Assess Me!

Even though I start school in 2 days, I have had time for blogging two days in a row! I'm pretty impressed with myself. I'm also impressed that I got everything just how I want it in my room before school actually starts.

I'm linking up with Rachel at The Tattooed Teacher for her fun get to know you link up.

Today was Meet the Teacher night, so I got up early so I could shower in the morning and put mousse in my hair (that's as close to "doing my hair" as I get) and I even shaved my legs (up to my knees) so I could wear capris. Mrs. B understands. I survived meeting 22 out of 28 of my new students and their families, and now I'm relaxing and watching my favorite show! My boyfriend and I rarely agree on TV and movies, but we both love American Ninja Warrior! My classroom is clean and all set up, so stay tuned for photos soon!


Back to School in a Flash: Teacher Faves

It's been awhile since I've blogged, and my excuse is that I START SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY!!! I report back officially tomorrow, and we also have our Meet the Teacher Night tomorrow night. I moved classrooms last summer and did a pretty good job of getting everything organized, but I still had a few messy shelves. This summer I pulled out everything that didn't have a proper home, so I made a big mess, which I am still trying to clean up. EEKK!!

I'm taking a quick break from the chaos to link up with Fancy Free in 4th, Ramona Recommends, and Not So Wimpy Teacher for a Back to School linky.

1. I am obsessed with Frixion pens. I first discovered them in Germany when I was student teaching, and I bought a few there. I was excited to find them at my local Walmart last year, and now I use them all the time! They truly are the best eraseable pen ever! I always use them to write in my plan book, because they really do erase so easily and you can write back over top and erase again as many times as you want! Glorious! The clicker pens are amazing, because you can buy refill packs for them!

2. I love my Apache laminator, which I purchased from Amazon. I feel like I have been using it nonstop the last week, as I get ready for the new year. It's inexpensive, yet works just as well as any other personal laminator. It's so convenient to be able to laminate anything I want right then and there.

3. I am in love with my Stabilo markers, which also came from Germany (they seriously have the best writing tools). I have the super fine point ones, as well as these fine point ones, but these thicker ones are definitely my favorite. The colors are so beautiful and they write so prettily (probably not a word). I have never used flair pens, but I think my obsession with Stabilo is comparable to the obsession with flair pens that seems to exist.

4. I label EVERYTHING with these Avery labels. There are 30 to a sheet, so I can fit my whole class of 28 (gasp!) on a sheet. I use them for lunch numbers, first name labels for art boxes and mailboxes, and anything else I can think of that will make my life easier. These are always on my supply orders at the end of the year.

Thanks for joining me! I'm heading back to school now to finish cleaning up my mess. Once it's clean, I will take lots of pictures and I promise to post soon!


One Lovely Blog Award

I am so excited to share that both Mrs. B and I were nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award from Kellee at Stomping Through First! Thanks, Kellee! How perfect is it that she's hosting a Sunday Celebrating linky today!! I am celebrating my first blog award!

I have been blog stalking for over a year and I finally decided to jump in and try it out myself recently. I started blogging in March, and I haven't looked back! I love being a part of this amazing teacher blogging community and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me!

I will share a little bit about myself before passing the love on.

1. I was born in upstate New York, but I moved to Lexington, KY when I was 3, which is where I grew up.

2. I went to Ball State University, and I decided to move to Indianapolis after graduating. I love it here and I don't plan on leaving any time soon!

3. I am a vegetarian, but I am also a terribly picky eater. I am actually really embarrassed by it.

4. Otters are my favorite animal. If I had to pick, I'd say I like river otters better than sea otters, because I love how they play and zip through the water. But I still like sea otters, too!

5. I have one younger sister. She is currently working on the set for the upcoming season of Portlandia. She also just finished working for a new CW show called Significant Mother, which airs August 3rd, so you should totally watch it.

6. I was a foreign exchange student during my junior year of high school. I lived in Germany, with an amazing family, for 11 months. I lived a tiny town in the Schwäbisch Alp area and I absolutely loved it. I still keep in contact with my host family and some of my host sisters.

