First Post!

As summer flies by, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. Let me explain that yes, I love summer. I am super lucky that I have a profession which allows me to have 2+ months off a year. I have the luxury of doing things like going to a Dixie Chicks/Eagles concert with my sister on a Thursday night. Okay, that was actually last night and I don't usually do things like that at all... but still. I can if I want to right? I also went on a trip to Jamaica with my sweet husband a few weeks ago, but I digress. Anyone who knows me can tell you that on a good day I'm a total homebody and on a bad day I have full blown agoraphobia. The one thing in life that keeps me relatively normal/sane is my job.

I teach fifth graders, which does not sound like an appealing prospect to the general public. If you don't believe me, just go up to someone and tell them you teach fifth grade. They will look at you with pity. They will then ask for horror stories about how terrible it is. Believe me, it's not all "flowers and sausages" (to quote one of my favorite blogs/books) but it gives my little life purpose and fulfillment.

Back to the matter at hand. I'm beginning to think about next year, and I know there are plenty of other teacher friends out there that are doing the same. We are so lucky! What other job do
you have the opportunity to basically start over each year with a clean slate? I'm going to ditch my ratty old notebook where I usually jot down my ideas/thoughts about the upcoming year. Instead, I'm going to share my brilliance with you. Well, I'm going to share my ideas anyway. There are so many things that have to be accomplished before the little darlings get there. Reading centers, literature circles, science experiments, classroom libraries, filing, organization, etc... I'm getting excited just thinking about it. Can't you almost smell the freshly sharpened pencils?

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