Teachers are beginning to share their #oneword for their 2017-2018 academic year. Teachers have identified words like prioritize, connect, organize, focus, and more. Curious what other teachers’ #oneword is? Check out the #onewordedu hashtag on Twitter for quick comments as well as blog posts expanding on their #oneword.
But here’s the kicker – my #oneword for the 2017-2018 school year actually has NOTHING to do with school! My #oneword for 2017 is BABY! Although I’ve primarily kept this news on my private social media, I’m excited to finally share with you all that I am expecting a little girl at the end of October this year. My husband and I have been scurrying to make sure we’re ready for her since last spring. We’ve been working like maniacs to make sure we have enough saved up for the unpaid maternity time I will need, doing some major work (goodbye popcorn ceiling and hello to a brand new window!, plus lots, lots, more!) on the nursery to make sure it’s ready for her, and we’ve been eagerly learning about current and old pregnancy/parenting ideologies. My husband and I may have been the odd couple out at our baby class who said we were most excited thinking about best practices in raising a child and the sociology & psychology of raising a baby instead of feeling the baby kick (which is also pretty cool!).
I wanted to share this news with all of you because it may explain some choices I’ve made in my professional life for the following year. As of current day, I will be limiting my professional contributions for the next year to #langchat, the Comprehensible Iowa Conference, and the Iowa World Language Association‘s Annual Fall Conference. I relinquished my Communications Director position with the Comprehensible Midwest Conference earlier this summer. Although I will be attending the Iowa World Language Association‘s 2017 Fall Conference and fulfilling my roles on the Executive Board, I am not currently planning on presenting while there as the conference falls close to my due date. In addition to how uncomfortable I’m sure I will be at 9 months pregnant, I will need to fulfill some Vice President duties in addition to continuing my efforts to promote the conference with social media. Lastly, I am unsure what this new addition in my life will mean for this blog – so please bear with me if information seems sparse for a little while!
Thank you in advance for your kind words and well wishes!