Category Archives: Teacher things

10 months down, 10 years to go 

Count up, not down. 

Be proud of your accomplishments thus far instead of counting down until something in the future. 

I have nearly finished my first school year as a teacher. That’s 10 full months of pretending to be an adult and like I know what I’m doing. That’s 10 full months of making decisions not knowing how they will end up. That’s 10 full months of trying the best that I can to give my students everything they need to succeed. 

So this ending is bittersweet… I’m so grateful to have had this experience and I’m so grateful to have gotten to know all of these little people. 

Happy summer ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy it while it lasts… don’t count down until the next thing. Just enjoy the moment and the time you have now. Have some adventures, try to relax and regain your strength for the next little people. 

Send help! 

As my first year of being a teacher is slowly… very slowly coming to an end, I’m realizing it’s been nothing less than an adventure. 

I’m also realizing I’m finding it harder and harder to do things that make me happy. I’m so tired and I just want to be quiet sometimes. Just to have some time where I don’t have to make decisions, answer questions or give directions. Which usually looks like me spending any free time in bed watching tv mindlessly. 

There’s so many things that I used to love that would bring me genuine joy. I loved exploring new places and taking pictures. I enjoyed painting and creating art. I used to love running and exercising. I loved just going for walks and listening to good music. 

As the weather is nicer, I’m still going to be crazy busy but I really have to find a way to do more things for myself. Even if it’s just sitting on my porch and relaxing with a book. 

How can I find time to do things for myself when I’m so busy doing things for others? If anyone has wise words, advice or suggestions please share. I’m open to some motivation! 

– Even those who usually spread motivation need some once in a while- 

-Z 

Religion or not; Sending out good vibes

As a teacher, religion has always been something that was a question that you don’t ask. 

Religion is a controversial topic that is either a heavy debate ending with offended people or a topic you just don’t discuss openly. Personally, I’ve always been curious about religion because it wasn’t explicitly taught or introduced to me growing up. What resulted growing up without a specific religion chosen for me: I was able to come to my own conclusions. 

While in no way am I an expert in my own religion or others, there are some things I believe that help me get through the day. 

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that the universe has a plan for us and that each good or bad decision that changes your life… there’s a reason for it. 

I believe that if you send out good vibes into the universe, you’ll get good vibes back. There’s no science behind this, but having a positive mindset often results in positive outcomes… at least in my experiences. 

I believe that there are signs that help us make decisions. No I don’t think that some higher being is sitting up there telling us to do one thing or another but I do believe that the universe is not out to get us. It’s just trying to help so it sends us hints now and then; kinda like trusting your gut. When you really want something and it’s just not happening for whatever reason, maybe it’s not the right time or it’s not meant to happen. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that we should give up trying and working hard because the universe has a plan. It just helps me get through the day knowing that there’s a reason for all the obstacles and all the frustrations. It helps knowing that working hard pays off but even if you mess up, it’s ok. 

So in times like this, when I struggle with things in my life, I like to think that it’s all part of the plan and I just have to hold out till the good part. 

So I hope today, you send out some positive vibes, get some signs you were waiting for and trust that everything will be ok even if it’s not the way you envisioned. 

-Z

It’s ok, it too shall pass.

Nothing great is ever easy. Being alive, being a part of this world full of beauty and pain is a blessing. No one ever said it would be easy though. 

Last week was rough to say the least. Let’s just say I spent my lunch break hiding in the bathroom and crying. 

I felt weak and hopeless and overwhelmed. I felt embarrassed that I felt so weak. Like it wasn’t ok. Like feeling weak was wrong. 

But in reality, feeling weak makes you stronger. It makes you human. It’s not a great feeling but it does happen occasionally.  

The thoughts running through my head were very simple… I didn’t want to feel weak and the easy way to get out of that was to leave, to leave what was creating these emotions. 

What I did instead, was put on some makeup to cover my tear stained face, put on my favorite lipstick and push through. I smiled my fake smile and I said the polite nice things. I went home and cried some more. Yea it sucked. Yea I would have so much rather have gone home and never came back but life doesn’t work like that. 

When things get hard, you have two choices: find something to fight for, or give up. I found something to fight for, someone to fight for: myself. I wasn’t going to let a rough week ruin what I have spent my whole life preparing for. 

So when things get hard, when things feel impossibly hopeless, find your reason to push through. Find that hope, whether it be your strong will, your hope for the future, your long awaited goal or simply that feeling of: yes! I survived it and I’m better for it. 

Sometimes feeling weak is ok. It’s just temporary and it shall pass. 

Stay hopeful my friends and stay pushing through. 

-Z 

Off we go! 

Welcome back lovelies! 

I hope you enjoyed the time off ( if you had it) and are now ready and refreshed for Monday! 

I took advantage of the break by going down to Miami with the bae. It wasn’t as warm as we had hoped but nevertheless it was great to get away for a little bit. Check out the sights: 


It was great to see how other people live even if it’s within our country. It was fascinating to see how a little sun changes the vibe entirely. 

Anyway, back to the chaos of reality today. This month is going to be crazy busy with report cards, parent teacher conferences, papers for class, doe deadlines and door decorating contests. I’ll tell you a secret… I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it 🙈. 

But this is the life I chose, full of chaos and busyness, so onwards I go. Wish me luck!! 

A little Monday motivation featuring Dr.Seuss: 


-Z 

Happy hugs and kisses day! 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Love is in the air! Or so I’ve been told 😂. 

On a day like today, when we celebrate our loved ones, it got me thinking how to explain love to my kids. How do you explain a feeling that so many of us spend our entire lives searching for? 

So I came up with a list and then realized that these things still apply to my adult definition of love and how I want to experience it. (Bold is what I would say to my kids)  See if you agree: 

  • Someone who makes you smile when you see them- being excited to see someone. 
  • Someone who gives good hugs- someone who is affectionate.
  • Someone who listens to your stories– someone who takes an interest in your life. 
  • Someone who plays with you- someone who shares common interests. 
  • Someone who holds your hand when you’re scared– someone who is there for you. 
  • Someone who gives you a hug and helps you up when you fall– someone who is there for you even through the bad times. 
  • Someone who shares with you- someone who shares their life with you. 
  • Someone who is willing to give you their favorite toy– someone who is willing to put your needs before their own. 
  • Someone who is your friend even after you didn’t want to share your toy- someone who is there through it all. 


(Don’t judge my artistic skills 🙈) 

Now obviously this is a simplic explaination of this powerful word and it is put into very concrete situations. But let’s be honest, these things are important in a loved one. 

So I hope you enjoy this day either spending it with 16 valentines or that special one. Today is about hugs, about love, about kisses, about being grateful for people. So if you get a hug instead of a diamond ring, be grateful, be loving and be happy. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you loves and I hope this year your life is filled with love that melts away all your fears and makes you feel warm inside. 

Hugs and kisses, 

February room update! 

My door and bulletins are finally done just in time for February! 

Check out all our hard work and learning. 

Valentines bulletin: 


Writing and drawing bulletin- representational self portraits and names

Science bulletin- nutrition unit: healthy vs unhealthy

Room door! 

Math center bulletin: construction unit- houses made from shapes

Birthday chart!