Finally…My Year End Reflection

It's been almost 2 weeks since I packed up my classrooms and locked the doors. And since that time, I haven't had a chance to come up for air. But in a good way. I've been on the move. And yes, this is how I am justifying my absence from the blog. Besides, I needed…

Everybody Needs a Pity Party from Time to Time

I'm not necessarily proud of this, but... I feel it's important to self disclose. I threw a "Pity Party". For myself. And it was a pretty big one. I'd apologize for not inviting you, but I don't think you would have enjoyed my company. (Plus, the party favors were nonexistent. No cake either.) It's been…

Spring Break 2018 (No Swimsuit…Just Skis and Jumper Cables)

It's been a while, hasn't it? Despite my best intentions to be more consistent with my blogging, a few weeks have elapsed since my last post. My excuse? In the world of education, it's EP season, so too much a considerable amount of my 'free time' has been devoted to writing my documentation log for…

I Wasn’t the Fun Parent and I’m Not the Fun Teacher

What. A. Week. Friday was a long time coming. There were moments (several of them, actually) when I seriously wondered if I was going to make it to the weekend. The week started out well. My Monday and Tuesday were the kind of days teachers dream about. My 6th graders were creating blogs and begging…

And the Survey Says…

Twice a year, teachers in my district are required to survey the students in their class(es). The first survey is delivered in October. Students are invited to answer questions pertaining to their experiences in class (aka...'Rate Your Teacher'). And then, teachers analyze the results, wipe the tears from their eyes, swallow the lump in their…