Friday, September 9, 2016

Teacher Week 2016

Hi busy teacher friends.
I hope you had a great week.
I can't believe it, but we just wrapped up week six of our new school year.  My sweet little class is in the groove and I'm so grateful.
This week is also Teacher Week with Bloghoppin.'  I've always wanted to participate in Teacher Week and this year they made it super easy.  Instead of a blog post each day, we were encouraged to do an Instagram post on a given topic.  (See the list below.)

I'm a fan of teacher ideas on Instagram, so this format seemed like a great idea and manageable.

Monday was meet Me Monday.
I shared that I'm involved with my church.  It is so important to me that my family has a place to learn more and grow in our spiritual walk.  My church also offers many opportunities to serve others within the church and through outreach.
I shared about my family.  I have a 9 year old daughter and and I've been married to my husband since 2000.  They are my true happiness,  I LOVE spending time with them.  Another special part of our family are our pets.  To date, we have one senior dog, one cat, two bunnies, and two birds (that are actually class pets, but my daughter claims them as part of our household as well).
I shared about some of my favorite entertainers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  These ladies are so smart and so funny.  Ask me any trivia question about Parks and Rec or 30 Rock and I'm pretty sure I'll know the answer.
I shared about my affinity for monograms, cardigans, and ballet flats.  On most days you will find me in one or all of these items.
I also shared one of my favorite musicians, Jack Johnson.  On the drive home, I listen to Jack Johnson.  His music is so calming and happy.
Finally, I shared about my addiction to cardio workouts.  Like most of you, I don't have a huge amount of time to workout each day.  But, I try to squeeze in (at least) a thirty minute cardio session six days a week.  I really don't like missing.  Currently my go-to cardio workout is treadmill running (while watching old episodes of Modern Family, 30 Rock, and Parks and Rec).

Tuesday was Teaching Tuesday.
On Tuesday we were supposed to post a picture of ourselves teaching a favorite lesson.
I posted a picture of a read aloud.  Read aloud is one of my favorite times of day.  Most of my students love read alouds too.
I usually start my writing lessons with a great mentor text read alouds.  In this picture I'm introducing the Rule of Three (click here to read a post about the Rule of Three).  I use the Rule of Three to help my first graders (eventually) write coherent paragraphs.
Read alouds are great jumping off points for so many lessons in a variety of subjects.

Teaching Tuesday was followed by Where I Work Wednesday.
For Where I Work Wednesday, I posted some pics from around my class.  I haven't had a chance to share pictures from this year's classroom, so below you can get a little peak.

In this post I included:
1.  a view of my class as you enter
2.  my vintage 1970's cabinets with a fresh coat of white paint and clips to display student work
3.  our word wall, student book boxes, and the class library
4.  our class pet budgies, Click and Clack
5.  my teacher desk
6.  our gathering area

Thursday was something near and dear to my heart, show your teacher style with Threads Thursday.

I enjoy clothes, shoes, and assessories.  I'm always on the lookout for comfortable and cute teacher outfits.  At my age, I'm pretty aware of colors and cuts that are flattering for me.
I wear lots of dresses when it hot out.  I like Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, and Boden for knit dresses.  I really like Tory Burch Miller sandals.  Not only do they hold up really well, they also come in some fabulous colors.
I almost always have a cardigan sweater with me.  I like being able to shed or add layers when needed.  I get most of my cardigans from J. Crew.
When it gets a little cooler, I do wear pants.  I have quite a few pairs of toothpick cut jeans and pants.  I get a lot of my pants/jeans through J. Crew's factory site.  They have enough stretch in them to make them super comfortable.
When it's too cold for sandals, I wear some boots and loads of ballet flats.  My favorite ballet flats are Tieks and Tory Burch Minnies.  Both brands offer great colors and patterns.

Friday's theme was Friends Friday.
When I think of friends, my mind first goes to my awesome college roommates.  We all live too far away from each other now, but when we get together it feels just like we were never apart.  I can't believe it has been over 20 years since I first met these ladies at the University of Tennessee.
I must say, it is a lot of fun to (briefly) feel like a 20 something again.  Being with these BFFs will do it.

There you have it, a rundown of my first Teacher Week.  If you would like to read more, be sure to visit Blog Hoppin'.  You can also enter #bhteacherweek16 on Instagram to view more great teacher pics.