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.

June 18, 2013


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We are all making progress in my house this June.  We have many different goals and dreams, but everyone is taking small and large steps.  

My youngest daughter (nearly 15) conquered her cluttered, tchochke-filled room and closet with just a little help.  She felt better about sending her stuffed animal collection to the basement or my classroom ("Mom, the kids need to have a Read With the Bears Day in your room!").
Her room is nearly ready for a fresh coat of paint, now that we've removed some furniture (*See my progress below) and cleared her space.

My oldest daughter (gulp, a senior) has been applying for a part-time job and deciding which colleges she needs to visit this summer before diving into the application progress.  I've tried my best to give her space and not nag her about the job apps (I'm failing miserably!).  She's asking lots of friends about where she should apply and has successfully answered hundreds of personality and work style questions on these 45-minute applications.

My husband is now at the 5-week mark after heart surgery.  He wasn't cleared to drive yet (UGH!) but he has helped me fix up a few items around the house with a screw gun and circular saw.  This week he plans to spend some time in his office and maybe work a touch on the basement.  He's determined to get into cardiac rehab ASAP so he can start working out.  

I took the bookshelf from my youngest's room and plan to house my home library collection in the basement.  I bought clear shoeboxes and started sorting a few shelves of books.  The basement floor is a total disaster, as I only work on this project when we have crummy weather.  I'm so glad that I've started to sort what I have - I didn't realize how many books need to be in my classroom library.  Once I can get back into school, I'll purge and organize there, too.  This project is long overdue, and I'm excited to finally be making progress.


  1. Sounds like your family is on the path to organization. I have a hard time organizing my books. Do I group them by topic/teaching point or by author or size? Usually size wins. Good luck on your plan.

  2. Chris nice how the whole family is getting into this cleaning/organizing thing. I'm with you though only when it's yucky out ;-) Sounds like hubby is moving forward and doing glad to hear it!

  3. Yea for the progress you're making!
    I just thought of you yesterday because one of my immediate family members will most likely need surgery this summer. Home for two weeks + six weeks of recuperation. (I will play caregiver.) And here we are, today, and I'm getting a progress update. Makes me feel hopeful!

  4. I have boxes in the kitchen, hallway and some still in the car (note to self to carry them in tonight). I am also determined to get organized this summer. Painting would be a great ideas as well. Think about all these ideas I get by reading other slices!

  5. Go, Chris. Send some of that positive energy my way.

    Glad to hear your husband is on the road to recovery.

  6. You must feel so good about this progress! All those things are so easy to push aside during the chaos of the school year. I hope to get some time to make this kind of progress later this summer, but I haven't gotten there yet because of the Writing Project. (In fact, your post kind of stresses me out, as I'm trying not to think about all those summer things that I /should/ be doing... but good for you!)

  7. I'm so glad to hear that things are moving forward for all of your family. One little step at a time whether it be rehab or packing/moving a box or getting a job. Good for you and praying that progress will continue to be made.

  8. Love this idea for a slice. So happy that you are all making progress one way or another. :) And it's really the beginning of summer! (I know it doesn't feel like that for you b/c of your extended leave . . .) Keep plugging along and as usual, I adore your positive thinking!