Here are pdf versions of these rules so that you can use them in your classroom!
Book recommendation videos are my favorite videos to make, especially when they are about history books with strong female characters. There’s still some time to squeeze in a little summer reading, so here are my a few of my top recommendations!
My favorite thing about going back to school has ALWAYS been back to school shopping. I didn’t do a whole lot of shopping this year, but I picked up a couple of things that I think will be very useful when school starts. What did you get for back to school?
I don’t know about you, but when I look at all of the CCSS online I get completely overwhelmed and I feel like I’ll never be able to teach every single one! I am trying to start extra early this year and do all my planning based on meeting the Common Core State Standards. You can find my lesson planning standards worksheet here.
July shouldn’t be a month that contains a lot of teacher favorites, but I did attend a teacher conference and I found my favorite new teacher Netflix show. What can I say, the job never quits!
So I know this doesn’t have anything to do with teaching, but I thought I would share with you the most exciting night of my life! I am the biggest Mariah Carey fan ever and I finally got to see her in concert for my birthday. Here’s a little video about my amazing night (and some secret footage!)
This year I taught an ELD (English Language Development) summer school class for the first time, and I LOVED it. I met some amazing kids from all over the world and I was almost sad when the class was over. (Almost!)
Last year I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Small Things Blog, and Kate wrote a post on her birthday, just reflecting on her life at the moment. I recently turned 29 and it has me feeling a little nostalgic and wanting to slow down and focus on what is happening around me. This is the last year of my twenties, and life feels like it is flying by. My actual birthday was pretty hectic, as I had just finished teaching summer school, I directed the Lion King Jr. the night before, my parents were visiting from Northern California and brought us some hand-me-down furniture, and my husband was working 14-hour days at a basketball tournament that he helps run every year. It was a fun but crazy day, and I am just now getting time to sit down and write and reflect. So here is a little life update as I kick off age 29…
making: some new YouTube videos about my teaching experiences
cooking: nothing, sadly! We have been subsisting on leftovers from when my parents were here, but I’m going to need to make a Trader Joe’s run soon!
drinking: a grande iced americano with vanilla syrup. every. single. day. It’s a problem.
reading: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. (Keep an eye out for book review video!)
wanting: to find the perfect summer clutch
looking: at the stack of Lion King cards that I made for all the kids in my cast. I need to get those in the mail tomorrow!
playing: Duolingo. It’s just ridiculous how bad my Spanish still is after so many years of studying!
wasting: my life on Snapchat every five seconds
wishing: that there was more summer left than there actually is
enjoying: my first actual week of summer vacation. I’ve been sleeping in, taking walks, going shopping, catching up on movies, and sprucing up our apartment a little. It’s definitely enjoyable!
waiting: for my husband to have some time off with me! He helps run a super high level basketball tournament for two weeks every July. He loves it and he’s great at it, but he has to work 14 or 15 hour days, so I can’t wait until he gets to relax 🙂
liking: the message in the Pixar movie, Inside Out. Such a cute movie!
wondering: if I’m actually an introvert. These past few days of time to myself have been so good for my soul. Although, I felt compelled to share every other thought on Snapchat, so maybe I’m not…
loving: that my husband and I are both happy night owls
hoping: that I’ll get to meet Mariah Carey at her concert next week!
needing: to find a really good budgeting/ saving system
smelling: the bouquet my Lion King kiddos got for me
wearing: yoga pants and a tank top
noticing: that my nieces are changing and growing so quickly
knowing: that I make a difference in kids’ lives. and that feels great.
thinking: about auditioning for a theatre production next year
feeling: like I forgot to do something that was particularly important today
opening: such sweet birthday cards that have been trickling in since last week. I have the nicest friends and family!