June is almost over! | Mentoring in the Middle

June is almost over!

And so that means it's time to link up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.  And even though it's not July until tomorrow, there are already 240 bloggers who have linked up!  Way to go!
I am totally loving summer this summer!  I know I say that every summer, but I have a tendency to start to relax, then think of ten things I should be doing, and go run off and do those.  With the idea that when I'm finished, THEN I'll relax.  Except that that time never comes.  But I'm doing better this year.

So I'm letting myself chill a little more than usual and that's been good for my soul. Right now, the house is quiet (my husband's at work and that's because the state legislature hasn't settled on their budget yet - after all, it is only June 30th - the deadline! - and he fights on behalf of libraries and because he's a good guy and he needs to stay on top of what they're doing to make sure they don't take any more of the little pittance they give to libraries away, he's at work.  But I'm over it! :)  )

We're heading to see our daughters mid-week and I can't wait.  They're two terrific young women who just happen to live together.  Yeah, that makes it easy.  And no, I'm not biased.

Trying to figure out what I can do to maintain this more relaxed attitude when I get into the school year.  Say around....March.  We don't get any spring breaks or any other large ones except for a long week at Christmastime.  IF I WERE THE QUEEN, I'd create a spring break when we're all sick of being indoors and we're I'm stretching my patience and compassion about as far as it will go.  SO, the real question is, if I can't add a break in March, what can I do?  That's the answer I'd like to come up with this summer.  Suggestions are welcome!

And finally, I don't get caught up in the numbers game.  I know there are lots of people who have hundreds of followers to their blogs, and I hope that will happen to me some day too, but I'm not stressing over it.  I do this mostly to share what I'm doing, and to help me reflect and learn from all of you.  If lots of people like what I have to say, that's wonderful.  Won't make me blog less.  Or more.  Cause this one's for me.  Does that make sense?

Have a great Sunday!


  1. I love the days when I can just wake up when I'm ready! There definitely days I can't because I tutor, but I do cherish the days days I do get to! Sometimes I feel like I slept too long though and then I feel lazy lol.


  2. Good for you for trying to take more time to relax! I hope you enjoy the time with your daughters! Travel safe.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  3. Loving not "having to" have an alarm... though my body keeps waking up at 6:30 - I guess I should be happy that it's not 5:30 like during the school year!

    I always try to save a personal day or two (we get 3) for March for a nice mid week break when everyone else is at work, or a 3 day weekend. I don't know if that's an option, but it's a nice way to create your own break.

    Mathematically yours,
    Jamie aka MissMathDork!

  4. That is so exciting to go to NYC. It is one of my favorite places. This is the perfect time of year to go too. Have fun!

    Sixth Grade Tales

  5. Are you sure you didn't just copy and paste my Currently:)))). Let me just say that I can relate on so many levels!

  6. Hi Marion! I'm loving your "loving"! It's so nice isn't it??!! I just found your blog, I’m your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  7. Marion,

    Blogs are a perfect way to reflect!! Love your currently! Relax and enjoy the rest of your summer!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  8. Relaxing. . . Why can't we do it during the school year? We all feel so invested in giving each child we have in our class the absolute best we have to offer. A daunting task for sure! I really need to strike a better balance myself and the summer is the perfect time to reset the engine. Enjoy NYC. I love it there too.

  9. First of all, I love your bright colorful blog template! And, second of all...I totally agree with you about numbers! I started blogging back in January and although I haven't necessarily kept up with it the way I wanted to, I have found that it's been a good way to reflect. I feel like a totally different person looking back at my first posts! I love reading other blogs (especially middle school oriented ones...), but I am not so hung up on making this my life :)

    I'm enjoying re-acquanting myself with your blog :)

    The Absolutely True Blog of an Almost Teacher

  10. I totally agree with you about not getting caught up in numbers. I love seeing the followers but I really like having a place to share everything with people who may not know about it. I also love reading the other blogs and getting ideas to use in my own classroom.

    Life With Middle Schoolers