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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Whale Hello There!

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Well, would you look at that?
My little corner of the internet got a face lift & I'm starting to blog again!
Recently I've had several people ask me about my blog & I've had to tell them that while it's still active, it's been nearly TWO YEARS since I've posted! To type that feels so strange! 
Time freaking flies!

To be very honest, I think I started getting a little stale with my teaching. Doing the same thing for a few years on end didn't feel that exciting, although I did enjoy the familiarity. Anyone else ever felt like that? I'm so lucky to have had/have a wonderful teaching partner who helps keep me sane & keeps me laughing. Also, it's not to say that the last two years were not challenging, especially in the behavior department....ahem, teachers, do you feel me here? Things didn't really feel "bloggable" and I took a MAJOR break.

So here we are.  
I decided to give this space a new look & begin my trek through the blogosphere once again.  A major reason for wanting to revive my blog is that I'm about to take part in our school district's restructuring plan that involves taking 3 elementary schools & dividing them into 2 grade-banded schools: a K-2 building & a 3-5 building. The third building, my present school, will house the district's preschool classes, as well as administrative offices. The last month or so has been a flurry of excitement, questions, concerns, and oh my goodness, packing all of our stuff up to move! I'll continue to teach 1st grade with an incredible team of 6 other teachers & my new school is actually just a few blocks from my house. I'm heartbroken that my "little school that could" will be no more, but feel grateful for the opportunity to teach with other fantastic educators in a setting that I believe will benefit our kids. 

Blogging was a way for me to connect with other teachers and learn from their experiences, challenges, and successes. I really missed this community! I'm looking forward to getting to know many of you again, as well as make new friends.

New curriculum resources for me next year will be: The Lucy Calkins Reading & Writing Units of Study, as well as Word Study. I've got lots of materials in hand and am so thankful for the opportunity to dive in & read up on all of it over the summer. Who is using these resources, too?

We actually had our last day with kiddos on Friday, but will use Monday-Wednesday this week to finish packing, cumulative files, etc. When is your last day?

So glad to be back!