Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School Thoughts

Today is the first day of school for most of our local school districts, so I spent last week getting together with several of my teenage friends before they get busy with school and studying and extra-curricular activities. Summer wanted to try Furr's Pineapple Millionaire Pie recipe (which was delicious); Taylor and Camryn came by for a lesson in scrapbooking; Ally & I tried another painting class; and I met up with Taylor to create Christmas cards at a Stampin' Up party.


As these beautiful ladies head back to school, my thoughts are on learning and studying. Although the private school I taught at this past spring semester offered me a position for this school year, I chose not to return. I truly enjoyed being back in the classroom, however there were a few things I didn't enjoy (getting up early, having a schedule, parent-teacher fellowships where public schools were routinely criticized, the split schedule of early morning and late afternoon classes, parents who questioned my character rather than addressing their student's issues with tardiness, cheating, or disrespect). So, today I'm contemplating and sharing my thoughts on what I want to learn and study and teach this fall.

1. I really (REALLY!) want to learn to use my DSLR in manual mode. I signed up for the BPC Mastering Manual Mode course this summer but have not had time to participate in the class. My goal is to work through the materials on my own this fall and be shooting in manual mode by December 1!

2. I already know how to sew with a sewing machine, however it's been over 20 years since the last time I used one to make something (a new dress!). I want to learn about my new machine and actually complete a few projects with it. My goal is to complete a wall hanging (and 2 Christmas gifts) by the end of the year!

3. I'll also be working my way through the Hello Story workshop materials (as I've not been able to keep up with the content this summer) and learn the story telling techniques presented. My goal is to complete the class materials and create 12 layouts (one for each week's materials) by the end of October!

4. I plan to participate in Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day beginning on September 1st. I think I'm going to use the divided page protectors like Shimelle did last year and have one 4x6 card and one photo for each day of the month. My plan is to follow along with the prompts unless there is some other significant learning experience on a given day. My goal is to participate each day and complete my page protectors with journaling and photos by October 15.

5. After several years of attending a church close to home, we have recently returned to our home church, which is a 45 minute drive away. It's refreshing to visit with old friends and take time to just enjoy and learn from the Sunday sermons. However, since it's quite a drive, we are not really involved in other activities. Lucky for me, Ellyn is leading a Bible study at her church and has asked me to do the teaching. We've chosen the My Heart Christ's Home study as it's one I've always wanted to teach. I'm currently studying through the materials in preparation to begin teaching in September.

I think this list is an excellent way to start the school year. What are you planning to learn (or teach) this fall?

13 comments:

Ellyn said...

thanks for being a second mom to my Ally! She adores you. going to teach confirmation class at church, that's enough for me. Always learning...

Debbie P said...

You are one busy lady, but it all sounds fun! Love your art canvases!

Cheri said...

What do I want to learn? That would actually require me to sit down and think about it and make a list... which sounds like work! I want to learn how to use Instagram. I want to work my way through the Hello Story class (I couldn't keep up either!) I'm also signed up for "Picture Everyday" starting September 12th. I want to use that as an excuse to work more with my camera and learn more of the settings. I'm not quite ready to make the commitment to full manual mode, but I do want to understand the settings better. I have "Get Off Auto Mode" by Elisha Snow in my finished class list - guess I need to revisit it!

Karen said...

Like you, I have some unfinished classes to work on this fall. I want to learn how to make a photo book on Blurb, and I'm debating whether to take the Project Life class at BPC. I read a post on Write, Click, Scrapbook last week that has me thinking of a way this might work for documenting what we do since I'm a very erratic scrapper!

alexa said...

That is quite a list, Melissa! Here is another who is taking the Hello Story class, and I think there is enough material here for a year - that's how I am looking at it! I want to keep finding simple ways of documenting the everyday which keeps sitting at the computer to a minimum. And I want to learn to draw so that I can add hand drawn things onto my Day2Day pages. I think that is enough to keep me busy!

Missus Wookie said...

That's a great list, I empathise with the parent difficulties, I've been lucky with the parents of the kids I tutor but I think that is a very different relationship. Still looking forward to not continuing with that after we move.

I've signed up for stuff already, am still writing the three new courses for next year and planning on working through those never ending to do lists.

Sian said...

I have no doubt that you will make wonderful progress with each of these goals. And I have been privileged enough to learn enough about your character by now to know there is absolutely nothing to question!

I love that feeling of new beginnings I get every September. This year I'll be adjusting to TTO living away from home.

Jennie said...

That is a wonderful list Melissa - Those are great objectives and I have a new camera I am learning to use manually too - and am hoping to be part of LSNED as well. Hope we meet up in class at some point . J x

Maria Ontiveros said...

That is a great list. I want to finish my last couple projects and then start Dina Wakley's face class in conjunction with LSNE. I better get going! LOL!
Rinda

LeAnne said...

We are in back to school mode around here. :) I have some BPC classes to work on and also will do Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day.

Fiona said...

A great list - you will be busy.

Barbara Eads said...

What a great set of short term goals!! I, too, am taking Ali's "Hello Story." I'm very far behind. If I can just finish it by the end of September I'll be happy. That will be my goal!

Mary B said...

they all sound good plans, I hope you get the fullest enjoyment from them all