We had a wonderful three day weekend---I think it was more fun than spring break this year. I took the boys to the zoo, a birthday party and then, the icing on the cake? A stay home day on Monday. Their favorite! Full disclosure, we did venture out to the dollar store. Truly a great place because I can say "yes" to a lot of purchases --unlike Target or the mall.
The school year is winding down. I've truly enjoyed teaching seventh graders this year, although the past week has been a bit bumpy. I haven't had behavior issues all year and yet in the past five days I've seen much disrespect (and worse!). I feel like the finish line was in sight and then it all fell apart--management wise. I wasn't really prepared for it and had let my guard down because the students had been exemplary up until now. Well, at least on most days. No one is perfect--especially during transitions and it helps to remember
In other news, I plan to read as many books as I can this summer. Most will be anthologies or light mysteries (a la Janet Evanovich). I need to be practical and make sure my literary choices can stand frequent interruptions. And with two boys underfoot all summer, I do mean frequent. Sometimes it takes 15 minutes to finish a paragraph. I'm currently reading the much lauded All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior. I recommend it both for its content and its ability to stand up to being put down.