Sunday, August 28, 2011

Looking for a Sub Folder

Hello Talented Teachers :)

Can someone point me in the direction of an awesome sub folder kit? I know I've seen several on various blogs, but I just can't seem to find any at the moment.

I'll also take any ideas on what you've done that has worked well for you in the past.

Thanks bunches!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

An Exciting New School Year...

is about to start! I am super excited to say that I have just been hired as a 2nd grade teacher at Defiance Elementary! I am now a bulldog. :)
I've been busy getting my room ready for Open House on the 23rd. As soon as I've gotten as ready as I can be I'll post pics.

I can't wait to meet my students and start the year. I could not have asked for a better school district to be part of. I am so blessed!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I am a College Graduate!

Three months after I turned 32 I reached a major life milestone:
college graduate

I balanced being a full-time college student with being a full-time student teacher, wife and mother (and housekeeper, chef, personal shopper, laundress, and maid!).

I almost made it through the ceremony tear-free until the very end when the President asked all the parents, spouses and children of the graduates to stand and be acknowledged for their support of the graduates over the past 4 years. I truly could not have been so successful throughout my college experience without the love and support of my husband, parents and son. (((Hugs to each of them)))

Now that this chapter has come to an end I cannot wait to begin the next, full of the eager little learners I will nurture, inspire, and teach!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Dress, One Changed Life at a Time

I'm a faithful follower of this really cool blog called MegaSimple. Recently, on a day off of school due to snow, I clicked onto Megan's blog expecting to read all about a yummy new recipe or super-cute craft project. Instead I find this post that spoke - no screamed - to me from the screen.

Amy Seiffert is chronicling her daily experiences of wearing the same gray dress every day for 6 months to raise awareness for the victims of human trafficking. At the end of her journey, Amy will donate the money she would have spent on clothing to The Daughter Project, an organization right here in Northwest Ohio devoted to rehabilitating girls rescued from sexual slavery.

I, myself, have had a personal encounter with this horrific crime against young girls and women. In May 2010 I had the opportunity to teach abroad in Cambodia. While I was there I visited many shelters designated to provide a safe haven for those brave enough to escape the trade. I also had the unfortunate, yet life-changing experience of witnessing human trafficking in the act.

As I read through Amy's blog the desire to act - to do something about this - began to take shape in my mind, in my soul. So, like any normal cyber-stalker, I looked Amy up on Facebook. Sure enough, she had a page. So I sent her a message.

This is what it said...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Keepin' Up With Technology

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I have an iPod Touch and {LOVE} it!

I use it constantly.

I've seen them used in classrooms occasionally, but Mrs. Walksy's first graders use them every day. Check out this excellent blog post for a list of apps and multiple ways to use them to enhance learning.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Me - stylish? Aww, shucks!

I've been given the:

by Kim at Sailing Into First Grade

Thanks, bloggy buddy!

Since I've received this award I have to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award. (check!)

2. Share 7 things about yourself. (check!)

~ I have been happily married to my husband Shawn for nearly 9 years - we've been together for 13!

~ I am the proud mommy of one super-cool kid named Jackson.

~ I am currently student teaching in a kindergarten class. I'll be done the day before Good Friday. I'm already starting to get chocked up at the thought of leaving my kinder kids. :(

~ I will {finally!} graduate in May with my degree! Woot! It's been a L_O_N_G time coming.

~I had the most ah-mazing opportunity to teach overseas in Cambodia last May. It has forever changed my life as a person. You can read about it here.

~ In my spare time, my favorite hobby is browsing through the many great teacher blogs on the 'net for great ideas to enhance my {future} little learners' time in my classroom.

~ I am beginning the job search. I cannot wait until I have my very own classroom full of eager learners!

3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers.(check!)

What The Teacher Wants! {LOVE} this blog! It is such an awesome resource. This blog is always one of my go-to blogs for ideas and inspiration.

Growing Kinders This blog always has super-cute printables to use for every theme and holiday. This really helps a newbie like me!

Little Learners Lounge
I just {love} the coll ideas this teacher mommy does with her sweet little one at home. (Mommy Hugs!)

Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten This teacher's support for her student teacher makes my heart happy! As a student/beginning teacher that support means the world.

First Grade Fun This blog has such cool music in her playlist! My son {loves} it when I visit her blog. :)

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about this award (check!)

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Coolest Show-and-Tell Ever!

Hannah had a little lamb...

Who followed her to school today...

It made the children laugh and play!