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! 



  1. Found you through Farley's rule of 3 :) Congrats on a classroom to call your own! I always set aside July as my time and only start working on classroom stuff in August--now it's go time! I too plan a lot in my head (or on pinterest) then NEVER get all of it completed by the time the first day rolls around. I hope you have better luck!
    Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

    1. Haha, I'm a Pinterest planner, too! I'm hoping to have about 80% of it done by the first day. That way, I won't feel so bad about not finishing anything!

  2. I had to sub forever and EVER since teaching jobs were HARD to find when I got out of school. I think I became a better teacher because of it for SURE!! Lots of ideas to get before you get your classroom! Congrats, though! That's GREAT!!!! Cute blog!!!
    Mixing it up in Middle

    1. Thank you so much!!! Yes, my sub time was invaluable for that very reason! Sometimes, I wish I could just spend a day visiting other schools to get inspiration! It should almost be a requirement! :)

  3. I, too, dabble in the art of procrastination! Teaching blogs have been my obsession (and inspiration) lately, and I enjoy reading and getting ideas from them as well! There are so many people who are much more creative than I am! Congratulations on getting your very own classroom to call your own :) I am so not a summer person, in the south it gets so hot and humid - never a good hair day! I am a fall/spring girl, too - I love all the cute scarves and sweaters! We start on a Monday, too...I wish our school district started on a Thursday so that we can get all the 1st day stuff out of the way and then start with actual teaching on a Monday. I enjoyed reading your blog! Good luck on the new school year!


    1. Thank you so much!!!! Procrastination is definitely an art! I feel the same about teaching blogs...I wonder where all their creativity comes from! Maybe from lack of sleep because they're so busy! Good luck with your first loooooong week of school! I'm excited, but I'm dreading it as well!

  4. Congratulations on 2nd grade and having your own classroom :) Such an exciting time for sure!! Good luck with setting up.. and just remember to have fun!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! (& yes... Hawaii has a lot of changes in the ed world but it sure seems to be looking up)

    A Little of LiLi

    1. Thank you!!! Maybe someday I'll end up in Hawaii, too! That would be amazing.