Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where have I been? Currently April!

It has been quite a while since I have posted regularly with a content rich post. Now I am not really one to make excuses, but I have been very preoccupied lately. What have I been up to you might ask? Prepping for graduation! It's just over a month away! Yikes!

Here is a list of all that I have been up to in March....

1. Professional portfolio - Seriously the most labor intense thing I have ever created! However, I am absolutely in love with how it turned out and hope it will be put to good use soon!

2. Resume writing - I did not realize how often these things have to get updated! It seems mine needs an over haul every month. I just finished updating it this weekend and in just a couple of weeks it will need to be updated again when I start another job.

3. Cover letters and more cover letters - I have spent so much time researching school philosophies and mission statements this past month that I could probably quote them in my sleep!

4. SchoolSpring - No one tells you how much data entry goes in to each little section of SchoolSpring. Nothing can be uploaded as a PDF and be good to go. You have to type in every little detail of every section. SchoolSpring has taken over my life!

5. Interview prep - I have been attending interview practice sessions for the upcoming job fairs that I will be attending in neighboring states. I have been taking each answer and writing out what I would say so that I can be more prepared and less caught off guard during interviews.

6. Subbing - In between all the above, I have been subbing a lot! Today is the one day that I have had off in a long time! Subbing in multiple districts is fantastic experience but definitely keeps me very busy!

7. Graduation prep - Cap and gown, financial aid, transcripts, mandatory meetings, and the list could go on forever! Who knew there was so much crammed into the last couple months of college!

8. Certification/Testing - I have been trying to branch out and get certified in multiple states to increase my odds of getting a job for next year. Along with certification comes additional, very expensive, testing. Not my idea of fun if you ask me!  

So as you can see I have definitely been very busy in March. Hopefully April will slow down but I anticipate it will be busier than ever before!

3 days late, but I am finally getting around to linking up with Farley. She keeps me realizing just how fast this year is going by! We are already over a quarter finished with the new year! Can we just press on the brakes a little bit? No? I didn't think so!

Here's how my April is playing out...


Listening: When working, I love to listen to singing competition shows. They don't require my full attention on screen but still provide enough entertainment to get me through my work load. I don't know what it is this year but I don't really care for anyone in particular on Idol this year. No one really stands out as that amazing singer or great personality for me this year. Anyone else feel this way?

Loving: Done, done, done! I could sing it on a mountain top! I am finally finished with my portfolio! It only took four years in the making! I have already heard to stories of putting in all the hard work and no one even wanting to look at it during interviews but I refuse to let that happen!

Thinking: Seriously I have been awake for nearly an entire length of a school day and am still lounging in my pajamas and watching TV. This is why days off are pointless for me! I am so unproductive when clearly there are a million things I could be doing today!

Wanting: I just live for the weekends now! Combine subbing, coursework, and job searching and I am exhausted! Those weekend days are my sanity! Friday I wish you would just hurry up and get here!

Needing: I am going to some job fairs in the near future and need a suit jacket per request of my professor. Hopefully this weekend I will be able to find one on sale somewhere. Shopping for suit jackets just isn't nearly as much fun as shopping for fun springy patterns and colors! 

Hours and Last Day: As a sub in multiple districts, the times and end dates vary greatly. It can range anywhere from 7:45 to 9:00 as a start time to 3:00 to 4:30 as an end time. Same goes with end dates, especially with all those snow days, but we are looking at mid to end June. I am so jealous of all you lucky teachers who get out the beginning of May! You actually get to enjoy springtime from outside your classroom walls!

Well I am off to make some lunch and maybe decide to be productive for the second half of my day. Happy April!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

1,000 Follower Giveaway!

Pinch me! I must be dreaming! I never would have imagined 1,000 followers would have been possible when starting this blog of mine. I just wanted to share some fun creations and document my journey of becoming a teacher. Now, I have gained 1,000 new friends and countless ideas to become the best teacher I can be. I truly thank each and every one of you for making my world brighter! 

