Tuesday, October 11, 2016

You are enough!

I love to watch Ted Talks during my lunch break!  It's inspiring and helps get my mind ready for the second half of my day!  I came across this talk about redefining leadership and it is a message worth sharing!
Please watch!
https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Character Counts!

In the past, our school has given Student of the Month recognition.  We have been discussing, over the past year, that we would like to leave students with a greater impression regarding the importance of character.  As we pursue this cause we are going to use the 6 pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship from the character counts program.  Each month a grade level will put on a school wide assembly that will teach their peers one pillar.  As we focus on one pillar per month, students will be able to recognize each other demonstrating that character trait by putting their name on a "pillar" in the school hallway.  We are hoping to put the students in charge of their character, recognizing the person they want to become!  Thursday September 22nd is National Character Day and we will be kicking off our character counts with a school assembly!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ready! for Kindergarten

I am so excited to have gotten the opportunity to attend a Ready! for Kindergarten class.  Tonight, Wednesday September 14th, 2016, the Imbler School District hosted a class for parents of 3-4 year olds and a class for 4-5 year olds.  The material was amazing, and I learned so much.  Not only did the information I learn help to make sure our little man, James Justis, is better equipped with the tools and strategies that he needs for kindergarten next year, I felt light and excited!  The ideas, which are brain research based, make everyday life a learning moment.  An example of the mindset change I had tonight, was all the possible ideas for helping our little guy with letters, sounds, shapes, and colors could actually help me while we are waiting in line at the grocery store!  For example, counting the items in our cart that start with a certain letter, or shape, or color.  It is a relief to remember that through play our kids learn the most. We were very blessed to have three members of our local Imbler Christian Church who came and played with our kids while the parents were able to learn.  I brought home a beautiful binder and great bag full of amazing toys and tools to use for our little man at home. If you are able, please come to the next class this winter in January!  Message me for more details.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Getting Ready for School

It's crunch time!  Each year, after our county fair, I begin to breathe school.  I begin that "crazy" cycle of waking up early with an idea I must do today for my class, or in the middle of the night!  I spend hours looking up ideas and am in search of the best idea.
My life seems to be overwhelmed by school!  I have drawn a diagram of my classroom layout, handwritten schedule changes and bulletin board ideas.
I am also in the writing draft stage of my masters literature review, so yes I am on brain and classroom overload!
Each year I find a scripture that focuses me each day and guides the type of impact I want to have on the year.  This year my scripture is Mathew 22:39, in hopes that I can show and live in love to my students, their families, and those I work with.

Here is to happy planning and prepping to all my teacher friends out there.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our 100th day of school!

Thanks to the High School leaders who came and made our 100th day, of 100 things, so fun!



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One Word

What is your one word?  Instead of a new years resolution, I started following Jon Gordon' s campaign for one word.  I have had several words, last years was gratitude.  This year I am choosing a fruit of the spirit, self-control.  I know it's like two words but alone the words self or control just didn't encapsulate the meaning I was looking for.
I hope to find this year freeing and path revealing as I quiet myself to seek more self control.
I would love to know your one word, and our class will post a pic of all our "one words" as we finish them and hang them in the hallway!
Happy New Year, may 2016 be very blessed.