I recently announced that this blog is going to look a little bit different these days, more focused on teacherlife. I once focused solely on blogging and biz tips but I soon found that I became uninspired when confined to one area of my interests.
In real life I teach the tiny humans all day long. AND I’m really passionate about it. Though you might not be able to tell
Monday every morning when I’m hiding behind my coffee mug at my desk.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a coffee problem. A serious one!
So to align my real life and my blog life I’ve decided to write about all the important pieces of my life. And now we have a tag line of “lifestyle blog for teacher mamas with a side hustle”
That is the appropriate way to sum up my life’s interests!
So now that you know I’m a coffee addict and have far too many interests let’s jump into the good stuff. My #teacherlife. You know… because hashtags make it more interesting, HA!
I’m officially in my 5th year of teaching-in a 4th grade class, and while that may seem like nothing to many seasoned teachers and you may be asking “what makes this baby teacher qualified to write about teaching”
Well… I would respond with 3 things 1.) God has called me to it, the teacher life, and therefore he has given me a strong passion and strength to do this work 2.) I’ve had some kick-ass experiences that have helped me become a pretty darn good teacher and 3.)because I want to, and you can’t shut down my fire! (that’s a saying right??)
My journey to the classroom started at Iowa State where after one semester in I turned in my fashion books for all the education books to become an elementary teacher. Long story short in my senior year I was given an opportunity + a some big life changes and I flew the nest and headed south with the rest of the birds.
I spent a semester student teaching in Aldine which is the district in North Houston (an urban Title 1 district) where I was offered my first teaching job. After days of agonizing over staying in Texas or returning to my snowbird friends (because birds just seem appropriate, I don’t know why) I decided to suck it up and try something new. I stayed in Texas.
In my four years that I spent teaching in Texas I taught at two schools in 6th, 5th, and 3rd grade. In that order. And boy oh boy did I have some “rock your world” experiences. Both good and bad.
To list a few, both wild and heart warming:
- Students lighting off fireworks in my classroom
- Weed smoking in the restroom
- Being told I wasn’t getting any younger and that I was 36 so I should be married (this was when I was 22)
- The metal detectors at every door, even in the elementary
- Getting daily hugs because they I needed them
- Creating robots and helping kids overcome the fear of putting themselves out there
- Putting on band aid after band aid after band aid because of course that scratch you got from the playground needs one, even though you asked after you thoroughly ran around for 10 minutes after it happened
- Working with some of the BEST teachers and coworkers I’ve met
- The lockdowns due to neighborhood threats
- The “you need to leave before dark” talks because our side of town wasn’t the safest
- The countless cuss words I’ve been called
The list could go on and on forever, really. All of these classroom experiences + so many more have shaped me into the teacher I am today.
Not only have I had great (and some not so great) classroom experiences I had an abundance of amazing professional development opportunities.
Really, the sky’s the limit with PD in Aldine. So. Much. PD. Which I now know was a gift from the P.D. gods considering in my new district (bless their hearts) there is hardly any P.D.
In my short time teaching I’ve worked with some amazing curriculum and program trainers to refine and define my teaching skills.
I’ve worked with the Daily 5, Lucy Calkins Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Words their Way, and now currently I’m in a School for Rigor LSI campus. Each of these have taught me new ways to engage my students and have helped me to become the teacher I am now.
I still have so much to learn, because in education it is always changing. But I’m so excited to share with you the things that I do in my classroom that help my students be successful and the resources I create to make #teacherlife easier!