Celebrate May with Illuminate!

Hey, all! I hope your week is going great and you’re digging deep to find the energy and motivation to be awesome for your students! I know I’m struggling this week – we’re on a weird testing schedule where 3-4 classes each day are an hour and a half in length to accommodate state testing guidelines. We’re used to 45-minute classes ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know about you, but I’m upping my already impressive caffeine intake in an effort to keep learning fun and engaging for my students!

May is also a pretty exciting month for me – we’re coming up on the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the launch of Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning! I CANNOT believe it’s been a year already, and I’m so incredibly thankful to all of you for not only reading my blog but also for your support of Illuminate! You guys are AWESOME!

To celebrate the upcoming end of the school year, I’m launching a new type of book study – 10 Days of Illuminate – designed to encourage teachers throughout the last days of the school year. Here’s the plan:

Starting Monday, May 6, I’ll post a “share square” with options from each chapter of Illuminate. Choose what you’d like to create/share, post a link to your product (if applicable), tag someone you think needs to read Illuminate, and be entered to win a Starbucks gift card! I’ll pick a winner on May 17, which also happens to be my last day of school ๐Ÿ™‚

Grab your copy of Illuminateย and get ready to end the year on a high note!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you thankful for?

Hello, friends! We’re experiencing a stretch of AWESOME weather here in Missouri – I’m talking 70 degrees and sunny. It’s fantastic! However, it’s making this teacher a tad less excited to get up and go to work. I’m already envisioning myself sitting on my patio, drinking my coffee, enjoying the quiet part of the day before my daughters wake up. Then, making them breakfast, hanging out and having fun before crashing for an afternoon nap … ahhhhh…

I can see it now! We’re still a few weeks away from summer vacation, though and my students and I still have A LOT to accomplish in that time. It always seems to me that the stretch of time between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter (when Easter is later) justย drags on and on. Motivation on both sides of the desk is lacking – my seniors have severe cases of senioritis, my juniors have end-of-school-itis, and their teacher is just darn tired.

I’m trying to shift my mindset from, “ugh, I have to get up and go to work,” to “I get to go to work and make a (hopefully) positive impact on my students!” I know this sounds cliche, but it’s a change I’m trying to make over the next few weeks when I really need a motivational kick in the tush.

Some of my friends use a gratitude journal to help them focus on the positives and start the day off with the right mindset. I like this idea but, as most of you can probably relate, I’m so rushed in the morning! It’s just not something I can do consistently in the hectic chaos that is our getting up, getting ready, going to school/work morning routine.

So, instead, I’ve decided to share one thing daily that I’m thankful for each school day until the end of the year. This is quick and easy to do and will hopefully remind me of all of my blessings throughout the day, as well as keep me motivated to finish the year strong!

Will you join me? Follow #thankfulthoughts to join the conversation!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Illuminate Social Media Book Study

Hey, all! Happy Monday!

The day is FINALLY HERE! I’m so excited to embark on this social media journey with all of you as we learn from each other, grow our PLN, and have fun doing so!

The goal of this book study is to connect, reflect, and share with other educators around the world using social media. Check out our study on whatever social media platform you choose and encourage others to share in the fun!ย 

Twitter: @Bethany_Petty
Instagram: @bethanypetty_educ8
Facebook: http://facebook.com/usingedtech
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bethany133


Have a fantastic week! I’ll see you on social media!

Thanks for reading!



Hello, all! Welcome to my NEW website, BethanyPetty.com. This site will serve as a home for my blog, Teaching with Technology, my book, Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning, my podcast, Try This Tomorrow: Talks with Teachers, and conference presentations that I deliver. I’m also excited to share tidbits from my crazy, hectic, life as a mom, wife, teacher, author, and blogger!

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