7. Dark chocolate covered almonds are my favorite sweet snack.

Again, I am so happy to be nominated, and I would like to pass it on to a few other fellow bloggers, who will also hopefully be just as excited!

I would like to nominate:
Molly at Miss K's Little Rays
Nicole at Beginnings with Baer
Paige at Paiges of Learning

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out these other lovely blogs and link up with Stomping Through First if you have something to celebrate!


Tell All Tuesday: Top 10

I'm loving this Tell all Tuesday weekly linky party! I'm joining Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K again this week for my Top 10 list of things teaching has taught me.

1. Be flexible! Sometimes things pop up and you just have to roll with it. You may have everything planned out all nice and neat, but real life is messy. Just be flexible and make it work. Sometimes it actually works out for the better.

2. Preparation is key! One of my teammates makes fun of me for having a weekly checklist, but it keeps me organized and helps ensure that I am prepared for the following week. I like my plan book to be full and copies to be made before the week begins. It takes a lot of effort, but it is worth it for me. I don't want to be scrambling around at the last minute. I have to reduce stress where I can!

3. Don't be afraid to try new things. If something isn't working for you, don't keep doing it! People may rave about a trend, but that doesn't mean it's what's best for you or your students. It's okay to try new things, even if it's not what's currently trending. With that being said, it's always good to find someone to support you before you jump in, but don't be afraid to take a leap!

4. Always stay positive! Seriously! Students can feel your negativity and it's not helpful for any situation. They know when you're getting frustrated. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and breathe, or just walk away for a minute. It's better to tackle a difficult situation with a clear head. Smile! It will all be okay!

5. Ask for help when you need it. You are not alone and you don't have to do everything on your own. Principals, coaches, teammates, and special education teachers are all there to help you! Don't be afraid to ask for help.

6. Your teammates are your allies. I don't think I could survive without my team! I love the other girls I teach with and they are some of my best friends. They are there to support me, listen to me vent, make me laugh, and lend a hand when I need a break. Teaching would be 10 times more difficult without them.

7. Be friendly to EVERYONE. Befriend the custodians, the office staff, instructional assistants, and everyone else who works in your building. They can sometimes hook you up with some nice connections. Plus, it's just an all around good idea to be nice to everyone you meet.

8. Be an advocate for your kids. There are times where you are going to have to be the one to fight for what your students need. You spend all day with your students and you know what they need, so don't be afraid to stand up for them. You might make a few people unhappy along the way, but at the end of the day, it's all about what's best for your students.

9. Make every moment count. There are only so many minutes in the day, and it is our job to make the most of what time we have.

10. HAVE FUN! Enough said.

July Currently

It's July already?!?! Where has the summer gone???

Listening: I am enjoying the peace and quiet this morning. It's a nice change of pace after hearing nothing but rain the last few days.

Loving: I always claim to be a morning person. I don't ever sleep in past 9 (it's rare to sleep past 7:30), and I'm usually not one to lay in bed for hours. However, if I have my laptop or Kindle nearby, all bets are off at this point. It's actually pretty nice.

Thinking: I start school in less than 1 month!!!! EEEKKK!!! Teachers report back July 27th and students start July 29th! That means I need to get a move on! My summer to-do list isn't doing much shrinking (in fact, it might be growing), and I'm running out of time!

Wanting: To help procrastinate further, I'm going on vacation next week! I'm so excited!! I'm going to visit my parents in Florida and it will be warm enough to thoroughly enjoy the pool and the beach. My boyfriend is finally joining and we're going to visit his friends in Florida, as well. There may be ziplining involved...

Needing: I NEED to get fit. Seriously. I have all the time in the world, and I'm stuck here, in bed, on my computer. Get up, get up!! I'm also trying to work on adding some variety to my picky vegetarian diet. I haven't been in town for more than a week at a time since school got out, so it's making that a little tricky.

All Star: I mentioned in a previous blog post that I am known for my fabulous handwriting. That is what people come to me for. Not even kidding. One of my friends from work (and new blogger!) just got married and I did signs for her bridal shower, and even a cute ring-bearer one for her wedding. Baby showers, birthday parties, anything you need name plates or signs for! I swear, someday I will start creating my own fonts. Maybe. I'll add it to the list.

Happy July!