Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School

"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher."
~Elbert Hubbard


This is one of my favorite education quotes - one I love to remind myself of before the start of each new school year. Teachers here went back to school yesterday, and the students return tomorrow. It begins!

I both dread and welcome the new school year. I dread the loss of summer and time with my kids. I welcome the return to routine and a more stable blogging regimen. I have hated being unable (for a multitude of reasons) to post Monday - Friday. I feel lost without all of you. Seriously. I miss you!

I plan to spend the next several days making my way around the blogosphere to visit and say hi to all my bestest bloggy buddies (and lesson planning and learning names and convincing students that writing is actually FUN!)



What changes are going on in your lives lately?
Catch me up, guys. I really have missed you!

25 comments:

salarsenッ said...

That quote also reminds me of parenting. LOL. My kids go back next Tuesday. I'm looking forward to more stability, a set schedule again. Writing with them all home and all their friends has been rough. I'm looking for some rejuvenation. ";-)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

there you are! Missed you too!
Love that quote. I think teaching is one of the most important professions.

Candyland said...

Great quote! And just in time for my baby to start school. I can only hope she'll get along with her teacher:/

Lenny said...

hi miss shannon! i missed you lots. now youre going back to teaching and thats pretty important. youre students are lucky for having a teacher that a writer too and can show them how neat it is to write stuff. for me my baseball is over. i did crummy and my team did too. ha ha. i did lots of swimming and im still doing it at my cousins house. they got a really big pool and i use my snorkel and fins in it. im not going to school yet but i got a teacher that comes to the house. shes getting me caught up on stuff. shes real nice. i got behind on writing but im gonna work hard on catching up cause i want to finish my dragonfly story and get started on my next idea. now your all caught up with me. :)
...smiles from lenny

DL Hammons said...

A teacher remembered...is a teacher indeed! Have fun with your kids. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

I have another two weeks before school starts here. Wah.
I've been plotting but no real writing getting done. My house is ultra organized though. :)

Diane said...

My kids go back the 7th so the party rocks on here! Trying to get myself back into a grove for what is coming. :O)

Susanne Drazic said...

I have a couple of weeks before my teenager goes back to school. He will be a senior this year, so we are entering a new phase of life around here. I cried when he went off to his first day of kindergarten and I hate to admit it, but I'll probably cry when he heads off to start his first day of his senior year.

K. Harrington said...

That is a wonderful quote! Thanks. :)

Christine Danek said...

Great quote. Have fun going back to school. My daughter will be starting back in a couple of weeks. She's in preschool and I can't wait. :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Your quotes put tears in my eyes. That's it, of course. We're simply guides on the journey of learning. Hope you have a great school year and many inspirational students!

I'm developing my writing routine even before sending the boys back to school. Needed it. My sanity was slipping away.

Kenda said...

Great quotes! The beginning of a school year so many times brings mixed emotions, doesn't it? And as trite as it sounds, they grow up so fast and then you're no longer putting them on the school bus. Adjustments every step--and stage--of the way....

Patti said...

I'm looking forward to the kitchen staying clean for longer than an hour.

Shelley Sly said...

I'm not a teacher, but I work in the schools, (I was a sub for two years, now I'm a TA), so this is the end of summer for me, too. Here's hoping for an excellent school year!

Jemi Fraser said...

We start back to school next week. Looking forward to new adventures... and less time for everything :)

I use that quote all the time at school!

CMOM Productions said...

Good luck on a new school year! As a mom, I feel those mixed emotions too.

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

I love that quote.

Gads, I would hate to have to learn new names each year. I'm so bad with names.

Jennie Englund said...

Hi Shannon!

How's my ol' blogging buddy!

I've missed you. Summer is a crazy time to write or think or blog about writing, no?

Happy start-of-school! Hope it's a wonderful, rich year for you.

Raquel Byrnes said...

As a homeschooler, I am also really ready to start the routine of the new year...summer really took it out of me.

Glad we'll be hearing more from you!

Valerie Geary said...

Let the shennanigans begin!! For me, the Year Of Writing is almost up... which means I'm on the prowl for a day job. Sigh.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Love the quote. It will be great to hear more of your wisdom. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

Welcome back from vacationland!

An agent requested a full manuscript at the Philly conference. Yay!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Kelly said...

Have a great school year, Shannon!
My older two started today. My youngest starts kindergarten tomorrow. There will be tears (and not from him).
I'll keep busy substitute teaching, volunteering in their classrooms, and writing!

Stephanie Thornton said...

That's a great quote! Teachers in my neck of the woods have been back for two weeks now- I'm finally starting to get back into the groove of the routine.

Good luck on your first day back!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fantastic quote. I love it!

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