Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Every year, it's always the same, which makes me wonder why I've found it so surprising this year.  All summer, I look forward to my inservice days (yes, I said look forward to) when I get to reunite with all of my teacher friends, set-up/decorate my classroom, and find out who my upcoming kiddos will be.  But, it never fails, when these days finally arrive, I am constantly shocked at the state of panic.  I think every school is probably the same.  It just comes with the territory, especially if you are attempting to be proactive.  

Of course, this year is no different.  Everyone is running around like crazy and trying to tie up all of the loose ends before supply drop-off and the first day of school.  In a few months, these days will all be forgotten and replaced with a comfortable routine and sense of unity (for the most part...).  From what I hear, it's similar to having a baby.  If you only remember the labor and delivery, you'd never do it again!  It's what comes after that makes you forget the negative and go for round two!!  And, next summer, I'm sure I'll repeat this pattern once again.  Until then, I am trying to focus on the positive and look forward to this school year.  It sounds like I've got an amazing class headed my way!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day One

I had debated for some time whether or not I wanted to start a blog.  For a while, it just seemed like the thing to do, which made me not want to get started.  Now, it's not quite so en vogue, which makes me feel better about the whole thing.

I love to write, which I discovered my freshman year of college; however, as a teacher, I rarely get to write anything for myself.  Typically, apart from actually teaching writing curriculum and prose, my writing skills are exercised via parent/teacher emails and editing corrections.  Neither of these really satisfy my creative appetite, which is basically why I chose to get started.  

I titled my blog (or, rather, my brother titled my blog) Nothing In Particular because I didn't want to feel that my posts had to be tied down to a specific subject.  A lot of what I write will be about teaching and my experiences in the classroom.  However, I've also recently really gotten into craft projects (crazy, I know), so I will also share some of my attempts at domesticity.  And, for those of you who truly know me, you are aware that until this summer, I have never had an artistic bone in my body.  So, this is really big news.

Anyways, this seems like a decent introduction about particular.