How is it September already?

It is hard to believe that it is already September. I work in a modified year-round school district and we have already completed five full weeks of school. In another three weeks we will be on our Fall Break. Where has the time gone?!

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Before I blink and see October on my calendar, I wanted to take a moment to STOP and THINK. During the month of August I participated in something called August Break 2013. I had never heard of this until, on August 1, I was reading one of the education blogs I enjoy [this blog by Lisa (@TeachingwithSoul)]. The August Break was created by Susannah Conway and you can read all about it here. Basically, it’s a blog/ picture challenge. The August Break allows you to take a break from writing/ blogging while looking at life a little differently, through a camera lens. You post pictures… one a day or as many as you want throughout the month. I had never done something like this before so I decided to challenge myself and join the break.

During this time I learned a few things that I want to share:

  • Associating pictures with words can take time, effort, reflection, and serious connection-making
  • Posting pictures can be very personal
  • Telling a story through pictures is often as challenging as, if not more so, telling a story through words
  • Readers can closely view just as well as they can closely read (nice learning for primary teachers trying on the concept of close reading for Common Core-related instruction!)
  • Pictures can inspire writers/ writing
  • Sometimes you have to look at something differently to truly see it

I enjoyed participating in this challenge and will continue to post my own personal pictures as part of my future blogs. I may even return to some of those August pictures and turn them into blogs with words…

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About Amy's Reflections

Director of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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