Tomatoes, Potatoes and Teaching Things

An English teacher, baker, candlestick maker - trying to make it work farming in the country and teaching in the city.

When I'm not prematurely graying, writing lesson plans, and tending the vegetables, I drink hot tea, run, constantly trim back the privet, and pet the cat. I also have problems accepting that fictional characters are not real.

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We’ve Got A Diem to Carpe: Things I will do to make the next 2 months manageable.

I had to make a plan for myself too. Too often, we forget that we have needs too, and in order to be better teachers for the kids, we have to take care of ourselves. We’re in the home stretch, and I think that you have been extremely dedicated and brave to stick it out even when the road was really tough.


  • Go to the gym on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Yoga on Wednesdays.
  • 5 minute candle meditation daily
  • Journal more
  • Eat on a regular schedule and eat junkfood in moderation
  • Meaning: stock up on half off Easter candy and throw in my desk at school
  • Lesson plan in advance (though I’ve
  • I’ve never had a problem with that)
  • Get grading done before the weekend (except weekly essays that are done Friday)
  • Even though they never outwardly enjoy it… keep planning fun lessons that I will enjoy teaching
  • Find a book I love for our next novel. If I love it and show it, maybe they will too
  • Practice 2 and 10 - talking a student about non-school things 2 minutes a day for 10 days straight. This build positive relationships and I should have been doing this all along.
  • Leave the school no later than 5:00. No excuses.
  • Smile more.

More and more amazing advice for these next seven weeks.