Big God. High Peaks.

We are halfway through the first quarter of school and I am happy to report that I am finally hitting my groove at my new school.  I’ve gotten to know my students and absolutely adore them.  I’m getting involved and meeting other teachers, which means my days aren’t as lonely as they were in the beginning.  But my favorite part, without a doubt, is living in the same community where I teach. There are definitely some setbacks to this.  The week of the hurricane, our family ventured out into the…

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ClassMax Update

We are one week away from launching ClassMax, a web-based data tracker and classroom management tool for teachers.  Over the past six months, we have worked primarily with freelance web developers who we hire by the week and pay by the hour.  They have done a fantastic job of taking ClassMax from a drawing I scratched in a notebook to a functioning tool that I can use in my classroom. Over the past month, as we have gotten closer and closer to launching, we have begun to solidify a core…

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I’ll Bloom Soon, Dammit.

We all survived our first week of school!  The kids LOVE their teachers, which is really great to hear.  They come home every day bursting to tell us about things that happened in their classrooms.  The first ten minutes I pick them up from aftercare is so chaotic because they talk right over each other telling me all about school.  That is a huge blessing for any parent – to know that your kids are happy all day.  Can I get an “Amen” for all those elementary teachers out there…

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New Year. New School. New Classroom.

Last week, I started working officially at my new school.  I had been waiting all summer to meet my new team of teachers and I was so relieved when we finally got to work together last week.  We came in for an optional pre-preplanning period to get a head start on our school year and I’m so glad that we did.  It gave us a chance to work together and plan out our curriculum for the year. One of the best parts about my switching schools is that I am…

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Regretting My Summer

I love teaching and I would do it whether we had summers off or not, but I do love having that time every year with my kids.  Summers have always been my favorite time of year.  I love the beach.  I love the pool.  I love lazy mornings and late nights.  I love leaving the house to run one or two errands and finding ourselves out all day long just on a whim.  And I’ve always been pretty good at summering.  For as schedule-driven as I am during the school…

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Great Beginnings(?)

Yesterday, while Gracie was at Trolls camp, Chris, Bean, and I moved my classroom supplies into my new classroom at my new school. We have had two full van-loads of my classroom materials sitting in our dining room all summer long and Chris was more than happy to help me get them somewhere more permanent! I’m not going to lie. It was a little overwhelming for me. On one hand, it was such a relief to finally BE somewhere. To know what to expect and to get my hands on…

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I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

We are heading to the Keys for a week-long vacation soon, and so I loaded the kids up late last week to head over to Target for the dreaded bathing suit purchase.  Can we all agree that fitting rooms are the devil?  The lighting makes me look like an eskimo, the three-paneled circus mirrors make my stretch marks (which I still have, six years later, thankyouverymuch children…) look like deflated balloons, and the super thin partition walls make it easy for everyone to hear me crying.  The experience simply can’t be…

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Back to Yale

This past weekend, Chris and I took a quick trip back to Yale.  The chair of Chris’s graduate department was retiring after 40 years.  Ben Sammler is a giant in the field of technical theater production.  When Chris was an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, he studied text books written by Ben.  It blew his mind when he was accepted to Yale for graduate school and realized he would be taking classes with none other than Ben Sammler himself. (SIDE NOTE:  The Buddha ice sculpture is a…

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Piss Off, Sweetheart

So, I wrote about how Sunday was awesome and I was feeling so much better.  But then Monday happened and I thought I was dying again.  Oy.  I’ve been sick with a cold and fever all week and just feeling crappy.  Luckily, I think the worst is really behind me this time and today has been pretty good.  Let’s hope it’s really gone this time! In other news, guess what I did last week…  I stood up for myself. That’s right.  Someone was crappy to me and I actually did…

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Your Day is Done

Today was a busy day.  I was actively on my feet, talking and teaching all day long (as opposed to other teaching days when I am circulating and helping individual students while they work in groups).  By the time I got home, I was tired of talking and walking and smiling and communicating.  But my day was not done.  In fact, it was just getting started. I rushed home to get Bean to his baseball practice by 5:30, which meant we had to grab a quick dinner.  Chris and I…

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