It has been a long time since my last my post, and while it was quite the hiatus, it was not my intention to be away for over two months. Yes, over two months. I have missed our blogging community as I haven’t been able to catch up on any of the blog posts that I read either! Very frustrating and disappointing. You would not believe the amount of blog posts I have sitting in my inbox that are waiting for me to read and comment on. I will explain where I have been and why I haven’t posted anything on my blog.
Back in the first week of March, I was in Sydney for a work conference, rubbing shoulders with the Australian Children’s Laureates. The issue the authors wanted to address was the falling rate of literacy in our schools, due to the drop in hiring teacher-librarians. The authors have seen during their travel throughout Australia, in remote and city schools, how literacy in school students has declined. A teacher-librarian promotes not only research skills, digital literacy but also reading, and it is this that has concerned our authors. It was a great conference and I got to meet the authors, have a photo and collaborate with like-minded people.
In the same month, I was on an outdoor education programme (really a camp) with half of the Year 7 cohort. After 20+ years of not riding a bike, I got onto a mountain bike and didn’t fall off! I was rather impressed and it was fun 😊 That same week, we had painters come to paint the exterior of our house. The week after, they began on the interior of the house. We had every intention of staying in the house while it was painted. Well, on day one when I got home, I walked into the house—it’s a 2×1 double brick home—thinking we can clean, move the drop sheets and cook a meal. Not so. The house built in 1955 for our World War 2 veterans, needed a bit of prep before the painters could get started. That took two days. We couldn’t stay in the house due to the fine film of dust as a result from the sanding of the walls, doors and architraves. We had to pack bags, clothes for work and stay in a hotel. Not what we planned for. We were homeless for a week and a half. It was rather stressful especially going to work, home and hotel. Anyway, the house looks amazing.
April came quick after that, we had three weeks of school before the term closed for the Easter break. Those three weeks were full on dealing with issues students had, communicating and meeting with parents. The holidays couldn’t come fast enough. Each weekend, during this time was spent cleaning the house after the painting. The dust was incredible. Pretty sure I wore a lot of it in the process. Prior to the painting started inside, I managed to write an article for Mary Anne Yarde (not sure how I did this) who was kind enough to post my article What inspired me to write The Labyrinthine Journey on her blog. Thank you, Mary Anne and apologies for the late post and promotion! I hope you get to read it and visit Mary Anne’s blog.
Thank you for sticking with me and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.
Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, and definitely burnt out…