Friday, August 23, 2013

Anyone Else Starting to Feel a Little OVERWHELMED?

Absolutely true! I have been working on and thinking about the upcoming school year for weeks. I really truly love my job..not an epiphany but a fact. However, I always find that by this time in the summer, with only a week until school starts, I begin to panic. A little. On the inside. 
I have started making lists of things that need to be done, and they are getting longer and crazier. It's time to take a deep breath and relax. But, as soon as I do that I am back to thinking about everything I need to do..and feeling guilty about all the things I should have done this's a vicious cycle.
My current obsession is about Home Reading. Every year, I have had a HR program. Which is fine and dandy BUT every year I taught mainly (90%) grade 2s. This year, I will be teaching mainly (95%) grade 3s. To make things a little more complicated, I am teaching 15/20 of the same kids. I feel like I should change things up. So, HELP! 
Any ideas or resources about HR in upper primary? I'd love input. Right now, I am considering a monthly calendar type idea, but most of my kids are independent readers so the log/program has to be kid-friendly.

I'd appreciate any ideas you have...Also, what do you do to de-stress? I used to garden (I love flowers) but even that seems daunting right now...

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