Thursday, August 21, 2014

After School Checklist

I want to start sharing some things I've been coming up with to help keep myself organized throughout the school year.  While student teaching, I always found myself exhausted by the end of the day.  All I could think about was getting home and into some comfy sweatpants for the night.  However, there was always so much to do at the end of the school day.  Between checking emails, cleaning up, preparing for the rest of the week and so on I almost always forgot to do something before I left school which led to a lot of anxiety and panic. I decided an after school checklist was a perfect way to remind me of everything that needed to be done!
I've put together this checklist hoping it will help keep me focused on the tasks I need to do at the end of the day before leaving.  You can download it here. I made it a word document so it can be edited to fit your needs.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions of things to add to this list.  I'm sure I'm missing something! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beginning of the Year Shopping List for New Teachers

Now that September 4th (the first day of school) is less than 3 weeks away and new teacher orientation is in less than a week, I wanted to start coming up with a list of all the things I will need to buy for my classroom! Phew... the first list I created was looong... yes looong with three o's.  I thought about anything and everything a teacher could possibly want in the classroom for organization and for their own sanity! After dwindling down my list to more essential items for organization and cleanliness, I think I've finally come up with a great beginning of the year shopping list for first year teachers, especially those teaching from a cart like myself.  Seriously, where do you even put everything???  This list could also be used as a back to school shopping list for veteran teachers as well but they may already have a few of the items from previous years. There is also room at the end to add your own items.

You can grab a copy of this shopping list here. 

If you have any suggestions of things to add to my shopping list please feel free to share below in the comments! I'm sure I'm missing things!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

So if you haven't noticed...

I've been a little absent from this blog lately. Well I do plan on picking up blogging again very soon.  This summer has been so so so much fun, I'll definitely have a recap of my summer coming soon.  Hopefully I'll be back to blogging somewhat regularly soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


** Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. ** 

I just recently received my very first VoxBox from Influenster.  I received my SurfsUpVoxBox a couple of days ago and was thrilled to see everything inside!

I received all sorts of fun summer products that I cannot wait to try out! 
In the SurfUpVoxBox I received:

and a coupon for a free Jamba At Home Smoothie

 First thing up to be reviewed is the first aid shot therapy. This stuff promises fast relief and let me just say that it isn't lying.  I tend to suffer from some pretty bad headaches from time to time.  Recently I felt on coming on at work but didn't take action right away.  Soon enough I had a full blown migraine and I was miserable at work.  I didn't have any Advil with me, but then I remembered I had the first aid shot therapy in my car.  I quickly drank it and prayed it would help!  It definitely did! Within a half an hour my headache was completely gone and it didn't come back for the rest of the day... thank god!  I'll definitely be buying some more of these to keep on hand at work, school, and around the house.  They are small and easily portable and the taste wasn't bad either... definitely a plus.

Next is the Sinful Colors nail polish.  I received the color Anchors Away.  Its a fun and bright color great for summer.  This is definitely not a year round color but I enjoy the pop of color it gives in the summer. 

The nail polish went on and dried smooth.  It only took two coats to completely cover my nails.  Unfortunately I don't think I waited long enough before starting my day because I messed up a couple of nails with in an hour of painting them. I was also out in the heat which didn't seem to help with the drying process.  Overall I think if I had waited a little longer my nails would have come out better, but thats nothing against the polish.  The color wasn't my favorite.  It can't be worn year round or with everything, but it is a fun and bright color!

I'll be trying out the Not Your Mother Beach Babe Shampoo and Conditioner and the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion soon and I'll be writing another post about those in the next couple of days!

Anyone else get the SurfsUpVoxBox? 

What Sinful Colors nail polish did you receive? Do you like it?

What's your favorite #SurfsUpVoxBox product?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Random To-Do List For My Days Off

First off, I'd like to share that I created a new page on Facebook for this little blog and I'd love if you checked it out, liked it, left a comment... really anything! I love getting to know my readers and interacting with you guys.  Also, nothing makes me happier than when I see a new comment or email from you! 

I feel like I've done nothing but work for the past couple of weeks.  Because of my crazy work schedule, I haven't had much time to write lately... or do anything for that matter.  I was counting down the days until I got some free time to myself.  After a long day of work yesterday (12 hours!) I finally have a break for the next three days!!! With all this free time on my hands I wanted to creat a To-Do list of all the things I really want to  accomplish over the next three days... although probably more like 2 because the 4th of July will be spent barbequing, drinking, and celebrating!  But anyways, here is my completely random list of everything I'm hoping to accomplish in the next couple of days...
- clean out and vacuum my car.. I'm not sure how it got so messy but it did.

- get my car washed ... there is a bird out to get my car.  I'm getting very annoyed

- clean my room, a lifelong battle of mine.  I feel like I clean in and within 10 minutes I've already created some sort of mess again.  I have to work on that.

- clean out my closet.  I'm pretty sure I have clothes in there from back when I was in high school! I also need to make room for all the new clothing I'll be buying to teach in.

- do my laundry.  Is it just me or does anyone else get into the habit of putting off their laundry forever and only washing what you absolutely need washed (aka my work uniform) the night before you need it???

