It’s Sunday morning, and I woke up early as I look out the window the snow is falling softly for now and I realize for the first time in the past two months I am quiet. I continue with my morning by starting the laundry, checking my email, playing words with friends, reading several slice of life blog posts, and I immediately begin to think about returning to school for my first full week in 2014. A bit of apprehension sets in and I decided to fix myself a cup of tea. I am not quite ready to start thinking about fractions, decimals and percents not quite yet. As I sit down at the kitchen table wrapped in my favorite blanket with my tea, I pause to realize that often when life happens you have to step back for a moment. My #OLW floats in and out of my life lately. This past month I have tended to run on remote control as I started back to school ½ days in the afternoon for Language Arts. I am fortunate my remote control works so well. I often wonder if it is a remote control or is it really a circular effect of all my thinking and learning about language arts that is falling into place? I tend to think it is the latter. March 1 feels like January 1 to me. I feel like I am ready to finally jump into a new year with a new appreciation for life, and the opportunities that I will have this week. I will have several choices including which mini lesson to teach Tuesday for my second (OTES) teacher evaluation. I am excited to share my reading classroom with my principal as she visits to listen to our learning. I think I just made my first choice: I will start with my reading workshop thinking which makes me excited about my #OLW. I guess fractions, decimals and percents will have to hold on until this afternoon.