It is hard to believe that the first semester is over and spring is little more than a month away. After a little reflection, I am finding it is an important time for me to find more balance in my day. Some traps I have identified to avoid: always finding something to complain about, not giving positive feedback, not finding time to get out into the classrooms, thinking work is the most important thing I do, spending too much time online; not making time for family; skipping daily exercise… and the list could go on. If you have read my blog, (hi Mom!) you have probably come to the conclusion that I am hopelessly looking for the magic pill that will make all teaching relevant and all students actively engaged. I need to find balance here too. Not everything I do is related to trying to reform education and finding the answer to “how do we make it better?” I have to make time to tell our story here at school and make sure everyone understands the incredible effort that is put forth here everyday by both students and teachers. We have an incredibly compassionate staff that cares for our students and works to make a difference for all different types of students and that fact needs to be accentuated! I need to make sure that I realize that not everyone believes that Twitter and blogging are the best way to connect and share ideas(yet). I have to be careful to leverage my online presence to find resources and ideas for staff and students and to demonstrate that life long learning is my main pursuit.