Sunday, June 20, 2010

Celebrate Successes Week

It's hard to believe the school year is over! I got crazy busy with life, standardized testing, and a reading festival. In that process I neglected this blog (and myself and my family:( !)

But I'm back with renewed energy and focus to make this a great way to connect, share my passions and visions, and connect with community.

I'm going to start out by sharing some of the great successes in this school year. So stay tuned for some fun ideas that worked well.

For now let me say that I was able to make it through the year of learning how to balance home and school with more success than I could have imagined. Was it perfect? Nope. Was I torn? Yep. But it worked.

Part of the secret to our success was that my husband brought our son to school everyday (except 3!) this school year. At the beginning of the year I focused on nursing him. I would have never thought to do this on my own, but another teacher had already blazed the trail. Later in the year it was just mommy time.

My students were fantastic. They eat lunch in our classroom, but when they saw Sam they would pack up and head toward recess. When the baby was there we did lock the classroom door to avoid any surprise visits!

This made it a lot easier for me to be away from my guys, and it conveyed a great message to my coworkers and students that my family is very important, too. This was definitely a success of the year I am celebrating, and I know I will miss it next year.

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