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.

September 25, 2011

They're coming TOMORROW!

Tomorrow I will host students in my resource classroom for the first time this year.  Many of them have visited or worked with me in past years.  Some are new to the school and my room.

I've been running around the house tonight -  gathering pillows, writing plans, and adding books to my already bulging book bag.

I can't decide what to bring and what to leave at home.  It's crazy - I'm not packing for a trip... I'm preparing for students, and school started weeks ago!

I dug out a book I created in my reading program about my life as a reader.  I found my childhood copies of Charlotte's Web and Blubber.  I'm completely bummed that most of my picture books are at my parents' house.

I can't wait to meet or become reacquainted with my students.  They are the reason I come to work every day, and I've missed them!

Now if I could just fall asleep....

September 18, 2011


I thought I was exhausted from rising early each morning to send two teens, then myself, off to school. 
I guessed that my husband's traveling schedule made me extra stressed.
I mused that I was missing the reading time I had this summer, racing through numerous books.
I figured the data that I collected on students, in spreadsheets and in piles of papers, was making me cross-eyed.
I wondered what the classroom teachers felt, meeting after meeting, as we try to set building-wide standards.
I realized I haven't worked in my room, with my students, on my schedule yet.
I'm frustrated.