Retro OLW from 2013


Irrigate was my OLW for 2013.

So, I watered my soul

with infrequent success.

I planted seeds of learning

that grew as my students’ English improved.

I made new friends

who in turn irrigated my soul

deep down where it was dry.

I irrigated my plants

both inside and outside.

I watched them grow and multiply.

I started to irrigate my body

by watching my input and decreasing

my waistline.

On some days my steps increased and on others

I needed fresh water in order to irrigate.

I irrigated my mind by ordering professional books.

Some have sticky notes on many pages

others are waiting to look a bit more used.

I shared ideas with colleagues.

Some thanked me for new ideas

and others where too busy to listen.

I wrote and read when my students did.

I gave them an example of a reader and a writer.

We even blogged in March as a class.

I said goodbye to my daughter

who left for overseas.

I adjusted to an empty house

that is only filled with my noise.

I have missed her terribly,

but I know God is now irrigating her soul.

I learned to irrigate my mind, body and soul

by being with others who feed

my spirit, my mind and my body.

So THANK YOU for irrigating me

by reading my blog and leaving a comment!

Your encouragement and kind words

have sustained me this year through many rough patches!

THANK YOU, my reader, for many wonderful ideas

that I have gathered while reading your blog.

My life would not be as rich as it is

without this blogging community!

Irrigate is saying goodbye as the OLW for 2013.

 OLW for 2014 has not visited me yet.



Retro #nErDcampMI from 2014


It all started the summer of 2013. I kept reading about this event called . I had no idea what it was. Perhaps a technology camp. I had no smartphone or iPad; I did not believe that it was for me. Then came the reviews, blog posts, and all the other wonderful things after last summer’s camp. It was for me! I could have gone. It was then and there that I decided to go in the summer of 2014!

There was so much buzz about the #nErDcampMI! I was getting a little nervous. After all, I teach English as a Second Language; I do not have a regular classroom. Still, I was determined to go. At the last minute (well, maybe the last day or three), my coworker said she could go on Monday.

My first session had to do with high school English–argumentative writing particularly. Erica Beaton (@B10LovesBooks) was awesome! I learned so much from her. My mind was trying to process all the different ideas that I could use for my Sheltered English class this coming fall. Erica, you were my introduction to #nErDcampMI! It could not have been any better!

Couple of the other sessions that I attended, were also geared towards secondary. I loved listening to collaborative education happening in every session. Everyone was an avid listener, contributor, and learner. When I would mention something about teaching ELLs, others talked about ELLs in their classrooms or how they are working with other at-risk students. I felt valued in every session.

Then there was the impromptu Evernote session. Perfect timing! I have already shared the information and power points slides with many other teachers. Plans have already been made how I can increase communication with other teachers using Evernote. Thank you @katsok!

After listening to Donalyn’s keynote on Monday, our drive home (yes, I live close enough to commute), felt almost too short as we had so much to talk about. We now have ideas, ideas that we want to share with the rest of  the teachers. I have tons of books in my classroom, but I want to be more intentional on how I talk about them with my students. I want to organize my classroom to be more students friendly (gladly my DIY niece has promised to come and help).

Passion for books, passion for relationship building, and passion for sharing are my special gifts that I take home from #nErDcampMI. Coming home with a bagful of books was the icing on the top!