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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I have been on a roller coaster of emotions for awhile.  Sometimes up, sometimes down.  I never know what I am going to wake up to.  I realize I have a choice in the matter most times.  I get to chose how I'm going to react to things.  I have been conciously trying to choose to handle things more positively.  My husband would tell you that I don't always suceed.  Nevertheless, I am learning.

It seems that life has been throwing a lot of curve balls to consider.  Church life is busy as Relief Society President.  That has a lot of emotion just in itself.  I have two teens.  One who seems to be trying hard to do everything the hard way.  (Honestly, this is where most of the emotion comes from)  Another who is just very busy.  Work life has started back up, with summer school well underway and August meetings are starting to pile up.  I'm excited to go back to teaching everyday, but I'm a bit unsure about this year.  I have a difficult line-up this year.  I have a very high population of very needy kids, socio-economically, developmentally, and behaviorally. I'm going to be exhausted most days: physically and emotionally.

Don't get me wrong, these kids are great some days and the next day you want to pull your hair out.  You know kinda like dealing with my teens.  I'm worried about balance.  I'm excited for the challenge.  I'm hoping the learning I'm doing this summer about trying to react to things positively will help with the school year.  I anticipate it being my toughest yet.  To top it off, we will have a new principal, (we still don't know who yet.).  I feel a little anxious about that.  There will also be a new teacher on staff to learn to work with.  I'm excited to get to know her.  We will be attempting to co-teach this year.  Exciting, but new so bugs will have to be worked out.

I'm on the brink of a new horizon.  The kids start two-a-days for sports next week.  It seems like summer vacation is coming to a close.  Let the games begin and maybe a bit more learning!


  1. Wow! You have a lot on your plate, both now and in the near future. I hope you're able to take especially good care of yourself as you're busy taking care of everyone else.

  2. I know you can do it..you're a really good teacher and I know you worry about the kids in your classes. So hang in there, I know things will ease up a bit. Except for the teenage thing...that's a given for being difficult!

  3. my husband was a teacher for 25 years and my daughter is a special education teacher. I work with developmentally disable adults I know where you are coming from. Teens tend to do most things the hard way. Just know they come out the other side at some point.
    blessing to you

  4. No wonder you're a bit up and down. You have LOTS going on.

    Having said that, I'm sure you will handle everything well. Just don't be too hard on yourself on those days that get a little crazy!


  5. Oh boy! I really resonated with this post! I have been "putting off" getting into my planning and "teacher reading" this summer . . . until August I promised myself. I have just a few days left to read for pleasure, then I'll be in the trenches, reading, planning, and soon back in the classroom, rearranging and getting ready for the new year. We also have a new principal . . . it's always a little disconcerting coming into the year with a big unknown.
    Take care of yourself first, because you know that's what you need to do!

  6. Wow Stacy! I tell you this everytime I see you, but you are really busy! You handle it so well though and see the good things in life. You always seem to take challenges in stride. Basically, you rock.

  7. Summer is NOT coming to an end yet! ;)

    We have a new principal this year too...our last one was awesome...I need to give this one a chance. I'm not a big fan of change.

    You seem to have a positive outlook, which will make all the difference in the kind of year you will have. Challenge will keep things interesting! ;) (easy for me to say, I know!)