Category Archives: Retirement

Getting My Classroom Ready: On the Other Side

Last August as I set up my classroom, I knew that I wanted to remember this year, my last, and so I began writing this blog. The first article was about the ritual of setting up the classroom and making … Continue reading

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Stop Whining and Just Get It Done!

The end of the school year is not only in sight, it’s in-my-face-close, and I am mentally not where I want to be. I had hoped that by now I would have most of the loose ends all tied up … Continue reading

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Working in the Garden and Preparing for the Final Stretch

Our weather has finally turned from cold and rainy to hot and sunny, and this weekend I have a three-day break from school. Memorial Day weekend is my traditional and favorite gardening time. Here in New Hampshire, it’s only now … Continue reading

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Chaos and Aha!

The end of the school year is hurtling towards me faster than I can manage to keep up. Friday morning, all the teacher mailboxes were bright purple with some kind of mass announcement, and when I looked at mine it … Continue reading

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What My Students Have Taught Me

On Thursday right after school I had to rush the few miles to our regional high school for senior project presentations. I have been an evaluator for about ten years; it’s a task that I love and look forward to … Continue reading

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An Awful Week

I have rarely been so grateful for the weekend to arrive. I could hardly recognize myself this week — so overwhelmed and anxious I heard alarm bells going off inside my brain. It felt like it was caused by lazy … Continue reading

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What To Do With All the Books?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about starting to clean out the years of accumulated stuff in my classroom. The process continues and has led to some great conversations and connections. I started by sorting through binders of units … Continue reading

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