End of Year Reflection


What a year this was.

As you may have noticed, if you read this blog, it was a very busy year – so busy, I barely had time to blog. This is unfortunate because I really find that blogging helps me reflect on my thinking, on the things that are happening around me, and it also helps me connect with others, which I really enjoy.  Unfortunately, with getting less than 4-5 hours of sleep each night, I just couldn’t fit blogging in there as well.

So, why so busy?

The busy-ness made it challenging on so many levels.  I wish I could determine what made this year busier than previous.  It just was.


Maybe it was our school Success Blog that took a great deal of extra time.  Maybe it was being involved with our Innovative Learning Design Team. Maybe it was being a part of the organizing group for our Digital Sandbox sessions for administrators in our district.  Maybe it was the school website that took up more time than last year.  Maybe it was taking time to try to figure out our new district Sharepoint program (and helping others with it). Maybe it was the Digital Playground sessions we had with our staff.  Maybe it was my involvement in the SurreySchools Exemplar Project.  Maybe it was my new role as a Learner Support Teacher (oh, that paperwork).  Maybe it was the numerous events at school in the evenings or the amazing Engaging the Digital Learner Dinner Series.  Maybe it was all the positions we prepared and interviewed for in Round 1 and Round 2.  Maybe it was my participation in TEDxWestVancouver and ConnectEDCA (both of which we incredibly inspiring). The list could go on.

Well, whatever caused it. This year was a busy one!  The thing is, I enjoyed all that I was involved with this year. In reflection, I am not so sure how I would change things so I wasn’t so crazy-busy.

I look forward to becoming more connected over the summer (and in the fall).  I really miss those connections with others through Twitter, Facebook, and individual blogs.  I miss learning with and from my wonderful PLN.

I look forward to catching up on some of the blogposts I’ve got in drafts or that I’ve wanted to write over the past few months.

I look forward to reading more and reflecting on what I have read here on my blog.

I look forward to becoming re-acquainted with my camera and taking more photos which I will share here and on my flickr account.

Stay tuned.

I’m back!

Published by Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.

2 thoughts on “End of Year Reflection

  1. Tia

    I feel the same way. I’ve barely had time to breath since Calgary let alone blog, tweet or read much. It’s been an incredible year and I have met some amazing people (I count you as one of those amazing people). I look forward to some reflecting time, rejuvenation time and yes some photography time as well. I have two weeks of my PB +15 program which goes until July 16th and then it’s time for some fun and freedom. I’m thinking of taking a road trip to California to visit a friend I haven’t seen in 20 years. My plan is to stop wherever I feel like, enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos on the way and back. I’m also hoping to visit the Denver school on the way back. What are your plans for the summer?

    Have a fantastic summer whatever you do!


    1. Hi Marilyn,

      It has been an incredible year! I am glad we have connected, for sure! I feel that we have some of the same story and that makes it great to connect with and relate with you. You are an inspiration!!! Are you on flickr? If so, I’d love to see some of your photography! I love taking photos, but haven’t done much this year, unfortunately. Good luck with your PB+15. Those two weeks will fly by, I’m sure. Funny, we are also thinking of a road trip to California. We’ve done that three years in a row now. It’s so much fun (mostly – I AM travelling with 3 kids, remember). We didn’t take much of the coast last year though and that’s where the best photography opportunities are! I can’t wait to see your pics. For how long are you planning on being gone? It sounds like a great plan!

      Have fun and we’ll connect more, I’m sure. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!


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