Ah, yes, dear readers…’tis the season.  ‘Tis once again that special time of year.

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One of my non-teacher friends said to me yesterday, “But…I thought you just wrote report cards?!” She was right.  I did.  Term Two is speedy quick in our district…nine weeks, learn lots, teach lots, field trips, guest presenters and BAM.  Reports.  This will be my second go at the official report card writing experience (I quite enjoyed writing reports in Term One, actually).  I’ve been doing a lot of this lately:

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This is my main marking position, by the way. When having to choose between a couch and a floor, I always pick the floor.

All this lying around and marking has made me feel a little, shall we say, Attention Deficit/Obsessive Compulsive.  Thankfully I am currently training for a half marathon, which provides me with opportunity to burn some of that pent up energy:

As Meaghan so kindly pointed out, I do not run a kilometer in 6.26 seconds, but rather 6mins26secs (or faster or slower, depending on how my day went!)
As Meaghan so kindly pointed out, I do not run a kilometer in 6.26 seconds, but rather 6mins26secs (or faster or slower, depending on how my day went!)
Yes, those are melting snowflakes in my hair.  Yes, my face is red from the cold.  Yes, wrinkles.
Yes, those are melting snowflakes in my hair. Yes, I am a post-run model. Yes, my face is red from the cold. Yes, wrinkles.

I have also used this reporting season to spruce up my classroom with some extra love.  My students are going through some challenging transitions right now (one term away from high school!) and we are all feelin’ it on an emotional level.  We crafted up this quote from Rita Pierson a few weeks ago, but I finally found the time to put it together and post it on our wall:

It's actually posted on our front white board. I think I'm going to have my class recite this every day until Spring Break.
It’s actually posted on our front white board. I think I’m going to have my class recite this every day until Spring Break.

And to make this reporting season that much more comfy cozy, Mother Nature delivered a nice blanket of snow these past two days:

Some of us are hoping it will stick around and score us a Snow Day tomorrow (laugh all you want, east coasters!)
Some of us are hoping it will stick around and score us a Snow Day tomorrow (laugh all you want, east coasters!)

And, finally, the reason why I allowed myself ten spare moments to even throw this photo essay together:

Karen, you're awesome.
Karen, you’re awesome.

Let’s buckle down, people.  We’ve got this term in the palm of our hands! Spring Break is just around the corner!

Karley