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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

Starting to wrap up my civil war unit with the kiddos. 

Tomorrow they get to eat like a soldier….slightly burnt cornbread and salted ham (aka fried spam).

The burnt cornbread may or may not have been an accident.


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.


I’m making an online quiz for my students to take tomorrow on Franklin Roosevelt. My first question is “what is one of Roosevelt’s most famous quotes?” Is it wrong for me to make a choice that says, “I can’t feel my legs.” 

It’s wrong, right?


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.


So one day I was hanging up bulletin board paper in the hallway and I swear to you, I heard the Tardis. 

I slowly turned around, hoping my dreams had come true and that the doctor was there with an outstretched hand, ready to take me on adventures to everything I ever wanted to see.

But it was just the custodian with a vacuum.


"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


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?


I am so pumped to set up my first classroom-before the students arrive!! I don&#8217;t even know if I told you all everything, i guess I&#8217;ll have to update you soon!

I am so pumped to set up my first classroom-before the students arrive!! I don’t even know if I told you all everything, i guess I’ll have to update you soon!


world-shaker:

An awesome and simple little teaching tool over at Teacher Tipster’s Facebook page!
(look for “Teacher Tipster” on Facebook if this link doesn’t work; it’s in the recent wall photos)

Genius

world-shaker:

An awesome and simple little teaching tool over at Teacher Tipster’s Facebook page!

(look for “Teacher Tipster” on Facebook if this link doesn’t work; it’s in the recent wall photos)

Genius


Wednesday Wellness Tip 

It’s okay to be the last one leaving the school.

It’s also okay to be the first.

Keeping your sanity is just as important as those papers that have to be graded, or that science activity that needs to be set up.

Either way, you’re still a good teacher.