Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I've had a few people ask why I haven't been blogging as much lately. The answer to that is multi-faceted.

Some of the reason is personal - I've been swamped at home with a husband who had back surgery over Christmas break, after some other medical complications earlier in the year. His back surgery means I am on deck, on first base, and playing pitcher, all at once. Not only do I come to school and teach, with all the responsibilities associated with that, when I am home, I am doing my normal routine as well as many of his usual tasks - hauling wood, filling the wood stove (the ever hungry outdoor wood boiler!!), plowing, shoveling, snowblowing, etc... Add in my 3 year old granddaughter who sucks up quite a bit of my free time :). Well, you get the idea on that front.

I also am just finishing up a grad class with the associated readings and written responses for that.

At school, things are always a whirlwind. New students, new issues, old students, old issues. Overall, this school year has been a breeze compared last year simply because of the students on my caseload. For the most part, they are cheerful, pleasant, hard-workers, motivated to seek their own success. We have our moments, but the year has been overwhelmingly pleasant compared to last year.

Trying to keep them all moving is mind boggling though. We've had more than our fair share of illnesses sweep the school this year - stomach viruses, flu, nasty colds and other respiratory bugs that take out half the class at a time. 

Toss in the special ed paperwork, trying to align my math classes to the Common Core, and I feel like I am barely treading water most days. That leaves me with little blogging time, unfortunately! 

But I will be back when the dust settles :) Thanks for stopping by.

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