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A Teacher’s Haiku

24 Mar

A Teacher's Haiku



important papers
uncounted hours aching brain
conference season



2010 in review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 159 posts. There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 28th with 1,871 views. The most popular post that day was Hope your Halloween is Boo-tiful!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for halloween, reading, halloween pictures, about me, and elmer.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Hope your Halloween is Boo-tiful! October 2008


Because it is late, and I am tired… August 2008


Reading Readiness June 2009


The “I” meme August 2008


Elmer the Elephant July 2008

The words in my brain

27 Mar

All day long my brain is filled with little snippets of ideas that I want to write about.  These thoughts flow in and out as quickly as I breathe.

If I were organized, I would write those bits and pieces down the moment they popped into my brain.  Then if I had the time, I would expand on those thoughts and write and write until the thought was an actual post.

Some people start rough drafts on their blogs and save them.  Not me.  I only write when I finally have a complete thought and the time to put it into the computer. 

I’ve always worked that way.

Even when I teach.

I always have an outline of what I want to teach and then I go with the flow.  I make up a poem or a song on the spot so that it fits the lesson that I am trying to teach.  All because of the words that float around in my brain.

I live in the moment, I guess.

At least I like to believe that I do.   Most people would say I save things for the last minute.

I do that too.

I have a lot of words I want to share, I just need to get them organized and put into complete thoughts.

Instead of waiting until the last minute.

Mrs. V

At a crossroads

3 Jan

What can I say?

I could bore you with the ugly details with how the last 2.5 months of 2009 pushed me to my limits physically, emotionally and mentally, but I won’t do that.  I can honestly say that my winter break could not come soon enough.  It gave me the time I needed just to breathe and relax.

So my blog has been sitting here in cyber space completely neglected since, well, November, I guess.  I confess that I didn’t do much blog reading either.  I really did miss those simple pleasures, but my energies were elsewhere. 

I’m at a crossroads.  Do I keep my blog?  If I keep my blog do I continue to write about teaching?  A (big) part of me worries that I don’t (or won’t) have anything remotely funny to write about.  I don’t think I’ve lost my sense of humor, but I think (and hope) that it has just been hibernating since October.

Goodness knows I’ll need that sense of humor when I return to the classroom tomorrow morning with my students who have not been at school for 16 days.  

And just to prove that I haven’t lost my ability to add  a dash more crazy to existing craziness, we will also have show and tell tomorrow. 

I really do prefer the controlled chaos that I create, instead of the out of control chaos that I experienced at the end of 2009. 

So I’m ringing in 2010 with great enthusiasm and hope.

Once I feel confident with where I’m going, I’ll feel confident in where this blog is or is not going.

Happy New Year!

Mrs. V

Picture Clue

31 Aug

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work we go

Can you guess what song I am singing today?

I’m sure you can.

Now it’ll be stuck in your head all day, like it will be stuck in mine.

You’re welcome.

Mrs. V
Putting on her teaching hat and heading out the door. Hi-ho.