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My name is Emmet and I’m an eduholic.

The last time I woke up in the middle of the night to write about education , I was in the throes of scaling Mount Nbpts. Now I’m out of thin air, it’s the weekend before the last day of the school year... and I’m at it again.

I thought once the portfolio was signed, sealed and delivered these middle of the night sessions would be over, but I can see now that I was deceiving myself. If it’s not National Board that’s got me spinning, it’s that kid from second period, or ideas for an upcoming lesson. Or rehearsing the first few lines of a blog post. Can you hear a cast iron skillet clanging violently against my keyboard? That's my brain on education.

Fortunately, I’m not alone. Seems there are a lot of people out there just like me. The kind folks at Teacher online have agreed to let me talk it out here, in this new blog. Even better, anybody who wants to can come on in and join the conversation. Half the fun last time was hearing what teachers from around the country had to say. A giant teacher’s lounge, sort of, except without the nattering nabobs.

So, from here on in I’ll be writing each week about my teaching life, and I invite you to share yours. Let’s face it, even with all those students, it gets awful lonely in front of the classroom sometimes. Especially if you keep your door shut, which can be a temptation in a job like ours.

Now, I know I’m launching this at a weird time. After all, it’s summer, and a lot of us are preparing to forget about school for a week or ten. Blurry screen like heat rays off the pavement, dissolve to man before the ocean, digging toes into the sand, reaching for a sweating Corona beside his beach chair...

Must. Come. Back. It’s the little things I can’t let go of (mortgage, food). So, rather than quit cold turkey, I’m downshifting. This summer, instead of a full-time day gig and night school, my normal load, I plan on only teaching a couple college courses.

Besides offering a change of pace from the work I do with rocket scientists-in-training during the regular school year at a high tech magnet school, Voices from the Classroom and good old freshman comp at the community college will give me something to write about.

So stay tuned to hear about how teacher-researchers and other educators develop professional writing for publication. Lend an ear while I coax adult learners to write research papers. And jump in any time with nuggets of wisdom, questions, or feedback.

Because, let’s face it: if you weren’t into that sort of stuff, you wouldn’t be here. Reading this blog, or in this job. And that’s okay. The first step, after all, is admitting you have a problem.

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I'm excited about your new blog! I can't stop grinning after reading this. I hope this will bring out the many unidentified eduholics out there. As a young educator, I'm still working at it.

I've been out of school for three weeks but school just won't get out of me. I find myself spending hours on all the ed. reading I was going to get to when I had time. I have even started long-range plans for my fall classes. Another eduholic, that's me.

It's great to see your new blog! I am an avid fan of your last blog-- you are a fantastic writer, and I am so eager to watch the conversations unfold in this new series. Thank you for your commitment-- what the world needs (and our students especially!) is more Eduholics like you!

Finally, there is a name for this dilema. I, too, suffer of this disorder. Or is it? Someone has to worry about the people who will take over the world. It may as well be us, who identify ourselves by this common ailment. Most of my work is with struggling schools. My eduholism is complicated further by this. I find nothing more rewarding though that to watch a staff begin to pull itself out of the where they are to experience the road to success.

Sorry, I told you. I could go on and on and on; a symptom of the problem. I will come visit you guys again.

This is so exciting. I too suffer from education overload. It is an overload of excitement about how I want to present this topic or engage that student. Isn't it wonderful to have job security !

I, too, am an eduholic. It's the middle of the night and I should be sleeping, but what am I doing instead? Need I say more? A whirlwind of ideas flood my head as I try to sleep. I finally gave up and this is where I have landed.

Although being an eduholic is frustrating at times (especially in the wee hours of the morning), it is great to be passionate about what I do.

Goodnight.

Thank you for naming my addiction, which explains why after 36 years as an educator, I just renewed my NBPTS, am going to my new school (for next year) assignment today to sit in my classroom and mentally plan for August, and am spending hours and hours searching through print and online materials for new ideas for my students to engage them in technology. I needed confirmation I am not alone. Bless you!

