Take Care of You!

Saturday, January 13, 2018
After a blissful two weeks off of work, and I really mean off, I am back into somewhat of a groove of a schedule. I spent my winter break and really focused on myself. I watched TV, read books that I want to read for myself, and spent time with family and friends. I really wanted another week to try and get myself back into a school mindset, but that wasn't going to happen.

I went back to school on Monday and what to my wondering eyes and ears did we focus on during our staff meeting?

Self-Care and Wellness

As I stated in my previous blog post, I am at a new school and district this year, and I feel truly blessed to be a part of an incredible teaching community. We spent our morning focusing on ourselves.

For the beginning part of the day, we had the option to participate in a yoga session. I put on my comfortable workout clothes and attended. Now, yoga is not really my thing, but I decided to give it a shot. I know there are a lot of people out there that are devoted to yoga, but I have more of this mindset: NAMASTE IN BED. I love to workout, but I don't have the right mindset to relax and let go. It was a new experience for me, and I like the calm mindset, but it will take a lot more practice for me to truly hone-in on relaxing my mind.

We also spent some time learning about a balanced life (and even participated in some events for balanced) and how the brain and our mood is affected by the amygdala. A few of our staff members attended a brain research PD and are now sharing their learning with us. They will even be coming to the classroom to teach these lessons to my students. As someone with a B.S. in Psychology, I am thrilled to be incorporating this into my classroom and teaching students the importance of taking care of theirselves and their minds. I also can't wait to share what I learn with you!

The Wellness Challenge

One of the ideas that we are implementing, as a staff, is the wellness challenge. We have a list of activities that we can complete each day to earn points and try to win prizes. I love this idea, because it helps keep me accountable, but it doesn't focus on weight loss, it focuses on overall wellness. Are you interested in working on your wellness? Click the image below to download a free template. You can choose to print it on post-it notes or just as the list itself!

Let me know what you do to take care of you! #stopteacherguilt


Back In Action

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Well color me embarrassed...I have not blogged for a year and half! I spent the past two weeks lounging and acting like a slug, so it gave me some time to think about my next steps in my career. Let me give you some background information about me!

New Job

I spent 6 years job searching and I am happy to say that this past summer I found a new school, new school district, and a place to call my school home. I had been previously commuting for 2.5+ hours a day and I decided that I was leaving that teaching position no matter what! The week that I resigned from that position, I was interviewed and offered a position that is less than 10 minutes away from where I currently live.

I spent the entire summer moving in and getting my new classroom ready and working on a grad school class (more information to come). Therefore, I didn't really have the time to sit down and write about anything. Then the school year took off and I was constantly running after it, because I could not seem to stay on top of everything. Even though my commute was cut down, I had to begin over with new curriculum and new expectations. Again, I was taking a grad school class at the same time.

I am now free of my commute and grad school classes (for the time being) so I feel like I can focus more on my professional self (outside of school).

Grad School

This past summer I began to work on my High Ability Licensure to add to my teaching license. I still have 3 classes to go, but I have decided no more classes during the school year...it's too much to stay on top of while working full-time. I have learned so much through the 2 classes that I have taken and I am excited to learn more in future classes. Why did I decide to take on this endeavor?

Teaching Position

So why did I choose to add on this licensure? There are a couple of different reasons! I was always sufficient at teaching the low and on level students, but I felt like I was lacking on teaching the students that needed higher level learning. The other reason is that I am teaching students that are exclusively high ability. All of the students are tested in and added to the classroom, so I need to learn how to meet their needs. The first semester went okay, but I am certain that I can do an even better job the second semester! By continuing to learn in my life, I will be a better teacher for the students.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I can't wait to share more with you in the future!

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