Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer is here!

Another school year is over and I have to honestly say...THANK GAWD!! This has been one of the toughest years I've had since I started teaching 14 years ago. A lot of things have taken a backseat due to all my energy going into surviving this school year. I don't wish this class size (33!), the amount of boys (22!) or behavior problems on anybody! This was the most destructive group of kids that I've had too. Tile floors peeled up, wall outlets broken, bookshelves drawn on, folders cut up, pages ripped out of books, and crayons shoved into the cracks of the door, to name a few things. This class also broke the record for most tardies, not that there is a record but if there was, MY class would have it! Haha! I had one little girl that had 96 absences and tardies for the school year!!! Oh. My!

Enough with the negative! I did have a very smart group of kids that loved to learn. I am thankful for that! I received many kind kind emails, notes, and phone calls throughout the year praising my teaching, which made it all worth it...but I really am glad that the year is finally over! :)

Today was officially my 2nd day of summer vacation and I must say it has been FANTASTIC!!! For those of you who have already started summer break, you know what I mean; and those that are still in school, you will know how good it feels soon! Hang in there!

Now, on to happier things! This little package was waiting on my doorstep earlier this week...

 Isn't the packaging too cute?!? How can it NOT make you smile?!

I got my first Erin Condren teacher plan book! Isn't it fabulous??? I LOVE it already! I know they are pricey but I took advantage of the May teacher appreciation discount. I usually get my lesson plan books (for free) from Lakeshore. So this was a big step for me. I wanted to do something for myself for the new school year and this was one way to do it. I'm looking forward to a more positive school year and what better way to do that than to be really organized with a super cute and colorful plan book. The colors on the outside and inside make me smile. That's a great start already!

Does anyone else use these plan books? I'm curious as to how people like them. If you have one, used one or want one, let me know what you think. :)


  1. Wow! 33 kids and 22 boys??? Bless your heart! You definitely deserve your summer vacation! I had a destructive group this year, too, but I'm just going to count my blessings that I didn't have THAT many kids... LOVE your planner & yes, you deserved it! :)

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  2. I ordered the notebook for my birthday!! Can't wait to see it! I was going to do the teacher planner, but I just added the calendar instead. :) We have to do all our lesson plans online, so it's not as much fun!!

  3. I have used an Erin Condren regular planner for two years and love it! It helps me pay my bills on time and track all my events, having somewhere cute, efficient, and organized to write it all down. I ordered the teacher planner June 1 (I missed the teacher appreciation sale by 1 day!) and I cannot wait for it to arrive! If it is anything like my personal planner, I know it will be great! Enjoy. After a year with 22 boys in a classroom, you definitely earned it!


  4. Wow, you had a BIG class! I only had 17 second graders this year but it was also my toughest year yet, mainly because of the parents. I'm also very happy the school year is over and can't wait to start fresh in Kindergarten next year!

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