Hello, Internet. It’s me, Beth 🙂
If you’re here reading, I want to thank you. I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve shared my stories and resources on a regular basis.
It hasn’t been from a lack of wanting to, however. Over the last year and a half, I’ve logged on several times with the intention of sharing a resource or a great idea for you to try in your own classes, but the ability to string together the words has eluded me.
Not physically, mind you, but emotionally. I just haven’t felt that same pull toward blogging since my husband, the 31-year AP Chemistry teacher, died of prostate cancer in April of 2016. In addition to losing him, I also found I’d lost other things: my passion for educational writing, my interest in blogging and creating resources. Even, at times, I lacked an honest desire to keep teaching.
It’s been very difficult to go home in the evenings full of stories to share but not hearing his own chemistry classroom antics. Over time, I’ve settled into the new ‘normal’ of my school family pulling me closer and making the difference.
But in all of that, I’ve still felt no pull toward getting restarted in blogging. I wanted to, but had no idea where to start. My life is no longer the same; my blog cannot be, either…until a few weeks ago when an editor at ASCD emailed about the idea of interviewing me for an upcoming article on ELL strategies in the math classroom.
And that was the spark. The more Laura and I talked about ideas, suggestions and strategies, the more I felt that familiar tug of pure happiness that comes when I talk teaching. When we wrapped up, she shared her gratitude, and I replied with how genuinely happy I was to help her with the article because I get a thrill helping teachers reach all their ELLs.
“It’s obvious,” she replied. “It really shows through.”
So with that, I decided to come back to the blog. I believe this letter to you was long overdue. I can’t promise I’ll be up and moving as regularly as I was before. Without making excuses, the changes in my life have required me to allocate my time and focus differently. But making time for teaching talk is something that brings me great joy, so I hope you’ll come back and read again for lots of ideas, suggestions and commiseration on the journey that is educating the middle school learner in general, and ELL learner in specific.