The end of every school year is bitter sweet. It is mid-June and you are ready, the students are ready, the admin is ready, even your furniture in your classroom is ready.
But it’s bitter sweet, because you don’t want them to go, but you are so tired that it just needs to end already.
This past year as 3rd grade was my favorite by far. The kids were just easy going, barely any problems, barely any attitudes and just kids being kids. I had a lot of babies still in my room. We had a fun thing where the kids just brought in stuffed animals and they kept them at their desks. It got a little out of hand when the whole class started bringing them in but they liked it. They are still kids. And I can guarantee, some of the kids that really liked them, don’t have any at home.
This year I learned how to be a different teacher. I learned that I did not always have to be strict and that we could still do silly things and learn at the same time. I learned to listen to my kids and they will tell me everything. Sometimes its toooo much but then you just sit and you listen! These kids needed people to listen to them.
I turned them into readers and writers. We read and wrote every single day and it showed! I am so proud of that. They really enjoyed writing and reading and that was a personal goal for me.
The fact that I have another year in the same grade and the same school, is amazing! I will be able to perfect my teaching for next year because I already went through it this year!
I hope over the summer I can gain some new hope and skills and strategies to use in my teaching tool belt!
Now…. professional development and tracking back to New York!
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Knowing Father’s Day is coming up, this is perfect timing! Everyone knows Father’s Day is not as built up as Mother’s Day so we should just take this one too! Just kidding.
However, I think it’s important to recognize mommy wins even if they are small since moms usually have to take on the hard role and the law makers. I know that’s the role of me in my house.
- Keeping her alive with no major issues for over 3 years now. No broken bones or major illnesses, we have survived!
- Sleeping all night long since infancy. My daughter has slept all night long since she was born. We early on started her on a schedule of bath, bottle, sleep and it kind of just stuck. We never did the part where she slept in our bed, ever. I heard bad things about it. We moved her to her own crib early on and she loved it. Now I wonder what it will be like when she moves to a toddler bed. Hopefully I am not jinxing this. But this kid loves to sleep late but hates going to sleep early. We cannot get her to sleep before 9.
- We eat healthy foods. This is a win for me because she definitely likes her sweets but not always will those be the first things that she grabs. This girl loves raisins. Like obsessed! Which is nice because its not like cookies or something. She has been a good eater for the most part. We struggle with dinner often, no clue what she will eat. But she has been getting better at telling us what she wants to eat now instead of me guessing.
- She is friendly. When we first moved away from home across the country, she had just started going to daycare. My girl was not a friendly girl. She would not talk to anyone but me, my mom, my husband and a few other people. She had a nanny for the first year of her life that only spoke Spanish. She was amazing and we were so grateful for her, but it made my daughter be super introverted and not friendly at all. Now she actually talks to lots of people and she is super friendly. Thank god for daycare!
- She is smart. I know every parent says their child is smart, but she really knows things like her colors, numbers, letters, writes her name backwards, recognizes letters, speaks really well… it’s quite amazing for a little kid.
- Potty Trained Successfully. We went for it, conquered it and then stuck with it. She did fantastic and now she goes to the bathroom all on her own.
- We travel. This girl has been on more planes in her life than probably many people I have met. We take at least 2 planes every time we go back to the East Coast, we have slept in hotels, on floors in airports, and been delayed many, many times before stuck in airports. She travels really well thank goodness.
- I ask her questions about her day. I ask her about her day and talk about what she did at daycare everyday. If she gives me nothing, I ask more specific questions to get her talking more. I love hearing about her day.
- I use my teacher voice and teacher logic. Being a parent is really hard. Especially when telling them no and having to teach them why whatever they did was bad. It’s good to know how to talk about the situation with kids because it is not like talking to an adult. My husband doesn’t get this because he doesn’t ever talk to kids. This is one of the huge benefits of being a teacher and a parent.
- Patience. Another huge benefit of being a teacher and a parent is having patience to handle all situations more calmly than most people who don’t know how to talk to an upset 3 year old in language that makes sense. When she was first born, since we had a nanny and grandparents around, I did not need to have patience. Now that she is older and it’s just us, patience is very much needed.
Not always do mommy’s get to have a fun job. Sometimes we have to say no and then they cry (like no ice cream or cupcakes before noon – which is happening right now as I write this) and sometimes we have to kiss booboos and make them better and sometimes we are the best friend they want and sometimes not. But we always have to be prepared for any situation that we are put it and then deal with it from there. There is no perfect way to be a mommy, the best thing you can do is take it as it comes and make sure they know they are loved.
Day 8! 2 more days left. I have been cleansing now for a while. I think it’s been going pretty well. I have stuck to the diet and eliminated coffee (ahhhhhh) and no alcohol. So it has been quite a rough week. The Advocare Cleanse has been interesting.
Let me tell you, I have drank coffee every day since I was 12 (feel like Zootopia here!) okay not really 12 but like 16 at least! And 10 days without it, is super rough. But the Spark really helped and made it doable.
So you take 2 pills in the morning before you eat plus this Fiber drink. I could say that the Fiber drink was the worst part of the cleanse (minus the no coffee). Not that it tastes bad, but it is a weird consistency and it just is gross, there is no nice way to put it. Luckily it is super fast and the best way to do it is just chugging it and then drinking water after. It has no taste just seeing the clear in the water is gross.
Breakfast: I have been eating strawberries & drinking the Spark. Then for a mid morning snack peanut butter with apples or flavored almonds. I found some amazing flavored almonds – toasted coconut by blue diamond was amazing.
Lunch: Turkey burger with avocado, quinoa with turkey burger, lentil soup, garlic shrimp over lettuce with vinaigrette, grilled chicken, turkey chili, celery & hummus.
Afternoon Snack: almonds, celery with peanut butter, celery with hummus, peanut butter with rice cakes, blueberries, watermelon, strawberries
Dinner: quinoa, corn, broccoli, talapia, salmon, turkey burger, green beans, cod, grilled chicken
Before bed, you take two more pills with a big glass of water.
Honestly, the cleanse has not been that bad, but in order to see results you need to drink lots of water and follow the diet, otherwise it won’t make a difference. I would recommend it. It has made me feel cleaner inside, I am not sure how to describe that. It has also helped me stay on track with eating healthy.
I took my measurements on day one so we will see the results. I will share them on Wednesday! I have also been adding in the BeachBody 21 day fix workout!
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Sometimes you just have to go blonde. And it’s the end of the year. Instead of being sad my 3rd graders are leaving me I can look forward to the summer and think of the beach in 2 weeks. The end of the year is coming too fast! I am almost not ready to let these kids go and then have to start all over with new kids in the fall. It’s bittersweet. Most years, I have not been able to wait to get rid of my class & start over. This year, I am more reluctant to have them move on!
Every year, the 3 years I have taught, my classes have been extremely difficult. This year, my class has been overall pretty good! They have been super simple & wanting to learn & overall nice. There is always that one who is difficult but it is every too difficult when there is only one of them!
I hope next year is as wonderful as this one was in 3rd grade. This will be the first year I am staying in the same grade, the same room & the same school. Kind of a record here! As we know how often things get moved around as teachers & how easily things change – it is quite amazing to stay in the same place & not have to move!
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