I knew that once school started I would become very busy – and I was afraid that my precious blog time (more like my time to read your wonderful blogs rather than writing my own) would suffer. Well, it has suffered indeed. I am going through a withdrawal of sorts by not reading your daily posts, and I am feeling very guilty for not keeping up with mine. I am hoping that this weekend I might be able to find the time to do a bit of browsing…..but for this entry I thought I would explain why my time is so limited.

Due to my husband’s current unemployment status, I decided to take another part time teaching job. This University Model School meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which fit my schedule nicely. Also, this is a start-up school, so while I have added 3 classes to my roster, I only have a total of 8 students — so grading should be kept at a manageable level. It is, however, the literature classes that I teach that have kept me beyond busy. For example, here is the list of books that I must read by next Tuesday/Wednesday:

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Volume I chapters 17-23
  2. Lion, Witch and Wardrobe – chapters 5-13
  3. The Hobbit – chapter 1
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – chapters 5-8
  5. Walk Two Moons – chapters 1-8
  6. Old Man and the Sea – first 25 pages

This may not seem like a lot of reading, but I feel that if I am going to TEACH the material, I had best really KNOW the material — so I usually read slower and take detailed notes as I read. I have read all the books a minimum of 2 times, but I always feel the need to refresh before class. I have attempted to work “smarter” rather than “harder” this semester – so the majority of the books I have taught before – and I have a comfort level in teaching. There are two novels, however, Walk Two Moons and Old Man and the Sea that I will teach for the first time and I have yet to develop discussion questions, vocabulary lists, vocabulary assessments or final exams. That is what this long, 3-day weekend is for 🙂

Anyway, this required reading is definitely keeping me from making any dent in my TBR pile – but I keep telling myself that it is only for a finite period of time. In the meantime, I will try to post when I can – read your wonderful entries when I can – and be grateful that I have a job that I love which allows me to read and re-read wonderful classics.


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