For ten years my identity was defined by my job, and I loved it. I created complex lessons like Choose Your Own Adventure lessons with Google Forms or engaging Nearpods or collaborated on global projects. I attended conferences – often presenting my favorite edtech tools – and I planned edcamps and in services. Everywhere I went I ran into Twitter connections who felt more like family than random names online.
The last three years were full of change. Marriage. Baby. Another baby. Now I am trying to redefine myself. I am defining Mrs. Lisa Whiston. For some reason I envision it being said with the same intonation as Lydia Wickham in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
I don’t want to get lost in the endless of laundry or never-ending meal prep. I still value being a reflective educator, part of which is writing out my thoughts to talk through the problems and to remember for future years. The reflections will just take place in the 20 minutes before the laundry needs to go in the dryer or the 40 minutes until the next feeding.
So defining Whiston will still be a reflection of my classroom, but it will be less Pinterest and more practical. The images will not be custom designed – if any image is included. Each phrase will not be wordsmithed to be witty – and please forgive any errors, I might not re-read as carefully.
As the baby begins to cry, it signals the end of my first blog post in three years. But I am back and already brainstorming the next ideas I want to share.