Finally -- I'm not alone!

Oh, my goodness! I always thought I was alone!

I call myself an "Edugeek". I can't wait for summer to come around so that I can learn some new things. This summer, it's a four-week, 9-5 writing program, topped off with a five-day architecture residency. Along with committee work for a museum and preparing materials for next fall.

Oh, and I am still working on sorting and packing for my new room. It's hard to let go of some of the things you had hoped to be able to work into lessons, but more stuff is always coming along.

I have school dreams, but I can almost always sleep the night through!

I am an eudholic... ok, I've said it.
I wokle up at 4:30 this morning when the garbage truck rolled by... I've never heard it before... rolled around for a bit then check my plans for the summer class I'm teaching next week. Now I'm wondering, was it the garbage truck that woke me up?

Bye... have to go to school to see if its still there.

Ok... I'm missing so much sleep I can't spell.

I'm an eduholic... -1
I woke up... -1

Did I miss any?

I can't stop...

Well, it is good to know there is a name for my problem and that others suffer too. I am a mid-life career changer who wanted to enter a field that was intellectually stimulating. Teaching certainly filled that requirement, but now I cannot stop - my rooms are overflowing with education related books, I could barely take a week off before starting my next year planning and am bemoaning the fact that there is not enough time to take all the classes I want to this summer.
What a wonderful job that creates all this passion! I look forward to your blog!

Well, it is good to know there is a name for my problem and that others suffer too. I am a mid-life career changer who wanted to enter a field that was intellectually stimulating. Teaching certainly filled that requirement, but now I cannot stop - my rooms are overflowing with education related books, I could barely take a week off before starting my next year planning and am bemoaning the fact that there is not enough time to take all the classes I want to this summer.
What a wonderful job that creates all this passion! I look forward to your blog!

A support group--at last! After 45 years in education, I am still consumed! I look forward to everyone's input into this "illness" we dedicated educators have.

I spent yesterday in all day curriculum writing with wonderful people who aren't eduholics, ran back to my campus for lunch at my computer checking email and project status, back to the writing, then back to campus before heading home to do five hours of homework for my graduate classes (including one particularly unfair assignemnt, or so I kept telling myself) and feeling very isolated and sorry for myself as I struggle with the throes of my addiction. And yet. . . I am not alone! That's timely and cheering.

I confess, I am an eduholic. Yesterday I was agin searching the net for new ideas and my daughter again said, don't you know teachers don't work in summers. She was joking, but maybe your blog and more about eduholics will help the public realize how seriously we take our jobs.

I confess, I am an eduholic. Yesterday I was agin searching the net for new ideas and my daughter again said, don't you know teachers don't work in summers. She was joking, but maybe your blog and more about eduholics will help the public realize how seriously we take our jobs.

For the love of Pete, people, get a grip! After 17 years of running a program and teaching English for at-risk teens, I just completed my last week of teaching and exams. I'll be attending the graduation of my last group of kids tonight....

Do you remember that feeling you had when you were a kid on that last day of school??? Nothing looming but lazy days in the sun, swimming until your fingers blithered and destinationless walks at night??
How AMAZINGLY FREE you felt???

Well, that's what I'm feeling right now. At this exact moment.

Holy crap...

Hi! I'm Tammy and I'm an eduholic, too. We've been out for 2 weeks. I'm experiencing "email withdrawal". Luckily, I've been assigned calculus for next year, so I'm spending the summer doing math, which helps. Some people think I'm "working". They tell me to take a break and enjoy my summer. Silly people. I am taking a break and enjoying my summer!

I chuckled at your comment about closing the classroom door. Many years ago I was working on an admin endorsement that I never used other than to ask pertinent pithy questions to annoy the administrator I worked for/with. During the class we had to take a leadership style test to determine what kind of CEO we would be best at. I was extremely disappointed that I came up as a VERY good Arctic submarine commander. I was baffled until I went to my second grade classroom the next day, shut the door at 8:30, opened the door/hatch at 10:00 and shut the hatch at 10:15 again. I knew then that I belonged in the classroom. I stayed there 36 years and still sub.

