Saturday, August 29, 2015

The ones that keep you up at night

It's that time again teachers!!  We get our class list, have new sharp pencils and a beautiful classroom.  We as teachers are just as excited as the kids for the new year.  We look over the class list and the notes from previous teachers.  We wonder about 'those' kids with red dots under behavior.  We ask questions, we already know some of these kids.  We may or may not know already that some of these kids will keep us up at night.

If you have been teaching for any amount of time you know what I mean.  'Those' kids - they pull at your heart strings.  I think they touch me even more because I saw how those kids affected my mom.  My mom taught for 20+ years - staying home for several years while we were young and retiring my senior year so she could spend that year with me.  I know - amazing right!?!?!  
Well those kids that kept her up at night....SHE did something about it.  She would talk about them at home and we would pray for them as we were saying grace at the dinner table.  She would do extra loads of laundry for 'those' kids.  On Fridays she would bring home a laundry bag after a full week of work and raising 4 kids.  She would do the laundry for a certain family not just the year she had him but for several years after too.  She tutored them in her free time for free of course.  I think that's why I think nothing of tutoring kids before school or on modified days to help them for free as well.

That was my role model ~ maybe that's why I care so much...but we all do really.  I taught in an inner city in 1995 and there was a boy that was off the charts ADD, received referrals daily and the staff had already given up on him in FIRST grade!  I was horrified...I started talking to him and reaching out to him.  One day when I had duty he gave me a very tight squeeze and said, " I love you Miss McGarvey! "  He went on to say how he can't hug his mom because of the mirror in the way.  I knew his mom was in jail and his dad was raising 7 kids while doing drugs.  After that moment I never let a day go by that I didn't hug this little fellow whom I still pray for by name.  These are 'those' kids that never leave our hearts....EVER!  They stay with us and will until the day we take our last breath.  I have had several in the last few years who have lost their moms to cancer.  Believe me it was NO MISTAKE those kids were put in my class.  Who better to relate to them than a teacher who lost her mama to cancer?  Those kids make my heart ache all night sometimes.  So if you see walking the hall in the middle of the day with circles under my eyes...there's a very good chance one of 'those' kids in my class gave them to me.  But that's okay ~ I wouldn't change it for the world.

When you look at your new class list I challenge you to do a few things:  
* If you are a spiritual person of faith walk around the room and touch every single desk and pray for that student by name.  
* Don't prejudge how the child acted with a certain teacher.  You are NOT last year's teacher.  You bring different gifts to your classroom - this child may act totally different in your classroom with the right amount of love/prayers.
* Don't give up on them ~ YOU might be ALL they have!
* Keep on keeping on ~ you are an amazing teacher and may think you are just one person.  I promise you ~ you are in their life for a reason EVEN if they drive you crazy all day.  Your reactions, patience and loving care to them will stay with them forever.
Have a great year ~ love on those babies like I know you will.  Thank you for changing lives my teacher friends!

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Giveaway Time!!!

Hi friends ~ I'm so excited to be teaming up with one of my awesome blogging buddies Lisa from Learning is Something to Treasure & kicking off this BTS Giveaway!  I hope you are getting ready for BTS and this giveaway can help meet some of your BTS needs.  First you will be getting a CJ Teach Anchor Planner ~ complete set 

Click the link to see all that's included:  CCSS for each grade K - 5.  Birthday lists, parent contact information, teacher planner, grader and so much more.

That is an almost $100 value.



So be sure to spread the word and enter the Rafflecopter below:  Good luck~ hurry!  Ends August 6th so we can get your goodies out to you before school ( hopefully ) and if you are already in asap.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's the BIG BTS Sale you've been waiting for...

Hey guys ~~ welcome back to school!  This time of year is so magical and exciting!  I know it's a bummer summer always goes by so fast but we are so lucky to love our jobs!!!

Check out the HUGE site wide sale going on over at TPT!!!

