Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Price You Pay #flipblogs

Last week I gloated about being on Fall Break.

I did, however, make a prediction that the school week would likely "hit me like a ton of bricks" (it's been known to happen before).

I was right.

Well, I'm not sure I felt hit this week, but I did feel off-kilter all week. I couldn't get in gear. I was doing stuff all week, but I'm not sure I accomplished much of anything.

The kids seemed a bit off-kilter, too.

I seldom turn school completely "off," even on breaks. It happened during Fall Break. I couldn't even remember some student names on Monday.

So when Monday came, and I had to do all the school stuff - lesson plans, finish grades for the grading period, plan, make videos, accommodate, you name it - I never could find my groove.

My parents always said, "If you're gonna dance, you gotta pay the fiddler."

I thoroughly enjoyed my Fall Break, and this week I had to pay up.

There are several other things that could be mentioned about the week: our school-wide, community-building "Hey! Day" activities that were fun and beneficial and the lesson that flopped (again) come to mind. But they really all contribute to the off-kilter week, so I'll spare everyone the novel-of-a-blog-post.

Friday, October 12, 2018

It's Fall Break! #flipblogs

It's Fall Break! And another #flipblogs challenge!

I'm thankful for the new challenge. It will hopefully keep me blogging regularly through the end of the year. And it's only once a week. I can do that, right?

Since it's been Fall Break, I really have nothing to vent about. I'm pretty rested and relaxed. "Chill," even.

I started the break with a trip to my favorite place on Earth (the Smoky Mountains) and have ended the week with some much-needed slow time at home.

I planned for the Monday return to school before I left last week, and I didn't bring any grading home with me.

I'll shift back into school-mode Sunday afternoon and evening.

And then next week will hit me like a ton of bricks, LOL.

But I've been thankful for the time to recharge and time with family. It will be a huge help in getting me to the end of First Semester and Christmas Break.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Thanks for the Challenge, Andrew! #flipblogs

If I've counted correctly, I've made it! This is Post #20 for the month!

So much for front-loading posts near the beginning of the month, given that this is the last day of September, and I'm blogging today to finish the challenge. But that's OK.

The 20 out of 30 Challenge was made by @flipping_A_tchr, Andrew Swan, and I just gotta say, "Thanks!"

I have more blog posts this month than in each of the previous two years.

As I've mentioned from time to time, there has been a lot going on in my personal world over the last year and a half. That plus "normal" school goings-on has meant little time or energy for blogging.

I'm hoping this challenge has been the jump-start the blog has needed.

It's been good to reflect. I am constantly reflecting, but it's been nice to once again put some of that reflection "out there."

The challenge has encouraged me to look for the positives in my classroom that deserve a shout-out. It's also encouraged me to think about and share those days that don't go so well.

I can't promise that there will be another 20 posts over the next month (I can almost guarantee there won't), but I hope the next post will happen before 2019!