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It’s been a couple of months since I settled on my one little word, the one I chose with such a high-minded sense of purpose and deliberation.
Yesterday, I had to face facts and admit it…I’ve failed at my OLW. Miserably.
There is so much to do and so little time. Everywhere I turn there is a task to complete, a new one I had signed up for to begin, a poorly completed one to redo.
Focus? What was I thinking?!
When we returned from our PARCC test yesterday, I passed out the candy (yes, I do this, I know I shouldn’t but I do – you can go ahead and report me to the school nurse) and tried to sort out what to focus on in the class time we had left. So, I went about shuffling papers, pulling out the Social Studies study guide to review, the read aloud to complete, the feature article mini lesson that had been set aside for testing time. Where to begin? How to get back on track? HOW to focus?
My kids had apparently been watching me circle around and flit between this and that. When I finally sat down, nowhere closer to making any decisions, a few of them stopped tossing around the tennis balls (the ones that have come off the chair legs and I have been meaning to put back for a couple of weeks now) long enough for one to say: “Mrs. Smith, you need to chillax.”
Now why didn’t I choose THAT one little word?!