I've never been a big breakfast eater, but I'm trying to eat a little something to start my day. I add these yummy Cinnamon Oat Clusters to my greek yogurt.
I got a nice card from my principal this week, as I'm off work still recuperating from surgery.
For spelling homework or word work in class I have a collection of worksheets students complete.
I wanted to add a new variety so I made up a few new ones: place value spelling, secret code, and coin value spelling.
As you can see my computer partner is Harley. As I work on my TPT products or browse Pinterest he finds a spot under the table. Too bad I can't teach him to edit my work.
I've always, always worn contacts, but when I'm at home I've finally resorted to wearing a pair of glasses when needed. I have not ventured into wearing them when I'm at work though. Some people look great in glasses, but I'm still not used to them on myself.
It's a new year which gives students time to focus on their goals and areas for growth. Some students really struggle with penmanship. Here's a tip that might help.
Tape a quality writing sample on a student's desktop so it's always in view at right at their fingertips!
In the sample above the student showed appropriate spacing and formation of letters which serves as a wonderful daily reinforcement for this student that success can be achieved.
I shared that my one little word focus is RELAX so my favorite things are related to that.
My water fountain helps me relax when I'm grading papers, lesson planning, or working on my TPT store products. The constant sound of running water is soothing.
I CANNOT live without my sleep mask. I sleep with it on nightly and it helps me get to sleep quicker and block out light. Even the teeniest of light from my alarm clock or TV can interrupt my sleep. But this mask does the trick. When I go on vacation or on airplanes this is a must have.
I try to take a few minutes several times a week to used guided relaxation from Calm.com. This site has wonderful, quieting nature sounds and music to relax to.
What are some of your favorite things? Go link up over at Teaching Trio.
I hope to find more of a balance between work and my life. I've always given above and beyond in my classroom-so much so that it INVADES my deserved downtime. So my goal is to let go of not doing as much outside of my contract hours and realize that what I do accomplish is enough.
My goals related to health are in process right now. I am recovering from recent surgery and will be off work for a few weeks. I plan to get back into my walking routine with my dog (who also is recovering from his own surgery) once I'm up to it.
While on winter break I've enjoyed reading several books. I WILL continue this during the regular school year and not just for breaks! I just wrapped up the book Big Little Lies this evening and started another one titled Defending Jacob. I love a good book and need to carve out more time to read regularly.
I also hope to focus on One Little Word during 2015.
My word of choice is RELAX.
My goal is to relax MORE at home, but also to remember to relax at school too!
A few weeks ago I shared that my dog was sporting a hurt paw. Well after a vet visit, it ended being an infected dew claw. Harley is now a week and a half post surgery to clear out the infection. He had both dew claws removed, plus while he was under I chose to get a couple of skin warts removed. The vet tech called during the surgery to ask if I wanted to also have his teeth cleaned so he now has sparkly clean chompers too. His first couple of days post surgery were rough. I ended up sleeping on the floor next to him the first night. Poor guy!
My parents have been watching him during his recovery while I'm at work and he's been a good doggy patient. So much so, that when they went for a brief shopping trip the other day they left him without the cone on. They came back to cotton all over the floor as Harley chewed on the top part of one of his bandages. Harley got scolded and on went the Cone of Shame.
Harley is not a happy camper!
He is back to not wearing the cone, but only when he isn't being supervised.
TPT's Cyber Sale is Dec. 1st and 2nd. I'm joining Ideas by Jivey linky to share 2 of my store's most wish listed items and one of my favorite "to purchase" wish list items.
My TOP seller and wish listed item in my store is a math favorite. My equivalent kite fraction project combines the learning of a math concept with art which makes a wonderful bulletin board display. I always have these up at my annual Open House in the spring.
My second top wishlisted item is my hands on Bottle Cap Math Bundle. Just save and program bottle caps and put them to use reinforcing many math concepts including addition, subtraction, number comparisons, fractions, multiplication, sequencing, probability, patterning, place value, rounding and more.
Theme is such a difficult concept to teach so I went on the search for a worthwhile resource that I could use in my class and found this by Brenda Kovich.
My store will be 20% off during the sale.
Remember when you fill up your carts to use the Promo Code (TPTCYBER) to get an extra 8% off