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In case you missed it, my #oneword2021 is TRANSFORMATION. I wanted to take the strides I made in 2020 and take them to the next level. Well, today, I did just that.

I signed a book deal to publish my manuscript, TRANSFORM: Techy Notes To Make Learning Sticky in Elementary School with Road to Awesome, LLC !


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Twenty-one days ago, I began my #oneword2021 journey. As you can see, my #oneword2021 was TRANSFORMATION. I wanted to take the strides that I had achieved by challenging myself in 2020 and take them to the next level, transformation. I spent a lot of time determining this focus and was determined to see where this idea would take me.

I set many goals under my TRANSFORMATION mantra. I wanted to be healthier- eat better and move more. I wanted to dedicate time to learn every day by reading books that expanded my horizons. I wanted to reignite my passion for journaling to reflect, in addition to completing the draft of my book. I wanted to continue blogging. …


Think about the role connection plays in your life, your journey. Are you seeking out ways to include gatherings on your path?

Everywhere I have turned this past week, there has been a common thread: the importance of human connection. That might seem strange to say during a time where we are so focused on being physically apart, but in many ways, it makes perfect sense. We are all craving human connection as we work behind masks, computer screens, or partitions.

This week, almost everything I have done seems to lead to this need and its importance. This might have escaped me completely if I hadn’t been listening to a podcast for my SBTS podcast club on Wednesday. But afterward, I could not help but notice the common thread between these seemingly stand-alone events was indeed connection. All these connections were important stops on my journey to grow and learn — to be the best I can be, or on my own personal “Road to Awesome.” …


So many tech tools, so little time.

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On Episode 52 of EduDuctTape, Jake Miller discussed how when we look at all the technology tools available to us, it can be overwhelming. It’s like walking into a hardware store. With so many options, it can be hard to find what you are looking for. Sometimes, you need to narrow that search, in order to find what best fits your needs.

He discussed certain tech tools being on our toolbelt— we use them all the time. There are other tools we use less often, but take them out as needed- those tools would be in your toolbox. …


I love when teachers take the ideas shared in a learning opportunity and make them their own. True awesomeness!

It is no secret that I am a huge Pear Deck fan! As my district and school have navigated virtual learning, it has indeed become a game-changer. As a result, we became a Pear Deck Premium school this year. Pear Deck has not only enabled my teachers to create amazing interactive experiences, but also to examine their students’ progress through the teacher dashboard.

During my weekly tech tips, I have been sharing all of the amazing ways that my teachers are using Pear Deck. I have been truly astounded by the amazing ways that they have been engaging their students using this tool. So I asked them if I could amplify their awesome work on my blog; luckily, they said yes. …


Jen Hertzberg was unlike any principal I have ever had.

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This past weekend as I was preparing for the return to school, I took some time to listen to George Couros’ podcast, The Innovator’s Mindset Podcast. I love this podcast because it always inspires me.

As I listened to this first episode of his second season, he shared three questions that he will ask each of his guests this season. As always, I pondered my answers during this episode as well.

  1. Who is a teacher that has inspired you?
  2. Tell about one administrator who impacted you.
  3. What advice would you give your first-year teacher self? …


Getting Started: #transformation.

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As I shared in my last blog post, I chose my One Word for 2021 for several reasons. I had made so many strides this past year as I focused on CHALLENGE. I wanted my #oneword2021 to take those strides I made and allow me to TRANSFORM them. In doing so, I determined a few goals related to transformation that fell under this umbrella.

During Winter Break, I decided to take some time to jump-start my #oneword2021. I am proud to share that I took those two weeks to be healthy and active. I even lost 5 pounds! In addition, I worked on my book draft with renewed focus and published four blog entries. I even sent my book draft to a few publishers. …


I want to transform myself to be the best me I can be.

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Last year, my #OneWord2020 was CHALLENGE. I selected this word to encompass my mindset for the year. I wanted to CHALLENGE myself to take risks — to go out of my comfort zone and reach for the stars.

As I have shared throughout the year in previous blog posts, this word took on new meaning in a year unlike any other. 2020 was truly an unprecedented year and challenging myself not only helped me to get through it, but enabled me to thrive.

Not every goal I set for myself was met, but with the CHALLENGE mindset in hand, I was able to push myself further and take new risks. …


Setting my #oneword2020 as CHALLENGE changed my life and gave me the mental toughness I needed this year.

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I have been so preoccupied with finding my #oneword2021 lately, that I almost forgot that I still had a few days left in 2020 to CHALLENGE myself. Rather than focusing on the last couple of days of 2020, I was jumping forward into the new year without giving my #oneword2020 any last chances to manifest.

This past Saturday, this thought struck me as I watched a Teachers On Fire Roundtable discussion. @MisterCavey was interviewing authors and asking them about their writing process and any advice that they had for aspiring writers. I was excited about this discussion. …


CHALLENGE was the right word for me in 2020, in ways that I never imagined. My #oneword2021 will be just as right.

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So far during winter break, I have been focusing on my health. Since Saturday, I have tracked my food for four days and been more active. It’s a start and I know I need to take it one day at a time. I have also been taking time to refresh and reboot as I described in my last post. It has been a much-needed respite. …

About

Debbie Tannenbaum

An elementary school edtech coach in Northern VA, mom of 4, dog mom, wife, blogger and writer. http://www.tannenbaumtech.com

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