Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Summer Mode"...It's a real thing!

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Hey, y'all! Hopefully you've been enjoying your summer break. To those of you that just started summer break--ENJOY! I have been MIA for about a month on my blog. I didn't think it was possible  to physically be away from posting anything for this long, but it can happen. (Get it together, Breanna!)

Disclaimer: My brain has been running about 100 mph, so I apologize in advance if the post jumps back and forth and seems extremely random! :) Welcome to my world, everyone! ;)

I have realized that summer has two very different meanings for different people. Some completely disconnect themselves from anything and everything school related. Then there are some people that still work constantly because they can't turn their brain off. I would be that person. Granted I am moving grades and schools, but I don't have an off switch. I wish I did, but I don't. With that being said, I am getting so much done in my new room. I cannot wait to show you guys my new room. I didn't change my theme because it will be perfect for my kinders, but things definitely will look a little different!

By the way: how adorable is my blog change?! Gabby's Classrooms is ah-maz-ing. She is so great to work with and fixed everything to match my sweet new name:

{A Pinch of Primary- Teaching with sugar, spice, and saying everything twice!}

Throughout the summer, I have been working away at the #TpTSellerChallenge hosted by the lovely ladies of Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, and Sparkling in Second. This is SO MUCH FUN!

{Roll Call}
We started week 1 with a Stats Roll Call. This was slightly embarrassing when looking at it all together, but I had to take a step back and realize that I'm 23, I've only been out of college a year, and I'm a first year, going to be second year, teacher. Here's a glimpse at my beginning stats:

{Week 1 Challenge}
Our first challenge was to makeover a product I had been mustering over the idea at the end of May to redo some of my not so attractive products and give them a new, fresh look. Enter the TpT Seller Challenge a month later and voila.....Challenge #1! I started making over my Clock Buddies and then I couldn't stop. I just kept going and going. This challenge helped me change two more of my products into something fabulous!

{Week 2 Challenge}
Our second, and current, challenge is something very serious and thought provoking. It is all about our dreams as teachers, sellers, and people. When completing this, I sat back and I really thought about what my hopes and dreams are. I made a list and I thought, "Am I really going to make these happen? Are these too cliche?" When I thought about my answer, I remembered that even if things are cliche, they can still be important. Just because 7 out of 10 of them might be similar doesn't mean these dreams are not truthful and near and dear to someone's heart. I narrowed my list to my top 5 and here is what I came up with:

Travel: I love to see new places and create memories. It is important to me to take time to travel, relax, and see all these beautiful places I see pictures of.

Start a family someday: I cannot wait to be married and be a mommy. I may not be ready right now, but I know when the time is right I will be ready. I want nothing more than to have a healthy, loving family.

Continue to learn, create, and share: I am the type of person that loves to constantly try new things to make myself better. This applies to my job everyday. I love learning. I love creating things for myself and others. I love sharing how things worked for me, how they didn't, or how I became better because of it.

Attend TpT Vegas: I so badly wanted to go this year, but I didn't make that happen. Like I stated above, I love learning and I love being surrounded by people who are passionate and make you feel like you can do/teach anything when you leave.

Grow my blog and TpT store: I have such big dreams for myself as a blogger and a TpT author. I want to be someone that people think "I'm going to look at her store/blog because she might have something to help me out!" because that is exactly how I think when I am looking for something as a teacher.

I would love to hear all about how you "Dare to Dream"!

Monday, June 1, 2015

{Hello, Summer Break}

Well, here we are. May 29th--my first last student day. June 1st--my first final teacher day. A few months ago, I never thought I'd see this day. I was that "no tired like teacher tired" teacher. As a first-year teacher, I had never experienced the latter half of May. In college we were always done the first week of May and then said so long to our students. Well, there is not enough time are no words to describe May. I was so emotional thinking about all of the changes that lie ahead:

  • I was going to have to say goodbye to my first class of my own.
  • I was going to have to tell my class that they wouldn't be able to say hey to me in the hallway on their way to their sixth grade classes.  
  • I needed to pack up and move everything out of my classroom.
  • I had to say 'goodbye' to my 5th grade teammates who are some of my closest friends now. 
  • I have to assemble a new classroom.
  • I am moving from 5th grade to kindergarten! 
Yes...that's right...I said KINDERGARTEN!

I am so thrilled about moving to kindergarten. This has all happened so fast and I am so excited for this new journey. A few weeks ago I was beginning to plan next year in 5th grade. I was asked to interview in my home district where I went to school. (SO EXCITING) In literally a few short days, I had went from a 5th grade teacher to a kindergarten teacher. My heart is and always will be in the primary grades! My kindergarten position is literally and figuratively home. I have such a fabulous (for real--amazing!) team to work with in kindergarten and in the school!

Be on the lookout for some new classroom pics and a quick blog re-design!

Have a FABULOUS summer break!