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A Little Bit of Progress

Is it really August 1st?

Yesterday, I went into my classroom to try to finish up some cleaning after picking up school supplies from Walmart and Office Depot…

My goal was to clean all of the tabletops as well as my desk so that next week, I can go in and tape my Kagan mats to the tables.  I have learned that the tape won’t stick if I don’t let the cleaning products disappear fully.  Weird, I know, but there’s something like a film that’s left after I clean tables.

I also got out my lamps and other things…paper clips, notebooks, etc. and started setting up some of my tables.  I was pleased and took a panoramic…

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I’d purchased a new lamp from Walmart a couple of days before.  There was one corner of my room that wasn’t well lit when I turned off the lights for videos.  With that rectified, I took another panoramic photo…

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The progress is slow, but I am pleased.  Once I have the physical space set up, I can focus on tweaking my syllabi and other first-week-of-school handouts.  I also need to begin lesson planning.  My goal is to have two weeks of lesson plans finished before I go for pre-planning.

It’s slow going, but since I’m working on my own volition, I’d consider the progress quite good.  Not being in a panic, as I’ve tended to do over the years, is refreshing and means I won’t be worn out completely when I have to settle down and do the hard thinking that’s required for my lessons.

Ever the Planner

The other day, a fellow reading teacher came into my room, asking my assistance with one of those “teacher” things the District makes us do.

“No problem,” I told her, “But I have to ask you something very important.”

“What is it?” she asked.

I told her that I needed help making a decision.

I took off my shoe and showed her my toe, painted up in a new polish I’d recently purchased.

“Should I go with this polish or red?  I’m getting my nails done today, and I simply cannot decide.”

My students, reading quietly, to their credit did not bat an eyelash.

They are used to my crazy antics, bless their hearts.

My friend, however, raised her eyebrows and opened her mouth in surprise.

“Really?” she said.


Yes, I was quite serious.  I don’t think she realized just how much of a planner I am.

I am so much of a planner that on Sunday evening, I pulled out the clothes that I wanted to wear each day this week.


I might have a little problem.

But see, here’s how I look at it.

Who knows when the alarm clock isn’t going to go off…when I’ll forget to plug my phone in and the battery will die…or if/when I’ll hit that snooze too many times and have to make a run for it, hoping to get to work on time.

It’s happened before.

Any female knows that one of the hardest decisions we have to make each day is what in the world we are wearing!

I like taking the guess work out of things.

As I said before, I think I have a little problem.

It’s part of my overachieving nature.

Oh, and which polish did I go with?  The red or the one on my toe?

Take a look…


The picture doesn’t do them justice.

There are sparkles in the polish.

I like sparkles.

My red polish has sparkles too.

Oh, and for the record, I know how I’m getting my nails done at my next appointment.

Stay tuned…

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