This school year was a HUGE challenge. As you know, I lost the job I loved at the end of last year, so I was teaching middle school this year. I learned a ton about myself and my teaching this year in a classroom of 8th graders. One thing I learned is that I'm good at pumping students up, but I'm not so good at calming them down. 8th graders don't need to be pumped up, so I was really at a loss on how to deal with them a lot of times. They just require a lot of skills to manage that I just don't have. At all. So, yeah, this year was a struggle. Perhaps I'll do a recap post some time this week...now that I actually have a little more time to blog.
As is my way, I have a completely insane schedule this summer. I'm heading off to Europe soon - a week in London and Dublin with my husband for vacation, then two weeks in Dublin and Galway for my second MFA residency. I've never been to Ireland before, so I'm really looking forward to spending so much time there!
And let's not forget that I have a book to finish writing...like, yesterday.
So, yeah, while I would love to spend my summer reading and relaxing by the pool, well, that's just not how I operate. Free time is for the birds, right?
Have a fabulous summer, lovlies!