Author Archive: colleenkbarney

A Teacher’s Summer Vacation

What do teachers do over summer vacation?  I can really only speak for myself, but I find that I am thinking of school.  All.  The.  Time.  No matter what I’m doing, it’s always there running around in the back of my mind.  Last year I transitioned back into the classroom after five years of teaching reading …

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

After last night’s craftastic failure, I felt the need, the need for speed.  No, I felt the need to have a successful project.  My first attempt at embellishing a sweater turned out well, so I focused my attention on a project that I had started but never finished.  Ironically, it also involved cutting up a neglected t-shirt.  …

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Pinterest Project Fail

Until now, I’ve had success with projects found and tried on Pinterest.  Recipes, craft projects, classroom ideas, they’ve all worked out pretty well. Yesterday I was shopping, and one of my purchases was a new scarf.  While I was looking around Pinterest for different ways to tie a scarf I also found a tutorial on …

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Of Buckets and Bridges

In the interest of trying to write more often, I’ve decided to try out Word Press’s “Daily Prompt.”  Today’s prompt is “What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?” I was tempted to skip this because I don’t really have an official bucket list.  (Was that even a thing before that movie came out?)  As …

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It’s My Blog-iversary!

I wrote my first blog post one year ago today.  I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like lately, because second grade is taking up a lot of my time.  I’m not actually in second grade, I’m teaching it.  I haven’t been a classroom teacher for five years, but I’m loving it.  I’m already sad …

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My House

In a previous post, I promised you the story of my house.  I read somewhere, probably on Pinterest, about the idea of writing down the story of your house and hiding it somewhere for future generations to find. John and I bought our first home about a year after we were married.  It was small but …

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Fifteen Down…

After three grueling weeks of school, we are enjoying our first break.  Our county fair is the week of Labor Day and with so many students participating in 4-H, FFA, and other fair activities, local schools have had this week off for as long as I can remember.  It’s actually a great week to go …

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A Little Self-Therapy

We saw the house on the news, surrounded by crime scene tape and sheriff’s cars.  The big white house on the little country road.  I used to live there.  My parents had the house built next door to my grandparents’ farm (where my mom grew up) and lived there for more than 30 years.  It’s …

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School Daze

Here we are, August 1st, just 12 days before school begins.  Actually, the students have 12 days.  We teachers only have seven.  Seven more official days of summer vacation are left, although most of the teachers in my building have already been working in their rooms.  I will be teaching second grade and have a new …

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Strawberry Shortcake, or Not

I think I first saw this idea on Pinterest.  Cake mix in the waffle iron.  Genius!  And so many possibilities.  I decided to make strawberry shortcake, with yellow cake, strawberry pie filling,  and Cool Whip.  Simply make the cake mix as directed on the package and cook in the waffle iron.  I didn’t pay attention to …

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