I have always been a big believer in paying it forward. Whether it be freebies, fonts, or giveaways, I love spreading joy to others. Today, I am here to celebrate 1,000 followers on Bloglovin' with a grand giveaway! There is a first, second and third place prize pack to win. However...the best part? Everyone who enters wins a mystery prize pack! Keep on reading all the way to the bottom of the post to find out more!

 Frames by The 3am Teacher
Fonts by The Polished Teacher (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)

Here we have the first place prize winner! 7 fantastic teacher resources to make planning a breeze and an amazing Jamberry prize pack to keep your fingers looking fashionable!



Next, we have the second place prize pack. Six wonderful resources to use in the classroom and a sheet of nail wraps to make the job more glamorous! 


Then we have the third place prize pack. A winner's choice bundle from three superb ladies so you can get exactly what you need for your classroom! 



Lastly, we have the mystery prize pack.

Clipart by MyCuteGraphics

 What will be inside? Well you will just have to wait and see! All you have to do to receive the mystery prize pack is leave a comment below with the name you follow my blog under and your e-mail address. Next Sunday, March 23rd, the mystery prize pack will magically show up in your inbox. Easy as that! 

Now what are you waiting for? Get entering to win those prize packs before it is too late! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Report From The Substitute (Freebie)

I have been doing a lot of subbing lately. I have been subbing in every grade level and at multiple schools. One common thread of all my subbing experiences is the lack of a report to fill out for the teacher. Some schools may have a form to fill out for the office but how soon and how often do those forms truly make it back to the classroom teacher?

Teachers need to know the next morning what happened when the sub was in. Did all the plans get completed? Were there any major behaviors to be aware of? Any parent notes you need to know about? The possibilities are endless.

Sure, a sub might be able to snag a piece of computer paper and jot down a note or two at the end of the day. But what if a form was left behind by the sub with all the important info in one place? It would make teaching so much easier right? As teachers, it's the little things that make a world of difference!

As a substitute, imagine leaving behind a professional looking form with all the notes in one place. It would definitely make a lasting impression and make you more likely to be called back to sub again. That surely is a win win situation for both you and the classroom teacher!

I whipped up this adorable freebie (can easily be printed in black and white) for all the subs and classroom teachers out there. Just click the picture below to download.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_VEQ_wwEooLTzVUUHR1YVREUUE/edit?usp=sharing

It has places to list the children who were really superstars and those who needed extra reminders to get through the day. A section is included for students who were absent and any parent notes received. There is a large section on the lesson plan because it is important to know if the plans were completed or not. There is a section to list the highlights and challenges of the day in further detail. Finally, there is an other notes section. As a sub, this can be a place to leave your contact information.

So subs, take it with you to your next job and really impress the teacher. You classroom teachers, leave a copy for your sub to fill out and you will be sure to have all the information you need from the previous day.

If you have any other forms you would like to see me create as freebies, let me know in the comments below. I would be more than happy to create some for my fabulous followers!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday Funday: 100th Day and 1000 Followers!

This week was a HUGE week at school and in the blogosphere!

What better way to share the fun happenings than with a linky party hosted by Deirdre from A Burst of First and Molly from Lucky to Be in First.

This Sunday Funday linky is my kind of party! You just link up with any fun things that happened this week, write a post (as long or as short as you want) and share.


I had all intentions of linking up last week but clearly my life did not cooperate.
Does it ever cooperate lately?
But hey, I'm posting twice in two days and that NEVER happens unless it is Summer vacation (if only) so this is a major victory people!

So...

In school, we finally celebrated the 100th day of school! Halleluiah! These snow days have been ridiculous and kept pushing that big celebration further and further away!

The kids were so excited to celebrate! The biggest hit: making Froot Loop necklaces of course! 


