I haven’t had much reading or blogging time recently and thought this photo really shows what the end of the school year feels like with all the testing and preparing report cards … but I should add that I am almost finished with the paperwork and can see the light at the end of the tunnel (7 1/2 more days!), and I’m really looking forward to getting back to blogging and to this:

10 thoughts on “Swamped

  1. raidergirl3

    Hey! Where did you get that picture of me?

    (I work til June 30th! but my grade 12 kids will be done by Fiday. I don’t know what else we do til the end of June, but we seem to stay busy)


  2. Elaine Magliaro


    I remember those end-of-the-school-year days when I was teaching in an elementary classroom. They were bittersweet times. I looked forward to my summer vacation–but hated saying goodbye to a group of children with whom I had bonded over the course of a year. I hope you have a great summer!

    I think I’ll be coming out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in late September. I’m planning to attend the Second Annual Kidlit Bloggers Conference in Portland.


  3. Nan

    I just love that painting. Do you know what it is called and who painted it? I think I would have included a chair facing that view, but maybe it is equally beautiful in the other direction. :< ) Hang in there, Robin!


  4. Cath

    I hope the week goes quickly and you get to enjoy some *you* time over the school holidays.

    Like Nan I’d love to know more about that painting. It’s beautiful.


  5. Robin

    Raidergirl, Yikes! June 30th! I’m out on the 18th, which includs a make up day for snow, and I thought that was a really late start for summer break. I’ll have to readjust my thinking!

    Thanks, Chris. I’m really looking forward to sitting on the deck and reading (assuming that all this rain will finally end!).

    Thanks, Nymeth. These last few days are just speeding by! We are keeping incredibly busy, so there’s actually not enough time to do all the last things we’d like to do in the classroom. The most important thing, though, is to finish our final read aloud book! The kids don’t want to be left without knowing the ending!

    Hi Elaine. “Bittersweet” is so true. I’ve really enjoyed this year with the younger students, and I’ve had a terrific class — nice, hardworking, enthusiastic students. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.

    By the way, I need to do a post about some of the poetry my students wrote this year. I appreciated the books you sent me, and we had some fun experiences writing poems. I’ll try to post a few soon. Thanks again!

    I hadn’t heard about the Kidlit blogging conference in Portland, but while you are there, you must go to Powell’s Bookstore! In case you haven’t read my post last week about Powell’s, Click Here

    Thanks, Nan and Cath! I found that lovely painting on a website from the Netherlands with a collection of paintings of women reading. I haven’t been able to track down any more info on the painter, but Click Here to visit that web site.


  6. Bybee

    I’m just finishing up with finals and reports now. Not only does my desk look like that, but also my dining table.


  7. Robin

    Thanks, Heather. I’m counting down and can’t wait for to have a little more reading time!

    Bybee, good luck on finishing up all your paperwork, too. It’s overwhelming, to say the least.



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