Saturday, December 30, 2017

Reflections and Resolutions: 2018 Here We Come!

2017 is officially classified as one of the best years of my life.  I married the most wonderful man, my grand baby, Lyla Grace was born, and I found where I truly belong in my teaching world.  Life is great!  The only downfall to my incredible happiness is my writing has suffered.  A ton.  I find myself not wanting to sit down and write as often because I'm working on new ideas for my classroom.  Or snuggling a baby.  Or spending time with my new husband.  But it's Christmas break and I'm inspired once again.  This time of year I like to reflect upon the school year so far and make some resolutions for the rest of the school year.  Here we go!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Drop Everything And Read

I was watching my students last week and I noticed one of my kids was looking tired.  He's usually awake.  Wide awake, if you know what I mean!  I went to him and asked him what was going on.  After he told me, I realized that sometimes I forget that I have no clue what goes on after they leave me.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I'll Be There For You

Jon Bon Jovi and I aren't that different.  He's seen a million faces and he's rocked them all.  I've seen hundreds of faces and I've taught them all!  Jon feeds the people that are hungry.  I feed the kids that are hungry...for knowledge!  See?  Not that different!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Live Every Moment, Love Every Day

If there's one thing we know for certain in this life it's that we are only here for a short time.  We have to make the most of our time here and hope that we are doing something worthwhile.  This past week has really brought that to my attention.  I lost a friend, an idol, and a former student all in the span of a few days.  It was definitely a reflection week for me!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

If I Could Turn Back Time

Just recently I have really started to reflect back on my career.  I've thought about all the things I wish I had known and the things I wish I had done differently.  I can't help but think of all those poor souls that had to endure the mistakes of a young girl learning how to be a good teacher.  These thoughts have caused me to wish I had found a letter from my future self, Back to the Future style, so I could stop all those horrible mistakes I've made along the way.

Here is the letter I wish I had found in the pocket of my 90's mom jeans.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Writer's Block

I'm suffering from writer's block today so I'm sharing my daughter's blog with everyone.  It can be found by clicking this link, Talking to Myself by Ali Curtner, and it is always amazing.  Please check it out!  I'll be back when my brain cooperates.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

First Grade 101

I'm back!

Not much has happened since I left off in April...let's see...got married, honeymooned, spent time with my new grandbaby, changed grades and classrooms.  Nope!  Not much at all!  To say that I've been busy would be an understatement.  Every second that I wasn't planning a wedding or playing with a baby, I was planning for a whole new school world.  Let's just dive right into the first week of first grade, shall we?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time For Change

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.  You have heard that saying a million times.  I just realized recently that I was becoming the old dog.  I actually heard myself say, "We tried that years ago.  It didn't work then.  Why would it work now?" 

Very quietly and oh so slowly, I was becoming..... ONE OF THOSE TEACHERS! You know what I'm talking about, right?  The ones that don't welcome new ideas, get stuck in old ways, do the same things over and over, and (gasp) are getting old.  Well, it was time to snap out of this!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen!

The older I get, the more I realize how little I know!  It's exciting and frustrating at the same time that I still have so much to learn.  When I do learn something new, sometimes my opinion might change on a certain topic.  For example, I might be extremely excited about a new way of teaching reading. After trying this new way or learning that it could hurt children, my opinion would change.  But it would be something new that I would learn.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Let Them Be Little

"Where were you when President Reagan was shot?"
"Where were you when The Challenger exploded?"
"Where were you when you first heard about Columbine?"
"Where were you on 9-11?"

The answer to all of these questions is the same.  I was at school.  Sometimes I was the student.  Other times I was the teacher.  But some of the biggest events in American history in the past 45 years have happened while I was surrounded by children.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snow Days

"When I was your age, kids, we didn't have that!"  

I find myself saying that more often than I care to mention the more time passes.  The kids already think it's crazy that I used to actually have to wait for letters from my cousin Stephanie for weeks!  They can't believe that my mom and dad wouldn't just let me call her because it cost too much for us to talk.  It's hard to comprehend life without cellphones and the internet when you're nine years old.