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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wow, I can’t believe that I have neglected this pretty little blog for three months!  How did time go by so fast?  Before I get to the real meat and potatoes of this update (I love that ridiculous phrase), let me just update you on the craziness that is JAG!  My school year ended about three weeks ago and I’m missing my kiddos already (I always say I won’t, but then I do).  Immediately after the school year ended I went into my summer internship as a part of my grad school program to become a certified reading specialist. I worked one-to-one with a little boy who was repeating first grade, but couldn’t identify all of his letters and very few sounds.  In three weeks, we made a LOT of progress and we finished our time together with him at a DRA level 2.  I’m crossing my fingers and toes that he will continue to grow over the summer.  

Speaking of grad school, I am nearing the end of my summer session (2 weeks left, yes!) and then I have 2 courses in the fall and it’s graduation time in December!  I’m already thinking of another MA program I’d like to challenge (I have a strong love and minor dislike for continuing education).  When I'm in school, I'm so busy trying to keep ahead and on top of things, but when I'm out of school, I miss the craziness and the process of it all.  I literally could make college a career - except not not he professor end.  I don't think that's for me.  I love being a student.  

On the creative side, I still have a million little projects I’m working on and I’m growing used to my big girl computer upgrade.  I have used a Macbook for the last seven years and it’s just slowing down. I took the plunge and bought a pretty new iMac that is bigger and better than my Macbook.  On my Macbook I had always used powerpoint, but I’m going to give things a go this time around using Pages/Keynote.  Essentially the iMac was a business purchase because my little Macbook couldn’t keep up with my demands.  I need to look up some tips and tricks and finish transferring the mass amount of graphics I have.  

So to sum up my excuses for being a slacker…
  1. Grad school is kicking my behind in the “keeping me busy” category
  2. The end of the school year was a bigger challenge than I had anticipated
  3. New computer, new programs
  4. It’s summer.  I can’t help it.
  5. No really, it’s mostly grad school.  It’s life at this point.

Lastly, can you guys believe that the TPT Conference in Vegas is just a few days away!?!?  I am leaving on Wednesday, the 8th, and arriving fairly early.  I am SO excited and nervous at the same time.  I can’t wait to meet everyone and make some new teacher friends!  (Does anyone else get excited for teacher friends???)  I am traveling with my grandma (my favorite person ever) and her four daughters (one of them is my mom).  One of my aunts lives in New Mexico, so they thought it would be a great family trip together.  Should be interesting! 

I have a big long post coming up about why I teach where I teach.  I’ve had this on my mind for months because I’ve had so many people tell me “you’ve got to get out of there” in regards to where I’m teaching.  Maybe a few readers will have a change of heart after I dig into the real reasons of why I choose where I teach.

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