As a university professor with nearly 35 years of teaching experience, I have always been thinking about teaching. It never ends. Now, with the computer age and Web-based courses, its an even more mind-consuming and time-consuming situation. I once read an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I think, called the 24 Hour Professor. It's true! I'm teaching two Web courses this summer and usually teach one in the fall and spring. I am constantly updating the content online, whereas if it were the traditional classroom, I would copy off enough pages and hand it out. Or, if I want to explain a topic, I would explain it to the entire class at one time. In Web-based learning, sometimes you have to respond by email to several students individually about the same question. I hardly leave the computer because I want to reply quickly. I KNOW my students aren't spending that much time the other way around, but it's the nature of the beast these days. I love Web courses and I have taken several graduate courses online myself. We tell students to manage their time well, so they take the time to work on their assignments with care; with the professor, time management is also critical...budget your time so you DON'T overlook everything else. The term eduholic fits me.

I'm 55 years old and this fall I'll be a senior in college majoring in Middle School Education with a specialization in Math. (Am I to be commended or committed?) I recently read an article which included a list of things that a teacher needs to do at the end of the school year, basically a "what to keep and what to throw away" list. (of course, I kept a copy of the article !!) I was shocked !! I still have a year before I teach and I've had to rent a storage unit to house all the teaching tools I've collected so far. Although not officially one of you yet, I anxiously await to join the ranks, so I guess I'm a pre-eduholic.

I love that there is a name for what I suppose I am. I will also start at a new school this year and need to begin the renewal process to maintain my NBCT status. However, I haven't begun working on that. Instead, I just finished an online course on Differentiated Instruction that my state offered and am currently listening to my husband snore (second shift med. tech.) and making power point programs for my students to use individually in a prescriptive manner. Great way to rest up for a new school year.

It's nice to know I'm not alone.

Oh my _____. fill in the blank. My husband says it seems like I am spending too much time sitting at the computer. He moved the computer down from the third floor about 6 weeks ago because I broke my foot our first day in Spain. Visiting our baby in college there. I had to miss 5 weeks of teaching first grade after Spring break. Good thing I had so many sick days in storage. Our charter school doesn't have a union. OK so I look up too much ed. stuff and one site leads me to another to a dictionary, to Amazon (I did buy a swim suit this am) back to Teacher's Record, back to the Brookings Institute and you get the picture. Next year will be my 20th year teaching Spec. Ed for 8 yrs., K for 1 year and just finished 10th year of first grade. It is wearing but I do love my work. Working with the adults is the hard part as you all know. It doesn't help that I can't be in the sun and my healing foot is slowing me down. Trying not to shop keeps me here at this computer. Lately I have been researching schools to start on a doctorate in something and writer's and reader's workshops for our school PreK - 8th grade. My own two kids are 29 and 20. Both on their own and here is Mom home, enjoying summer free time. Yeah.

Hi, my name is Theresa, and I'm an eduholic. I've always heard the the first step is to admit you have a problem. But, if you don't know the name for your problem, how can you admit to it?
I come home from school and talk about... school. I wake up during the night from dreams about ... school. I spend my summer reading about... school. I think there's a pattern here.
At the moment, I'm surrrounded by most of my school stuff, since my new trailer, oops, portable classroom, isn't in place yet. So all my goodies came home for the summer. My TEs are here, too, so that I can work on some planning and prep for the fall. #1 on the list is working on the tests we've been using so that they are more accessible to our student with special needs. Plus assorted reading on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, classroom management, etc....

How refreshing and encouraging to know I'm not alone!!! Here it is the first day of summer and what am I doing? Reading about eduholics! School has been out since May 31. After teaching two weeks of enrichment summer school to third graders coming up to me in fourth grade next year, I'm still going to school to tutor two first graders in reading and then, after lunch, work with three friends (who are teaching regular summer school) in making folder games, centers, etc. for next year!
The thing is I could have retired May 2006, but I still love what I do, and get excited just reading blogs like yours! Go figure.

