Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All Done!

This post is remarkably long overdue, but for the first time in two and a half years, I am finished with graduate school!  No more full-time teacher full-time student for me anymore!  I can't even imagine what I am going to do with - gasp - (extra?) time?  There are truly no words for how excited I am... the books I can read, that don't have to do with leadership strategies and I can finally spend my night times doing crafts while watching Burn Notice re-runs instead of writing papers with Burn Notice re-runs.  The possibilities are truly endless... maybe I'll even blog about a few!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teacher Morale

So, going back to school is always a big bummer for me.  While I have been working really hard on my classroom and materials all summer, having to follow a regular schedule and wear dress pants really stinks.  I remember my first year of teaching.  It was at about 3:15 on the very first day with students, after I had jumped over months of hurdles to get this job, that I thought, "Holy Cannoli Batman, this is why teachers quit after one year."  I was exhausted, lost, and I had no idea what I was doing.  Then, I had a wonderful teacher mentor who put brownies in my box and told me I could do it.  Surprisingly, that is all it took and I powered on.  Five years later, I am the brownie baker and full-time teacher cheerleader.

So, for the first day of school, we put treats in the boxes of all of our new teachers.  We also hand-delivered one to our over-worked, super-loved guidance counselor!

The biggest surprise of this whole story is that I got the original idea from Pinterest, but my dad came up with the final detail for it - way to go Dad!  Getting touch with your inner-crafty :)

Without further ado, 7Up Lifting Ways to Start Your First Week of School...

A Treat In The Mailbox Makes A Happy Tuesday!
How cute is that!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Oh Pinterest

So, I'd like to blame Pinterest for my lack of blogging... I spend a little time browsing and feel like I have done something crafty... and I most definitely have not!  And then, my blog writing time is all up. 
I have been doing several little projects on the side to get ready for this school year.  I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of school - where did my summer go?  I swear they go faster each year!  But, I have a few snazzy things to show off... check back tomorrow for my new teacher treat for the first day of school!