This was my first year back in a classroom after a two year break, and my first time in a functioning, sane, we've-got-it-together school in 7 years. I felt like I was just keeping my head above water, trying to make sure I was keeping up (still working on that) with the other teachers, keeping parents happy, playing whack-a-mole with social issues and figuring out the culture of the school. With just two and a half months left (with a spring break and several 3 day weekends in there), I feel like we're on the downslide. I'm tuckered out by this group/year, but also feeling like I can make this third trimester an energized one. And I'm also really, really looking forward to starting fresh next year. I've been on Teacher Pay Teacher all day, looking at inspiring ideas and making my list of ideas I want to implement next year when I get to start fresh. I'm really trying to figure out how I want to approach open house at the beginning of the year and set the tone for homework and assessment expectations (my biggest nightmare so far). We had a small training last night on how to use Google Docs with the kids, and that got my brain turning. I really need to figure out how to smoothly bring technology into the classroom-I have the tools, I just need the programs and preparation. Are any of you thinking ahead to next year already? Anything you wanted to do this year and didn't get to, or are going to devote time this summer to researching?