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What I've Learned This Week...

As a Mama, as a Teacher and as a Human

Thank you for being here! 

Spring break has come to an end and I am heading back into our classroom this week! A week at home with my own little family has definitely been welcome and has given me some much needed perspective.
Here is what I have learned this week...

As a Mama

I loved this quote from @drbeckyathome that I came across this week. 

Parenting our 3 children has not come easily to me (does it to anyone?) but just like in other areas of my life, I love the process of learning and figuring it out (although I don't always have this perspective in the midst of meltdowns/arguments/whining/straight up fights). "Grace" has been the name of the Mrs. Mac game especially throughout this school year, but grace at home is a harder one for me. And grace with myself? Especially when I DON'T have all the answers as a parent? Sometimes seems impossible.

What I have learned this week? "This feels hard because it IS hard not because I'm doing something wrong".

This is a hard gig. One I am eternally grateful for, but hard. And not hard because I am no good at it. Just hard. This quote allowed me to focus on self compassion and grace as we spent the week at home together. And even though one gave another a black eye in a "pretend" punching match (I wish I was kidding right now...) I am reminded that this does not mean I am doing something wrong. It feels hard because it is hard.

I wonder where else I might need to apply this quote in my life...
Shelley Moore's Five Moore Minutes 

As a Teacher

If you know me, you know I have a deep fondness and appreciation for the incredible Shelley Moore.

From the first time I had the pleasure of seeing Shelley speak, my thoughts and pre conceived definitions and biases surrounding inclusivity and its benefits were completely challenged. She has revolutionized not only what I do as a teacher, but who I am and what I believe in as a teacher through her videos, books and weekly book club chats.

Shelley's "Five Moore Minutes" series on You Tube included a video this week called "Cheers for Peers" focused on how to "advocate to move away from one-to-on adult support and towards meaningful and balancing peer connection and mutual learning".

What I have learned this week? "Getting a community ready for a student, instead of getting a student ready for a community" is essential to what we do in our classrooms.

This is so true for all learners we serve.

It is my job to prepare our school and classroom environment for our learners each and every day. Even thinking of returning after a 10 day break, I need to be aware of what our kids will need tomorrow and how I can serve them. It is not up to them to jump back into the classroom being attentive, compliant little pupils who shift from holiday mode to school mode in the blink of an eye. After 10 days of snacks when they want them, pee breaks whenever they need them, technology and sleep ins and non stop play, I need to remind myself that setting up an environment for them to ease back into is key. (Heck, I know how I feel transitioning to school after break and the grace I require. Why would they be any different?)

I will spend some time today getting ready to welcome them back into our community instead of expecting them to be ready for me tomorrow. I will follow Shelley's incredible advice and allow for as many opportunities as I can for them to lean into their peers and ease back into routine together. I am grateful for all the work Shelley does. Seriously. The best.

As a Human

I have started a new journey on my Mrs. Mac's Kinders Instagram page that I am hella excited for...

#FifteenOnAFriday is a new conversation I am hosting on Instagram Live every Friday at 4:00 MST.

It’s purpose is to focus on kindness, community and connection and to send our teachers into the weekend feeling inspired, ready to rest and hopeful for the coming week.

So far, I have been blessed to have Allie Apels (@joysofkinder), Kristi Chipeniuk (@teachers.tea) and Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt (@inquiryteacher) join me and I am looking forward to welcoming many more incredible humans until the end of June.

What I have learned this week? I am part of a kind, loving and collaborative community that inspires me every single day (but let's be fair, we all know I didn't JUST figure that out this week!)

Every person I have reached out to has given me an enthusiastic YES! And I am so grateful for each of them. It is affirming for me just how much power there is in sharing MY voice and having others join me to share THEIRS. It is a bonding and connecting experience that I love being a part of.

In my weekly email, I will giving you a sneak peek of who will be coming up the following Friday before I announce it in my Instagram stories on Wednesdays. Just a little something from me to you to thank you for being here and supporting my journey.

With that being said, THIS Friday, April 16th I am SO  blessed to welcome the amazing Leslie Bangamba!
Leslie is a child safety advocate, mama and amazing human whose energy radiates positivity and love. I cannot wait to have her.

So, put a little reminder in your calendar and come and join in the conversation every Friday as you prepare for the weekend. I would love to have you.
I know this has been a heavy week for many Alberta educators with the new draft curriculum being announced. If you need to be reminded just how amazing you are and want to join the conversation about the impacts of this new curriculum, Dr. Jody Carrington and I will be chatting on her Sunday Night Live on her Facebook page tonight at 8:00pm MST. I hope to see you there.

I am grateful to be on this learning journey every day with all of you...

Love, Kindness and Happy Learning to You!

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