"What did you ship?" is a great question for all of us to ask ourselves. What, beyond just doing one's job, did you accomplish (not try to do, not intend to do, not think about doing, not hope to get done, not plan to do - but actually DO) in 2014? What did you do that was a little bit scary? That you might have drawn criticism for? That may changed the world just a little bit?
Considering what one "shipped" is a good thing to do every year as it closes (or as a new year begins). So here's my 2014 shipping list, as best I can recall:
1. Gave presentations and workshops for the West Chicago Community High School, Broome-Tioga BOCES, GaETC in Atlanta, Tennessee Association of School Librarians, South Dakota Library Association, and WISCNet in Madison, WI. I spoke at our state conferences ITEM (MEMO) and TIES. I was guest speaker for the classes at St Thomas and St Katherines. I participated one of the TLChat Live sessions with fellow ITEM members. (I somehow whacked my calendar events from January to August, so this list may be missing some things.)
2. Presented internationally at the Learning 2.014 Conference in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia and the 21stCenturyLearning Conference in Hong Kong. I did a program evaluation for the Anglo-American School of St Petersburg.
3. Turned in the manuscript for my new 40,000 word book Teaching Outside the Lines: Developing Creativity in Every Learner. for Corwin Press. To be released this spring or early summer.
4. Published these articles:
5. Published these columns:
Head for the Edge in Library Media Connection:
- School Libraries - a Student Right, January/February 2014
- Collaboration at a Higher Level, March/April 2014
- Easy Changes for a More Student-Friendly Facility, May/June 2014
- It’s Personal, August/September 2014
- Libraries in the Age of Plenty, October 2014
- The Librarian as Technology Integration Specialist, November/December 2014
- Teaching Above the Line Dec 2013/January 2014
- Why Facebook Belongs in Your School February 2014
- Open Educational Resources: On the Web, and Free March 2014
- The Illusion of Creativity April, 2014
- 10 Questions about 1:1 May. 2014
- Using Technology for Transparency September 2014
- Who Owns That Course? October, 2014
- A Letter to Parents Shopping for Technology November, 2014
- The Responsive Staff Meeting December, 2014/January 2015
6. Published 204 blog entries.
7. Servedas co-chair of the state library tech association legislative board and IF liaison, as the school library representative on the regional library board, and a member of a state digital learning advisory committee. I joined MASA - the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and participated in their meetings.
8. Spend a week-long road trip with the LWW and two oldest grandsons on a great trip to St. Louis. Bicycled for 5 days along the 250 mile long KATY Trail with my son-in-law.
9. Walked 3-4 miles a day, 5 times a week; worked weights at the Y twice a week; and still gained a few pounds! Camped out for a third year in a row with my grandsons at the Boy Scout's Camp Klaussen. Read a lot of books - mostly for pleasure, but plenty on creativity as well.
10. Got a new job. Put the house up for sale.
Writing and speaking and most of this stuff is more fun than work. My home (usually) contains no small children or other dependents to care for. I don't play golf, fish, or square dance. Television bores me. My Saturday and Sunday mornings and many an evening are spent writing and designing presentations and workshops. I have, through plain dumb-luck: good health, a supportive wife, an interesting job with great co-workers, and lots of opportunities work toward the betterment of education. At least that's what I hope I'm doing.
I measure my days not whether they were happy or unhappy, but whether they were productive or unproductive. Did I have a fruitful conversation or meeting? Did I get something finished? Did I write something worth sharing? Did I read something challenging? Did I do an hour's worth of physical activity? Did I clean up a mess, revise an article, or organize something for the future? Did I do something that made my own life or someone else's just a tad better?
All of us need to "ship" - do more than is necessary beyond our jobs and professions (especially librarians and tech integration specialists), at home (as spouses/partners/parents/grandparents), and for ourselves (exercise, healthy eating, recreation, and the occasional reward). We should strive to do the maximum in our lives, not the minimum. Wear out, don't rust out. I am by nature a lazy person of middling intellect - so if I can ship, you can ship.
What did you ship in 2014 and what will you ship in 2015?