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Saturday, July 16, 2016

That Kid!

It happens every year around this time.  That hopeful anticipation of getting your class list for the new school year.  Getting my class list makes my teacher heart so happy.  It represents hope for a new batch of kiddos, renewed opportunities to make a difference, and a chance for reflection as I look back on previous years to what worked and what I can improve upon.

I scan my list trying to remember the names of siblings and students' names I've heard in the halls.  Some of those names have faces attached to them already...oh, I got her, she's so sweet just like her big brother...look, I got him, he's a handful, such a great math student.  The other names will have faces come open house.

Then, you come across that kid!  You know the one I'm talking about.  The name that makes your heart begin to pound and your head begin to ache.  The one that has a rap sheet a mile long in the office.  The one that other, well-meaning, teachers come to tell you all about.  That kid!

Already you are planning what you will do when that kid gets into the room.  You are going to put them in their place from the start.  You begin to play out scenarios in your head as to what you will do if that kid does A, B, and C...all the way through X, Y, and Z.  That kid!

But what if instead of seeing that kid through the lens of their past you look at them through the lens of their future.  A future that you have a hand in writing.  Instead of focusing on the rap sheet or the comments of others, you let that kid begin the year with a clean slate.  Instead of looking at where that kid is coming from look at where they are going.

Someone once asked me if I would want my child (or a child who is important to me) to be a student in my classroom.  This statement totally wrecked me as a teacher!  At the same time it became a mantra to guide everything I do in my classroom.

We only get one beginning of the 2016-2017 school year!  Make it count!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Name...New Me!

Well...same old me.
Maybe more appropriate would be new attitude, new outlook, new get the idea!

My first classroom in NC-6th grade (straight cheesin')

Since moving to NC 10 years ago (wow, when I say it out loud, it really feels like a long time!)...anyway, since moving to NC 10 years ago, I was dubbed the teacher nerd.  It is a name I earned after one of my new co-workers came into my new classroom and noticed it fully decorated, as in the teacher store threw up all over my classroom!  It was further reinforced by the fact that I had labeled tubs for each month of the school year with a door decoration, at least one bulletin board display, and at least one outside wall display complete with a monthly craft stored inside!  I know my elementary teachers out there are going,  Well, this wasn't elementary school, it was middle school and the "rules" are a little different.  Since then, I have learned to embrace both my elementary side and my middle school side and have landed somewhere in the middle of going all out, all the time and having the same displays up all year long.  I am finding ways to channel the same energy I always put into my classroom displays into creating a classroom community where each student knows their worth and where they can find success.

Today our school began the process of becoming a Leader in Me school.  The Leader in Me is centered around The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  It all starts with making changes in my life to begin to apply these 7 Habits so I can model them for my students.  I am very nervous excited about these new changes that will be taking place.  I am ready to be challenged with who I am as a person and an educator.  I'm pretty sure that adds to my teacher nerd label, but I'll wear it proudly!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I Just Don't Wanna!

All last week I was feeling blah!  I simply felt like a hamster on a wheel...just running and running and running and running and not getting anywhere.  

I have been working out like a crazy person, I've been meal prepping, and watching what I eat and yet my weight loss has stalled.  I haven't gained, but I haven't lost either.  The only thing all my hard work has gotten me lately is lots of dishes to wash and a sore right knee.  It's just so frustrating!

At school, I have been working my tail off trying to find ways to help my students learn the concepts they need to be successful on their end of grade tests.  I am feeling the pressure, why do they seem to be slowing down?  I'm pretty sure my head is gonna explode!

I am just so tired and want to just give up!

So I whined a little bit and then some more and maybe a little more.  And during a pause between whining sessions, the hits started coming.  

First there was this one..."Do not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up." ~Galatians 6:9
Then there was this one..."Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for men." ~Colossians 3:23
Finally, he hit me with this one..."Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe." ~Philippians 2:14-15

WOOF!!! Boy does God know just the right thing to hit me with to help pull me out of a funk! I mean, I'm still tired, but I'm ready for a new week! I'm going to get back on that wheel and run my heart out!

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April Currently

I can't believe that it is April already!  This year is humming right along!  As usual, I haven't posted in quite awhile...some things never change!  LOL
Anyway, I'm linking up with Farley for her Currently linky party!  Here's what I have for ya!

See ya later,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oh My Goodness!!!!!

