Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Currently... Already?!

WOW. If it's time for Currently, it's time for a new month! August. YIKES. Almost time to go back... and, no, I am not ready to give up the delicious freedom of summer!

Since my Common Core meltdown, I have had renewed energy and a MUCH better attitude! I have started planning (finally!), but just lessons that I know the kids will enjoy. There is so much "establishing of routines" that occurs at the beginning of the year. I love those first few weeks--when kids think they are having fun, but you are actually sneaking in the routines they will use for the next ten months!

I am feeling particularly grateful to have a job I enjoy. Although it is not always easy, it is rarely dull! And, just like the kids, Back-to-School time still fills my mind with anticipation and my stomach with butterflies!

I already know that my attitude will guide my success. But I really want to try to take better care of myself this year. There were many mornings when I found myself driving to school after five (or fewer) hours of sleep. I learned not be surprised when those days were not among my most stellar. You know you are in trouble when I sixth grader approaches cautiously and says (gently), "My mom might be able to bring you some coffee..."

I was blessed to receive an abundance of Starbucks cards at the end of the school year. Having my coffee in the morning as I get ready for the day just makes me happy.

Teachers are frequently criticized for many things (unprepared students, behavior problems, lagging test scores... etc.) Yet our wants are often quite simple: Enough copies to last each month, enough books for kids to read, enough paper and pencils (and tissues) to last the year. Not a company car or an office with a view. Just the basics to do our job.

I love my job. And I love this profession. With a few extra boxes and and a handful of Starbucks cards, I know a good year is on the horizon. And I am wishing you a wonderful year too!

Now for the best part: Meet up at Farley's and check in with those who linked before and after you. I always love this part of Currently. I enjoy meeting new bloggers each month and I like having a chance to learn new things about other teachers in the Blog-O-Sphere. Now that hundreds of teachers come together each month, Farley is like the Queen of Connections. Aren't you SO glad?

Here's the button. See you there!


  1. Yay ... you're back! I can't believe I didn't know that we were each starting our 30th year ... how cool is that connection?

    EnJOY your last couple of weeks and your renewed worry-free mindset. Sending smiles,


  2. I love reading your blog posts. It feels like you write what I'm thinking. I hope you have a wonderful start to your new year!

  3. I loved your "story" about your student offering to have his mom bring you a coffee!! It really made me a chuckle! My students always know that they do NOT want to see their teacher without coffee in the mornings!! Lol.

  4. That is great that you are not worrying about common core. I think the word itself has become a bigger deal than anything. Engaging lessons are the way to go!

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  5. Happy, happy 30th year! I think I'd like a do-over of July, too. Sure wish we could sit down together over a nice Starbucks :) Happy new school year, Kim :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  6. Congrats on your 30th year of teaching! Can't wait to learn more from you as I follow with bloglovin :)

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation & Good Luck this year!

    Tales From Two 2nd Grade Classrooms

  7. Way to think positive! I really think that is half the battle. I would also love to do July over again.

    Simply 2nd Resources

  8. 30 years is amazing!!! The thought of how many lives you have touched with your enthusiasm for this profession is fabulous. Here is to a great year ahead of you, friend.....with many cups of coffee :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  9. Wow! Congrats on teaching for 30 years! I hear ya with the Common Core standards, this shift is a bit stressful. I'm sure the lessons you plan will be Common Core ready without you even realizing it! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Fifth Grade Wit and

  10. It looks as though you are starting off on the right foot...a positive attitude! Congrats on 30! Her's to coffee, paper, pencils and books!
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  11. Ditto on the Starbucks! They should seriously offer teacher discounts! ;)


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