Tuesday, August 7, 2012

soLs: so, when DO you go back?

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So, when do you go back?

I've been asked this question more times than I can count on my two hands.

My answer:  I don't know.  Sometime in mid-August.

Right now, that is where my brain is -- on hold.  I've enjoyed the slower pace of summer, even though every day I have been busy with my girls. Just to have the time to laugh and play and be with them is a gift, and every summer I will appreciate the time more and more.

I've also been busy reading. Reading articles, reading blogs, reading picture books, reading MG and YA books, reading professional books.  I haven't read as much as I hoped.  I still have a book stack of 30+ books waiting patiently.  (However, for many of the books, they will be returned to the library unread . . . until the next time.)  But I've been reading and learning and stretching my thinking.

I've been living in the dreamlike world of school thinking about my ultimate goals, hopes, and dreams in my classroom and school.  Thinking about the changes I want to make.  Thinking about nurturing my readers and writers.  Thinking about engaging students through curiosity and wonder.

I know reality is coming.  And it's coming fast!  I will slowly enter the world of school because I know that once I'm there - there is no looking back!  We are off and running forward!


  1. How true how true... that is why I savor summer so o much! I just love the freedom it allows me! Knowing the SCHEDULE is right around the corner... YIKES time just goes by too fast... as will the school year!

  2. Enjoy your last few days/weeks! You seem to be in a good place, so savor it. The books waiting patiently created a fun visual in my mind. Read on!

  3. What a smart place to be in, our return date has been tattooed on my brain so I can't help but look at the finish line. I think you attitude is much healthier! :)

  4. I love this line - "..living in the dreamlike world of school thinking..." I too choose a slow reentry. Chatting with teacher friends always makes the first days back easier!

  5. Every time someone mentions that S word (ends in ool), I say, "Shhhh."
    I love my j-o-b but I love summer and it's still here. Live in the present. You go Michelle - keep living it. A friend and I were talking the other day too about how teachers put all this pressure on ourselves to get so much done in summer (we have to do lists a mile long) and feel even more anxiety when August hits because we've spent time enjoying ourselves and relaxing possibly and haven't necessarily gotten to those lists. Maybe that's a good thing but it does create some anxiety as these days are moving forward.

  6. I'm so glad to have been able to spend some of the summer with you and the girls. And, I'm exceptionally glad that you can still savor those last few weeks and enjoy your time with the girls, reading and doing things you love. Love ya M

  7. Enjoy...I always have loved summer to read since I was a little girl. When my kids were little I loved pretending I was a stay-at-home mom, spending days at the pool with the PTO moms. I love my books and having the time to plan my year at my pace. xo

  8. I loved your answer to the repeated questions of "When do you go back to school?"
    I don't know, sometime in mid August. What a wonderful reminder to live in the present, and enjoy the time today with my children. I hope you have special days with your daughters, and that each day feels like a hundred years.

  9. Michelle,
    I haven't been able to read as much as I wanted to this summer either. I am ok with it, because I know that spending time with my kiddos matters more to me than anything in the world.
    I think I am going to take next week totally off and do nothing but soak in my Kam and Nat!
    Enjoy what's left of summer, I know you will!

  10. I always see the summer as 'yawning' before me and make so many plans that at the ending, I know I still have much to do, like that TBR stack. I'm glad you're savoring those last days, Michelle. Good for you to enjoy the girls as much as possible.

  11. Savor those last few weeks of summer! I find myself watching pre-season football tonight and it sunk it... Summer will soon turn to fall. While I may not be ready for summer to end, I am looking forward to everything that comes with fall.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.