Summer Vacation!


I have decided to take the summer off from publishing on this blog.

The plan is to return in September when I start assistant teaching again, or possibly before.

Some links around this blog that may be helpful to you while I’m away:

Have a great summer!


Photo Credit: Carmine.shot on Flickr

Spring Break!

In honor of Spring Break, a few questions for our teacherly metacognition:

  1. What does Spring Break typically look like for you: a break, or catching up on work?
  2. In an ideal world, what would your Spring Break look like?
  3. What is one thing you can do to bridge any gap between the ideal and the real world?


What I learned on my last day

Yesterday was my last day at my old job!

The #1 thing I learned was that I could have led a much less cluttered existence months and months ago if I’d taken 2 hours to throw out old papers.  Seriously, it would’ve been a great investment.

The new job starts on Wednesday.  I’ll be with the same organization.  The difference is that I’ll be working directly with adult learners and volunteers, and that I won’t be at the main office.

In the time between, I’ll be out of town for the second half of my summer vacation.  I will not be blogging during this break.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Vacation and Pace

Gooseberry River

I took a short vacation up North with my sister, and slowing down definitely helped me notice how fast  I’m used to going.  As we hiked around lush forest and wide open water, I realized that I’m on the right track with what I’m doing with my life.  I already knew that, but it means more to think that when I’m not in the thick of it.  We decided we definitely have to make hiking more of a priority during future vacations.

I also feel like I have a lot more to give when I go back to work tomorrow.  Being relaxed and happy helps me be a better coworker and program staffer no question.  Ah, the elusive work-life balance, I think for at least today, I found you.

The question is, once you take your break, reset your pace, and find your balance, what do you do to keep it?  Marci Alboher from the NY Times has some suggestions – what are yours?