FIVE THINGS I KNOW I'M AWESOME AT

Inspired by @MichaelRose This was actually a challenging list to write without being self-deprecating or sarcastic. It pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. I managed and challenge all of you to do the same! 😉
  1. 1.
    Teaching Math
    Not only do I know and understand the content I teach but also know and can explain how the mathematical domains and their standards build on each other throughout grades K-8. I also, understand how and why various algorithms work and am able to take that knowledge and help kids develop a concrete understanding of numbers patterns and relationships first. BAM! Also, I can spend just 1-2 hours working with a kid and determine their gaps in understanding and formulate an instructional plan!
  2. 2.
    Being a Good Auntie
    This seems like a gimme but taking care of these two for a few days is no joke! They don't really need anything (Translation-they have more toys & junk than they know what to do with) so I try to spend quality time with them, teach them things, challenge them, and be fair and consistent with them. This past year I haven't had as much contact as I'd like but I send them postcards, FaceTime when possible and send my niece "real mail"! I'm excited when she'll be old enough to visit.
  3. 3.
    Planning
    It often takes awhile and requires that I get in the zone. I can see the big picture and plan for that and the details (such as a 45 minute lesson, 9 week long curriculum outline, small parties, an evening out with friends). I've pretty much always worked jobs that require planning (preschool teacher, rec director, teaching) and I like planning for the various scenarios that may throw a wrench in the plans. The most fun is planning trips. I've learned that you can't plan for everything though!
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    Being a Great Friend
    "I wish I had a friend like me!" Kidding (sort of)! I have a handful of good friends and I am incredibly loyal, compassionate, and would do pretty much anything for them. I'm genuine and follow through with my commitments and promises. Also, I'm a very thoughtful and awesome gift giver. Over the years, I've learned to stop and listen rather than go into fixer/advice mode and that has made me a better friend. I love my friends for their uniqueness and goodness and try to tell them that often!
  5. 5.
    Writing Professional Emails, Grants, Data Analyses
    Usually after procrastinating, I can get in the zone and write any of the above and have. I can come up with the most clear and concise language to convey my thoughts. I can consider my audience and incorporate the perfect amount of emotion. I'm usually asked to proofread others' emails, resumes, applications, etc.