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.

October 8, 2013

Trying to contain the chaos

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I know, I know.

It's always been part of my life.

I bring it on myself. I claim that I can't find time to organize.

Well... that's not true.  I have the time, but

I do other (more fun!) things instead.

But then it starts to get to me.

CHAOS:  In the classroom

  • student materials in need of reorganizing (did take care of that today)
  • library ... half at home, most on shelves, most labeled, not quite in boxes... barely even touched
  • papers for a binder laying on top of the binder
CHAOS:  At home
  • the drawer full of bills and papers to be filed
  • the socks that need pairing and rolling 
  • the pile of sheets pulled from beds on Thursday
Since we survived a crazy homecoming week with two teenage girls,

I'll take every drop of sympathy I can get this week....

(can you hear the violin music in the background?)

  • "You need more sleep!"
  • "It's not that bad!"
  • "You've had a lot going on!"
  • "Do you feel okay?  You seem out of it."
Maybe after a cold beverage, a funny sitcom, a soak in the tub and a full night of sleep....

I'll feel a little better

Less whiny 

and more 


to clear a little bit of the chaos.


  1. I really enjoyed reading your post and knowing someone else is feeling chaos and is hopeful to clear the chaos. We can do it.

  2. Chris keep having fun the other stuff isn't going any where!

  3. Oh my gosh, I needed to read that today! At some point, I just felt overwhelmed at everything that needed to get done. I connected so much to this piece!

  4. Glad to hear that someone else fights the chaos war! It's a constant and ongoing battle in my life!