2019 has totally been a blur to me. So much has happened both internally and externally around me that it hard for me to believe that the year is coming to an end and another school year is almost half over. Arriving a little over two months after the school year began has had both its pluses and minuses. Knowing some of my students already and the excitement of seeing them made coming back to Beijing and ISB much easier. If it wasn’t for the support and love of those around me, I do not know where I would be at this moment. My colleagues made the transition of returning as easy as they could for me. Having many procedures in place and the beginning of school tasks completed definitely helped ease the stress of returning to a school in the middle of the year. I have really been soaking things in and adjusting slowly to the demands of the school day and doing the best I can under the circumstances of the challenges thrown my way over the past 10 months. Needless to say, I am excited about what 2020 has in store. I do not expect perfection, but I have a good feeling that it is going to be a much better year in many ways. I look forward to starting off the new semester with better procedures in place for my Guided Study classes. I hope to use part of the class to help prepare students for such tasks like the SAT, improve their reading or study skills, or current event awareness. Students in this class do not just need a study hall, but a place where they can get support and clarification for their academic classes, but also need the opportunity to improve other skills that they may or may not have time in their other courses to really focus on. In the ninth-grade science classes that I support, we are also doing more formative check-ins, so we can better improve instruction/clarify when students are not understanding what is being taught. This practice will continue throughout the second semester. I look forward to what is in store for the second half of the 2019-2020 school year.