Most of July was hot and sticky in Pennsylvania. I had a concussion and was put on “brain rest” & “physical rest,” which was excruciatingly boring (but helpful). My computer, on its last breaths for awhile, finally died. Needless to say, good-bye to July and welcome August!
Fall is always a busy time in our house due to professional obligations and religious observances. The weeks ahead will be busy, but I think they’ll be wonderful. Here’s what I’m looking forward to…
- Learning at the TCRWP August Writing Institute — I’ll be taking “Staff Development in Writing: Methods That Maximize Growth” with Annie Taranto and “Reading-Writing Connections Can Spur Revision” with Carl Anderson.
- Spending evenings with my parents.
- Seeing my extended NY family who I haven’t seen since last summer.
- Meeting up with Bonnie Kaplan and Tara Smith for lunch!
- Getting together with some of the kids who were in my final fifth grade class when I taught in Manhattan. (They’ll be seniors this fall!)
- Participating in Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek’s Picture Book 10 for 10!
- Setting-up my new PC, which will arrive this week.
- Enjoying the bounty of farm-fresh tomatoes by making gazpacho.
- Visiting to Ogunquit for some much-needed r&r.
- Taking advantage of back to school supply sales.
- Catching up with Slicers’ blogs.
- Resuming my regular exercise and writing schedules.
- Celebrating the Jewish high holidays with family. (Though Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur technically occur in late summer.)
- Walking in a Walk for Children with Apaxia of Speech.
- Picking apples and visiting the pumpkin patch with my family.
- Beginning a new writing project.
- Working with and learning from other local educators.
- Speaking at the Keystone State Reading Association Conference in State College with Ruth.
- Learning from other educators at NCTE in Boston.
- Hosting my fifth Thanksgiving dinner, which coincides with the first night of Chanukah this year!
What are you eagerly anticipating this week, this month, and this fall?
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.