August 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

My Classroom Tour

Whew!  Week 1 is under my belt!  I’m not going to lie, the last couple weeks have been incredibly stressful.  I couldn’t get into my room until what seemed like way too late.  Then, maintenance tore down my bulletin boards.  I worked in there for 3.5 days the week before.  Then, I had to put my dog down 🙁 and come to school the next day, and I thought I was going to lose it!

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The Best & Most

I’m frantically trying to get everything ready for this school year.  I officially start on Monday and the kids come Wednesday.  I have so much more to do and my room is nowhere near ready!  I’ve been trying to juggle everything for the last few weeks and have been failing miserably.  I had a couple posts I wanted to do this week but I just didn’t have time to get to them.  I haven’t had

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School Supply Deals for the Week of August 11

My meltdowns for this week…..walking into my classroom today to find that they tore down my bulletin boards while changing an outlet below it.  Makes no sense to me.  I may or may not have shed a few tears and I most certainly did some whining.  It was the only thing that I had actually gotten completed.  And it’s gone.  Meltdown #2 was realizing that I’ve misplaced a bunch of stuff.  So far I can’t

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Back to School E-Magazine!

I was so excited when I had the chance to participate in this year’s Back to School E-Magazine!  Last year’s magazine was phenomenal.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s basically a picture magazine detailing what a bunch of teachers think are essentials for heading into the Back to School season.  I can tell you, we’re all on the same wavelength!  If you’re looking for some new ideas, check out the magazine below!

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School Supply deal Week of 8/6

I don’t know about you, but I almost have everything I need.  I think.  I just need to get another 12 or so binders, and about 30 sets of dividers (anyone find an amazing deal- because I sure haven’t!) to be ready for my morning work.  Then I think it’ll just be odds and ends.  I plan on listing the deals for another couple weeks and then stop as the sales are stopping. Target –

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.




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