I started this post three times, intending to celebrate three wonderful work events, but good stuff just kept happening. So here is my last post of 2014, documenting some random awesomeness.
1) My DonorsChoose.org project for Chromebooks in my classroom was fully funded! A huge donation from Chevron put me over the top. Ironically, I learned this only hours after dismissing my students for Winter Break. I can’t wait to tell them on January 5.
2) I was selected as an “On Deck” presenter at CUE Rockstar Camp – Ontario in July! It’s 3-day, hands-on educational tech professional development workshop with a 10:1 participant to presenter ratio. I attended one in Manhattan Beach last summer and it changed my professional life. My favorite new classroom practices flowed directlt an indirectly from those 6 worshop sessions and the resulting networking. But it gets better – the main presenters for Ontario include my MENTORS and others from Manhattan Beach. WIN!
3) I was selected to lead an hour-long session on Google Forms at OCCUE TechFest at the end of January! I’ve enjoyed presenting it before, but this is in my own county. Plus I’ll get to attend the rest of the conference for free.
On top of all this, on the last day for transfers, I scored a rare ticket to Gallifrey One, a long-running Doctor Who Convention in LA in February! I’m looking forward to meeting Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, and other luminaries, as well as reuniting with my Whovian friends with whom I camped in line at San Diego Comic-Con for the 50th Anniversary panel. I’m now feeling optimistic for a ticket to SDCC itself in July.
Finally, I’ve got my knitting mojo back! My darling daughter requested a black beanie, which inspired me to dive back into my stash and reclaim the joy of my favorite craft. I also began re-listening to a wonderful knitting podcast from 2007 called Cast On. Amazingly, it continues to inspire.
But that’s not all I’ve got up my sleeve — see you in 2015!