>Here’s to 2011

>School is back in session and I find myself asking the same question as every other teacher in America: How many days do we have until spring break?

Although I am so exhausted I can barely complete a thought, hence me taking nearly 2 hours to type this post, I must say that I really enjoy my kids this year. They are so likable. It’s that simple. (In all honesty, I actually found myself thinking about them a lot over winter break.) They are funny, get along surprising well (for the most part), and they seem to actually care about learning. What’s even better than working with this great group of kids? I get to share my daily adventures with you!

On Monday I announced to the students that we would all be making New Year’s Resolutions. This statement was promptly followed by collective groans (in all 4 blocks), as well as comments like, “I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I make them every year and they never come true.” As I sat down among my 1st Block to write my own resolutions, I found myself thinking about this blog.

I started this blog as a way to kill some time during parent teacher conferences in October. I never imagined that I would keep it going for this long, or that people would actually read it. I’m still not exactly sure how many of you stumbled upon the ramblings of a middle school teacher living in Iowa, but I’m so grateful that you did.

Here are some things that I find myself celebrating as I look back over the end of 2010.

* 21,000 hits and counting. How on earth did this happen? Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and my ever annoying internet presence, I have gone global and it feels pretty fantastic. Most popular post: Playing Monopoly and Renting Prostitutes. Hmmm… Why am I not surprised?

* www.deargirlsaboveme.com This is the site that brought over 5,000 readers to this blog. Thank you, Charlie McDowell for your kind words and ability to make me laugh every day! If you haven’t checked out his blog, please do. It is my favorite thing on the internet.

* Readers far and wide: Thank You! One of my favorite things about blogging is checking to see: Who in the world is reading this? Answer: I have readers from countries including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, France, Singapore, Ireland, Sweden, Namibia, Poland, Kuwait, South Africa, Finland, Slovakia, Italy, The Philippines, United Arab Emirates, and Honduras.

As the New Year begins, and this school year moves into the final stretch, I look forward to sharing many more middle school adventures with you.

Here’s to 2011! Thank you all for reading, and may all of your resolutions come true.

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2 responses to “>Here’s to 2011

  1. >Hey there, or "Hallo!" as we say in Germany =)I don't exactly remember how I got to your blog, but it might have been through Charlie's homepage.I love reading your posts and laughing about it, in a nice way, though.One question: Do your students know about this blog? And do they know the url for it?

  2. >Daniela, thanks for reading.In response to your questions, No. They do not know about it and I'd like to keep it that way. I actually started this blog last spring, as well as a classroom blog for my students. I didnt realize that the two were connected – I used the same user ID- and a student stumbled upon it. Luckily, I was standing right there and she thought it was pretty humorous. The stories on it were also from the previous year, but… I shut it down anyway and started over.

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