January 3, 2016

Sharing Sunday: January

My break sure was fabulous, and I hope yours was too! I hate to break it to you, but it's almost time to go back to school - if you haven't already!

Hey, at least your lesson planning for January will be easy because my friends from The Primary Peach and I have done the planning for you! I've sifted through many resources and chosen my favorites to share with you.

My primary focuses for January are teaching my second graders about characters in reading and regrouping in math. We will also be doing some goal setting as testing approaches... BOO.

Make sure to click on the pictures below to get your resources

Clicking an image will take you to a PDF file, where you can click around on the individual pictures to check out all of the blog posts and freebies. 

As far as goal-setting goes, we will be referring to our data folders. Students will review data and make specific, measureable goals to meet by the end of the year. It's a great way for us to get our minds right before testing at the end of the month.

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Good luck heading back to school, sweet friends. Make sure to head back to the Primary Peach for MORE January fun and freebies!

You can also find me on InstagramFacebookPinterest, and TPT for more ideas to make your teaching life a little easier! Have a happy November!!

January 2, 2016

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I'm joining some amazing bloggers, Ashley and Angie, to talk about goals for January and the rest of 2016. This is actually my first time joining in the #2getherwearebetter fun, and I'm so happy to be able to do so this month!

My biggest goal for this year is to CHOOSE JOY every day. 

This is my first year that I've faced some major challenges at work. I'm at a new school, I have a very difficult class, and I've made some mistakes along the way. I am all about first impressions, and I wanted my new colleagues to see me in my best light. As I have developed relationships, I have realized how my colleagues actually do see me: as human! We all make mistakes, and we all have bad days.
Who can understand that better than my fellow teachers? 

I resolve to be okay with doing my personal best instead of constantly trying to achieve perfection.
Comparison is the thief of joy.

I will take down the perfectionist walls and open myself up to my teammates. I will trust that they will love me, support me, and fight for me even on the worst of days!

I will close my classroom door and teach my precious little students, instead of worrying about what my superiors think of me. If they want to spend time focusing on test scores and rankings and so on, that's fine, but I will do what I do best - teach. If the state wants to base my salary on my two, short formal observations, I will continue to do what I know is best for my students - teach

I resolve to focus less on the adults in the building and more on the kids. 

Not only on the bad days, but also on the good days, I resolve to give my worries to God. I know that He created me to be a teacher. I am thankful to be in a profession that allows me to change lives EVERY SINGLE DAY. I am still in awe of the fact that little ol' me can truly make a difference in impressionable little lives on daily basis. Holy cow!

Teaching is HARD, y'all. It's a 24/7 job. Even if I leave the paperwork at school (which I never do), I still bring my emotions home with me at the end of the day. 

My students' joys are my joys.
My students' successes are my successes.
My students' battles are my battles.
My students' losses are my losses.
My student's heartbreak is my heartbreak. 

It's been a hard year. My negative emotions stemming from the classroom have seeped into my evenings, weekends, free time, and relationships because I can't let it go. I worry, I stress, I cry.

I've realized, after lots of prayer and reflection, that as much as I love my students, I can't let their lives impact my overall happiness and well-being. The fact that I show up to work every day and care for my kids has to be enough. I'm not a superhero; I can't change history or how students are cared for outside of school. Knowing that I have eight hours every weekday to challenge my students academically, socially, and emotionally has to be enough. Doing my best has to be good enough for me. I, of course, am my own worst enemy. 

I have SO MUCH to look forward to in 2016!
I am getting married (EEEK!), going abroad on a honeymoon, and buying a house!
I get to stand by my best friend as she gets married and attend many other weddings.
I get to meet a new nephew.
I get to make and pass out meals to those less fortunate.
I get to go to my first TPT conference! 

It's going to be an amazing year, and I will not let the trials in my classroom have a negative effect on all of the amazing things that are coming my way. 

Cheers to a happy and fruitful 2016, y'all.
Let's make it our best year yet!

P.S. Interested in a happiness project? Check out Your 100 Things, created by my amazing best friend! I'll be participating; Will you?

January 1, 2016

Currently January 2016


Here's to 2016 being the best, yet!

Thanks Farley, as always, for hosting Currently!


I'm currently enjoying the silence, but during my winter break I have become addicted to the Serial podcast. I heard about it when it first came out a few years ago, but just recently gave it a try. I'm ADDICTED. OBSESSED. It's SO GOOD. 


I made my favorite crock pot meal, this cream cheese chicken chili, earlier this week. I have just LOVED snacking on it all week long! It is quick, easy, and delicious. Thank goodness the weather finally cooled down a little bit; Today is definitely chili weather. 


I don't even want to acknowledge that we only have a few days left. UGH. I have really enjoyed my time off. This year has been so tough that it's hard to get pumped up about going back!


I am wanting to get some more products in my TPT store, but I've had a bit of writer's block lately! Of course writer's block typically comes when I actually have plenty of time to sit down and create - ha! I know that once I get back in the classroom, the ideas will flow and it will be hard to make time to see them through. 


I need to take down Christmas decorations. I don't want to. There's something so cozy about Christmas lights. Sigh. 


As I already mentioned, this school year has been hard. I'm really going to make more of an effort this semester to leave work at work - especially my emotions - and choose joy every day. More on that later!

Thanks for coming by! I would love for you to follow along on Bloglovin', Pinterest, and Instagram!

Happy new year to you and yours!