I have sadly neglected my teaching blog. My free time, once consumed by teaching things, has once again become my own. At the end of my third year as a teacher I feel like I finally have a balance between work and life. If I wasn’t able to create this balance then I don’t think I could be a career teacher, which is what I plan to be. Needless to say, I don’t feel the need to write about my day as a teacher since it all seems so second nature to me now.
I’m looping my my students to 4th grade next year. I think this is going to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I have an awesome group of kiddos, and my team of coworkers is going to be fabulous next year. I am excited times a million. My focus this year has paid off, my students have shown a class average growth of 1.5 years in Language Arts, where in years past this was an area with less growth. There are many students who have shown tremendous growth, well over 2 years, in all the core subjects.
I applied to work at institute this summer, but I was rejected. I was upset for a day, my ego was bruised more that anything, and then I promptly got over it. The money is not worth the enjoyment of having a truly free summer for the first time since I was 14 years old. Truly free! I’m going to Lake Michigan for sure, but I’m trying to plan another trip, possibly alone. I’m really leaning toward Washington DC and bumming around the museums for a few days. My husband thinks this is a terrible idea, but I think it’s grand. In any case, reading about the new corps members at institute, waking up at 4:00am, brings back horrible memories and I can’t believe I was stupid enough to apply. Best wishes to all of you. I wish you restful sleep. Invest in the kleenex with lotion because the inevitable tears will make your eyes and nose raw. Most importantly, just go out and buy a printer of your own. Don’t mess around with the provided printers, they will always break when you really need them.