicing what you preach, I always say.

Finally, it’ll be fun.

Here’s the list for December.

  1. Got back to the gym on a regular basis.
  2. Started an online private journal on Penzu.
  3. Got a new lamp for my desk.
  4. Cleaned out files of stuff and made space to organize current files.
  5. Submitted a proposal to present at my first academic conference and was accepted.

The Penzu journal has been the biggest surprise. I started it as an experiment and now find I look forward to it each day.

Things I look forward to in January:

  1. The gym
  2. Learning to use Photoshop
  3. Streamlining & focusing my participation in social networks
  4. Diving into doc reading for exam #2
  5. Taking a risk & trying something really different in my second semester class.

I guess I just created a new form of New Year’s resolutions. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

4 responses to “Best Things December 2009”

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  2. I am trying to learn Photoshop too. I will admit to not feeling at all positive about it. However, to apply your principle: I can resize images, I can change images to a different file type, I can add images to another image.

    See, it’s working already! Big smiles here.

    • Karen says:

      @Susan the book chook,

      LOL– you’re already miles ahead of me! I opened the program exactly once, after Christmas, felt a wave of “OMG this is more complicated than I realized,” and have not opened it since. Thanks for the nudge!

  3. I have that feeling each time I open it! I am planning to do a real-life course (as opposed to following video tutorials etc) soon. My ambition is to make my own art work for the little zines I publish. Seeing it is one of my 498 ambitions, it might take a while.

    Do you know the EVO courses? I just enrolled in the Images4Ed one, and it starts on the 10th Jan.

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