So that's what it is... Educolism. For the past twenty years I thought I was suffering an undetermined type of insanity! I enjoyed your input and hope to hear more about how teacher-researchers and other educators develop professional writing for publication.
It is quite hopeful to find Teachers sharing a common denominator in students’ lives.
Fondly, Alina Moran

I am an eduholic. I have been one for 60 years. After 4 retirements, I have found no cure for this problem. There is not 12 step program, no magic pill. Each day I wake up thinking today is the day I will break the habit. I sit down to my computer - wrong move. There is something to learn, there is one more kid asking for help, there is one more new teacher asking for survival tips. Will it never end?

As an eduholic I have tried putting everything in writing to purge myself of the disease. This does not work. Now I am just a writing eduholic.

As an eduholic I asked myself, what do I intend for my students to do with this knowledge 10 or 20 years after they graduate. I couldn't stop there, I had to ask over a thousand teachers and then merge the answers into a one page table. I am an eduholic lumper rather than splitter. For the results see http://wetheteachers.com/viewfiles.php?fid=643

Let me know if you have more answers.

VA

I've finally found a place where people share my enthusiasm for education. I'm making a move this year from teaching 5th grade social studies to 4th grade math. I'm looking foward to the switch but find that between teaching summer school math to 4th graders and preparing for my move,I don't have as much time as I would like to delve into my professional development books on teaching math. Also starting graduate school next year. This teaching stuff is addicting! Looking foward to the new blog!

lol ... Wow I am so glad you have put a name to it! I am a first year teacher and already feel like an Eduholic. I think it started around my junior year of my Bach. program. Summer would come and I decided to take a minor as well and take summer classes. Over spring and winter break, I didn't vacation, I got binders ready for next semester, and caught up on teaching related books that I hadn't finished the semester before. After just finishing my first year of teaching kindergarten, I am already planning for next year and buying and organizing supplies, marking teacher sales on my calendar, and catching up on more reading. Even going shopping always brings thoughts of ..."Wow, that would be nice to have in my classroom..." or "Next year's kids will love that!"

I'd like to think that being an "Eduholic" maybe means that we are dedicated and caring teachers.... we just need to remember to take some time for ourselves sometimes too!

It's great to see this new blog! There's a lot of us eduholics out there.
I'm looking forward to the teacher research information. There's so much of "research-based, scientifically-based" programs that it makes you wonder who does the research on all this stuff under what procedures. I've been teaching since 1980 and currently working on my doctorate. I tell you, there's end for us.

Diane

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am an eduholic. (Now for those of you who haven't been to a 12 step meeting...this is where everyone in the group says, "Hi, Lisa.")

They say that recognizing your addiction is the most important step...so we're all well on our way to "recovery" :)

Yes...I, too, am an eduholic. It's been 7 days since my last class...and I'm here blogging about education!!! Next, I prepare for the photography class I'm teaching in a couple of weeks, I've already spent two days planning with my teaching partner for next year, and I just couldn't help myself from stopping by my classroom yesterday just to "organize my files". Thank goodness for this group who can understand and support me in my addiction. BTW...I have no desire to "recover"!

Hi! My name is Laura and I'm and eduholic. I just finished my third year as a teacher. I was a late start. I spent over 15 years in the corporate world, but could not get education out of my mind. I was living it through my children. I'm so glad I'm not alone. The last two weeks of school, I longed for summer. A few weeks later and I keep thinking of my "kids" and what I will do this next school year. I'm heading to school today to set-up my new classroom (I had to move my class). When will I find rest from my addiction? When will I be able to sleep through the night without thinking about lesson plans and a better way to teach a struggling child?

