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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