Five on the Fifth

Hey hey! Does anyone feel like September flew by (and maybe ran you over with a mac truck?)  It's October now, and I'm here to share five great posts from five great bloggers from the past month.
Want even more great ideas from teacher bloggers? Five on the Fifth has its own Pinterest board you can visit.

Y'aaaaaaaaalllllllll, Mandy at Mandy's Tips for Teachers wrote a post very near and dear to my teacher heart.
You guys need to leave school.  If we don't value ourselves, our families, our health, and our sanity, our school systems won't either.  We’re lucky enough to have jobs we love, but we get to have lives, too!  Read this post on some ways to make that happen.

Mary from Teaching with a Mountain View wrote an AMAZING post on teaching story elements.  Want ideas?  I'm sure you'll find some great ones here.

Head Over Heels for Teaching shared the cutest and easiest tip for motivation in this post.  This is my 17 year as an educator, and all I have to say about this is-Duh.  So easy but something I never thought of!

Corinna from Surfing Through Second shared some great place value games over at Primary Chalkboard.  I love teaching with games, and you'll find some good ones here.

And last but not least is a great idea from Jillian from The Star Spangled Planner that I saw on Instagram.  (Not on Instagram yet? Why? Why? Why?)  Her students mapped their hearts, and the results were amazing.  --> Insert all the warm mushy feelings here <--
That font is waaaaaay too small, so now I guess you'll just have to go join Instagram and find out what Jillian had them do.