Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Whirlwind Couple of Weeks

I plan on going on until the road ends.
Even though I love what I'm doing and where I am.

I need to go like I  need to breathe.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

School Dazed...

The thirst for wandering wasn't at all quenched this week.  I haven't shared any explorations because I haven't explored.  Like a winnebago with a flat tire, I've been parked.  Teaching for a living, the time has come to return to normalcy (as much as I possibly can that is, I mean, c'mon... ).

I've switched positions this year, moving from a self-contained Special Ed. room into a General Ed (and Inclusion-Special Ed.) 2nd Grade Room.   And, though my feet may be planted, my mind and my soul are wandering the world. 

My theme for the year is Learning Takes You Places. Along with the 2nd grade Owl theme, I really am happy with how my room turned out.
Took the doors of the closet to have shelving (along with the behaviour charts), The back of the room with the math and reading boards; I "moustache" you a Question board (yes, I laugh every time); and the welcome pennants into my room.
The small group/teacher area (I have foregone a desk in exchange for a horseshoe table that I finally got-- which, yes, I quickly painted with chalkboard paint); the Organization Station (Imagine me singing, "Let's get organized, organized" ala Olivia Newton John's Physical); and the haphazard quick door curtain I made with a piece of fabric, ribbons, a ruler, and a lot of hot glue.

The Library/Reading nook; Washi tape "rug"; milk crate bench; Suitcase Chair

Writing Center (I've since been gifted an electric typewriter-YEAH YEAH!), word wall and job chart.

The Museum Wall for "Proud Work" to be hung in the clothespins.

Yes, I've covered a table in a map; redone a vintage school desk in teal chalk paint and a vintage map; have globes galore; and a globe wall decal.  But, lets be real-- I'm sharing this on the weekend, I've a full tank of gas, and the mountains are calling. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Of Wild Hikes and Mountainbikes

This glorious season (most call it, 'Summer'; teachers call it, 'Freedom') is quickly ending and the new season (we call the impending months, 'Reality') is already starting.  As when all things end or shift into a new groove, I take a breath and reflect on my Wanderlust Wishlist.   We crossed  quite a few places and things off the Summertime list and are penning our Autumnal one now.

Since I'm switching classrooms (and jobs, essentially), and need to begin setting up ASAP, the weekday chances to drive on are driving on. 

He and I decided that this would be a perfect time for a quick hiking trip!

Saying farewell to summer on the Appalachian Trail.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Two Reasons from the Weekend

2 Reasons Living on the East Coast is Wonderful for a Wanderer (Wrapped up in one city):
(Williamsburg, VA)

1. The History
2. The Proximity (in a couple hours I could be here or there, in the waves or the mountains)