The past two summers were full of preparation for this year. I was taking classes to renew my license, learning all about technology in the classroom and reinventing myself as a classroom teacher after 12 years at home with my daughter. I was participating in twitter chats, taking webinars, and making the occasional blog post. Last spring, recertification in hand, I was hired by the large, local school system to teach first grade!
Then school started. Holy cow, I had no idea how utterly exhausted I would be every night! If there were any doubts before that I am no spring chicken, they are utterly quashed now! Since September I have had trouble finding a moment to *read* a blog post, never mind write one!
About three months ago I relented and signed onto Pinterest. What a feast for the eyes! I found fabulous ideas for my classroom and discovered the cottage industry that is www.teacherspayteachers.com. As a first year teacher, being able to order an adorable, planned out set of unit materials from time to time is a godsend. These two sites led me to find all sorts of blogs by primary teachers, including Made for 1st Grade, First Grader...at Last!, and The First Grade Parade. These bloggers not only teach first grade, but they create and share materials, and blog about what they are doing in their classroom!
I am in awe. I would love to do more with this blog (and should, per my monthly credit card bill for the fee!), but could what I share compare? Whether it does or not, is it worth it to blog more anyways? I love opening Google Reader when I am at a loss for a creative idea and looking over what these teachers are doing. I appreciate those who share, and even if I only have a gem to share once every blue moon, I suppose it's only right that I try to return the favor.