Tag Archives: returning to school

8 weeks

It has been 8 weeks since I last blogged.  That’s a long time.  I have plenty of excuses.  Want to hear them? School was, and always is, a whirlwind leading up to winter break. Staff morale was quite low in … Continue reading

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The grand battle

And we’re back.  Teachers opened the classroom doors on Thursday morning, took deep breaths, grumbled at the realization that summer vacation is over, smiled at the sight of their favorite resource books, and then grumbled some more when it became … Continue reading

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Fantastic

A few days ago, I was chatting with a teacher friend while making my school-is-starting-soon-have-to-make-a-to-do-list to-do list.  I asked, “When in our teaching career will we feel like we did such an awesome job in the first half of the … Continue reading

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Talking with each other

Teaching can be very isolating.  It’s ironic that I’m surrounded by more than 20 people all the time, and yet I often feel strikingly alone.  There is no scheduled collaborative teacher time on most days, so long periods of time … Continue reading

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Texting

I was so surprised during my teaching residency when I saw that my mentor teacher texted with parents of her students.  It seemed so informal, so line-blurring, so personal-space-limiting.  But she swore by it, and for her it definitely worked. … Continue reading

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To-Do Lists

Every Sunday night, once I have gotten most of what I need to get done for the week done, I sit down and begin to write my Monday morning to-do list.  I have always been a to-do list maker.  I … Continue reading

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What did you do over break?

Most of my kids had rather predictable answers to the question–watched tv, played with my brother, played outside. Two notables: “My family went to Applebees and we ate a lot a lot a lot.  So much that I was full … Continue reading

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