Disclaimer: To those of you teaching in the private system, or outside of the province of BC, MyEd is our new system that we public school teachers work from.  We take attendance, we store marks and we write report cards with the new program called MyEd.  Elementary schools were introduced to MyEd last year and middle schools are meeting MyEd for the first time this year.  I’m not sure about high school?  In fact, my knowledge of MyEd kind of ends…here.  This post is not intended to mock or make a joke of MyEd.  MyEd has truly afforded me at least 12 gifts this holiday (ahem – report card) season thus far.

I’ve had my own struggles with MyEd.  Up until last week I wasn’t even added as a teacher to one of my classes and; therefore, could not access my students (for attendance or report cards or anything else that is kind of useful within the realm of teaching).  Keep in mind I work .6 between two schools, so my contributions to report cards are quite minimal compared to those of who work more than I do!  Last week I was feeling frustrated with yet another unexpected MyEd outage and a looming report card date (like…the next morning kind of deadline).  I texted a teacher friend, venting and agonizing over the unscheduled outage, to which she so wisely replied, “Thank you, MyEd, for allowing me to go to bed early tonight…GUILT FREE!”  And from that text this post was born.

The 12 (guilt free) Gifts of MyEd

  1. This morning MyEd is down for (scheduled) maintenance, so I had time to securely string up a wreath that keeps falling down.  You are welcome, Canada Post woman, for this beauty that now bestows my heinous looking front door.
  2. Last night I had time to prepare a baked oatmeal dish for breakfast this morning.  The recipe comes from my most favourite cookbook/blog, Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon.  Check her out.
  3. This morning I had time to wrap exactly one Christmas gift before I decided I should get up off the floor and write this post.  At least it was an essential gift for my husband?  You are welcome, Babe.
  4. This week I had two incredible workouts at my beloved gym, BDHQ, and I didn’t worry about writing report cards the entire time!  I did; however, plan my next unit of science while spinning for an hour.
  5. Joel is out buying our Christmas tree right now, so you know what that means!? MyEd outage or not, we are getting fancy up in here tonight!
  6. A dear, long time friend is visiting right now, so I have had time to catch up with her and introduce Charlee to her for the first time.  Merci, MyEd.
  7. Yesterday we celebrated my dad’s birthday by going out for lunch and then catching the latest exhibit at the Royal BC Museum (National Geographic’s Wildlife Photographer of the year).  Absolutely incredible work!
  8. My keen and lovely teaching partner, Leah, and I are planning a Celebration of Learning together with our grade 8s, which will roll out later this week.  Entirely non-academic, but MyEd related because after last week’s scramble our reports are now done for those students.
  9. The other night when MyEd was down (Scheduled? Unscheduled? Does it matter?) I was lamenting a little bit.  Okay, I was full on panicking, but then Joel said, “Hey, you could finish Christmas cards!”  So I did.  See, friends? We do love you! You can honestly thank MyEd though because otherwise these cards would have totally been New Year cards.  Again.
  10. Meal planning and prepping.  I don’t know if that has to do with MyEd, but I will say that I’ve been rocking it for the first time in my entire 28 years.
  11. Pro D.  I have participated in some phenomenal math and social-emotional learning based professional development sessions lately.  I am working on writing posts for both those topics, but having the time to delve into these Pro D sessions and actually learn some valuable information has made me giddy in the way only keener teacher nerds can get.  Check out Nikki Lineham’s site and Lisa Baylis’ Facebook page for more information on both math and SEL, respectively.
  12. Perspective.  When it all comes down, MyEd outages or not, this experience of stressing over and and feeling guilty about having/not having time to do the things I want to do outside of work is hard.  I am learning tons about boundaries this year.  I leave school before 3.30 this year because I have a baby to come home to, which fills me with great joy.  This year I will gladly put away my marking and prep to make dinner for my family.  This season I am relishing in the fact that I literally cannot write report cards when I’ve scheduled myself to do so because the very system said report cards are written on is seemingly offline all the time.  It’s a blessing, teachers.  It’s a sneaky message from the Universe saying, “Hey now, calm down.  Don’t fret.  Put the work away and LIVE”.

So thank you, MyEd, for this lesson.  I have received your teachings and am grateful for them.

Karley