What’s my number? ~ A #CLMOOC intro

pay-530338_640I’ve been taking my time. I’m dipping into the waters of #CLMOOC this week but it’s been a focus for interesting collaborations over the past few weeks. I wrote about bios (The True You: Iterations of a Bio) that shaped my thoughts. Now it’s time to present my introduction to the community. Who am I? What’s my number?

I connected to Sarah’s introduction – Who Am I Today? – where she shared a Thinglink that revealed interesting nuggets of information about her past and present. I’ve connected with Sarah before, but these facts uncovered intriguing ‘kenning’. Then I dipped into Deanna’s introduction – Who Am I? #CLMOOC Make Cycle #1 – where she reveals her superpower. This engaging way of introducing yourself caught me eye and made me smile. Diving into her introduction uncovered some gems that I’m going to take into my teaching in the coming months. The six-word-story posters and the Me Museum are engaging ways to get to know students. Then Christina shared her Intro for #clmooc2016 where her image of work-life balance had me thinking about my actions and where there is balance between what I do for work or play. Glad that #CLMOOC is a chance to play, tinker, explore and share – that can’t be work when it’s so much fun!

stingy-fiery-numbersSo …. introducing myself by sharing nuggets of information, revealing secret superpowers and uncover who I am.

My number is up! Time to share!

I am ONE. Uniquely me in what I do, how I do it, and why I do it! There’s no one quite like me. Not in a conceited, all about me kind of way. Just humbly ME. Willing to share my talents and gifts to engage, support and encourage others. I am one life long learner who teaches others along my one life’s journey.

I am TWO. My husband and I make a great team of two. We balance each other. We’ve been married almost 35 years now so our highs and lows are shared over time. My sister and I were the original dynamic duo in the family, fearlessly challenging the world when we stood together through thick and thin.

I am THREE. My three children have shaped my self as mother. They continue to share my joys and sorrows. Our frictions have never been abrasive, more like sandpaper softening my edges. These three continue to be my link to a changing world where anything can happen.

I am FOUR. Growing up as the oldest of ‘the four little ones’, we were always off on adventures together when we weren’t called into work detail. Growing up on a dairy farm there was always something that needed doing but our escapes from reality lifted the four of us into magical realms of make believe. Hidden forts in the forest or trekking through corn fields shaped my love of fantasy and science fiction. I am one of four sisters who still share time and space, like we used to share one bedroom in our farmhouse. We do not always agree, but we can connect and understand each other.

I am FIVE. With my husband and three children, our lives continue to be shaped by ‘car-talk-time’. Since we lived a distance from extended family, every winter, spring and summer involved driving somewhere to see someone or engage in some family event. Car talk time is still an occasion to engage in deeper discussions, playing games or sharing favourite tunes.

I am SIX. I am one of six siblings, born within six years. I am a middle child. Six children in a family can be complicated. Our family frequently travelled in smaller groups since six children didn’t fit into a car easily. We each had our assigned places at the dinner table to minimize conflict. Roles and work was divided to ensure all six shared in the load of managing the family tasks. My ethos of work and sharing results from being one of six.

I am SEVEN and EIGHT. Within my work as an educator, I have been blessed to be part of special group of friends and colleagues (MAG 7) that has shaped who I am and what I do. We were seven but now are eight. We continue to share our life journeys together in laughter and tears. Our semi-annual get togethers are moments carved out of busy lives that have become sacred spaces where pain, challenges, honours and celebrations are shared.

Reveal your numbers. Where are you on the number line? Remix this to remake your own numbers in time. It’s a #CLMOOC thing to do.

Picture Credits

Nine – Pixabay

Stingy Fiery Numbers from PublicDomainPictures.net.

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12 Responses to What’s my number? ~ A #CLMOOC intro

  1. dogtrax says:

    What a great way to organize your creative identity!

    • HJ.DeWaard says:

      The number before this post would be zero – the times I’ve blogged about using numbers in relation to my own life…. now it’s ONE! Not that I’m quantifying my life or what I do digitally. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Mama Boo says:

    What a creative way to introduce yourself! I can only get to 3 easily (we have one child; I am one of 3 children); I’d have to get creative to get beyond that! Though I suppose one could jump around on the number line–numbers go on forever, after all. Thanks for the fun and informative intro!

    • Mama Boo says:

      Sorry–my name should say Christina Hendricks. Gotta change that, but I’m on my phone right now & it’s a bit tricky!

    • HJ.DeWaard says:

      It’s fun to connect numbers to events or activities too. Jumping is fun! Would reveal lots of interesting ‘kenning’. e.g. I was going to mention 3- the number of sheds I’ve helped build! 2-the number of times I’ve been to Machu Pichu! Could go on and on! Thanks for jumping in with me!

  3. Jen says:

    Your numbers inspired me and I created something new on my blog in response: a poem prompt generator based on numbers! Hope you check it out: http://goo.gl/ycYQrP

    • HJ.DeWaard says:

      So much fun! putting numbers into poetry! Tried it and left a comment. Thanks! let’s see if we can get others to join in and do one!

  4. Awesome. Love that you invited remix, and glad I got to know you better. Thanks for starting the poem generator on numbers with Jen’s idea. I see why you are so collaborative — six siblings: gotta work things out! 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on What Else? 1DR and commented:
    #clmooc Here’s an invitation from Helen DeWaard to remix your life by the numbers. Another way to introduce yourself. Have fun!

    I am ONE daughter, Daddy’s girl.
    I am TWO brothers, one older and one younger; one tinkerer and coder, and one financeer and humor that will have you laughing in a moment.
    I am THREE months away from our 30th wedding anniversary.
    I am FOUR days from our family gathering of fun in the sun.
    I am FIVE posts ahead in my online tech class so I can participate in #clmooc.
    I am SIX years plus sixty years old.
    I am SEVEN times six and a towel in the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
    I am EIGHT chuckles ahead in our family chat.
    I am NINE hours behind in weeding my garden.
    I am TEN grandkids fortunate, all loving and caring and thoughtful and intelligent and talented and who believed Gramma when she said dragons were real, living in our river…

    • HJ.DeWaard says:

      Dragons are real? Love this! Reminds me of a digital story one of my students created this year! Story her dad told her and her brother about dragons being real! Stories about dragons are magical!

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