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Happy May to you! It's my birthday month, so I love May a little extra.  I'm sharing a desktop calendar background over at Owl-Ways Be Inspired today.  Click here or on the image to hop on over and download it.

May 2016 desktop calendar

Happy May!

So, there are four main types of meetings:

1. This is a total waste of my time.  What have I done to deserve this?

2.  I agree with what is being said.  That’s nice.

3.  This is interesting, and I'm learning some good stuff here.

There is a fourth type that is such a rare unicorn that I didn't even realize it existed.

4.  What is being said challenges how I think about myself as a professional and makes me want to grow and become a better teacher/staff member.

Today, I go to attend a meeting like that.  It was a long meeting-as in three and a half hours.  No joke. It was worth every minute though.  We had the chance to meet with Shara Bumgarner, the head of school from The Joy School in Houston.

Shara talked with us tons of different topics on how her school strives not just to support its students academically but also the staff members.  My favorite?  She told us that no matter how wonderful the premise of a school is, if teachers aren't supported, everything falls apart.   Preach it, sister.

While Shara gave us many big thoughts for today, one of my favorites was her I’ve got to get stuff done door sign.
Y'all.  I LOVE this.  When I was in the classroom, I had such a hard time shutting that door and being the meanie that turns someone away.  Plus, to be honest, I'd rather talk to any random person walking by than do the work I'm avoiding.  Then, I'm mad later when I didn't get everything done or because I had to stay crazy late to finish.

Sound familiar?

I made a couple of different versions because, why not?  I figured people might become immune to your sign, so you could mix it up.  Also, I'm in the middle of a girly girl stage and a minimal stage and can't decide which one is going to win.

You can download the girly version here and the clean version here.

Enjoy and get some stuff done!

Hey hey! Happy April to you.  I’m here to share five great posts from five awesome bloggers from the past month.

Want more Five on the Fifth?  Visit the Five on the Fifth Pinterest board here!

Nearpod?  I wasn't exactly sure what Nearpod actually is, but Courtney from Swimming into Second Grade does a great job of explaining it and ideas for using it in the classroom.

Rebecca from Create Teach Share wrote a great post about some of her favorite nonfiction series and has some awesome freebies to support reading responses to them!

Theme.  Bleh.  I will take any help I can get when it comes to teaching theme.  Here’s a great post from Ciera at Adventures of Room 129 to help you think through your theme lessons.

Emily from Polka Dots Please wrote about her literacy centers.  I am a firm believe that prep for literacy centers should be EASY for the teacher.  They shouldn’t take so much time that it cuts into planning your actual lessons.  Need some more ideas for that?  Hop on over to her post.

I love this mentor text bulletin board connection Head Over Heels for Teaching shared on Instagram. This idea would be amazing to run with in so many ways!  You can find Joanne's blog here or find on Instagram at headoverheelsforteaching.

Happy April to you! I'm sharing a desktop calendar background over at Owl-Ways Be Inspired today.  Click here or on the image to hop on over and download it.

Happy April!

Happy almost April to you!  I have to say, I have never been so glad for a month to end.  We are in the process of getting ready to move, so this month has been filled with never ending stress and worry.  With that said, everything has been going along smoothly and every bump in the road has worked out.  But still . . . is it over yet?

As stressful as this month has been, it has been filled with wonderful moments.  Here are a few of my favorites!
I sneaked off at the beginning of the month to join up with some sweet friends from all over the country.  It was an amazing weekend!!  Dressing up in a little 80’s action make it even more fun.

Because I’m a total jet setter, my family and I went to New York City at the end of the month.  The jet setter part is a lie, but the weekend was awesome.  My daughter had surgery at Shriners Philadelphia after she was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2014.  We have to go there for follow ups.  This time we hopped a train, headed to New York (only an hour!!), and turned it into a family weekend.

The only thing better than visiting the Met, eating Shake Shack, walking through Central Park, and seeing Matilda was get an awesome report on her progress!

January of last year, I did the Whole 30.  I’ve tried to keep a lot of the eating habits, and Trader Joe’s has made it so much easier with bags of frozen riced cauliflower.  It’s not that ricing cauliflower is that hard, but this is such a big time saver.

In our continuing effort to eat healthier, we tried a pizza place within bike riding distance of our new house.  Big mistake.  It was awesome.

And this little guy is always one of my favorites.  Murray is my constant companion.  When he hangs with me in the office, he’s either napping or keeping an eye on the neighborhood.

Thanks for keeping us safe from the bad guys!

Hope you had an awesome March.  I’m looking forward to an amazing April!

Hey hey! Happy March to you!  Normally I share this post on the fifth of the month, but it turns out selling your house is super distracting, so I’m a little behind.  I finally showed up to share five great posts from five awesome bloggers from the past month.

Want more Five on the Fifth?  Visit the Five on the Fifth Pinterest board here!

Jessica from Joy in the Journey wrote a great post about celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I love how she stretched this learning into thinking about what makes a great leader.  Hop on over to her blog to check it out!

Please-If you only do one thing from this post, I’m begging you, please do #1 for ALL OF YOUR STUDENTS.  Make the madness stop.  Visit Angelia’s blog, Extra Special Teaching, for some testing accommodation ideas for your kiddos.  Then, put your hand over your heart and promise to always follow #1 for all of your children.

Dana from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron gave her students a lesson in responsibility and accountability by shutting down their classroom library.  Read about why she did it and what lessons her kiddos learned from it.

Amanda from Teaching Maddeness has an UH-MAZING genre series.  Visit her blog to read about fables and get caught up on the other genre posts she has shared.

Hop on over to Cassie Dahl’s blog for some great tips on increasing student engagement.

Can’t wait to see what fantastic ideas March brings!

Happy March to you! I'm sharing a desktop calendar background over at Owl-Ways Be Inspired today.  Click here or on the image to hop on over and download it.

Happy March!

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