October 2, 2016

September 2016 Recap

Whoa! September felt like a super, super long month.  So much has happened.  First of all, the most important thing for me to share is that I'm finally, actively on Instagram!

I know you were just holding on with bated breath waiting for the day, right?! I'm already seeing the power of it. People - maybe even you - have been tagging me in their posts of students hard at work on one of my STEM challenges. From the very bottom of my heart, I thank you! I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to see it! Please keep doing it! Or start doing it! I'm @kerrtrac (my name without the Ys).

I've also updated all of the Thanksgiving challenges this month (remember, I updated Halloween last month). I'm trying to stay well ahead of it for you!I know you will love the the additions, so be sure to re-download if you already own any of the following by going to "My Purchases" in TPT.


You are definitely going to want to re-download these if you own them, because  I added a lot of new goodies! You'll find new primary response pages with expanded room for response, new cross-curricular extension ideas and handouts, and more!



Videos are up for Halloween STEM challenges to give you plenty of time to prepare! Wings Wanted, Bone Bridge, Creature Catcher, and Treat Toss are live, and Ghosts in the Graveyard will post October 6th. 



Well, when I set out to write a monthly recap post, I included a "life" section so I would be forced to take the time to look back and reflect on the things going on in life that were not work-related. Last month really was a heads-down, get-the-work-done month. There isn't much outside of work that I can recall, except that a new season of Project Runway started, and that delights me. I think there's something in me that loves design challenges -- whether it be STEM or fashion!  

This is a good exercise for me, reflecting on how I'm living my life. Like so many, I have a tendency to get fixated on my work to the neglect of too many important aspects of a well-lived life!  I will set out to make October a little more balanced! In the words of Time Gunn, I'll "make it work"!


I'll be updating the winter & Christmas STEM challenges, and posting video walk-throughs for the Thanksgiving challenges on YouTube. I've got a brand new product line in mind I'll be starting on as well! And, of course, finding some non-work things to do, so it won't be all work and no play for the next recap!  Stay tuned.


If you want to receive notifications of these monthly recaps, you can follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers. I send a monthly note linking back to this post so all the links are easy to find (see the image below)! You can also follow this blog.

September Note to TPT Followers


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