Friday, January 18, 2013

January Currently....

Time to link up with Farley for the monthly Currently!

I can't believe it took me so long to discover Downton Abbey! I've devoured the first two seasons on Netflix and can't wait until Season 3 comes out on January 29th.  Just love, love, love Maggie Smith as Violet..  And can't we all relate to this sometimes??

Starting a new book (Flying Solo) and getting back into true Literature Circle with my class - great discussions!

That last marking period's narrative report card comments took me over 10 hours to write, so I'd better get cracking!  Makes me long for my middle school days of just an average and message from a comment bank. Thank goodness for this book!
Wanting and Needing
I hope The Fates have decided that January will be the SICK month at my house and all the rest of the year will be experienced in full health.  January 1st kicked off with The Flu and knocked my whole family down for 5 days. (My daughters were almost running feral for awhile there.) My 5 year old missed school on Friday due to pink eye.... Also yesterday I begrudgingly called in sick due to a horrific sore throat and chills.  My kingdom for a milkshake!

One Little Word
Although now I'm thinking it should be "health', I've decided to go with CONNECT.  That one word hits on so many worthwhile goals for me:
  • Connect to my family
  • Connect more meaningfully with others (not just FB likes, but actually SEE people in person!)
  • Connect Common Core Standards more deeply to my lessons and activities
Making connections can be so powerful. It reminds me of this quote from Howard's End:
"Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die."
- E.M. Forster, Howards End, Ch. 22


  1. I need to start working on comments too. It takes forever and I always over-analyze what I write! Good luck and feel better soon!!!

  2. Hello, I found your blog through the currently and love it! I too am loving starting a new book and doing literature circles. I look forward to reading more from you.

    Sixth Grade Tales

  3. I love your blog design. I also LOVE Downton Abbey. I'm hoping tomorrow my husband and I will be able to sit down and watch the latest episode. Hope you are feeling better!
    Life with Mrs. L


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