Jump start

I kind of took yesterday off.  I had to go into school to take care of some things, and I had intended to do some work when I got home, but instead I sat on the couch and did nothing.  I had lunch, puttered around, went for a walk, and then Geeky Girl and I went to the pool.  I’ve worked almost every weekday this summer.  I felt I needed the day off.  My family has traveled a lot separately, so we haven’t really seen each other that much.  We had the week at the beach, but then after that, Geeky Girl was off visiting my dad; Mr. Geeky went to DC; I left for NH, then Chicago, and Geeky Boy went to Seattle.  We saw each other for a day, maybe in between all that.  We are trying to plan a family trip sometime before Geeky Boy heads back to school (he starts earlier than the rest of us).  So I’m kind of in a limbo mode of being sort of on vacation and sort of needing to do some work.

I’m going to try to jump start my work mode today by doing some fun things.  I have an origami garden thing I started with my students at the end of the school year that I’d really like to finish.  I think I’m going to use the Hummingbird Robotics Kit I have to finish it out.  We’ll see how it goes.  I also want to build a motion detector for our cat/dog door and see if I can calculate how many times the animals come in and out–just for fun. 🙂  Most of the work I’ve done so far this summer has been plotting out curriculum and lesson plans.  I enjoy doing that, but I need to play a bit before I dive into more of that.  In fact, what I really need to work on is my 8th grade elective, which I haven’t taught before.  I have a general plan, but need to see what will work.  I especially need to think through the plans for the physical aspects of the course.  The first 6-8 weeks, I think will focus on coding and digital skills.

The other thing I want to dive into is figuring out a badging system.  I want to use Mozilla‘s open badge system somehow in all my classes, and especially in the 8th grade class where, yes, I will have to grade some things, but want to use the badges as additional feedback and incentive.  Sounds like a much more fun plan than just writing lesson plans and maybe it will lead to writing those plans.  Here’s to getting a jump start!