Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 3... Currently... It's September!

WOW. What happened to the end of August? September is here... and my whole world changes with the flip of a calendar page!

No more staying up until long past midnight. No more naps at ten in the morning. No more daytime TV. No more unlimited restroom use. Time to get this new school year underway!

All in all, I'm ready. Of course, there are always a hundred (or more!) other things I could do to my room. And I didn't do as much reading, planning and learning as I had hoped. And I haven't had my Common Core questions answered. But I am looking forward to KIDS!

We have several new-to-our-school students in sixth grade this year. I always love watching kids "adjust" their friendship circles so that everyone has a place. It takes time, but it always happens. And it still makes my heart happy as I marvel at kids' ability to be inclusive.

Like most Septembers, the weather has been hot. I know it's been hot everywhere, and I am trying to be welcoming, but I'm fearful of melting! A small room, without air conditioning, with 35 big kids is just a bit too warm for my liking...

I love that Farley urged us to take care of ourselves this September. I must admit, that is rarely on my To Do list. I need to eat better (Cocoa Puffs is not an entree?!) and get more sleep. Meeting both of those goals will be even more difficult as the new year unfolds, but I want to, at least, give it a try. And, finally, I need to look for the GOOD in every situation, in every child, and in everyone else. I am so much happier when I can see things in a positive light... and having a positive attitude makes it possible for me to be more forgiving, more encouraging, and more willing to see the issues from all sides. If I expect my students to demonstrate those characteristics, I know I need to model them as well.

Wishing you a September full of good things and nice surprises... Now it's your turn to add your Currently to the mix... and then hop back to Farley's and leave some love...


  1. Absolutely LOVE your Currently! I can't believe you don't have A/C - bless you heart. Wishing you the happiest and best of school years, and a wonderful start. Happy Labor Day !! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  2. OK... how do you see the bright side of NO AC.... I would DIE!!!!
    I love your eat real food goal!!! We had a nutritionist come talk to us at our PD and she suggested eating only things that have 5 or less ingredients on the bag... HOLY COW that is hard... but doable... anyways.... I am wishing you a BLESSED year and your 6th graders will LOVE you!!! this is gonna be our year FO SHO!!! LOVE YA

  3. No AC...that would kill me! I have AC and I'm still hot! :) I am trying to get back on the healthy band wagon too as I fell off it when we moved last year but now feel more settled so hope to make it a priority. Have a great start to the year!

  4. YAY! I love the "finding good in every situation" mantra. You AmAzE me! Happy new year.


  5. Your positive outlook comes through every post! I so wish we taught next door to each other! Have a wonderful first day!

  6. I love your positive outlook and taking the time to find the good in every situation. You are constantly making me smile :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  7. Oh man, I am with you. I need to start eating 'real' food again...healthy food. Most of the gluten-free, dairy-free stuff I'm finding isn't all that healthy, so I really need to start focusing on that...and sleeep :)

    Tales of Teaching in Heels

  8. I just laughed so hard because I'm sitting here eating... a bowl of Cocoa Puffs! I think it counts as lunch :)

    I also totally agree about the weather... I was sweating buckets setting up my room and I can't imagine it will be better with 30 kids in there with me!

    I start Wednesday with kids too... good luck with your kiddos! I'm sure they will love you :)

    Floating Through Fifth

  9. I have GOT to start eating better and eating "real" food, too!!

  10. After 30 years of teaching I STILL get nervous before the first day. Adrenaline must kick in, because there is very little sleep the night before. Yet, as always, the kids and I mesh, and all is well. This year, I have been uplifted by a new website called "Upworthy" that I want to share. ONly have a couple of minutes? This site is perfect. It includes VERY short videos, some offer the perfect opportunity for a quick laugh, while others inspire and remind us why we do what we do.


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