It feels weird to begin this post with a greeting to you all because blogging can sometimes be a pretty one sided conversation…but I’ve been disconnected from our blog for over a week and I feel like a greeting is necessary.  So, hello everyone! And thanks to Meaghan for keeping up with our blog while I continue to dig myself out of report card mayhem.

This has been the state of my desk for the past week.
This has been the state of my desk for the past week. Yes, you are seeing two coffee cups and a Tupperware of candy.

I’ve named this post “The Resounding Calm” because, despite the absolute insanity that has been the end of this term, I am feeling really calm and grounded.  I was thinking last night about how much work I still have to do before I can submit my report cards and I was shocked to realize that I am totally NOT freaking out about it.

My school life has been totally off-the-charts-nutty lately.  Most of these nutty things I cannot and will not write about on this public blog, but just trust me when I say…truly bonkers.  Add on the fact that it’s report card season (which is always an added stress) and voila, I should be in total meltdown mode right about now.  But I’m not.  I am surprisingly calm and cool and collected.  What the heck is wrong with me?  Usually in this kind of situation I’m finding myself holding my breath on the drive to school in the morning and then crying my way home every single evening.  I’ve done a little inventory on the things I’ve been up to lately (besides teaching) to try and figure this mystery out.  Here’s what I found:

1) Meaghan sent me this this other day and I’ve been trying to own this feeling ever since. Today I shared this idea with my class…they responded well.

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2) Running.  I’m half way through training week four of sixteen for my first ever half marathon.  Now that I’m fully recovered from my lame injury my running is getting better than ever and I am absolutely loving it!

It's been raining non stop here, hence the runners drying on the heat vent.
It’s been raining torrential downpouring non stop here, hence the runners drying on the heat vent.
For a girl who failed stats in Uni, I sure do love my running statistics.
I sure do love my running statistics.  I failed stats in Uni.  This just goes to show that students learn better when the content is applicable to real life.

3) Scheduling time to be really productive on report cards and marking (before AND after school).

Even if that scheduled time means waking up when it's dark out to work on report cards.
Even if that scheduled time means waking up when it’s dark out to work on report cards at your kitchen table.  At least there’s lots of coffee.

4) Time out snuggles with kitties (my sister and her cat are living with us right now).

Enough said.
Enough said.

5) Planning of fun, team building and challenging activities that I, the teacher, do not have to mark (I learned this tip from Meaghan’s first report card writing experience last year).

We had a guest speaker from Camosun College come in and speak to us about bridges and how they are built, etc.  Then we spent the entire morning building spaghetti bridges.
We had a guest speaker from Camosun College come in and speak to us about bridges and how they are built, etc. Then we spent the entire morning building spaghetti bridges.
Most of our students did a really great job and were totally engaged for the entire process!
Most of our students did a really great job and were totally engaged for the entire process!

6) Laughing out loud at/with my students and their silly antics.  Today one of my students was waiting for my attention with his hand in the air.  I didn’t notice this student for a while and once he got bored of waiting he started yelling out loud, “MRS. ALLEYN, ALLEYN, ALLEYN, ALLEYN…”

I nearly died of laughter.  It was such an amazing moment.

7) I found this piece of pure love on my messy desk (pictured above) the other day.  I sat down to read it, shed a few tears, and quickly sent this photo to the mom of the student who wrote me this card.  What a bunch of precious kids I get to work with each and every day. #joblove

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After doing a quick inventory of my phone’s most recent photos (how I document most things throughout the day) I realized it’s no wonder I’m still surviving this term’s end in style.  All insanity aside, it’s a pretty sweet gig I’ve got.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Karley