Miss Night's Marbles

Musings, mumbles, marvels, and sometimes mockery, live from kindergarten.

Choosing my own adventures

on 14 April, 2013

Holy Jebus, it has been quiet around here for some time, hasn’t it? Believe me, it is NOT because I lack for things to say! Indeed, I have about a half-dozen posts in my drafts folder, coming together in drips and drabs. Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime, some random-but-related updates on what I have been up to, and the various places you can find me (both virtually and live-in-person) in the next little while:

  • I just got back from the Ontario Full-Day Kindergarten Conference, where I presented a whole day’s worth of sessions (you can see details, slides and handouts RIGHT HERE.). It was my first all-day conference gig outside of my own school (I’ve done a bunch of single-session  “appearances” but never 4 sessions back-to-back like this.) If you are reading this because I met you there: Hi! I’m so excited you’re here! Please say hello in the comments! In spite of weather that managed to be both crappy (gray rain snow cold yuck) and disappointing (never really got to experience My First Ice Storm), the conference was SO. MUCH. FUN. Seriously. I loved talking to all of those amazing educators and hearing  about their classrooms and their students and their lives.
  • If you attended any of my sessions: there are blog posts coming, JUST FOR YOU. You asked, I am answering! Stay tuned for (now that it’s in writing, HAVE to do it, don’t I?):
  1.  The wording of the consent I use for my students’ participation in Twitter and Evernote.
  2. Details on my “rainbow centre” system, where kids choose their work for the day.
  3. An extension of “Student Voice and Choice” that gives some examples of specific situations where I have followed kids’ leads, avoided total anarchy, and still met program objectives.
  • I have a few more speaking gigs coming up, and would love to see you at any or all of them. You can find me:
  1. At the ConnectEd Canada conference, right here in my beautiful city, May 24-26. Along with my brilliant friends @learningmurd and @mauimickey, I will be facilitating a session about “Kindergarten As A Model for Other Grades.” Come join us, it promises to be a great conversation. (If you can’t come, but have some thoughts on the subject, please feel free to post them in the comments. We would love to have your input.)
  2. At the I Teach K! National Kindergarten Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, July 15-18. I’m collaborating with my brilliant friends @mattbgomez and @jonfines (yes, ALL my friends are brilliant. I see no problem with this) to present TWO “Tech 2.0 For the Totally Terrified” sessions, as well as sessions of my own about: Evernote portfolios; Self-Regulation; Work Vs. Play in Kindergarten. Matt, Jon, and I will probably plan a face-to-face tweetup at some point during the conference, so please follow all of us to stay tuned. We would LOVE to meet you. If you have have never attended I Teach K, it is an AMAZING event and well worth the cost. Plus, you get to hang out with me! In Vegas!
  3. If  you’d like me to come and do some PD with your school or district or organization, let’s talk! I’d love to come see you. Shoot me an e-mail and let’s see if we can work something out.
  • Did you know you can follow me on Pinterest? True story, you can. I pin a lot of stuff about child development, social media, and classroom life. Fair warning: I also pin things that make me giggle, a lot of ballet-related randomness, some Star Wars stuff, workouts that are too-hard for me, and delicious recipes. And smoothies. I have a whole board just for smoothies.
  • Did you know you can LIKE Miss Night’s Marbles on Facebook? Also a true story. Come say hello over there. I share a lot of articles about teaching, and sometimes climb up on my glitter-covered soapbox to spew opinion. Come join the party!
  • When I came home from Toronto, 2 wonderful things happened: 1 – My lovely sister-in-law had made delicious dinner for me, and 2 – My brother gave me this:

Kindergarten Party

Now, who can tell me about this record? And where can I get a free-to-cheap record player so that I can listen to it?

Ok, I told you my adventures. Now you tell me yours.

2 Responses to “Choosing my own adventures”

  1. Crystal says:

    Greetings! My school is moving to a technology school and I would love to pick your brain. I plan on attending I Teach K this summer too. I couldn’t find your email anywhere to send you one. Would you send me an email when you have a chance? Thanks! I’m looking forward to connecting.
    Kreative in Kinder

  2. Kim Clark says:

    Great presentations! I was lucky to have been a part of the Digital Portfolio and Good Behaviour workshops.

    Lots of great information. I had already dabbled in the Evernote app but will be more concentrated from now until the end of the year and will be purchasing the premium level for the beginning of next year. I still have to figure out how to download the app to my pc so I can move all my kiddos from tags to their own notes. Thanks for the tip during the workshop.

    Going to follow you here and on twitter.


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