Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Long Way Round

Well, I haven't blogged in far too long-and I've always hated that as a blog reader.

People would be blogging fairly consistently, and then stop, for weeks, or months-sometimes years.

I never intended to be one of those bloggers, but this year, I am.

It's a few different things that have turned me into a non-blogger this year.

My class, for one. I love them, but do they ever keep me busy and on my toes! (More so than previous classes!). I usually don't have the energy for much once I'm done with them! Plus, they usually keep me so busy that I forget to take pictures.

Curriculum, for another. A lot of the things I am doing this year, I have talked about and blogged about before, and I don't want to beat a dead horse.

Some changes too-we have a new administrative team (who are pretty cool so far!), but that has lead to some change in our school (and some discomfort) with more changes coming. Plus, my team isn't gelling this year (which could be me, or a combination of things), so that brings me down a little.

For a long time, my life was all about teaching. I did have a good home/work balance (I'm too much of an introvert to really not have a good balance), but now I've found myself pulling away from having a lot to do with teaching during my 'off' hours.

Which means that I've been creating things for my classroom less, and doing a lot more reading and crafting. And it means that I've been doing less blogging-as this is teaching related.

Plus, in general, I've noticed a general decline in the amount of posts in almost all the blogs that I follow. (Not to say that I'm one to follow the crowd...but the era of education blogs may have run its course).

While I've found blogging to be a good outlet, plus a good reflection tool for me, I don't want to leave you hanging.

And I don't want to completely close this blog down (plus, I use it to help me find things I've done in the past!), as some things can still be useful to old teachers and new.

So I'm apologizing in advance, and say that posts will probably be very sporadic. If I feel I have something interesting to say and share, I will.

But that might not be for awhile.

If you want to know what is happening more currently, you can hit me up over at Instagram (just click on the little insta flag to find me).

I've changed my name from smilesandsunshineteacher (in honor of this blog), to teachreadcrochet, to better reflect what is happening in my life right now.

 Perhaps I'll see you around? If not, I hope you've found something helpful-I know I was immensely helped by blogs, which inspired this one.

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

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