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Aug 12, 2013

All About Me Teacher Week

Hey guys, I'm joining Blog Hoppin for the Teacher Week Linky!!!

Before I go in to more details about myself...let me first apologize for not blogging in a little while...last week we had new teacher orientation so I was very busy trying to wrap my brain around everything Education, and today was our first day back for teachers....so super busy all day...

Okay so ten fun things about me...forgive me if I have repeated a previous blog post.

1. I am a bartender...I paid my way through college by bartending and have become very good at it...lol

2. I love to watch movies...I can sit and watch movies all day long...especially mysteries (e.g. Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy)

3. I am a big football fan...GO SKINS (will probably be giving free homework passes when the Skins win!)

4. I am the oldest of six kids (5 girls {including myself} and one boy)...my brother passed away so it just us girls now, and 3 of my younger sisters are students in the same county that I teach in!!!!

5. I was born in Germany, but unfortunately I do not have dual citizenship because both my parents are American...boo

6. I cut all the perm out of my hair two years ago and rocked a very short style...I love having my natural texture and will never go back to the creamy crack (perm) lol

7. I am not a big talker...I like to sit back and listen to what other people have to say

8. I am a very restless sleeper...I always seem to wake up in the middle of the night

9. I love chocolate and was devastated when I found out I was allergic to it as a child...I still eat it...lol I know terrible

10. I love children and am looking forward to my first year teaching 6th grade science in middle school!

Aug 3, 2013

MAJOR SHOCK!!!

Hey guys, My life just got flipped upside down and turned around. My principal called me this morning two weeks before I go back to school and asked me to teach Science instead of English Language Arts. I have already been planning my lessons for the first two weeks of school and wrote out my year long plans, and setting up my classroom. I now have to get in the mindset of science, and I'll be switching rooms....AAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

But my motto is "God will never put you through anything you can not handle". So I will take this as a learning opportunity and make science fun!!! Any science teachers out there with some advice for me?!?!

Jul 31, 2013

Back to School Goals Linky

Hi all, I'm linking up today with I Heart Recess for her Monthly Goals; Back to School Edition (Linky). I can't believe my first year teaching is starting so soon. Here are my goals below.

Personal: I really have been trying to work on being fit, but have not been consistent lately, so I really want to push myself to go to they gym at least 3 times a week; I have a gym at my apartment complex, so I have no excuse

Organization: This is my first year teaching so I believe that if I start off organized and really push myself I can maintain that goal forever. I really want to make sure everything is in it's proper place.

Planning: I have been told by numerous teachers to always be two weeks ahead with my lesson plans so I definitely will push myself to stick to this goal. I've already written out my long term goals and work on week one for school, so I think I'm doing good so far.

Professional: I couldn't attend a lot of professional development workshops because my information will not be in the school system until the first day that teachers go back, so I have no way of signing up :(. However my mentor teacher did give me a lot of books to read so I will definitely be using those in my teaching plans.

Students: I want to make sure that I get to know my students likes/dislikes, home-life, everything. I want them to feel comfortable in my classroom and I want to push them to be the best that they can be no matter what the circumstance.

Motto: I am a firm believer that God will never put a person through anything he/she can not handle. So I know that when times are tough it is because God is trying to push me to be better.

If you want to link up feel free. What are your goals for this upcoming school year?

Jul 26, 2013

First Product on TPT

Hi guys, Sorry I know I'm posting twice in one day, but I'm so excited to share my first product on TPT. It is a quick reference list of the 6th Grade English Language Arts/Reading Common Core Standards. You can download it for free here! Here's a snapshot of what it looks like.

Liebster Award!!!!

I can't believe I've been nominated for a Liebster Award, thank you very much Dava Smith English Teacher.