Hi fellow eduholics. I am retired but I am still tutoring. I have to be connected to students or I am not fulfilled. I have a Masters degree as a Reading Specialist and I would like to find work in my field. I am always reading about education and have needed a place to express myself and learn more. Even my daughter(a teacher)does not want to talk about it like I do. So I feel at home with all of you. Thanks for the blog. This is the only blog I have ever written to. They are usually not very intellectual.

My name is Dave, and I am an eduholic. Yep, I've got it too. I can't wait to get online, read other people's edublogs, and write on my own blog. It is addicting, and I can't stop! I am now afraid I have caught the Wiki bug as well. I may not be able to control my desire to create Wikis.
Yikes. (Thanks for the fun post! I have added you to my RSS Aggregator which means I have even more to read each night. Please help me.)

Iam from Pakistan and gets lonely with the same trends of teaching as there arent much innovations while teaching students who are to be prepared for GCE /A-level EXams and would very much like share my experiences through writing.

Wow! Are there really teachers out there who are not complaining about NCLB in every conversation? I love teaching. I have been at it in some form for 30 years, the last 10 spent in the public school system with third graders.

What a wonderful job to have! Great to know others have the same "compulsion" for teaching!

Wow! Are there really teachers out there who are not complaining about NCLB in every conversation? I love teaching. I have been at it in some form for 30 years, the last 10 spent in the public school system with third graders.

What a wonderful job to have! Great to know others have the same "compulsion" for teaching!

Teachers never completely turn off--and so many of us don't have the time to be "professional" during the school year when the needs of our students and our site are the first priority. (Though I will admit, some years are more challenging and demanding than others!) So now is when I am going back to articles I've tagged and doing my professional reading, developing powerpoints, replanning the opening days of the new year, and so on. I am just thankful to have some time this summer to do this, but then, I opted not to teach summer school. With all the demands placed on a teacher's time, and a need to do more planning and assessing for students, when are we going to give teachers some degree of secretarial time so they don't have to spend 20 minutes at the copier running off project instructions, or doing other work that is so time consuming but could easily be done by another??

Wow! Teaching is a second career for me. I thought maybe my obsessive compulsion to continuously think about, discuss or work on something to do with school was just because this was my first year with my very own classroom. I was hired 3 weeks into the school year, after subbing for two entire years...looking for work (in a teacher saturated area), I worked about 60 hours a week, teaching 2nd grade at a "reading first" school. 95% of our kids are at-risk and over 50% are ELL students. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I could not imagine doing anything else for the rest of my working life.
Now, I am teaching summer school, with 10 of my students from this year in my class, along with 6 other 2nd graders. I thought I was supposed to call their parents and campaign for them to attend. It's not a job. It's a way of life. If we have to explain, they wouldn't understand.
I LOVE SCHOOL! I embrace my disease. I am a grateful, not-recovering EDUHOLIC!
AK

I'm sitting at my computer trying to figure a way to set up a password protected web site for e-portfolios. I got bored. I've been on vacation for a whole week. It would appear I've got the same problem. Nice to know I'm not alone.

I'm an Eduholic in severe withdrawal. HELP! After 7 years of trying to find, then keep teaching jobs in spite of school budgets and a glut of other job seekers with my elem.cert., I have to move on to an office type job. I've pushed it right to my last unemployment check. Yet, what am I sitting here reading?!? About teachers and education, of course. What dreams did I wake up from? Something about working with the kids and parents from the Head Start program I subbed for most of the past school year. I told HR at the office job that I'm planning to stay and grow with their company, but today I'll be looking into adding to my certification (The new job should give me the money to finally do it.), so I can get back to my passion.

Eduholics Wanted! As a books acquisitions editor, I, too, am one of YOU, and I am always on the lookout for great writers for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). We publish books for educators, as well as the magazine "Educational Leadership." To find out more, and to read author guidelines for books and other pubs, visit www.ascd.org/write, and let me hear from you. Remember: Summertime is Writing Time!

