Writing Journal 7/30/2018: A lull at the end of the month as I contemplate going back to school

Well, I got on a little bit of a losing streak this week, everyone. Here’s the totals:

+349 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 3 out of 7 for 120 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 3 out of 7 days.

Not much to say. I think part of it is because I am now in the “Sunday” section of my summer vacation. As of right now, I have 17 days until my first in-service day and 25 days before I start teaching to kids. It’s that mental of still being on vacation yet preparing yourself mentally for getting back into the school environment.

There are a couple of factors adding to my… not anxiety, but anticipation for the new year, at least. It will be my first year at a new district, and it will likely take me the whole school year to adjust to the new environment. This was after working for three years at a school district that I truly enjoyed and learned a lot from. It was where I first began working as a special education teacher, and the students and staff were amazing there. It definitely felt like a second home.

Now I’ll be a new district. It is slightly larger than my previous one, but I’ve got a good feeling from the staff and administration, and I do know some people there from previous professional experiences. I’ll have to go back to a five day-per-week rather than a four day-per-week schedule, sadly, but the school days will be shorter and I will have less travel time even taking the extra day into account. And of course, there will be the whole process of getting to know new school procedures, culture, students, and other expectations. I believe this will be a good move for me (one I had to make due to a decline in special education student enrollment at my previous district), so I am looking forward to making it a good year.

As for the 17 days I have left, I am going to try to use them to get as many revisions and writing done as possible. I have been doing OK with doing mid-weekly posts to the blog; that might fall off a little as I get closer to the start of the school year and into the school year. You will still see some of them sometimes.

That’s about all I can think of right now. I’ll write more here later.

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