In order to accept this award, I have to do the following things:

1. Link back to the blog(s) that nominated me

2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers

3. Answer the questions posted by nominator

4. Create 11 questions for my nominees

5. Share 11 random facts about yourself

6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them

Dava asked me:

1. What is your favorite professional development book for teaching reading, writing, or grammar? If these aren't your areas of expertise, pick any PD book that you love. I would have to say, "When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12" by Kylene Beers. This is my first year teaching and I will be in a low-income Title I area, and I feel like this book has really prepared me for getting my students to understand, love, and appreciate reading.

2. What thought inspires you to continue through the tough days? I am a firm believer that God will not put you through anything you can not handle, so I try to live by this everyday.

3. What is your hobby (i.e. what do you do when you aren't teaching, planning, grading, etc.)? I started knitting last year, so I love to just practice knitting new things, sorry I don't have any pics right now. I also like to try new recipes in the kitchen, cooking soothes me.

4. What is your favorite book to teach and why? If you don't teach books, pick your favorite topic. This is my first year teaching so I don't know yet, but I think I may teach Holes this year, just because I loved it as a kid, and I think it teaches really good morals, about caring for one another, and how sometimes things just happen for no reason and we have to push ourselves to pull through tough times.

5. Explain aspects your classroom organization system that help your classroom run smoothly. Again, first year teacher, but I thin that from the beginning I will be enforcing rules and procedures and make sure that I am very consistent.

6. What is something new that you are going to try next year in your classroom? I'm really looking forward to using interactive notebooks in my class this year.

7. What is your favorite store and why? I love Target, because I can get any and everything I need there.

8. What type of technology do you use most in your classroom? I will definitely be using my computer for PowerPoint presentations a lot this upcoming school year.

9. What's your favorite teaching moment? Haven't had it yet, but I will definitely let you guys know.

10. What advice would you give to new teachers? Be patient with yourself, and your classroom, and don't give up.

11. What is your teaching style? I definitely want to have a hands-on learning/teaching experience with my class and try to relate everything they learn to their personal lives and the world around us.

11. Random Facts:

1. I love mystery books, really mystery everything.

2. I started a "natural" journey with my hair two years ago, and cut out all the perm in order to rock my natural hair texture, and It has been one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

3. I have a Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie) who is 6 months old named Marley after Bob Marley!

4. I have four younger sisters.

5. I took a year off after graduating to work with the National Park Service.

6. I was born in Germany. (My parents were in the Army)

7. I was a bartender for almost three years. ( I make a mean Long Island)

8. I am teaching in the same county where I went to public school!

9. I love macaroni and cheese.

10. I love food.

11. I dream about teaching, I am excited and nervous for my first year!

Okay so I would like to nominate (this was very hard because so many people have already been nominated):

Meatballs in the Middle

Middle School: Teacher/Director

Caught in the Middle

The Creative Classroom

Funds of Knowledge

Surviving Sixth Grade

Questions for my Nominees:

1. Why did you decide to be a teacher?

2. What is your favorite book to teach in the classroom and why?

3. What advice would you give to new teachers?

4. What color scheme/theme are you using in your classroom?

5. What school(s) did you attend for college?

6. How long have you been teaching?

7. If you weren't a teacher what would you be and why?

8. What do you do outside of teaching for fun?

9. What did you do for fun this summer?

10. How are you preparing for common core?

11. Last but not least what are you looking forward to doing in your classroom this year?

Thanks guys, can't wait to read your responses!

Jul 20, 2013

Vistaprint Greatness!!!

Okay, on my morning e-mail check I found a Living Social Deal for Vistaprint!!!! For $10 you get $50 worth of product! Vistaprint is currently having a semi-annual sell that ends today so this deal would be perfect to get tons of product for your classroom! To get the deal click here Have fun shopping, I know I will.

Jul 18, 2013

Back to School Blogger Exchange

Hey guys, I'm linking up with Adventures of Ms. Smith and Covered in Glitter and Glue for their Back to School Blogger Exchange... I think it's a really good idea for bloggers to share items with each other in preparation for the upcoming school year. If you like to sign in click on one of the links to the ladies blogs. The deadline for signing up is July 21!!!!