Saturday, December 31, 2011

Did You Know?

I was shown this video a couple years ago in a physics class for teachers. It helps me to keep things in perspective...how I teach, what I expect, and whether I'm doing the best things for my students.


2012 Resolutions -Time to Link Up

So now that I'm back blogging and have 3 weeks worth of stuff to say, it looks like there might be the multiple blog posts again!  I love when I can do that. ;)  Over at Teacher's Treasure, Mor has promised to keep up on track with our 2012 resolutions.  I've never been one to make any, probably because I know I'll break them.  But, I'm willing to give it a try, especially since my 5th grader met all of her 2011 resolutions by June...show off! 

Personal

1.  Be a better friend.  It's not that I'm a bad friend, but my family always comes first, and then rest and relaxation, and then my job, and then...you get the idea.  This year I want to send birthday cards and set up dinners and make it a priority.

2.  Eat at home more.  I know how bad eating out is, but it seems that when time is an issue the drive thru is always easier.  I still make it a priority to eat it at the table with all the family together, but I know for my kids they deserve to have home cooked meals without all the preservatives, salt, chemicals, and fat.

3.  Use all of my massages from Massage Envy.  It happened before.  I can see it happening again.  I need to make time for me. :)

4.  Learn more about blogging.  I'd love to create my own designs and buttons and backgrounds, but I just don't know where and how to start.  I'd also love to be able to use Google docs better.


Professional

1.  Stay positive.  When you have taught as long as I have, and you see the amount of incompetency that I do, it makes it difficult.  This is part of the reason that I started blogging.  I LOVE what I do.  I knew I wanted to teach since I was in 3rd grade, so I need to find ways to stay motivated and creative.  The blogging community is full of teachers that are just like me.  They have passion about their careers and want to share.  This is what I need in my life!!

2.  Entertain new possibilities.  This is my sixth year of 6th grade.  I love this age, but know that change keeps people fresh.  I need to be willing to at least look into something new...7th graders maybe?

3.  Stay organized.  It's not that I'm not organized, but on any given day I can't find the top of my desk.  If anyone ever questions me, I say that my job is to teach kids while they are in my classroom, not to organize everything while they watch.  Maybe what I need is more filing places for papers!!

My Supersized Vista Print Order!

I've spent most of the morning playing around on Vista Print after I received some feedback from my last post...thanks Stephanie and Mor!  Stephanie's page was sooooooo helpful and it lead me to some other places, ideas, and even a Facebook page.  Who knew?  So as promised, here are the items that I ordered.  All but one for the classroom (my daughter loves owls) and several were free.  I had a $70 Groupon that I paid $17 for and because I bought an additional $25, I didn't need to pay for shipping!!  I will for sure be going back for more, and if you need some inspiration, here is Stephanie's site Teaching in Room 6 ~Vistaprint ideas.


 
                   

             The Freebies
Pen w/my name, Welcome magnet for the door, From the desk of stamp, and "You've got the ticket" postcard that I'll use for our Friday Star Student


The Essentials
These are the items I actually planned on purchasing before I started. The fix it stickers, 2 magnets for in class, at home work, a set of Thank You cards that say from the desk of Mrs. Phillips, that actually shows my desk, Student information post cards, post-its for the copy mom, while you were out pads that can just be torn off (my favorite!), and a no name stamp in red so that when it goes home, parents can see it!






 The Extras
These items were ones I found that I didn't necessarily need, but thought they'd be nice to have.  A mouse pad, a poster for our independent math work, and an owl bag for my daughter!







Friday, December 30, 2011

Long needed vacation...and Vista print!

I've been on hiatus for several weeks now trying to focus on rest and relaxation!!  The holiday times for our family is so hectic, that some things needed to take a back seat so that the important stuff could be accomplished. :)  But, I'm back and am starting to plan for my return to school next Friday.  I have a Vistaprint Groupon I purchased a while back and need to use it by tomorrow.  I've seen so many neat things, but don't know what exactly I should do with my $70 (for $17).  And, to top it off, I've only ever ordered T-shirts for a family reunion through them.  Any ideas??  I will post pictures once I get my order.  I feel like this is definitely an undertapped resource that I need to utilize!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Gifts for Students

Every year, for the past six years, I leave school on the last day before Christmas break with enough loot to make me embarrassed.  Having once worked in Title I, I never came to expect anything from my students.  My students were lucky to have eaten the night before, so I always felt like I should give something to them.  Each year I would have stockings for them to decorate and fill them with goodies.  It's a tradition I've never stopped, even though my students now could care less about candy or trinkets that came from their teacher.  This year I have nearly 80 students and so I'm at an impasse.  Do I continue spending money on students to buy things that will end up in the trash before the end of the day?  What I have to offer is so insignificant in their world, that I'm not sure it is even worth it.  What do you do?  I'm curious and looking for some new ideas.

Here's what I was thinking about this year.  Some I've done in the past, some are brand new...

Candy bars with "Free night" homework pass.  I've gotten some super cute ideas off of pinterest if I use this this year.

Stockings stuffed with Oriental Trading Company goodies

Ornaments with their name/initial.  Again...some great ones out their on pinterest, but might take time to make.

Lunch with your teacher.  They still LOVE to tell me all kinds of stories and there is never enough class time.

Week of Giving (class gift).  One day I'd play with them in PE, one day in math they'd get to have game day, one day I'd eat with them in the cafeteria, etc.