Monday, May 27, 2019

Summer Brain Dump

Life. is. crazy.

I think we can pretty much all agree on that. While I'm super excited that it's finally summer, it has hit me in the past 24 hours how nonstop life has been since last summer. Which is why, to update y'all I'm kind of doing a brain dump of events to catch everyone up :)

Summer 2018
- I started my EDD in Curriculum and Instruction!!
   ..... seriously though that was a LOT for a summer....

School Year 2019
- Moved out of having a homeroom classroom into being an EIP teacher
- Continued with EDD
- Continued as a site director for my school's federal grant-funded after-school program
- Worked with a local RESA to evaluate local schools on their Curriculum and Instruction
- Brought home 2 new kitties... and then 1 more lol
- Went on an awesome girl's trip to Nashville!!!

Summer 2019
- Starting my Educational Leadership Program
- Continuing EDD
- Coping with my son being done with elementary school and going to MIDDLE school!!!

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While I love taking the summer to reflect and evaluate a school year, I love being able to plan moving forward as well. I'm excited to have come so far in my current plan for my career. At the same time, I'm excited to be within a year of starting my dissertation and having my leadership degree.

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My family is happy and healthy-- and this always comes first above all else.

My walk in my faith is growing as well. (If you haven't seen the Teachers in the Word bible study for this summer yet--- come join in!!)

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Fitness for Teachers: Summer Fit Calendar

Hey everyone! Our Facebook group for Fitness for Teachers has exploded lately with amazingness! To help keep the fun and motivation rolling, we decided to create a *teacher centered* fitness calendar for summer. I just posted June for free in my TPT store. Go grab it so you can join in!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tieks: An Honest Review

So, if you have been in the education blogging world for any length of time. You might have seen these adorable ballet flats around. Tieks have been around for years and are definitely not just a flash in the pan by any means!

I have been a fan for many years! I love the simplistic and classic design of Tieks along with the amazing comfort and support of them. It doesn't hurt that I've been a huge Audrey Hepburn fan since I was about 8. In my opinion, she is about as classy as someone can get.

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My husband buys my Tieks as BIG presents: Mother's Day, birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries. My first pair was gifted to me almost 6 years ago. The amazing thing is that I wear them multiple times a week and they still look amazing!

I also have a pair of the mint patents. It's taken a while for me to like my mints. The patents are ... well, patent so they don't mold to your feet as quickly as the classics. The classics are my favorites because the come out of the box as soft as butter. The soles are like cushions and amazing for standing all day long.

My mustards are actually what I wore (brand new out of the box) for standardized testing last week and the week before. I totally wish that Tieks would have teacher sponsors because I would definitely sign-up ASAP. But, since they don't, please know that this is my total honest opinion!

If you are on the fence, I would suggest ordering a pair to try them on. It is a down side that they are on-line only. However, their customer service is amazing! Like, Chick-Fil-A amazing! I know many people that order two different sizes if they are in between sizes. Then they simply send back the pair that doesn't fit like they want. I don't know any other shoes that will let you do that without a ton of hassle!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

5 Quick Tips to Staying Organized as a Teacher

We all have a goal to be more organized.... one day... somewhere.... over the rainbow maybe? I hope that my quick 5 easy suggestions will help you get there faster!

I know that everyone has there own way of organizing and cleaning up their rooms. These are a couple of the ways that help me stay sane and not too overwhelmed.

Filing Cabinets- They may not be pretty but man do they keep my 'stuff'. I have one for my past grade levels and one for my current grade level. My current grade level filing cabinet is separated out by 1.) Organization 2.) Social Studies 3.) Science and 4.) Student notes

Monthly Boxes- These are awesome for Primary grades! I had each month seperated out all the months for themes. Upper grades, definitely could use this for themes or concepts!

Every day of the week- What better way to organize all of my copies and materials? If you plan ahead for the week and make your copies. Instead of putting them into a pile, go ahead and sort them out by day. You won't have to search for anything again!

Under my desk, I have all of my supplies for quick access. Pens, markers, and pencils in the top. Post-its, cards, index cards, stickers, and, stamps in the second. Miscellaneous (but always seem to need) in the bottom drawer. No wasting time searching my cabinets!

And of course my actual desk. I have an L shaped desk. This is on the side. I have my plans, printer, important to do's, and my hanging files (to copy, to grade, to file). The stack of papers is my materials I pulled out of the Day of the Week tower.

It always takes a good year of teaching to get down a system (in my opinion). Hopefully you can see how to take 'Pinterest' inspired ideas to create an actual working system!

Jennifer is a veteran teacher who has experienced the joys of Third grade, Kindergarten, and (currently) Fifth grade. She teaches and lives near Athens, GA. As a parent, teacher, blogger, author, and TPTer, she juggles many hats while striving to do her best for all!

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