Back on Board

March 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So I’ve been back in the US for 21 months and it’s been a rollercoaster. I was fortunate to be hired as a grade 3-5 Computer Lab teacher/Technology Integration Specialist in Brewster, MA the summer after returning so I’ve been in that position for a year and a half. It’s been a steep learning curve at times as it was a change for me from a regular classroom teacher to specialist teacher and since the position was newish for the school. Another steep learning curve was repatriating to the US. Living overseas changes you and when you come home you don’t really fit anymore. It’s a subtle but substantial discomfort and adjustment. Although moving from Singapore to Cape Cod in the off-season is not really a subtle change. That’s all I’ll say.

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One of the best things I’ve done since moving here was volunteering for the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary during the Diamondback Terrapin Nesting and Hatching seasons.

Anyway, I find I’m just now feeling as though I’ve caught my breath enough to begin sharing and reaching out again on my blog. I’ve been networking on the cape and finding some fun, inspiring new friends!

Lately I’ve been getting creative at work and personally. I’ve started a Makerspace at school (Makerspace in the Making, it’s evolving). I’m also working on the computer lab class lessons so they are more engaging and relevant, plus more interesting for both my students and me. At home I’ve been playing with LEGOs, paper circuits, LittleBits, MakeyMakey, LEGO Simple and Powered Machines kits, Dash robot, sewable electronics, while also revisiting Scratch coding and green screen and stop-motion animation. I could call it “work” because I’m doing it to learn how to implement these projects in both lab classes and after-school activities, but I do enjoy it.

Personally, I began a pottery class 3 weeks ago and I’ve never, ever used a pottery wheel or used clay by “throwing” it. I really stink at it but I am improving and “getting it” more each week. Last week I was so successful that I began philosophizing about what I was learning: breathe, pause, slow down, don’t push but rather support with one hand and pull/guide up with the other. And when starting a new ball of clay I need to center it first by being firm, still and strong.  And it’s so exciting to find the tiniest bit of success when one is struggling and feeling completely inept. Stay calm and persevere.

 

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