Happy New Year! I have been enjoying reading new 2017 posts on Twitter from #MTBoS and figured I should wrap up 2016 with some stats and set up 2017 with some goals.
On my blog, I wrote 73 posts this year! Wow, I didn't have a blogging goal, but now I have one for this year... beat 73. It did help that I participated in #MTBoS30 in May and blogged almost all the days of that month. It also helped that I went to my first #TMC16 and wrote 10 blog posts about that alone. TMC lead me to more great classroom activities to try during the school year and therefore even more blogging. I am participating in #DITL (day in the life of a teacher) each month on the 8th and writing blog posts for that, too. What will lead me to new blogging ideas this year I wonder?
I looked back to see I wrote my first blog post on 3/11/13, my husband's birthday. I have written 198 posts in total, so last year was busy! I do love writing, blogging, reflecting, and having a journal of my work.
On Twitter, I have 3870 tweets, am following 599 people - who will be lucky number 600? And, I have 759 followers. Thank you all! I appreciate it!
I started keeping a list on my phone of the books I have read this year. I need to do a better job last year. I can say I read at least 18 books. Goal for this year: 20 books. I am reading Victoria by Daisy Goodwin right now and highly, highly recommend it. I am not usually a history fan but this is so good. It will be coming out as a series on PBS real soon. If you liked Downton Abbey, this is for you!
Professional: I attended my first Twitter Math Camp in Minneapolis this summer and loved it. I blogged about it 10 times if you want to read more :) I plan on attending #TMC17 in Atlanta this summer. I even jumped in and wrote two proposals - one on review games and one on my experiences with Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces. I attended MassCue for the first time this fall. I took away some cool stuff from that to try, like Adobe Spark. I presented at ATOMIC in CT for the second time. Last year I had 15 people, this time I had 69 people. I do like presenting and will hope to again in CT in December. In November 2017, our New England conference will be in the town next to me and @TraceyZager will be the keynote, so I really want to attend, maybe present at that one. I just took part in @Mattjmiller 's #DitchSummit where he organized 9 different speakers. It just closed on Dec 31st. I got to watch about 7 of them and picked up some nice pieces of information. It was a great model. I really liked it.
Personal: I tried my hand at crocheting, but I think I will stick to knitting. I am knitting my senior son a blanket which will take me most of this year. I am knitting it while watching all 7 seasons of the Gilmore Girls. Trying to keep up with some of my students but they are flying by me. Still going to the movies each month with a girl friend from high school. We do dinner and a movie. Just saw LaLa Land, still processing it. Not sure if I liked it, but am super looking forward to seeing Hidden Figures this Thursday on opening night. I am reading a lot of books. Just finished The Sun is Also a Star on @megcraig 's recommendation. Reading Victoria now. Ordered Tracy Zager's book. And, I think Nightingale will be next.
I have a busy spring with son #2 graduating from college with electrical engineering degree. Son #3 graduating from high school. He applied to 4 schools (2 in MA and 2 in FL). He has heard from and been accepted to two - Salem State, MA, and Keiser University in FL with a scholarship, so we shall see. Son #4 turns 16, starts driving, and has his Confirmation all in May. Son #1 has moved out and is working and going for his MBA, nothing new for him this Spring.
Exercise - I have joined #MTBoSfit and am on the spreadsheet to keep track of my exercise, mostly to get me through these winter months. I am aiming for 170 hours in 2017.
#OneWord - I have been seeing this on twitter recently and I am not sure what my one word for the year will be. I am going on a run and will have to think about it. I did see @mathalicious has a new lesson on the Jen Ratio about the number of positive things we are exposed to compared to the number of negative things we are exposed to and I need to read more on it because it is fascinating to me. I try to be positive and I like this.
So...numbers for 2017:
>73 blog posts
>20 reading books
>170 exercise hours
3 conferences so far
and.... one word???