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Rachel. Teacher. Trying to be continuously positive. Lover of Jesus, history, literature, writing, disney, giraffes, captain america, and all things adventurous. I am creative and I have an appreciation for a random assortment of things. I AGAPE Jesus, and I love life. <333

A coworker and I are trying to figure out what actors and actresses would play everyone at our school. 

It’s the best thing ever.


Pencil sharpeners 

My classroom is in need of an awesome pencil sharpener. One that will last more than a few months.

I have seen the one that is going around the blogs from classroom friendly supplies. Does anyone use it?

Any recommendations would be appreciated!


This morning, my favorite coworker broke my dam and I cried 10 minutes before my students arrived. 

Then I cried as they were walking in because I couldn’t hold it together.
I made the teacher next door cry.

Then my students hugged me, and were nice to me for part of the day after I explained in tears why I was upset.

I think it’s a good thing for my students to realize I’m human and have feelings too.


I’m going to take a moment from my randomness to post something education related. 

I don’t post often about my classroom or school, but I need help/advice.

Have any other educators struggled with their team, or more specifically, people on their team?

My team is a dysfunctional at best, we are known as the black sheep of the school. We’ve got one teacher who refuses to change methods of collaboration because “that’s how we’ve always done it” (on top of many other things) and another who thinks they are God’s gift to education. Someone is always running to administration and tattling on what others are doing or not doing (I got called into the office today). And they are constantly brown nosing administration as well as being fake with the rest of the team.

Collaboration does not happen. Most come to meetings late and zone out. I’ve come to the point where I have given up trying. But I’m am tired of always compromising, or doing it their way since I’m tired of arguing.

Do any of you have any experience with this? I’ve asked administration for advice, but they told me they were not going to get involved. That we had to solve it. I understand they don’t want to police us (seeing as we are adults), but I feel it’s at a point they need to step in.

Any advice, thoughts, words of encouragement?


I&#8217;m sorry. I&#8217;m really proud of my outfit today.

The only thing that isn&#8217;t Old Navy (the store I work part time at) are the tights. They are from target. My necklace is from Pac sun. But I&#8217;m sure you can&#8217;t see it because my work lanyard is in the way.

I’m sorry. I’m really proud of my outfit today.

The only thing that isn’t Old Navy (the store I work part time at) are the tights. They are from target. My necklace is from Pac sun. But I’m sure you can’t see it because my work lanyard is in the way.


Guys. This is wonderful. 

Being miserable and alone all break meant I had time to do all the grading I needed to get down. So because I didn’t procrastinate, I get to have a lovely last day of break. Also, no stress because tomorrow is a teacher work day and the kids don’t get back until Thursday. Easing in baby, easing in.


So here is this gloriously dramatic video dramatization of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. I want to use it so badly, but one of the redcoats had to say “damn.”

You think I can just yell really loud when he says it and the kids won’t hear it?


"We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life." 

Gertrude Lang, Mr. Holland’s Opus


I uploaded something to teachers pay teachers! 

I have been making a lot of things for my classroom, so I decided to share some on Teachers Pay Teachers. I honestly don’t think I will plan on putting a price, unless I create something truly amazing.

This link takes you to the month labels I made for my calendar at school. I am really proud of myself, haha.

Check it out dudes!


One of the many mistakes and faults I had during my first year of teaching was not leveling my books in any way AND just putting them out there and expecting the kids to use them. Needless to say, my library was abused and used incorrectly. I believe I have come up with a way, a system, that will encourage my students to read them. Right now I am leveling them by AR levels and points, grade level, and guided reading level (for my sake). I was worried my books would be too hard for most  third graders, but I seem to have a variety. It’s a time consuming process, but it is the summer! I have been using an app that i plan on reviewing since i see a few I want to use this year. I’ll keep you updated on my plan! How do you organize your classroom library?

One of the many mistakes and faults I had during my first year of teaching was not leveling my books in any way AND just putting them out there and expecting the kids to use them. Needless to say, my library was abused and used incorrectly. I believe I have come up with a way, a system, that will encourage my students to read them. Right now I am leveling them by AR levels and points, grade level, and guided reading level (for my sake). I was worried my books would be too hard for most third graders, but I seem to have a variety. It’s a time consuming process, but it is the summer! I have been using an app that i plan on reviewing since i see a few I want to use this year. I’ll keep you updated on my plan! How do you organize your classroom library?