from behind the stack of to-be-graded papers….

this week has been so encouraging. i was really burnt out right before thanksgiving break–and we’d had an awful week where everything in our house broke at once–so bryan encouraged me to not grade at all during break. so i didn’t. and i’m glad i didn’t! even though i’ve got a pile of yet-ungraded papers the size of your face, i feel much more relaxed.

and i had some students say some really sweet things these past couple of weeks; i never realized as a student how much a comment about loving a class can really lift a teacher’s spirits, especially in that end-of-the-year crunch-time!

i haven’t been writing much, but i have a stack of new poetry books to read. i’ve started researching and writing my confessional poetry class lesson plans, for May (i like to work ahead). there is a lot of grading to be done, but it feels manageable. i think i’m going to push through the next two weeks and get as much done as possible so over break i can just work on growing a baby and enjoying the three “r”s…

reading, writing, relaxing.


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