Friday, June 24, 2016

Five for Friday + GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited for this Five for Friday. My summer has been so enjoyable so far, and I love being able to share about it. 


 In a recent Instagram post, I mentioned that I was going to start offering products that are "build your own." It is going to eventually include all of my classroom decor products. As of right now, there are 9 options to choose from but more to come in the future. Current options include: 

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win ANY of the "build your own" options listed above. Each task is worth 2 entires and you can do each of them once a day. Contest starts today and goes until Monday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


 I used to be completely, utterly obsessed with Grey's Anatomy. I sort of fell off the bandwagon a few years ago. Didn't care too much about what happened or who died, but everyone has been talking about it recently. I realized that there's no way I can leave it unfinished. No. Way. I am very much a make a list and check it off type of person. It leaves me searing inside to know that I have 3 seasons to catch up on before I have caught up. So, I have watched 1.5 seasons in the last 3 days. I don't even feel bad that I've seemingly wasted several days. Nope. Not one bit. Because I'm on summer vacation, and I deserve to selfishly binge watch my favorite TV shoes for the next 2 months! :)


As teachers, we all know that summertime isn't JUST for binge watching all the TV. It's also a time to read every book you wanted to during the year but never had the time to. I have been known to have book ADD, so that certainly doesn't help my case. I have never been able to finish a book without reading another one in the process, so it usually takes me a million years to finish one book. I am so happy because I have finally finished:



Now onto:

I would absolutely love, love, love any book suggestions for anything you're currently reading. Some of my favorite books have been suggested by teachers. 


Summer is also a time to stock up on all the cute teacher things that everyone posts on Instagram and Facebook. It's so hard not to fall victim to the Target Dollar Spot and Big Lots, but alas I cannot resist. Thankfully, I haven't poured too much into my summer haul, though I'm sure that's about to change very quickly. Here's what I've got so far. I also managed to snag a bunch of the adhesive label pockets. Not a clue what I'm going to do with half of these things, but I'm sure I'll figure something out!




YALL! Next Monday and Tuesday, I get to experience Get Your Teach On with some of THE most incredible teachers on the planet. I am really looking forward to having an abundance of knowledge thrown my way. I'm especially excited to learn everything I can about third grade. I am confident that the amazing teachers of Texas will help me out more than I can imagine. 

Be sure to head over to Doodle Bugs blog for more!


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Day I Hoped Would Never Come

When you interview for a position that you really want, you have such an amazing feeling afterwards, knowing you're about to start an adventure in the exact place you know you're meant to be. I spent the last 3 years teaching kindergarten. I never thought or imagined myself being anywhere else. Kindergarten isn't for everyone. It takes a special soul to teach a group of 5 and 6-year old. There are boogers, bathroom accidents, tattling, the constant need to tie shoes, and an array of things that most people don't want to do on a daily basis. I learned how to take everything in stride and remember that they are just tiny humans, needing an endless amount of love everyday when they come to you. I would never have traded it for the world. 

Unfortunately, in the teaching world, nothing is ever guaranteed. Budget cuts and having a section cut from your grade level or having a room full of 25-30 kids with no additional help is the reality of education. Regardless of the grade level we end up in, we have to move on, knowing that we can make a difference anywhere, even if it's in a grade level that you never wished you wanted to have. 

I would like to announce that I am officially moving from kindergarten to 3rd grade language arts and social studies. We are looking to have very low numbers in kindergarten next year, and that certainly doesn't fair well for the low man on the totem pole. I have loved every second of my time in kindergarten and wouldn't change any of it. I went from a timid first year teacher to knowing exactly how I wanted to run my classroom, what I expected from my students, and earning the respect of my littles to have them open their minds and hearts to me. It's no easy task, but it was my absolute favorite. I am looking at my new assignment as an adventure. I will have an amazing team alongside me to guide me through anything I will ever need. I am completely and utterly terrified of STAAR, but I am confident in my education and the capability to mold myself into a different, better teacher for my students, even if it is in a grade level that I know little to nothing about. PLUS, the group coming up for this next year will be the group that was in my first kindergarten class. I am so looking forward to the comfort of familiarity in that was, especially with the awesome parents I will have. 

I would appreciate any advice for a new to 3rd grade teacher, blogs to follow, TpT stores to checkout, advice on class decor or room arrangement. I have a slew of amazing teachers out there, and I would love to hear from you. 

Thanks in advance! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Five for Friday

I think this is my most favorite Five for Friday post of the entire year. I always love sharing the fun, random, exciting, and sometimes weird things that occur in my life. This one is the best because yesterday was my last day of school for the 2015-2016 school year. 

The day school ends is always the most exhausting day of the year. My district has us work until 7:30pm on the last day, so that we don't have to come back in the next day to pack up our rooms for the summer. On the one hand, it's nice getting it all out of the way, but it makes for a draining day. Fast forward to now. I have been vegging out all day re-watching OINTB and hanging out with my dog. It has been oh so fabulous, but as every teacher can attest to, I am already thinking about next year. Hopefully I can get myself to relax and enjoy the time off. 

My mom has been raving about the Steve Jobs book that she recently read. Every time I saw her during the weeks that she was reading it, she always made sure to tell me some interesting fact that she learned about him or Apple. I was really surprised to hear some of it and decided to pick up the book myself. Should be a good read to start off my summer reading list. 


 
 About a week ago, I received my Erin Condren teacher planner. Y'all. This thing is amazing. Just take a peak inside mine, and you'll be sold! Use the following link to get $10 off your purchase! https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/hollypittman1225 





To be honest, my quiet times have been virtually non-existent lately. It makes me feel pretty crummy. I decided to do the Crazy Love study by Francis Chan and also bought THE cutest journaling bible I've ever seen. It's sold by the Salty Biscuit through Etsy. I've seen a lot of adorable journaling bibles with watercolors and gorgeous handwriting all across the page, but that definitely is not for me. I want to see all the words on the page. I can't wait to break in the new items! 

I have been hard at work to start something on my TPT store that is a little terrifying, but awesome at the same time. I have always loved offering a variety of products in my store, but I hate to put out a product available in 20 colors, when not all of those colors are in demand. So, I've decided to offer the option of customizing certain products. I'm going to offer 13 different background/paper options and 5 font pairing options. Hoping it'll make things easier for both myself and the customer. 

Happy Friday! For those of you not quite done with school yet, stay strong. You'll be done soon!