Monday, January 26, 2015

Two for Tuesday!

I'm joining with a few of my bloggy friends to offer you a special deal for Tuesday.  I know it's getting to the end of the month and you are trying to stretch out every last penny.  (I haven't been paid since mid-December!)

Anyway, keeping this short and sweet... I had to include ALL of my friends so you'll see I've got 5 deals for you.  All at 50% off.  Click on the words to go to each individual deal.  Click on the picture, to go to the page to see ALL of the 2 for Tuesday deals.  Hurry now... it's only for Tuesday!

Both include a Teaching Power Point along with worksheets.

Have a great one, friends!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Year, New Look... (Hopefully) New Attitude?

Hi Friends

I have a confession to make.  It's one you are very aware of, but isn't admitting something the first step to overcoming the problem?

I hope this is true.

You see, I suck at blogging.

In fact, I am probably in the running for the World's WORST Blogger Award.  

No joke!!

I want to have profound words of wisdom to share with you.  You would think that after teaching 27 years and seeing education go from here to there and everywhere in between that I would have at least a few nuggets to share with you.

Maybe, I'm just tired.

Tired of working, working, working.

Now mind you, I don't mind the TEACHING at all.  I truly believe that teaching, like preaching, is a calling.  I have felt it with ever fiber of my being since I was 5-years old.  

Yes, even then, I knew this is what I wanted to do.

Like many of you that I talk with, teaching has become so overwhelming.  It's no longer about doing what's best for the student.  It's no longer using best practices.  

No, it's become a circus of sorts.  A dog and pony show.  Jumping through the hoops.  Swinging from one trapeze to the next and hoping not to fall.  Hoping that if you do fall, that there's a net to catch you.  But there probably isn't.

So, between the meetings, meetings, MEETINGS  (honestly, I have a 3-ring binder titled just that), new teacher observations that treat everyone like a brand-new teacher.  What is a teacher supposed to do?

Get an Attitude Change, of course!!

I hope that has happened to me.  It started almost a month ago, and so far it is sticking.

My words of profound wisdom for you is this...
Sometimes it is impossible to change what is happening around you and even TO you.  If you can't change anything about your job, there is one thing you CAN change... 


I decided, most of the things that have gotten me down this school year are truly beyond my control.  However, I was letting it bleed over into my home life as well.  It was draining the joy out of spending time with my family, of taking time for me, of enjoying LIFE!!

So, I made an attitude adjustment. 

While I'm at school, I'm giving it everything I have... 200% or more.  I'm smiling at my students.  I'm enjoying spending time with them and teaching them.  I'm enjoying saying prayer with my co-workers each morning before our day begins.  (That one makes my day go MUCH smoother.)

I decided to take back an attitude of gratefulness, happiness, counting my blessings for the opportunity to answer my life calling.

Like a duck in the rain, I'm letting everything else just run off my back.

I do what I can while getting to school at the expected time rather than 45 minutes early.  I'm leaving on the dot, NO MATTER WHAT instead of staying an extra hour or two.

And you know what?  I feel better.  I'm laughing and enjoying time with my grandson, my husband, my mom, my daughters and most importantly, myself.

In honor of all of this.  I decided I needed a more sophisticated blog.  As always, my friend Christi worked her magic putting it together and my friend, Laine designed the clip art just for me.

It's time.  It's a New Year.  A New Look.  And, most importantly, a New Attitude.

Most of all, I think my students are benefiting.