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Posted on August 23rd, 2014

I’m Back

It’s been two years. But the wait is over. I have returned to put thoughts in the bubble that has been floating about empty for two years. Two whole, entire years where I have not had the time or space to write for the sake of writing. All of my work lately has had much too serious of a tone for me. I don’t mean that in a bad way, of course. Finishing my Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in secondary Education has kept me quite busy but left me a bit drained. However, I have had an entire summer to relax and rejuvenate; the only fret being to find a teaching job before September so that I could actually start helping to support and sustain my family and future. No big deal.

I am extremely thankful that I was able to indeed find a job in a place that I felt comfortable and excited to learn more about. I will launch my teaching career in a short time and I know it will not go as smoothly as I’m making it sound when I say, I will launch my teaching career… but I am excited nonetheless. I am excited to meet students that I will be responsible for an entire school year. I am excited to meet my fellow teachers and comrades! But I am most excited to hear the incredible, awesome, and inspiring things I will hear my students say, and I hope to share as many of these adorable moments as I can here. Consider that a category coming soon.

There are pros and cons to restarting this blog at the same time that I am starting a new job. Let’s start with some cons. First off, new year teachers tend to absolutely drown, suffer, forget to breathe, get yelled at by parents, say things they shouldn’t say in class, have homework even though they are the ones giving it, and have no spare time because every extra second is spent planning and scheming. But here are the two major pros. Pro number one is that I’m in a bit of a unique position in terms of what I will be teaching for my first year. I’ll be using a computer software that is intended to help students become better readers and writers, and most of my planning will be based on what other teachers have designed for curriculum, and the grading is based on this computer program for the most part. The program already contains most of the content I would need. I have heard from a few sources that my workload will be a bit less than the typical first year teacher as a result of this, and I get to spend more time giving students individualized help. The best part is that I will be able to expand on the writing portion of this computer software, which is right up my alley. Pro number two is that I’m expecting to end up with a list of things that I really want to write about as a result of being surrounded by kids all day. Motivation is a huge help. Working will put me on a schedule again. That schedule is bound to include writing time, especially when I’ll have the motivation. So I guess that is kind of like pro number three!

I am not making any promises at this time as to when (or if) there will be a specified day each week when a new post will pop up. I’m hoping that once I determine a new, solid schedule that I will get this figured out. But with this beautiful new site, (courtesy of Keith Kemp), it will be nearly impossible to not want to write and post stuff as soon as I am able.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy the posts that have yet to come.
-Briana

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