Battling Butterflies

In just a few days I’ll be back to school.  Butterflies?  You betcha!Usually this is a busy, fun and exciting time for me…usually. As a classroom teacher, I had my process.  That process often began August 1st when the class lists became live in Powerschool and I could access my schedule.  I’d look hopefully forContinue reading “Battling Butterflies”

Just another day as an oldie but goodie.

I’m an oldie.  An oldie but goodie.  I think.  I hope.  I try to be. I remember the day that I realized I was now one of the veteran teachers on staff…one that some newbies looked to for advice…maybe even answers.  Yikes. It was a Thursday after school.  I was sweaty, exhausted, relieved, and satisfied. Continue reading “Just another day as an oldie but goodie.”

Planning for Discovery

As an educator, I have been very lucky.  I have been blessed with an abundance of game changing opportunities:  planning time with teachers of the same subject and grade built into my regular schedule, access to mentors and math coaches who have worked with me side-by-side in my classroom, and plenty of choices in accessingContinue reading “Planning for Discovery”

Surviving the Countdown

Don’t get me wrong…I love being a teacher.  But during the third week in June an unbelievable exhaustion sets in.  At the end of the school year, teachers have report cards to complete, final grades to justify, transition notes to update, end of year celebrations to plan, materials to collect, classrooms to pack up, textbooksContinue reading “Surviving the Countdown”