Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A New Year!

This summer, I blogged and blogged and blogged.

Then school started.

And I taught and taught and taught.

Later, I planned and planned and planned.

And went to bed early.

And that was just one day! :) I have put that day on repeat now for 13 days!

But, that being said, I am LOVING this new school year! My students are absolutely precious, I love the subjects I teach (the same ones I've taught for years), and luckily, I love my coworkers, so I don't mind doing all that planning with them.

Thank goodness for common planning - it is saving us SO much work, and it helps make our lesson plans even better. I'm sure there's a more professional word to use here than "better." Maybe rigorous? Why not? Yes, common planning makes our lesson plans even more rigorous. And not in that rigor mortis-so-hard-it-kills-motivation kind of rigor. I mean in the critical thinking, giving kids an aha! moment kind of rigor. And if two heads are better than one, then four or eight heads are certainly better than two! I love bouncing around ideas for lessons, units, and assessments with my colleagues. We make awesome happen on a daily basis.

I've had a blast these first few weeks of school. I can't wait for things to slow down a bit so I can share some of the things we're doing.

I just wanted to check in with all of my friends and tell you that if the first few weeks are any indication, this year is pretty much going to rock my face off.

If you've started school already, how's it going? If you haven't started yet, I'm sending you positive vibes for your upcoming first days!


  1. Thanks for the positive vibes!!!! What you just described sounds like my week too!!!!

    Good luck!

  2. Isn't collaborative planning the best? I'm glad your year is getting off to a great start!

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