Saturday, August 2, 2014

Oh, hello, August.

It’s August.

(I’ll just let that sink in…)

Happy Almost Back To School Time!  I am sure all of you are frantically trying to get yourselves ready for school to start.  I’ve been trying to prepare myself all summer.  The problem is, most of the preparing has been done in my brain and I haven’t actually been productive.  Oops.  I keep reminding myself that I aced so many college papers by writing them at the very last minute, so hopefully this will also apply to classroom stuff as well.  I doubt it, but I am remaining optimistic.  Or, I could just stop procrastinating.

Here’s my August Currently!  Thank you to Farley over at Oh, Boy Fourth Grade!  I hope you all take the time to join in on this fun monthly linky party! 

August Currently

Listening:  It has been cloudy all day and I was really hoping it would be raining tonight, because I adore the sound of the rain!  I turned off my iTunes and the fan near me, hoping to listen to outside my open window.  But no, the crickets are out there just mocking me right now.  I’ll get my sweet revenge next week.  They’ll all get a nice shower, because we’re supposed to have thunderstorms!  I am beyond excited.  And maybe I can get a free carwash, too.  Love it!

Loving:  A few years ago, I discovered teaching blogs.  It was a completely foreign notion to me that other teachers (who I assumed all taught in some magical teaching land together) created their own worksheets and activities AND that these worksheets and activities could be incredibly adorable.  Prior to that, I was relying on T.E.’s and making up my own supplemental activities off the top of my head.  Oh, and buying teacher workbooks for just one page that I absolutely needed.  My whole teaching life changed after I discovered those first few blogs (special shout out to The First Grade Parade, Oceans of First Grade Fun, and What the Teacher Wants!), and I was so inspired and excited to use all of these amazing things I found on the internet.  The problem was, at the time, I was transitioning from having my own classroom into becoming what I referred to as a “classroom tenant”.  For these past few years, I have been a sub/floater/support teacher/co-teacher at several different schools, with no classroom to call my own.  I literally had a library in the trunk of my car, you guys! (Please comment below if you read that sentence in your head as Chris Trager.)  I’ve been very sad about not having my own room, and a big reason for that was I was never able to organize or decorate the rooms I used (…not to mention establish rules and procedures that worked best with my teaching style, but that’s another blog post!) I was getting all of these amazing ideas on blogs and TPT that I couldn’t wait to use one day.  But I am so happy that I will have my own classroom once again, and I am super excited to start fresh and basically try everything.

Thinking:  I am NOT a summer person.  I loooove fall and all of its scarves and holidays and pumpkin spice things.

Wanting:  A teacher can dream, yes?

Needing:  I had to upgrade my ancient iPhone 4 (Four!!!) recently, and I am all kinds of in love with my 5c.  But I’m pretty disappointed in the charger cord that comes with it, which is much flimsier than my last one.  My cat can easily chew through it if I leave it lying around somewhere.  That may or may not have happened already.

1st day:  I start the staff development excitement right after Labor Day, and my kids start on the 8th.  That’s a Monday.  A MONDAY.  (How did that happen?)  I’ve never started school on a Monday before!  I can only imagine how tired the kids and I will be by Friday.  I’m already ready for the epic nap I will be taking after school that day.

 

I can’t wait to read what everyone is up to this month!  Best of luck to all of you starting school soon! 

Happy Teaching! 

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