Now that it is almost January (ridiculous!), I wanted to look back on what I wrote about over this past year. I focused on the 8th of random months because that is the day that I discovered the #blogaday challenge. I will be reposting my actual FIRST post of the challenge as the LAST post of the challenge to make it come full circle. It was really interesting to reread what I had written and see the differences in the posts as time went on – #59 versus #180 versus #271 is very different. 59 is about Spring term coming soon and figuring out the change in pacing, whereas 180 is getting my job offer at Kindercare! I really enjoyed this process, and time did take in effect with technically missing some days and having to make them up by posting more than once a day – the challenge was quite open-ended so I took it as more about sitting down to post every day (if you can), but mainly making sure you get to 365 posts in the year of blogging.
Seeing the difference in length between the posts was quite interesting as well. I was really into getting all my thoughts down and flushing out what I had to say in the beginning because I had the time to write multiple paragraphs before bed. But the one in October shows more what my posts have become – very short, with a picture (maybe), and some form of emotion ha. It makes sense that you would become wary and want to just write to get out the tally for the post that day, but I can definitely see that it will be hard to stop blogging every day or feeling the need to. I will definitely blog every week or every few days because it has become part of my routine! AND I LOVE HOW IT IS AN ARCHIVE OF MY LIFE 🙂
This is post (2 of 4) for today in order to catch up for #blogaday.
During this teaching journey, I decided to start a journal a few weeks ago – I posted the poem that was similar to “Twas the night before Christmas” about my training. I thought I would be writing ideas down daily or weekly, but I think the process is going well so I haven’t needed to reflect. Also, blogging is basically the same thing, which means by the time I go to bed to journal, it doesn’t happen. I’ll try to keep it up more once back-to-school starts because I’ll probably need to reflect on behavior management again and how to handle the students who came from Preschool.
Today, we have a BBQ to wrap up the end of the our year, and the beginning of the new cohort’s year. It will be interesting to compare how we were when we started to what we are like now. Even though it is only one year, there has been a BIG change in most of the graduate students – we have actual teaching jobs and have grown through the field placement work. I wish the best for the new members!