- I really regret not taking more pictures of my first class ever last year, so I’m planning on using That’s So Second Grade’s “Snapshots of Our Year” Classroom Timeline to create a designated spot for me to fill with classroom memories. I’m going to encourage my students to use our classroom iPad cameras, too!
- I always love planner-shopping. You’d think I’d have an Erin Condren planner by now with my level of planner-obsession, but I actually like a planner without many bells & whistles. I found one I loved at Walmart that actually has Wizard of Oz-like poppies on it!
- I use both the school laminator and my own personal laminators. Yes, I have two. One for my classroom at school (you know, for when I have to laminate something that very second) and one for home. I found generic laminating sheets that I love and work really well on Amazon (these, if you’re interested) and can buy a box of 100 for under $10 (monitor the price!).
You know what’s funny about good intentions? They’re just intentions. They’re not actual, you know, things that necessarily happen. Like my good intentions for blogging my first year as a teacher.
School’s out now, and I’m headed into the summer before my second year, and wow, could things not be any different. Let’s just say this year was incredibly difficult — and not just because I came in fresh-faced and just a wee bit naive.
The biggest reason my intentions didn’t exactly come to fruition?
Meet Henry Ellis.
Yep. I did pretty much the worst thing you can do your first year of teaching: I got pregnant. And subsequently had a completely adorable baby.
Shortly after my “I swear this is what’s coming up next on the blog!” post, I found out we were expecting Henry. His due date? June 26th. Pretty convenient, exactly one week after the teacher workday marking the end of the year.
Unfortunately, my body doesn’t do pregnancy too well, and by the beginning of April I was going to the doctor twice a week (oh, the sub plans), and by mid-May, I was practically on death’s door because it was just too much to try and teach all day, commute, come home to my 3.5 year old, and oh yeah, carry that little stinker up there.
My last day of school ended up being May 28th, and that handsome guy was born June 1st. It’s been a tiring three weeks, for sure — he is the grand champion of nursing and gaining weight, which is good considering he was a preemie and lost over a pound by the time he left the hospital!
My plans for summer, and this blog, are pretty low-key. Get back in the groove of things, share some things I made this year (some freebies!!!), share my reflections on my summer reading-while-nursing professional development, and create a little for the fall.
Oh. And a blog redesign. Because quite frankly, I’m sick of looking at those shoes and there is a place better than second grade: my bed. For a nap. Because oh, Henry.
P.S. Since Google Reader is going kaput in a few short days, you can follow my blog with Bloglovin instead. I actually like it better than Google Reader now that I’m used to it.