Monday, August 2, 2010

So long, sweet summer...

in my classroom on a Sunday!

from my desk

Well, today is my last official day of summer! The photos above are from last summer and the summer before, while I was organizing my empty classroom...and as far as this year, I go back to work tomorrow! Although the kids don't arrive until Monday I'll be spending the week in my classroom, getting ready and doing some planning. It's actually quite easy because I'm teaching the same thing I've taught for the past four years, so all I have to do is make copies and review what I've done in the past and think about whether or not I want to change anything. In years past, no matter how much I've loved my job, I still dreaded the end of summer. I think it's natural...enjoying months of doing whatever you please and than waking up and having to go back to work can be a bit of a shock. However, this year I'm not dreading it at ALL! I'm really excited for summer to be over because that means fall will begin soon, and THAT means our son will be here! We officially have "approximately" 15 weeks until our little guy makes his arrival into the world, so my focus isn't so much on having to end my summer, but all about meeting Henry!

Besides the obvious, this year is a bit different because I typically teach a section of seniors, in addition to my 4 sophomore classes. This year I'm teaching ALL 10th graders, which makes my job about 10x easier and just kind of weird but I do the same thing all day, 5 times in a row. Much easier, but maybe more boring? We'll see. So I'm excited to get back in my classroom tomorrow and plan out the entire semester, so the sub that takes over when the little one comes will be totally prepared and my kids won't miss out on anything great. Hopefully I will be able to fit in teaching The Crucible before the birth because it's one of my all-time favorite things in literature. If you're curious, I teacher American Literature, and we begin with Native American Literature and go all the way up to modern day, ending with a poetry unit. The first quarter is actually one of my favorites so I'm happy to fully be there for that.

Other than school everything is going really well. Madeline's just the sweetest little thing ever and I swear she knows I'm pregnant. I can't wait until we end up in a house and can get another little Boston to be her best friend, I know she'll be so happy. Speaking of the house, things are moving along and looking so good. I do NOT want to get my hopes up but we should know something in the next week and things are looking very positive. So cross those fingers, friends! This weekend I came down to get my hair done by my darling friend Rhonda and while in the valley we ran by some furniture stores and I got so excited to maybe, maybe start decorating soon. I am bad about getting ahead of myself, but I figure if it's not this house it will be another, so no harm in looking at furniture right? haha. And as far as my hair, we added some lighter colored panels underneath the dark and it looks so good and so subtle. Rhonda's amazing and I'm really happy with it. I'll take a photo to share this week!

Now that school is back in session I feel like I have a lot more structure in my life, which I enjoy. I'm looking forward to planning meals and packing lunches, doing that sort of thing. I'm not too sure how much I'll enjoy teaching once I'm hugely pregnant, but so far it's been pretty smooth sailing so I hope it's okay. Let's hope! Wellll, I should be winding down since we have a faculty meeting at 8am tomorrow, so I'm signing off! I hope all of you have a great night.

15 comments:

  1. Honestly I can't wait for schools to start, some have already started here in Phoenix but wow, these little kids are noisy and they stay up until like 1am screaming at the top of their lungs in the pool. I can't figure out why their parents aren't watching them or teaching them not to scream for no reason.

    I always liked that idea of being a teacher though. You can pretty much teach the same thing and if you get tired of teaching that you can switch up the curriculum. I don't think I could handle being a teacher though, personally. =P

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  2. Good luck starting up the new year! As much as I am always sad to see the summer end, I love the start of school and getting my classroom ready. :) We do American Lit in the 11th grade, so I've taught the Crucible, etc. many times too. Hope you have a great batch of 10th graders!

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  3. i hope the new school year starts off wonderfully, danielle! and i'm crossing my fingers and toes that you get the house! so exciting, i can't wait to hear how it goes. i can't believe how fast everything is going. henry will be here so soon! :)

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  4. hmm...Im coming back to work with first of september..after 3 years break. That's a reeeeal shock :))

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  5. We still have about 17 more teaching weeks before we finish for the summer :(

    But that is the benefit of living at the bottom world! :)

    Forgive my ignorance of the American school system but how old are 10th graders?

    Also don't worry I've taught multiple classes at the same level, in my class 3 Year 9 classes (14 year olds) are it is always different between classes :)

    Have a great teaching year!

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  6. Haha! I totally forgot that you are a teacher. I wish I'd had a teacher like you in high school, all my teachers were old and grumpy and boring (probably like so many people's teachers). Sometimes I want to get my teaching cert. because I'd like to make learning exciting for kids, but then I'm not sure if I like teenagers enough. Hah!

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  7. Wow, In England school won't start until December!
    Good Luck Dannielle!

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  8. I hope your first day back at work goes OK today! I know that feeling very well. How exciting that you are on the countdown to meeting your baby...any work stress can quickly be diminished with thoughts of baby!

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  9. i bet all of the boys at your high school (& maybe some of the gals too) have huge crushes on you.

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  10. Good luck with the house! I can't believe you're house hunting on top of preparing to bring a little one into the world AND teaching. You're like superwoman :)

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  11. what a beautiful classroom you have! i know what you mean about looking forward to some structure in your life. i'm about to start babysitting an almost 3 month old in addition to my almost 11 month old and while i know its going to be kind of crazy, it feels good to have some purpose and planning and stuff like that.

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  12. I'm glad I've found your blog because we have lots of things in common - I'm a teacher (I teach English in Italy), I am a mother (my daughter is 28 months old) and I love tattoos :)

    I remember I went to school during my pregnancy until the end of the eighth month: even if everyone told me to stay at home and unwind before the baby's arrival, I was feeling so good and strong that I didn't want to stay at home and maybe get broody about my state. I really enjoyed those nine months and I hope it'll be the same for you.

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  13. wow thats really early to start school!

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  14. Nice pics.She looking very beautiful. I always liked that idea of being a teacher though.You done a great job.Thanks .

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