It's the end of Sunday, and I'll be back in the classroom with my students tomorrow morning. I've worked all weekend long just trying to be ready for the week. I worked last weekend, too, just trying to be ready for the first full week of school. And of course, I worked three weeks ago - all week plus weekends - just trying to make sure I would be ready for the beginning of school. I tell myself it will all slow down soon,
but I don't believe it. I work to get ahead but never do. Is it just me, or does this job consume you and your life? Is it worth the energy I invest?
The time I've given today seems to be time well-spent. We go to the computer lab tomorrow, and I've bookmarked a page I found here on ProTeacher. It's the Mrs. Renz class website. She has a whole poetry unit posted for all to see and use. I'm going to use her examples of acrostics, and then go to one her links where my students can write an acrostic online and print it out. The next day, the next step in the lesson is to read the picture book, Don't Laugh at Me
, and listen to the CD of the song. After some discussion, my students will write their rough drafts of a RESPECT acrostic, and then they will do their final drafts on the Acrostic website next time we go to the computer lab.
Is that just the coolest thing ever? A whole complete writing lesson! See, if I'd not spent the time, I wouldn't have this wonderful activity planned.
So, even though I'm feeling rather tired and a bit
sorry for myself for having spent my whole weekend working on school, I have to admit, I am excited about the lesson plans I've prepared for the week. There's a holiday coming up, so I know I'll take some time out for family and friends. That's important to me, too. And besides, everything will slow down soon -- won't it?
More later . . .