Either you're overwhelmed by all the ideas and strategies and things you must change immediately, overstimulation, fan-girling, getting up early and going to bed late, wearing real clothes, going out to eat for every meal, and so on.
At some point in those four days, my perspective shifted. I love how God's timing makes everything converge. Before TMC I read Unshakeable by Angela Watson and Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler. One encouraged me, one overwhelmed me and upended what I thought I knew about teaching math.
Then when I go to TMC, I hear two specific things that echoed those books more than once:
- Time is not your most valuable resource, your energy is
- So be intentional with your time and your craft
So in an effort to underwhelm myself and be intentional, I'm going to share the big ideas that I'm
overwhelmed inspired by and the baby steps that I will take this year, without feeling the need to change everything or change nothing.
For the first time, I didn't leave feeling star struck, so overwhelmed that I wanted to cry, afraid that I'm a terrible teacher, or guilty that I'm not doing enough.
I feel supported. These are my people. They've got my back.
I've decided that I will no longer be overwhelmed by TMC but I will be inspired by the great amount of good work to do and I will get started!
And to quote one of my favorites, "I'm committing myself to this work for years, not months- and it's okay to have miles left to go."
Minneapolis was a lovely city! The weather was gorgeous, there were parks and grass and water everywhere. I did a lot of walking, shopping, and eating. I visited at least five different towns and enjoyed Augsburg College campus. I truly enjoyed myself so I hope you enjoy some pictures!