When I started this blog in June, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I figured I’d post a few ideas during summer vacation and then ignore it/run out of time to feed it once school started. As it turns out, this blog has become my favorite distraction – it satisfies my itch to write (in a former life, I was a newspaper reporter and editor) and it’s brought a bevy of awesome new teacher friends who’ve messaged me directly with questions and ideas.

After mulling things over (and at the urging of a few of those new contacts), I’ve decided to open the comment sections on most posts, past and future. I’m a bit worried that I won’t have time to moderate/fully participate in discussions, so I have two favors to ask:

1. Be nice. There’s a ton of negativity out there in the world surrounding education topics, but this blog will remain an oasis of motivation and support for all of us workaday teachers in the trenches. If your comment isn’t something you’d say to my (or anyone’s else) face, then don’t say it. Golden Rule time, okay? And remember, lemon cookies are way easier to swallow than sour grapes.

2. Give me grace. I’m a full-time teacher and mom of two, just doing the best I can each day. I’ll try my hardest to respond and engage in the dialogue, but sometimes I just need to walk away from the laptop. You know that feeling, right?

unnamedFinally, as if this new layer of wonderful isn’t enough to keep me busy, I also just launched an account on Instagram. I know, I know…*shrug*
#IDon’tKnowWhatI’mDoingOverThereYet

If you want to follow me, classroom photos and random Randazzo family moments will be posted occasionally at: http://instagram.com/randazzo_laura/

Let’s have some fun and inspire each other by putting wind in the sails of the veterans and smoothing the choppy waters for the newbies.

Teach on, everyone!

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  1. Kudos to you for your courage and time management! I also recently started a class Instagram account. I will be anxious to see how you utilize it with your classroom. Feel free to follow us as well. 🙂 bms_hendrixela

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  2. Thanks, Ivy. I love that you’re my first-ever commenter here. Yea! I just followed you, too, over at Instagram. Let the roller-coaster ride begin!

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  3. I’m so glad you’ve opened up comments. There have been several posts I have really wanted to respond to but haven’t been able to. I love following your blog and am happy I’ll be able to comment when I want to give you props or ask a question. 🙂

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  4. Thanks, Melissa. I look forward to having you be a part of this little community.

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  5. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your honesty, for your creativity and your enthusiasm. It makes my day to see your posts. Have a blessed holiday! Stephanie

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  6. Thanks, Stephanie, for the vote of confidence. This means a lot to me. Glad the blog is sometimes a bright spot in your day!

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