Thursday, November 28, 2013

Got Ideas? A Chance to Help Newbies!

This year I am mentoring a brand new teacher.  It is the first official mentoring capacity I've had, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well our district supports brand new teachers.  I wish that I had started in my current district because I could have benefitted from the support they provide!

During December we are having a fair for ALL the new teachers in our district.  The mentors get together to provide resources to the newbie.  There are raffles and lots of ideas on display.  Our table is all about "STRESS MANAGEMENT."  I need your help!!!!

I'm looking for ideas to add to our table!  If you have anything that you'd like to contribute, I'm looking for items that I can display on a trifold display or to hand out to the mentees.  We have chair massages coming and will be giving away CDs of relaxation music and stress ball relievers.  I was also thinking of having ideas of management that might help relieve some of the stress as well.

If you might be interested, please email me at  I will also be encouraging online communities as a way to build community and find resources.


I have been away for a while focusing on family and career.  I've always been grateful, however, for this outlet to be creative and share ideas.  When I began this blog, I felt stuck in my career.  Doing the same things year after year is not my idea of a good time.  And since I chose this career because I knew that it would provide years of different situations and kids, and a creative outlet, and fun...well I needed that again.  Now in my 2nd year of teaching gifted junior highers, things in the classroom are exciting and there are colleagues that provide that creative support.  So...I've sorta...kinda...put online activities on the back burner.  I'm beyond blessed in my life and for my little blog in the desert that allows me to reach out, to share with whomever might listen, and to be creative!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!