Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Good news, bad news . . .

Let's be honest, the last month or so I've been an MIA blogger. Honestly, I just don't have the time, or the energy. This teaching job I have for the summer not only has a strange schedule but has also been completely exhausting. Plus, on the days that I do have off there's a list of things I need to do, like . . . starting to build my curriculum for the REAL teaching position I've landed for this upcoming school year!! Yes, I'm happy to announce that I've achieved the biggest goal I set for myself in 2012! I'm very very excited, however, I have a lot of work ahead of me planning a year's worth of lessons, researching, reading, etc.! (Any tips from veteran teachers out there?)

(my first classroom!)
 Anyway, this recent development has forced me to make some choices in how to use my free time (and this is where the bad news comes in) . . . You see, I can either spend my free time (1) writing and blogging about our lives and my home projects, or I can spend my time (2) putting together a kick-butt school year for my future students. While I love love love sharing our lives and my home projects with all of you on this blog, I think I need to focus more of my efforts on making kick-butt lesson plans. Educating our future and all, right?

So, that's why I've decided to take a hiatus from blogging for this summer, or at least until I get a better handle on my schedule and work load. I'm a little bummed by this decision, because I have a whole list of draft posts that I had planned on sharing at some point, but I just haven't been able to find the time and energy to actually finish them up. I'm not leaving blogging for forever, just for a little bit. While I know I could've just stopped blogging for the summer and left it at that, I did want to let you all know about my good news (yay!!) and also give you an update on our Washington life right now. And, right now, our life is busy. ; ) I hope you all understand!

If you want to stay up-to-date with our regular lives until I resume blogging you can follow me on Instagram (kristinhroberts), Pinterest, and Twitter (I promise to start tweeting more!!). I'd love to keep hearing from everyone and can't wait until I have the time to jump back on the blog and share all of the fun places and things we do!


  1. CONGRATS! And you're right, teaching takes up a lot of your free time. And when you get real free time, you have so many other things you want to do. I've loved being able to blog more this summer, but I already know that my blog will be taking a back seat once the school year gets started, and even more so once I start teaching my AP class in January.

    Tips/Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Whether they are in your department or not, they still might know the answer. Make friends with your custodian and your tech person. Ask other teachers in your department if they have taught your course and if they can give you any of their resources. If an email says you need to do something by a certain date, do it right then as you're reading it - either that, or set a reminder alert to tell you to do it later. Don't eat while grading papers - more likely to catch whatever germs your students have. Same goes for eating at your desk (or just make sure to have lysol wipes). That's all I can come up with for now, but if you need any more, let me know I think before you said you were social studies (so am I), so I'm more than happy to help when I can. :) Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Hannah! I love all of that advice! I will be a social studies teacher and might have to take you up on more advice... thanks :)

  2. So, I know you're taking a break from blogging, but I wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated you for a blogging award :) Head on over to my blog for the details :)


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