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emmaapproved:

We’re excited to announce the winner of our Make Your Life Better Contest, sponsored by modcloth. Congratulations to Amy Hayes! Thank you to everyone for sharing your creative and inspiring looks! http://pbly.co/EA_winner

Awesome thing! If you go to the external link then you will see me!  I was a (non-winning) favorite.  Since they spelled my name wrong I don’t mind linking to this…plus, this is the closest I will ever come to Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen, and Hank Green.

emmaapproved:

We’re excited to announce the winner of our Make Your Life Better Contest, sponsored by modcloth. Congratulations to Amy Hayes! 

Thank you to everyone for sharing your creative and inspiring looks! http://pbly.co/EA_winner

Awesome thing! If you go to the external link then you will see me!  I was a (non-winning) favorite.  Since they spelled my name wrong I don’t mind linking to this…plus, this is the closest I will ever come to Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen, and Hank Green.

Teacher Best Friend made scones for me this morning. And herself…technically.

Awesome way to start the first day.

Teacher Best Friend made scones for me this morning. And herself…technically.

Awesome way to start the first day.

True for both students AND teachers…

  • It is hard to sleep the night before school starts.
  • Your first day of school outfit is super important—first impressions are everything.
  • When you have lunch determines your social life for the rest of the year.
  • There is never enough time between classes.
  • Homework (grading) is hard.
  • School sometimes seems to get in the way of more important life things.
  • Talking in front of the whole class is scary.
  • School pictures always fall on a day where you look slightly askew.
  • Gossip is very hard to avoid.
  • Learning is awesome when you invest the time.

Every year…

Every year I forget how cold it is in my room.  

I mean come one self! You keep blankets in your classroom! Bring in a sweater as soon as possible.

Kids come on Wednesday.
Today, Monday, I have a sore throat and ouchy ears.
This is not ok.

This weekend the JCrew outlet is giving teachers 25% off with their I.D.s (normally they give 15%).

I used my discount to buy this adorable gold(ish) giraffe necklace. I love it!

Technically I bought a cardigan and a pair of tights too, but the necklace is more important.

This weekend the JCrew outlet is giving teachers 25% off with their I.D.s (normally they give 15%).

I used my discount to buy this adorable gold(ish) giraffe necklace. I love it!

Technically I bought a cardigan and a pair of tights too, but the necklace is more important.

Every year our district/principal decides on a theme that is referenced throughout the entire school year.  This year the theme is “Life Outside the Comfort Zone”.  Our first day back to school teachers were given a copy of this picture book (above) by Seth Godin.

The book is designed to get the reader “to stand up and do something that scares you,” according to Godin. Teachers do this every day and every day we all go through many emotional states that make is feel vulnerable.  What I think is hard for us to realize is that our students are going through the same thing.  It is hard to talk about your thoughts on a reading, or what you think might be the answer to the problem on the board, and possibly be wrong.  

Teachers and students are both putting themselves in a vulnerable place every day.  It is important that both sides realize this.

Vulnerable is the only way we can feel when we truly share the art we’ve made.  When we share it, when we connect, we have shifted all the power and made ourselves naked in front of the person we’ve given the gift of our art to.  We have no excuses, no manual to point to, no standard operating procedure to protect us.  And that is part of our gift.

This year let’s think of our lesson plans as art.  Art that we have made especially for our students.  Art that is a gift to them.  

This year let’s think of our students work as art.  Art that they have made especially for us.  Art that is a gift to us and their peers.

This is my room as it will look for student open house tonight.

One of the vice principals has decided my room looks like a board room…and it does, but I am hoping that allows my students to realize the seriousness of their education.

I am in love with my room right now.

That was Emma Approved!

I am an adult person that just cried while watching a web series and I am not ashamed to admit it.

Episodes 69 and 70 are perfect.

Today was the first day teachers were to report to school…and I didn’t hate it.  I got work done, I didn’t want to take a nap during our (long) morning meeting, and I went out to lunch with my teacher buddies. 

I am still not in the correct mindset to start teaching, but today is getting me closer.

Tomorrow is our open house for students/parents. Does anyone else only have one day to get everything together before the school is open for students?