Flash Fiction Update & December Plans

Update Link: Watch Me Burn – Part 15

Happy Sunday! Happy to put November behind me and look forward to a new month and ultimately a new year. Working on some routine changes in my work life that will reduce some stress and exhaustion that drain me of the kind of energy I need to write.

The goal for December is to get back into the regular weekly Flash Fiction updates. It’s been a huge struggle since the school year started, and I know I’ve said this before, but I think we are sort of turning the corner now for real. I’m starting my third rotation of 7th & 8th grade students. I’ll miss my 8th graders, but my 7th graders were really challenging and left me drained by the end of the day. I also finally finished writing the basic program for my 8th graders and some important tweaks that will take some serious weight off my shoulders going forward.

Most of the pressure has come from needing to create two new units from scratch. If you’re interested in what I mean by that, I’ll link to a PDF of some of the units I’ve written. Every single piece of it was designed and written by me — and I also had to create the YT channel and playlist with all the audio/videos, instructional materials including slides and Google Classrooms, Blookets, Quizlets, etc. It’s a huge amount of work that just doesn’t get done during the 40 minutes of prep we get each day.  And these are just the two units I’ve perfected after teaching them a lot of times (Unit 0 I’ve taught 28 times and Unit 1 14). I’m still tweaking the new units, but it’s a lot better now.

Anyway, I’m working on getting into better and healthier routines. Flash Fiction is back and will be updated every week. Hope you enjoy and remember to come back tomorrow for the next update for Counting Stars.


  • Wow! You know I had to download both units. I’m so impressed with your work. Have you shared with other teachers? I can’t believe that you had to do all of this planning, creating and then teach these units. I used to hate writing lesson plans. Lol

    According to arcoiris0502 on December 4, 2022