I bid you a fond farewell. Even though my family did not travel anywhere far away, we managed to squeeze in a staycation on Mission Bay. That was one of the highlights of my time off from the classroom. The other was becoming a San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow. Here is a funny cartoon from yesterday’s editorial section of the Union Tribune. My friend, Barbara, shared it with me.
This cartoon made me chuckle. While the students were off having a good time on their vacations, the teacher was busy studying, learning, and getting up to speed on Common Core, technology, and even security training. I can connect with the teacher in the cartoon because I attended the SDAWP Summer Institute to learn how to teach writing effectively. I went to a math workshop to gain knowledge about the common core standards. I also attended an iPad inservice to see what apps to use in my classroom. So, I didn’t really have a vacation in the true sense of the word. I was busy reading resource books, studying new math strategies, and learning about myself as a writer. My brain is so full it feels like it is about to explode. I can’t wait to use the new information that I have learned with my new 2nd graders. In the meantime, I will look forward to next summer when I can take a “real” vacation!