I am back to blogging, at least for the summer. When I opened up my account it was amazing how many draft posts I have started, clearly I want to keep up but am just running out of time. For those of you that read blogs regularly what post frequency do you prefer, every day, week, a few times a month?
So before I get back to a routine, I feel like I should review what I have been up to and why I was so distracted from blogging this past school year. Here are some of the key highlights:
- Still teaching 5th grade with an amazing team, being a PLC is just natural for us, we are always talking/planning/analyzing
- 27 students this year, small for what I have been used to in previous years, we built such a great community I miss them this summer
- I was able to add in more of the science and social studies lessons that I have connected to the ELA standards and plan to continue to do that this next year
- Served on my district's Science and Math Curriculum Committees
I recently read the article "You Shouldn't Have to be a Superhero to Teach" by Andrew Carter. Mr. Carter is a principal at a Junior High and the chair of a teacher training program. I was captivated by the title of the article and it is definitely concise enough for anyone to read in just a few minutes, but as good writing will do, it will make you think for days after. So I must ask the question, is Mr. Carter's thesis that one should not have to have superhuman qualities apply to today's educators? Is this the environment those of us int he profession are expected to uphold? Was that the impression you were given in your teacher prep programs? Parents, I am the most curious to hear your thoughts on this...comment below.
Photo from tes, 2016, https://www.tes.com/us/news/breaking-views/you-shouldnt-have-be-a-superhero-teach
For those of you that know me, I love to read. I typically read a few books a week and I try to balance reading plenty of books I love with books for school. I was so excited when I was able to receive a book in exchange for a book review, this has been a goal of mine for sometime. Below you will find my review and a picture with Abby reading the book.
Fat Cat Takes the Cake by Janet Cantrell After reading the first two books in the Fat Cat Mystery
series by Janet Cantrell I was eager to read the third installment in the
series. Quincy, the tabby cat in this
series, is known for walking off, exploring, and discovering a mystery in the
making, specifically dead bodies. Quincy
also shares his thoughts in a sometimes first person, sometimes third person
narrations in italics. If you are like
me and love animals, perhaps sometimes thinking about what they say, then you’ll
love to read Quincy’s thoughts and actions.
The book opens with Chase Oliver, co-owner of the Bar None