My name is Milton and I'm an eduholic. (All together: "Welcome, Milton!") I got started with a little tutoring when I was 19, advanced to working at Sesame Workshop when I was 23, and got hooked from there! I now realize I grew up in an eduholic family. Fortunately, thanks to a loving and longsuffering spouse, I'm in recovery.

Almost. I read all of the 44 posts...

Here's another good place for eduholics to congregate, at our website:
edutopia.org

Can EA be far behind?

Hi all, I'm Becky and I'm an eduholic! I've spent almost all of my time off, so far, making new games, looking for new ideas, and attending workshops. I've almost used all of the lamination on the school's machine and will have to start paying for any additional materials I make to be laminated. I usually begin preparing for the next school year the day I get out of school. I thought I was the only one out there that did such crazy things. I am passionate about my job and love every single minute of it. Retired four years ago and returned. Life wasn't the same, even with 6 kids, not being in the classroom. I visit the local garage sales looking for anything that could be used in my classroom. My latest find was two very nice suitcases - with wheels - $6.00 for both. Have math manipulatives in them and they are stored under the table. Life's great when you're a teacher!

I don't suffer from an illness. It's simply who I am--Ed U. Holic. U stands for understanding, for that is what I love to do. I don't drink, curse (hardly ever), cheat, nor do I steal. I believe there is only one God. If obsession over a love of printed materials, communication with people, interaction with people, and great revelations occuring as a result that fills me with a none drug induced high, then I am proud to be Ed. God has given the gift of teaching generously, and I am awe inspired to hear from those having served over 20 years still burning within! Thanks for the uplifting encouragement! God Bless Ya'll!--Ed from the South :-0)

It is soo true about us Eduholics never being able to turn the profession off. I was going to say job, but as we all know it is far maore than that.

Wow... I thought I was the only oddball who lived, breathed, and slept my vocation. It truly is a calling, and it fascinates me when I come across others who feel the same way that I do. Let's keep up the good work!!!

Less than a week out and here I am looking to see what those on this BLOG have added since last week. What have I done this week? Finished up a practicum, sorted through the final assessments of some students, read many articles on Reading Comprehension and teaching math to students with disabilities. It's true that the outside world does not understand us. To many, we've got a short work day, too many holidays, and the whole summer off. To those of us on the inside.....well...we know the truth. This is a passion and we can't turn it off. I even dream about how to help students. It's nice to know that others out there really love this calling.

Is there a 12-step program for this (or a 12-week summer program at least)??

I have been an eduholic since my first day of kindergarted at the age of four. I guess I can thank my mom since she had me very well prepared for school. I knew then that I would be a teacher, and am still loving it since my first job in 1992. I took two and a half years off to stay home when I had children, and I was beside myself when August came and I was not going "back to school" for the first time since 1974. I can never sleep the night before the first day--it's almost like the night before Christmas. Yes, I am definitely an eduholic.

This is great and you are hilarious! Love the commentary. I too wake up during the night thinking about my class and how to solve the students' problems. Kudos for admitting you are and eduholic! I love it!

Hi. My name is Mary and I'm an Eduholic. I truly thought there was something wrong with me - that I would get up in the wee hours of the morning to work up a lesson I just thought of in my sleep. Like others, I've been told to not do any "work" and enjoy the summer, but I'm working on revamping my lessons to go without "worksheets" and focus on the critical reading and reasoning of math for my 8th grade students. I am having a blast!

Well it is Christmas break and I find myself reading education, writing education, preparing professional development activities for my colleagues, and registering for yet another college course. Most people think 2 masters and a doctorate is enough...not me! I am off and running on yet another masters degree.
I am so glad that I am not the only one with this chronic disorder. Is there any hope? Or is it just our obsessive personalities?

If successful people make their vocation their vacation, then eduholics can count themselves among successful people. How fortunate we are to have chosen a profession we enjoy. We make a difference in society one class at a time, one student at a time.
Caution: Although some may be inspired by our passion, many may despise us because of it.

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