Best Things December 2009

More Time on Treadmill from LOLCatz http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/01/

More Time on Treadmill from LOLCatz http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/01/

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. http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Images4Education

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