Saying goodbye to the classroom

Friday was the last day of school.  It was my last day as a Second Grade teacher in North Carolina, my last day as a teacher in the United States, the last day with my class of eighteen little monkeys here, the last day in my small, used-to-be-something-else classroom.  It was also my last day […]

Still Great

I was in the Conference Room at school, surrounded by piles of Common Core assessments, long-term planning and half-opened bags of crisps (or chips, since I’m in the States) when my colleague turned to me and stopped the conversation mid-sentence.  It was somewhere between me asking if we had an assessment for reading words with […]

A Weekend with The Three Ladies and Some Ladybugs

It is dark when we arrive and all I know is that the fire risk is high and the road is winding.  We argue, politely, over bedrooms – earth, water and sky – and wait for the fire to heat up.  I stare at the night sky trying to count stars I have never seen before. […]

A good day

Today was a good day.  I haven’t had many of them lately, so I treasure them and dwell on them when they do make an appearance. Why was it a good day?  A few reasons.  First, I received feedback from a lesson observation.  For someone who is constantly feeling less than I probably am, reading the words an […]