Wow! The 2014-2015 School Year Kicked My Boo-Tay!

The title of this post says it all!

I had quite the interesting school year in the 2014-2015. Between having all three of my personal children at school with me (more on that later), to my mom retiring, to an immediate death in the family, to parent conferences, to IEP meetings, to field trips, to doctor's appointments, to sick days,  this school year was a whirlwind year.   Thanks to a wonderful coteacher, fantastic team, and patient administrators, I OFFICIALLY SURVIVED!

If you noticed the last post I wrote was in September of last year.  I had no idea what it would be like having all three of my kids at school with me. 

In the beginning of the year, it was like a three ring circus every morning to get out the door. Who's kidding, it was that way til the last day of school.  Between school uniforms, breakfast, missing homework, lost shoes, I needed an IV drip of coffee to get out the door. AND this was with a supportive husband herding helping us along. Then the drama all started when they walked in my classroom door in the afternoon.  I went from 2nd grade teacher to snack getting, homework helping, agenda signing, refereeing, loving Momma.  Whew! I love my kids but oh the clock striking 8 on some nights was the best thing since sliced bread.  

As I reflect on this past school year and what I would do differently in my classroom as well as at home, I have come to the same conclusion.  I want to grow more independent learners.  Now I am not going to just throw them all (my babies and my school babies) out of the nest and hope they fly.  I am going to start with Day 1 with Day 180 in mind.  My students will have set expectations when they walk in that 1st day of what it means to be an independent learner.  My own children will be independent learners of home expectations and when I say we leave at 7:15- we will leave at 7:15 unless I forgot my coffee on the counter (which NEVER happens).  This summer, my family will be developing routines that will be implemented during the school year to make all of our lives calmer and less circusy (yes, that can be a word).

Now off to learning, laughing, and loving on my own babies for awhile!


  1. That WAS quite a year, wasn't it! I love your posts! You have such a wonderful voice when you write and I have always loved your sense of humor! Your kids, both home and school are so lucky to have you! - Mary Ann

    1. Thanks Mary Ann! I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. My focus is my blog this year. I am crossing my fingers for a much calmer year. Happy retirement!