Thursday, July 25, 2013

What's your mode?

I am frozen in between not wanting to let go of summer and not wanting to think about going back to school.

Being frozen is not my favorite place to be. It makes me super ADHD and not real productive.

As in...many started, but unfinished projects all over the place. (Which is mildly annoying to my super tidy husband.)

BUT...

If I avoid BTS thoughts and avoid going in to school then I'm setting myself up to struggle majorly as school gets closer.

AND...

If I start allowing BTS thoughts & actions, then I won't be able to help myself...the slope is oh so slippery.

Being "kind of" pregnant is impossible.

For me, so is being "kind of" in BTS mode.

I'm thinking I'll give myself another two weeks and then I'll jump on the BTS bandwagon in thoughts & actions.

School was done June 10th for my district...we go back for Teachers College Reading & Writing Project staff development the week of August 19th. Then it's BTS week for teachers the following week. Students arrive the Tuesday after Labor Day.

What's your mode??

23 comments:

  1. I've already slid down the slope. We go back next week. The first day for teachers in Aug. 1, but I'm still trying to enjoy as much of the summer sun as possible!

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    1. Good luck as you begin the year!!!! Savor these last moments!!!! As I'm sure you will. :)

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  2. I'm still in summertime savoring mode ... but shocked at the same time that August is next week. How CAN that be? I am itching to get going on some of my bulletin boards but have promised myself not to go back early this year.

    Smiles,

    Barbara

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    1. I think that's what's been weighing on my mind...AUGUST...around the corner!!!!
      Hugs to you, sweet friend!

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  3. I am giving myself a little time each week to think about school. Usually I cannot get into my classroom until the last week of August (school starts after Labor Day) and it is a CRAZY MAD RUSH to get everything ready! This year, they cleaned my hallway first so I have already gone in a couple of mornings (while my teenagers are still in bed) and only allowed myself 2 hours....I have gotten a bunch done and it soothes that little nagging anxiety that builds up when I start to think BTS!

    Lori @
    Bee the Change
    Mrs. Faas’ First Grade

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    1. CRAZY MAD RUSH is a perfect description!!!!
      LOVE the 2 hour time limit!!!! Maybe, just maybe I can bring myself to do that next week. :)

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  4. I usually wait until the last week of Aug to go (we don't start till after Labor Day) but this year I'm going to go the middle of Aug. I'm changing all of my décor so I'm going to need a little more time. I'm going to limit the amount of time I spend there though. Gotta make the most of summer! Teaching with Giggles

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    1. Limits are good! :)
      And so is new decor! :)

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  5. I'm half and half. Loving summer (and nap times for my little ones for sure!) but still have that school itch. I don't know if it ever goes away, does it? I've given myself a few "free" unplugged show nights. I can't believe the end is nearing...... :)
    Maria
    ps.. I don't know how you do it with these packets. I've been working on 1 for WEEKS. and I only have like 4 pages. :) Slow and steady, right?!?!?!
    How's the family?

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    1. You are too sweet, Maria!!! I promise, if you saw my house you would go, "Ohhhh..." There's only so much time and oodles to do! Unfortunately for my house (and family laundry) I often choose to work on the packs. :) My newest packs I've worked on all summer long...

      The kiddos are having SUCH a fun summer! Just got an angled chin length layered bob haircut on Emily and can't stop staring at her new darlingness. ;) Hope all is well with you, friend!

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  6. I am in denial. Summer is almost gone...and I can honestly say I did nothing that I had planned on doing. Goodness times flies by so quickly! I am NOT even going to think about school until August...Okay... maybe a little bit! :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  7. I am actually gladly in BTS mode! I love the excitement of a new year, and I am missing my routine! I am definitely in the minority!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

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    1. I do like the routine that school adds to my life! And I do love back to school time (I'm a major supply NERD!) I just wish it weren't so many hours, five days a week...hard to fit all of life's responsibilities in the few hours outside of the school day. :) That's mostly what I stress about!

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  8. The summer went by so fast! We reported back on Monday and I've been working on my classroom and catching up with teacher friends!

    Enjoy your last few weeks, sweet friend! I am soooo jealous of your Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project training!!!

    Have a wonderful rest of your summer!!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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    1. I am excited about catching up with my school friends for sure! I was so happy to see you in Vegas pix! Just wish I could have gone this year!

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  9. We had a Teachers College reading project training this summer, too! You'll have to let us know what you thought and I'll also be curious to know who your presenters were! :)

    Kelly
    (Kindergarten Kel)

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  10. We just had our first real BTS conversation tonight! Can you imagine being a teacher and being married to a teacher? It makes BTS all the crazier! Enjoy your two weeks before you get into BTS mode!
    Justin Knight
    Writing Pad Dad

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    1. Oh geez...that IS crazy, Justin!!!! Nice that you guys can completely relate to one another's situation, but dinner, parenting and household management still need to occur...I do rely heavily on Jeff in late August/early Sept...

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  11. I always jump to back to school stuff right after summer school ends and when school does start, I complain that I didn't have a summer. I do it to myself, but I love back to school time! I can't help it!

    We don't go back for teacher work days until August 26th and the kiddos come back the 28th!

    Bobbi
    Bitty Bilinguals

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  12. I have days that I'm in BTS mode and days when I'm NOT. I can't do just a few hours at a time. I just went to a one-day training with Sarah Picard Taylor from CTCWRP, and it was awesome! We worked on opinion/persuasive writing, which has changed over the past two years. Now I am so excited to teach it all over again! I wish I had brought her book along for an autograph! By the way, I'm a new Wisconsin first-grade blogger, so please stop over to say hi!

    Catherine
    First Grade Top Dogs

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    1. I'm heading your way, Catherine! So happy you stopped by!

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