Listening: Pandora – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Yall, I’ve always got Pandora playing. We listen to it in my classroom most of the day. I have several stations that I listen to during planning, too. I listen to Pandora while in Starbucks or Panera, working. I listen to it at home while grading/lesson planning/anything school related. I tell myself it makes the activity more bearable. I even got a cool shower speaker for Christmas…so I listen to Pandora in the shower. I just love the variety it plays.
Loving: my happy planner! I recently got a happy planner this past month and I LOVE IT. I love how cute and customizable it is! The inspiring quotes and adorable graphics make me smile. I love that I can move the pages around wherever I like and can purchase so many different add ons. My assistant principal at my school has the notebooks from MAMBI and is obsessed. We had a good planner gab session – it was good for the soul. She even has the hole punch. I am beyond jealous and will probably be purchasing one soon.
Thinking: about all that has to be done this week! You guys know what I’m talking about. These last few weeks are nuts! We have to worry about benchmark testing, wrapping up skills, reviewing skills, musicals, field day, assemblies, tired kids, tired teachers, tired parents, spring carnivals, cleaning your classroom, packing up your classroom…the list goes on and on.
Wanting: a nap. I mean, is there really other explanation than that?
Needing: coffee! How else are we going to get all of our stuff done??? My sweet teacher friend blessed me with a Starbucks giftcard this past week – I think I may need to use it later today. I love my Kureig and all, but I may need some ‘bucks today.
Truth: teacher burn out is real and it makes me super sad. I have several friends who are leaving the profession at the end of the year. I hate to see this happen because they are all fantastic teachers! The stress of all the extra stuff that goes on has just gotten to be too much. Several of them are leaving for other reasons, like family or other business opportunities, but still. It just makes me that that our profession is so hard and that we have a huge turn over rate. I wish we all were appreciated for all that we do. Don’t get me wrong, I know our students appreciate us, but you know what I mean. I hate that we hardly receive recognition for the good that happens in our rooms. Take some time this week and let your coworkers know that you appreciate them!
Well, poo. I didn’t mean for this to end on such a debbie downer note!
Press on, teacher friends. What we do matters in so many ways.
We’ve got this. Only a few more weeks until BREAK. :)
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Listening: Gilmore Girls! Y’all. I love me some Lorelai and Rory. I have seen the seasons so many times that I can’t even keep track. I just start at the beginning and keep going. I have seen the episodes so many times that I don’t have to watch the screen at all, so I can actually get a lot done while listening to it. Do you have a favorite show that you’ve seen over and over? Or maybe it’s just me. Who knows.
Loving: My Class. Cheesy, I know, but seriously. I have such a great crew this year. Lately I have been reflecting on my past two years of teaching, and this one is by far the best. I have some crazy funny kids this year. They are silly and love to laugh. We are constantly laughing. These kids tell the silliest jokes and crack themselves up. They love learning and get so excited about understanding a new concept. (Who knew compound words could be so fun until this week?) They have such kind hearts, too! My kiddos are always helping each other, whether it is cleaning up or helping read a book. I definitely lucked out this year, you guys. I don’t even want to think about them leaving me!
Thinking: About the LIRPA LOOF. Yesterday was April 1st, better known as April Fools. I got my class GOOD this year. We read a story about the Lirpa Loof Bird and then found the adjectives. (We’ve been studying adjectives this past month!) When we read that these special birds migrate in the first week of April, the kiddos got SO excited. Then after reading that they eat carrots, I shared that I actually brought a carrot if they wanted to go look for one. We decided to make our own carrots and head outside. They bought it hook, line, and sinker. They were holding those carrots above their heads and chanting, “lirpa loof, lirpa loof!” It was hilarious!
Wanting: A piece of cheese toast. Sounds weird, but it’s true. It’s my favorite go to snack. A piece of Bay’s Southern Sourdough Bread, lightly toasted, with a slice of thin-cut provolone cheese is quite close to perfection. Thank goodness my mom got me a loaf when I was home in Nashville for spring break last week.
Needing: This pretty weather to stay! Today was so pretty! It was in the 60s and sunny! We had some storms earlier this week, but this weekend’s weather has been so good. We were even able to go outside for recess yesterday – something the kids and I BOTH need.
Whatever: #teachertired. It’s a real thing. I love my job. I love my kids. I love my friends. But whew. Sometimes I’m just worthless! Coming back after spring break was rough this time! Our schedules are all messed up – eating, bathroom, sleep, all of them! Gracious. You’re a teacher, you get it.
Hope you all have a great April! :)