My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

November 29, 2011


It's been a crazy fall, and my blog has gone by the wayside.  I've been working hard to keep reading (check my Goodreads stats!) and balance home and work.  I never feel like I'm giving either 100%, but that's the life of a working mom, and after 15 years of trying to "have it all,"  I'm fine with what gets finished.

Yesterday I spent every student-free moment preparing for a substitute to step in and take over the reins of my chaotic job.  For one day.  I specifically asked for a known, friendly sub who shares my type-C attitude and can "go with the flow."  I told nearly all my students that Mrs. S. would be coming to hear them read, and wouldn't that be fun!?!?


C'mon kids - you'll be able to read the book you practiced today, and then she will share a new book with you.  I bet she will even play BINGO with you if you finish early.  What do you say?

"Why can't you come tomorrow?" was their response.

Huh.  I thought they would be excited, but I guess I just found out that I'm a part of their day that they can count on.  I haven't asked for a sub this year, and I've felt guilty.  Maybe I should let that guilt go!

It was strange not to go to work today.  I had appointments, carpooling, daughters, and laundry to keep me busy.  It wasn't a routine day.

I'll be glad to see my students tomorrow.

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