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    Ending to the To-Do List–Four Habits To Improve Your Time Management at School

    Last night, I attended an evening meeting for a Teacher Leader Board that I am on. The meeting started with the opportunity for each teacher to share two words that described how they felt over winter break/in their first week back at school. Overwhelmingly, the most popular word shared was “stressed.” As teachers, we constantly feel that there is never enough time. There is always another paper to grade. There is always another email to answer. There is always another plan to create. Many of my teacher friends talk about their never-ending to-do lists and the fact that this ongoing to-do list is the source of their stress and anxiety. Even when teachers…

  • Balance,  Teach

    New Year’s Teaching Resolutions

    Every year I make a list of resolutions for myself. These are centered on my physical health, mental health, finances, and travel. At the end of the previous year/beginning of the New Year, my friend Mary and I share our personal resolutions as a way to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable. This tradition is something I so look forward to each year. While some people think that waiting for the New Year to set intentions or begin a habit is a bad idea, I am an individual who needs a reset every once in a while. The end of 2016 put a lot of things in…

  • Balance,  Live

    When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

    The end of this year has been…rough to say the least. Right after my last post, in OCTOBER, I got sick. Really sick. Legs turning mottled and pain all over my body sick. I have been to many doctors and gone through many tests to finally know that I do not have cancer, I do not have an autoimmune disorder, and that no one is still quite sure what is wrong with me, but that I will supposedly begin to feel better soon. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to be in control. If there is a problem, I make a plan, and I fix it. Uncertainty is…

  • Balance,  Teach

    Time For Some Real Talk

    Over the past few weeks, I haven’t written for a few reasons: The beginning of the school year can sometimes feel like chaos. 150 names to learn. 150 relationships to build. Schedules change. Students have bad days. We have bad days. A lot of things are unpredictable and take some time to settle down. My teaching load looks very different this year than it has in years past, so I have been feeling overwhelmed trying to figure all of it out and how to be the best teacher I can be for every student in my room. I have more accommodations to provide than ever before. It takes time to…

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    How Organization Systems Help Save My Time and My Sanity!

    School kicked off today and with that, the papers are flying out to students and in to me and time is FLYING! I don’t know about you, but it seems like the first days of school are over within the blink of an eye. Tonight as I am sitting here reflecting on today’s activities, I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement for the year ahead. While I only met my students for 45 minutes today, they already seem amazing and I cannot wait to get to know them better! These are the kinds of moments with my students that I want to enjoy and be mentally present for each day.…

  • Balance,  Live

    Why “Workxiety” is Real and What I’m Doing to Combat it This Year

    Soooo it’s been a while since I’ve last written. There are so many reasons why. Mainly, I’ve been enjoying summer! We’ve been to California and back on a wonderful trip with my sister and brother-in-law. I’ve also been cooking up a few classroom projects that I will share soon. But for today, I want to focus on my current struggle—pre-school stress! I’ve got a nifty new phrase for it from my gal pal and teacher friend Patty—workxiety. Why is workxiety a thing for teachers even before school starts? I am not 100% sure about your school districts, but over here, things seem to be constantly in flux. We report for…

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    Work Space–REVAMPED!

    Organization and decoration—two of my favorite things! This summer, I really wanted to give my office a makeover, hoping that would inspire me to utilize the space much more. Something I am consistently trying to improve is my work/life balance and this space is something I hope will help me do that. Some of you might be asking: What does space have to do with work/life balance? Isn’t that about time? Leaving work and work? Well, as my fellow educators know (and MANY of my friends and family in other career fields—shout out to my lawyer sister!) leaving work at work is not always possible. However, it is possible to…

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    A Summer of Reflection & Motivation

    It is not often that we get the opportunity to slow down and reflect. On the last day of school this year, which was already a month ago (!!!), we had a “half-cap” ceremony for our sophomore students. During the half-cap ceremony many sophomore students were recognized for their accomplishments and successes from this year. While I did not teach all of the students, it was such a positive and uplifting end to the school year. On the last day of school, I also had to say good-bye to one of the teachers at school who truly helped me to become the teacher that I am today. While we will…