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The Countdown

I am officially ready for 2 weeks out of school!!! Let me catch you up on this semester at school which would not have run so smooth if my gut wasn’t happy.

It has been a little while since I taught Texas history so when there were some personnel changes at school, I was moved back to 7th grade classes. Ahhhhhhh! I love Texas history but I really, really, really enjoy teaching early US History because I can relate it to my semi-annual trip to Washington D.C. with 20ish hormonal, crazy, sweet & salty teenagers. I don’t mind the move because I have taught it before & just dove in head first. I just feel like my brain has not caught back up after the transition so a 2 week break is more than welcome. 

My 2 volleyball teams both won district championships!!! That is 3 in a row for this proud coach! ?

We are in a tough basketball district & one of my teams is 5 & 0, pulling out a nice final game before Christmas break last night!

I love what I do! I don’t even consider it work but I’m looking forward to family, my babies & my husband without anywhere to be in the evenings or any homework to do.

Speaking of homework, this was my peaceful view after a wacky weekend. I stared at the Christmas tree while I was trying to write my 2nd final paper of the day on Sunday & it must have given me inspiration because I finished it & my lesson plans faster than I usually finish just my lesson plans. Now I am just waiting on my grades. This semester was a tough workload but I survived. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! I am 33% of the way towards my masters degree!

Overall, my gut would generally react poorly to so much going on & so much extra stress but enter Entivyo stage left! This medicine, coupled with Xeljanz, has been a life changer for me! Before these all stars came along, even small stress stressed me beyond anything my gut could handle, but I am happy to report, I have not experienced any symptoms of colitis at all!!!!!!

So, with all that being said, the countdown to December 22nd begins! I am sooooo ready for crackling fires, baking goodies, Christmas movies with the boys, no homework for me or Jaxson, no games to play, time with my family & my hubbys’, no where to be & no stinkin alarm set! Merry Christmas to me!!!!! & happy Christmas season to you all!! May your stress be low & may you experience awesome blessings this holiday season.

Teacher Corner

Gamification What?

I’m taking a seminar this semester in eLearning. I find it fascinating because the typical classroom these days is very technology heavy so I’m learning things I can apply to my classroom to improve a variety of areas.

I have to write a research paper over an eLearning topic and I’m kinda stumped on what I really want to write about for 1000+ words. I can talk on and on but I really want it to be something of benefit to my classroom. 

One of the topics that we will be covering in weeks to come is gamification. It is interesting that experts give the younger generation a hard time because of screen time and such, yet our classrooms are turning to learning games and online lessons instead of improving the old school methods. I need a question out of this topic to guide my paper but I’m at a loss. Any ideas floating around out there? 

Teacher Corner

Motivation Monday ❤️

I love this cup! It reminds me that what I’m doing is impacting the world!
Who knows, I could have the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates in my classroom or maybe a president or a singer who will make an unbelievable impact on the world we live in. So yeah, teachers, you are kinda a big deal! We guide all other professions.

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What your child’s teacher wants you to know

I sat down at the lunch table in our cafeteria. Most kids were eating from the cafeteria lines which I do somedays. Others were eating out of their lunch bags or Walmart sacks. As I look at what today’s middle school kids eat for lunch, I noticed a trend. They weren’t the Pinterest perfect, food prep on Sundays lunches that I see floating around Facebook. It was a sandwich and chips or leftovers. A thought came to mind and it looks alot like the ideas reflected in “Party Like a Mother”.

You don’t have to do it all!!!


Mila Kunis plays a picture perfect, do-it-all mom who still manages to make PTA meetings.

After an awful day, that’s a drastic understatement, she makes it to a super important can’t miss PTA meeting about an unannounced topic which ends up being a bake sale. ARE YOU SERIOUS! Really, a stinkin’ bake sale! That’s when she decides that she’s done trying to be it all & do it all. She just stops doing & here’s where the message comes in.

Just be involved! You don’t have to be Pinterest perfect, all organic, Susie homemaker momma. You just need to be there. That’s all your kids want and that’s all their teachers want.

If you’re at this point and want a change, there’s a few monumental things that will happen when you stop trying to be perfect:

1. When your kids learn that you have expectations, they will learn to work towards attaining them. Our jobs as parents is to train the tiny humans to do as we do. What are you training them to do?

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2. No one is perfect! Teach your kids to be realistic & strive for their best. If they fall short, lesson learned.

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3. This world can be tough. Let them figure that out & be there to answer the tough questions or cushion the fall.

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4. You’re not fooling their teacher when you try to pass your project off as theirs. They will actually learn when they do their own work.

5. You are not retaking their classes for a grade so let them earn it.

6. Do not drop everything to take them their forgotten lunch or homework unless it was your fault. This is working on that responsibility thing.

7. Your child can’t tell the difference between organic & TV dinner so don’t stress! Food is what they need.

8. Gourmet, homecooking or takeout…the common denominator at supper is family together time. I think sitting down for a dinner as a family is super important. If it weren’t for family dinner, you may never see your teenagers!

9. The biggest thing this teacher wants you to remember…they are kids. A grade is a grade but it doesn’t define who they are or where they’re heading in life. It just says, “we’ve got something to improve on”.

I don’t know how we created a society that is drowning in “how do I look”. I also don’t know how we are to go about fixing what is broken but I want you to know momma, it is ok that your child’s lunch looks like the 1950’s bagged lunches. It is also ok that their projects aren’t perfect and they use their own words. It is ok to teach your kids to strive for something other than perfection as long as they’re doing their best. One day, the ideas that they come up with on their own might take us back to a society that puts less value on looks and more on the content.

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Teaching is definitely a calling & we wouldn’t be in that classroom with your baby if we didn’t feel that we could help guide them through life with a side order of knowledge. We do really enjoy your input and help however we may get it. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect, all organic, Susie homemaker momma. Just be involved!