I haven't been able to post in a while for a number of reasons.

  1. I've been reading Blogush and dy/dan and these blogs are blowing my mind. I feel totally inadequate to even write or think a single thing. Seriously, my mind has no words.
  2. I was slightly depressed over my first experience with teaching summer school.
  3. With summer school over, the main office has recruited me back to office work.
  4. It's summer.
  5. I get lazy.
  6. I'm easily distracted by Twitter, blogs, books, shopping, food, and shiny things.
  7. I'm so overwhelmed with thinking about how to design my curriculum and decorate my classroom that my brain closes up and shuts down.
I told you there were a number of reasons. But, the good news is.....I was officially hired Monday night by the school board! I've been subbing at the school since January, chaperoning trips, assistant coaching, after-school tutoring, teaching summer school, grant writing, etc. So it's been a given that I would be hired. The delay (which was somewhat my fault) was in paperwork. I was certified in Missouri and had to apply for a license in Illinois. For those of you that don't know, Illinois is the oddball of America. In everything the states do, Illinois always has to be different. So, it's taken a while and I still don't actually have the certificate in hand but everything is done and I'm official and that's all that really matters.

So I've been spending a lot of time reading, thinking, planning, arranging, dreaming, and obsessing about everything school-related. Now that I have some more time, you will start to see those obsessions show up in real life. Well, as in real life as reading the blog of a person you've never met can be.



  1. Congratulations! It is overwhelming - I get overwhelmed every single summer thinking about what I want to ahcieve next year - but that's also the best thing about teaching.

    Really looking forward to watching your classroom updates :)

  2. Congratulations!!!!!

    . . . a bit of advice. . .meant w/all sweetness and sincerity .. . JUMP IN GIRL! I'm sure you've got enough knowledge for 10,000 years. Jump In, get that room ready and classroom management together. And plan your first few weeks of lessons. JUMP IN! GET WET!!!

    Welcome to the club!

  3. If you read anything I said on Twitter today, you know I am trying! I'm so overwhelmed, I don't even know how to start my lesson planning. I'm obsessing over it without accomplishing anything!

  4. Hey girl,
    This is coming from someone who learned EVERYTHING the hard way . . . first: content is key (meaning, get ahold of your curriculum materials, content maps, and anything else that tells you what you're required to teach, and make sure you know it inside & out. Then make your best plans to make that happen. Then be ready to tweak/change the plans as needed)next: you have some awesome resources in your room, so simplify as much as possible, set up an organization system, and make it a good solid balance of serenity & stimulation for you and your students. Good luck!

  5. Mrs_F
    Thank you. That basically sums up exactly what I want to do! I have my books and I am trying to start lesson planning but having some trouble getting started. Any tips?