1. I totally agree with you. I had mixed feelings about writing my first blog post after the tragedy. I felt terribly guilty, especially posting pictures of happy children. It just felt wrong. How dare we go on while those directly impacted by the tragedy are deep in despair? We all feel the same way. But, for the sake of our students, we must continue to give them everything they deserve and more. Life is too short and we have to live each day to the fullest. Sandy Hook will always be in my thoughts and prayers…
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Becky says:

    Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY know what you mean. I haven't posted since Veterans Day and I wanted to post about using Guided Math Groups in my class. I've been planning it for about a week. BUT, everytime I sit down to start, I get this horrible guilty feeling in my stomach and I feel like a horrible and selfish person. I think I'm going to look at it like Lori (above) said, and be the teacher I know my stduents deserve and keep on keeping on. I still look at the little ones in my school and it makes me want to break down just thinking about anything happening to them. So sorry for the rant I just went on… I just wanted you to know you are not alone in how you are feeling. Have a wonderful holiday and I am really looking forward to your upcoming posts. 🙂

  3. Gladys says:

    {{Hugs}} dear friend.

  4. ~Stephanie says:

    (((HUGS))) to you Kristen.

    Teaching in Room 6

  5. Kristen,

    I totally agree with Lori! and the others too….hugs.


  6. Mrs. C says:

    You said it best! I was getting cookies at the bakery today for our party and I had a rush of those same feelings. I am trying to enjoy every single minute…

  7. Tara says:

    I felt the same way friend! I had trouble posting our snow day post but hoped some could maybe use some of my ideas to help add some joy and smiles back into their classrooms before break. Our lives are forever altered….schools and teaching will never be the same….we have had many changes this week with security and the kids were very aware of it….I just tried hard to make sure they felt safe and had a little fun before break. Not an hour passes that I don't think about and pray for that community….I was awake in the middle of the night praying for them…be blessed today friend:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  8. Courtney says:

    I agree. It just seems wrong to be blogging about school. Hope you have a fabulous week Kristen!

    Swimming into Second

  9. Kristen,
    It's been so sad, and none of has a road map as to what the right thing to do or say is. You need to do what feels comfortable for you.

    What you said about your kids is so important and really resonates with me– I dropped many of my grand plans for fitting in this or that standard or lesson before break in favor of some winter crafts, some uplifting read alouds, some extended reading workshops with peaceful music in the background, some time with our 2nd grade buddy class–time that makes us all focus on the kids through a different lens.

  10. I agree and you couldn't have said it any better! I can't get this whole tragedy out of my head! I feel so affected, but I live across the country in California-yet I feel like it happened to my best friend. I have also really been trying to enjoy my kids this week. I've definitely had a reversal of attitude. But I'm glad it's almost winter break, and I look forward to down time with friends and myself, to mentally heal. I will never forget Sandy Hook, but it is time to move passed the sadness, get out of the dark, and follow the light of those beautiful baby angels.

  11. Hugs to you sweet friend. It was a horrible two days back in our entire district and county. Our district went under code red lock downs at almost every school, it was pure chaos. The day ended yesterday with me picking up a sweet 3rd grade boy off the floor after he passed out and started seizing. The stress and the chaos is horrible for not only teachers but for our children too. Our district decided to close schools for the reminder of the year until after break. I am so sad and my heart is still so heavy because I didn't get the chance to say goodbye to my kids, wish them a Merry Christmas, or celebrate with our holiday party because of all of this. Enjoy the time with your loved ones during this holiday season and take care.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I couldn't agree with you more, Kristen. Hugs to you, my dear friend.

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