Whoa...I just realized that I haven’t posted here since February!!!!  Apparently I go through spurts with my blogging!  I have definitely noticed that I keep promising that I’ll do better and I do for awhile...then life and school kind of takes over!  All I can say is that it is what it is...LOL! that it’s summa-time I find myself with a little more time on my hands.  At least until July 28th when I go back to school!  So I decided that participating in Farley’s Currently is a great way to get back in the game!  Here goes…

Listening: I’ve got HGTV on as background noise.
Loving:  I love summer, period!  I get to spend time at home just doing nothing if I want.  I get that it feeds the whole, “It must be great to have summers off” thing, but I don’t care!  It is nice...I don’t care what anyone says!

Thinking:  I definitely have a hard time getting my brain to shut off.  I am constantly thinking about the things I need/want to do!  Just today I was thinking about renaming this blog.  I was texting my BFF about ideas and said…”I think I just need something to fret over”.  That would be the downside to summertime!  LOL!

Wanting:  A mani-pedi is definitely in my future.  I have to take the dogs to the groomer tomorrow morning.  It might be a day of beauty for their mama as well!

Needing:  With all the things I’ve been thinking about you’d think that motivation wouldn’t be necessary!  Wrong!  I think that I’m overwhelmed at all I need/want to do!  I just need to make a list and start checking off items...right after I finish this!

4th Plans:  Super Dave and I are hanging out with friends this year for the 4th!  We are also contemplating a day trip to the beach on Saturday.  We’ll see if Hurricane Arthur cooperates and gets on out of here!

Well, that’s it.  I’m not going to leave you with any promises this time.  Just a I’ll talk to you soon!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Made to Crave Monday

Chapter 5: Made for More

I am Made for more than excuses, made for more than my negative inner voice, made for more than beating myself up and giving up when I have set backs.  I need to model my journey after Paul, who said in Ephesians 1:17-19,

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Now I realize that Paul is not speaking of dieting, however I can apply these truths to my weight loss journey.  At the beginning I asked God to help me crave Him more than food, and He has.  But I let the be just a one or two time prayer and so of course since I took my focus off of Him, I put my focus squarely back on food!  I need to KEEP on ASKING!!!! 

I also need to recognize why I’m made for more.  I am the forgiven child of God, the set-free child of God, the accepted child of God, the holy child of God, the made-new child of God, the loved child of God, the confident child of God, the victorious child of God!!!!!  I may have set backs, but these truths never change!

I need to make this journey about getting to know Him better.  I try to make it about feeling better about myself and fitting into smaller clothing sizes, but the reality is those are only temporary things.  Much the same way that eating a piece of chocolate cake or a cheeseburger is temporary.  I need to make it more about gaining deeper connections with God. 

This is obviously still a work in progress, but for this week, I’m going to start each day with prayer by asking God to give me wisdom to know what to eat and His indwelling power to walk away from things that are not beneficial for me!

I'll be back next Monday (hopefully), with chapter 6.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Six on a Sunday

So this happened this week!! 
Starting late morning on Tuesday and going until Wednesday afternoon we go around 6 inches of snow and ½ inch of ice!!!   Needless to say, here in North Carolina that results in 3 ½ snow days!!!  More to make up but oh well…I’ll get over it!
The doggies and I had so much fun playing in the snow.  Aren’t they just the cutest things ever!??!?!  Well, I think so! 
Yay…for small or big victories!!!!  Not being able to go to the gym for 3 ½ would usually have given me an excuse to sit on my butt and not workout.  Not this time!!!  I did 4 of the workout DVD’s plus the fit test (which was no joke either).  I am so very proud of the fact that I didn’t let some days without the gym get in the way of my fitness goals!
These 2 shows have been consuming my life!!!!  I am ready for season 8 of Dexter and season 3 of Breaking Bad.  There are not enough hours in the day!  I wish I could just watch one episode and be done, but nooooo, I have to have a mini-marathon!

So all this free time has given me a chance to change up my reading and math rotations.  I made these cutie signs to go with them along with what each station looks like.  Thanks to Melonheadz for the fonts and clip art!!!!  What do you think?  I’ve been thinking about starting to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers, but not sure how all that works…anyone???
Just wanted to show y’all a glimpse of this coming week’s weather!  I’m hoping that it’s a sign that spring is on the way and not more bipolar NC weather!!!!!

Thanks for hanging in with me, if you're still here at the end!
Until next time,