- get some blog posts written and in my drafts... as of right now I have no drafts and I'm only writing when I can.. I'd love to get a little ahead.

-Complete the paperwork for my new job... I don;t even understand half of this paperwork... W-4's I-9's, direct deposit information, healthcare benefits, physicals, certifications oh my! so much paperwork! 

- Finally.. I can't forget to pamper myself a little bit... I would love to get my nails done tomorrow :)  I think I'll try out my new Sinful Colors Nail Polish from my first ever complementary Influenster VoxBox! I recently got the Surfs Up VoxBox and will be doing a post on that very soon :)

I could go on and on but I don't want to overwhelm myself! Lets hope I'm feeling productive over the next couple of days so I can start crossing things off this list!

What are some of the items on your to-do list this week?

Also, don't forget to check out my new facebook page :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm Right Where I'm Supposed to Be

I'm a pretty firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I believe the people that come in and out of our lives and the things we experience, good or bad, all have a meaning. It's easy to get caught up in looking at peoples facebook posts, instagrams, and blog posts and thinking how great their lives must be.  It's also easy to start telling yourself that your life isn't as fun or exciting or meaningful because you are not doing what everyone else is doing.

I've gone through phases where I've compared my life, my friends, and my experiences with others and it'd definitely brought me down at times.  I've had days, weeks, and even months when I've gotten down on myself because I wasn't in the popular crowd, didn't have a boyfriend when everyone else did, or didn't go out to concerts, parties, etc. like others were doing every weekend.  Don't get me wrong, I had boyfriends, friends, and I did go out but it just seemed that everyone else had more glamorous and fun lives than mine was. 

Being 22 now, I definitely feel I have gotten over a lot of these insecurities.  I know that everything in my life is here for a reason and everything I don't have at the moment has a reason as well.  I'm so proud of myself for graduating college, with honors I might add, and finding a full time teaching job in a high school that I cannot wait to start working at! I have super supportive parents, and a sister and cousins who I am extremely close with.  I may not have a man at the moment, but I've been lucky enough to surround myself with amazing friends who I know will always be there to support me.

Over the last couple of years, I've definitely learned that even though I may look back and wish I had done things differently, wished for different outcomes, or saw myself doing different things... I know I'm right where I'm supposed to be. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Subbing vs. Teaching

So now that I have student taught for an entire semester, (check out my first day post here)I wanted to write this post about the differences between being an actual teacher and being a substitute teacher.  For those of you who want to become teacher, I would suggest you start subbing in a school district near you during college.  Besides getting paid,  It gets you inside of a school managing a class full of students which is certainly good practice however, by no means is substitute teaching even remotely similar to being an actual teacher... especially not a pinterest perfect teacher.

First, when you are a teacher you form relationships with your students.  You get to know them, their interests, their strengths and weaknesses, etc. and they get to know you as well.  This relationship is built on mutual respect.  As a teacher, you respect your students and in return students respect their teacher (most of the time)

When you are a substitute teacher, you walk into a strange classroom full of faces you've never seen before.  They students have no relationship with you, you are an outsider and therefore they have little respect for you.  Often times students will act out when there is a substitute because they believe you cannot discipline them. I'm always a little bit amused at some of the bad behaviors I see from students when I'm subbing.  However, once I tell them that I am also a teacher and have student taught in their school or district before their bad behaviors diminish

When you are a teacher you set up a classroom routines and expectations that students know and are expected to follow.

When you are a substitute, students brains turn to mush and forget that procedures and rules exist.  That means  students have their phones out and are snapchatting, tweeting, and texting simultaneously.  Students also forget that they are inside of a school and begin talking as loudly as possible, presumably to talk over all the other students who are also talking incredibly loud.

When you are a teacher, you actually teach lessons, plan activities, interact with students, etc.

When you are a substitute your lucky if the teacher leaves a worksheet for the students to do.  Most of the time these worksheets or assignments are busy work that is boring and tedious.  No wonder students don't bother doing it! which brings me to my next point...

When you are a teacher students actually do their work in your classroom.. some days more willingly than others.

When you are a substitute there is absolutely no work getting done by any student in that class.  If you're lucky you'll have maybe one or two students diligently getting their work done but everyone else will be talking and doing their best to ignore you. In the off chance you get a class of students who does their work, more than likely the assignment will only take about half of the class period to complete.  I usually start off class explaining what the teachers expectations are and sometimes I'll even make it fun by racing students to finish the assignment.  This helps keep students on task.  I'll also add an incentive, if everyone finishes their work, the last 5 minutes or so of class you can move desks, talk to your friends, etc. Usually students will cooperate if they know they can go sit by their friend towards the end of class.   

When you are a teacher your day is usually somewhat exciting (or at least not boring).  You are constantly interacting with students and faculty, and you have plenty of work to keep you busy for days, and there is always something new going on!

When you are a substitute your day is very boring! .... Unless you're like me and decide to talk to all of the students whether they want to talk to you or not.  Also, if I'm really lucky and sub for a math teacher I always make it a point to show off my math expertise by helping students, answering questions, and asking students a few questions of my own just to make sure they know what they're doing.  It really throws them off when I do that :) 

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