I have TONS of back to school items!

and don't forget I'm teaming up with my friend Lisa at Learning is Something to Treasure for a wonderful giveaway Aug. 4 -5th too!

There's lots of exciting things happening be sure to check them all out!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

How to receive my newsletters & a Giveaway

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to announce the LAUNCH of my newsletters!  I just sent out my very 1st one today!  I'm aiming to send these out every 6 - 8 weeks so be sure to sign up so you can receive them too!

I plan on sending pictures of ideas I use in my classroom, tips, maybe something to get you laughing too.  I also plan on sending info on upcoming sales I'm having as well as freebies!  Don't miss out ~ click the picture above to subscribe ~ it's so easy!  Thanks for supporting me and I hope you enjoy my newsletters!  In fact if you sign up now I just sent one out and I have a great freebie in there that will span several grade levels! 

I'm linking up with my sweet and talented friends over at Firstie Friends for a HUGE back to school giveaway.  Be sure to enter to win:

Yes you saw it correctly 5 TPT gift cards for $25 each!!!  Enter below:  You will want to STOCK up for the Big TPT BTS Sale!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 23, 2015

You Tube/Periscope & a Calendar time Tip for you

So Periscope is all the rage right now and I jumped on the bandwagon and have done a few makes me sad that it's only up there for 24 hours.  I wish you could change that in settings and save 2 at a time or something but that's not the point of it.  I have to admit I love seeing everyone's fun personality on it though.  So ~ ~ ~ with that being said I want to tell you about a calendar tip that I put on Periscope that I have now added to You Tube.  If you haven't checked out my You Tube channel I have some fun tips over there you might like.  If you teach K or 1 you will definitely like my newest video for sure so jump on over and see what it's all about.

I hope you are able to watch it and I'd love to hear your thoughts.  xo,

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It

I'm switching to a Pirate theme this year and have been busy thinking of buying a bunch of stuff for my classroom.  I went to a conference one year back in like 1997 and I'll never forget what the teacher said in a session.  She said~ always bring the boys in...the girls will follow but reign the boys in first.  Well I haven't really followed that because I'm a huge girly - girl and like pink/turquoise, etc.  I tried a sports theme one year and I hated it. :o(  No offense to anyone I'm sure I didn't do it cute enough but it was just too boyish.  Anyway I'm trying to embrace this 'boy' thing and since I'm in third now I think it's even more important.
 With that being said I made a very CUTE pirate lantern to hang above my library.  I searched HIGH and LOW over for a peach lantern - I just couldn't find the right shade.  Today at the teacher store my hubby saw this burlapish one and said, " I bet this will work!"  I really should listen to that man more y'all.  He's very smart and well....yeah, I just need to listen to him more.

BTW { stay tuned }:  

in the next few weeks I'll be creating more fun pirate ideas.

So, I used:
*burlap colored lantern
*black pleathery material from Michael's
*white & brown cardstock and 
*worn red t shirt I tore up

Final Product:

Join me and link on up with the amazing Tara for a Monday Made It.  I'm sure you are busy creating awesome things for your classroom so why not share them?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made It ~ first day fun

I'm so loving summer and Monday Made It's.  It's so much easier and a little more motivating { more time on my hands } to join in on this fun linky with Tara.  Why not get some craft on and join us next week?!?  

I love Michaels stores and saw a couple items that got me thinking today.  I saw these very cute chalkboard banner pages... and I thought how cute it would be for a backdrop for a photo on the first day.  Instead of writing on them #idonthavecaracarrollprinting  I decided to purchase cute stickers to use and it came out darling!  Then I thought it would be cute for them to hold up a little sign too that said 3rd grade.  I bought a chalkboard sign and wrote on it with chalkboard pens.

So I can hang this up on a bulletin board and then they will hold this cute sign I picked up at Michaels as well.  

I can't wait for my new batch of third graders to come on the first day, they will be so cute in their first day photos!  Thanks Michaels Stores!