1. Celebrating Snow Days
Is it wrong to celebrate two snow days and a two-hour late start? I'm going to. There's something about an old-fashioned blizzard that's just kind of fun. Well, not fun for my husband. He had to go out and blow the driveway (I did help a little). I snuggled in comfy clothes and a blanket the whole first day. I read and wrote. I dozed in my chair. When Greg came in after clearing out the driveway the first time, we binged watched half of the first season of The House of Cards on Netflix. We are now officially addicted to this show.
The second day, I did do a little grading and planning, but still found time to read and write.
2. Celebrating School
It was nice to get back to school and see my kids. Lots of fun discussions about what everyone did on their days off. I keep telling students that as the oldest teacher in the district, it is my job to decide if school is called off, so I was thanked a lot for the midweek vacation.
3. Celebrating Writing
I have been writing EVERY DAY. Since discovering the #Edtime2wrt hashtag on Twitter, I've been committed. Most days I share the page in my notebook and what I've written. Even if I haven't shared, I've written. I've noticed the more I write, the more I have to write about. Hmmmm. All I have to do is
4. Celebrating Students
I am teaching a credit recovery English class this semester. Five kids who have failed English previously. They are working hard! They don't think they are, though. They are showing up. They read, write and discuss daily, with a minimum of griping. We're reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which they have deemed "not too bad". High praise from kids who admit to never reading and doing homework!
5. Celebrating Friends
Greg and I spent time with lake friends last weekend and it was much needed. I love my school friends, but most are younger and not at the same point in life I am at. It was nice to talk to others who understood my indecision on retiring, thinking about instructional coaching, or staying where I'm at. They know the tiredness I talk about and the needing to be re-energized by something. Indecision is my middle name right now. I have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks, though, so I need to figure out where I'm headed.
Well, that's the highlights this week. Stay tuned. I've got a couple of blog posts in progress!