Boy did they certainly run wild with that sugar coursing through their veins! Yikes! Pretty sure they ate more broken loops than every student in the class needed to make a necklace. The smiles on their faces though made all the craziness worth it! Absolutely loved the 100th day in kindergarten! Can't wait for next year's celebration. We certainly have enough Froot Loops in storage for the next century!

Moving right along...

In my little blogging realm of the internet a MAJOR milestone was reached! I hit 1000 followers on Bloglovin'! Say what now? Is this real life?

I even received this lovely little e-mail from Bloglovin' to celebrate the occasion.


Isn't that just the sweetest thing ever! Of course I jazzed it up with a little clip art from Pic Monkey to make it blog worthy!

1000 people want to follow my blog. My blog! A blog run by a not even college graduate. Not even a classroom teacher yet. Just a girl with a dream of being the best teacher I can be. That just blows my mind! I cannot say how blessed I have become through this blogging community. There is no doubt in my mind that I am 1000% a better teacher because of all of you who inspire me daily in so many ways! To you all, I say thanks a thousand!

Stay tuned for a "grand" giveaway happening hopefully next week. If you would like to be a part of the celebration, leave a comment below or send me an e-mail!

Thanks Deirdre and Molly! Happy Sunday Funday! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Currently March?

See that little bar over to the right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The one that says follow me on Bloglovin?
See the number right below it? 
997! 
Only 3 away from a lavish 1,000 follower celebration!
If you are new here or haven't followed my blog yet, 
now would be the ideal time to do so! 
I would be forever grateful!
You know how I like to throw some major giveaways on this blog!
Can reaching 1,000 be the best kick-off to March ever?
I think so! Let's do this!

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There is no possible way it is already March 1st, 2014! It seems like just yesterday I was filling out Currently February and the day before that Currently January! Yikes! Slow down time! 

So the ever fabulous Farley just had the most amazing blog makeover by none other than The 3am Teacher. It is probably one of my favorite designs ever! I love how everything is custom and Buck made his big debut in clip art form! Obviously, when he appeared in the Currently for March, without a doubt it was my favorite Currently design ever! Love that stylish guy!

Although I am in denial about it being March... I just had to link up! 

http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2014/02/currently-march.html
 
Listening: Cannot.Get.Enough.Grey's! Since the new episodes just aired on ABC this Thursday I have been trying to get all caught up with Grey's. I am cruising right along through season 7 and loving it more than ever. Oh the drama! I won't say any spoilers on here because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but if you have not seen Grey's get on it pronto!

Loving: Maybe it is just me, but I need to know random things like what type of breakfast cereal I am, or what Modern Family character I would be. I am obsessed! Procrastination at its finest! Some are so far out there with their results but others are very accurate. I took a "What should you have majored in at college?" quiz and got teacher. Way to go Buzzfeed...way to keep me hooked!

Thinking: Graduation is in less than 80 days. Just over 2 months away. Eek! Yikes! Zoinks! Is this real life? There is so much prep work that goes into graduation. When you are an education major, that work infinitely multiplies. This is one jam-packed semester. See you at 3am Michelle because that has become my new bedtime!

Wanting: This gigantic "Winter Storm Titan"? Yea...I've had enough of you before you even started! The snow hasn't even melted and yet here we go again! I haven't seen grass in months! There will be no Summer vacation because we will still be catching up on all those snow days in August! Warm weather where are you? I need you to keep my sanity in tact!

Needing: With all the crazy things going on in education-land and the snowy weather, all I want to do with my life is curl up in my pj's and watch Netflix. Papers are the last thing on my mind. I need some serious motivation STAT because I did fabulously on my last paper and want to live up to the hype this time around! 

???????: "Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly. What could that possibly be the answer to? No, it's not the generic favorite song or song I can't stand. Take your best guess in the comments below! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Now head on over and link up too! Farley's rule of 3 is the best way to make new bloggy buds! 

Happy March!
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