Posts Tagged ‘school’

When Motivation Hinders Achievement

I have set a list of goals for this summer. I have tons of “free” time to spend getting it done. However, recently my motivation has been very little. It doesn’t help that I have gotten addicted to started watching Veronica Mars. It’s a fantastic show, but I think I need to make better use of my time. Another “hinderance” to getting anything done is my husband’s new work schedule. He’s working 12 hour shifts – some days and some nights. Those days that he works nights I have to be quiet and cannot do things that would be loud because he has to sleep during the day. Last night Kevin had a rough time learning how to sleep without his daddy home. He was shaking and constantly looking around him. I guess that makes two of us struggling with this new schedule. I know it will all work out in the end but this first week has been rough.

So that leaves me to today. Today I have decided to write out everything I need to do (to complete my goals). Then I have divided it up into the months that I have for this summer – June, July, August. I hope this will help channel my focus and help me to be able to accomplish everything I need to get done.

Oh, on a side note I plan on posting some of my school ideas and other’s ideas and how I implement them in the classroom soon here.


School Outservice

This week is the outservice at school. The last day of school was Friday! I will miss my students but I’m glad for some “me” time (or “me and Kevin”). This summer I have A LOT of goals so I will be posting about those shortly. BUT, I have to make it through this week. We have our Tablet training Tuesday and Wednesday – though I’m not sure how tricky it is to use a tablet. Anyway, I will be posting at the end of this week or next week to give my goals for the summer. I am EXTREMELY excited for the summer and can’t wait to get things done relax. 🙂


Life as I Know It

Life has been CRAZY the last few weeks. My husband started his new job on Monday and we are both super excited about it. On Saturday we went to a friend’s wedding and then raced back to move to our new apartment. We are still working on moving out of the old place. It’s amazing how tiring a move can be if you move up to a third floor apartment.

This week is Spring Break for me so I have this time to work on a few goals:

  1. Unpack the house
  2. Finish moving out of the old apartment
  3. Spend lots of time with Kevin
  4. All the laundry done
  5. April Lesson Plans Done
  6. Beat the LEGO movie video game
  7. Begin my new diet – Gluten Free and Dairy Free
  8. Watch an entire season of a TV show (TBD)
  9. Spend as much time with my husband as I can (because he is amazing!!!)
  10. Figure out what to add to my math time at school
  11. Update my classroom blog

Well those are the ones I plan on working on. Lord willing, I will keep you posted! Until later, au revoir!

August Currently

Can you believe it is already August?!? The summer has flown by. To procrastinate on work for the school year celebrate August being here I am linking up with Farley for her Currently.



I dawned on me yesterday that – “Oh junk, inservice starts next Thursday and school the next. AHHHHHH!”

My B2S Must haves are pretty self-explainatory.

1. Here’s a picture of my new lunchbox that my mom bought me for the new school year (Thanks, Mom!!!). I love the Vera Bradley lunchboxes because you can just throw them in the wash. (Because you know that kid is going to spill something on it – or sneeze on it – YUCK!)

2. A classroom decor is a necessity. I am a big fan of a simple, yet bright and fun, classroom. My classroom theme this year is dogs. I love dogs and I cannot wait for the year to start! (I will be posting pictures as I get my room done. Hopefully it will get done Monday *crosses-fingers*)

3. Starbucks is flat out amazing. It tastes good and there is one near my school. It also doesn’t help that if you buy 6 times between now and August 13 they will send you a $5 e-giftcard. WHAT?!? As if I need more temptation to go. lol.

Well, this is August. I am going to stop procrastinating and go get some of the things crossed off my to-do list.

New Years Goals!

The school year is about to begin! It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over. Summers fly by faster every year. To begin the year off the right way, I am linking up with I {heart} Recess and her new years goals linky!



  • Personal Goals: Blog more consistently. I have the time, I just choose to do other things. As for eating vegetarian, I am vegetarian going on strong for three days now and I feel great! Have you ever come home with a ton of stuff to do for school? It makes the thought of going to school the next day not a happy one. So, I plan on doing as much work at school so I can come home, relax, and enjoy time with my family.
  • Organization Goals: Have you ever had a long day at school and come home to a messy house that needs to be cleaned? Not a very happy feeling. To avoid that I am trying to keep the house clean by picking up a little each day. Ever come to the day before papers are to come home and you look at your stack and nearly faint because it is a foot tall? Ya, that was me last year, but not anymore! I am going to grab that bull by the horns and grade everything on the day it is turned in.
  • Planning Goals: Last year at the end of the year I started doing each month’s lesson plans and papers before the month began. It helped sooo much! It took work, but it was worth it in the end. I plan to do that again this year too.
  • Professional Goals: Reading Centers. I personally have a very negative attitude towards centers in the classroom because they take so much prep for the teacher. This year I am going to just go with it despite my negative feelings towards it.
  • Student Goals: One thing I always struggle with is being firm. If I say it, it needs to happen. I am going to write down EVERYTHING this year to help with that. I also want to challenge my students to be better than they think they can. When you challenge students they perform more than they think!
  • Motto: “Wherever you are, be all there.” Whether I am at school, home, grocery store, or anywhere, I want to give 100%. I don’t want to be at school and be thinking about that nice vacation and how I just “have to get through today.” We have all been there before. Trust me, I think I’m the worst culprit! Not this year though! I’m going to give it all!



So there are my goals, do you have any goals for this school year or for the rest of the year? 


I have been meaning to get into my classroom and get organizing my cabinets, bookshelf, etc. and they have been doing major work in there. So, I haven’t been able to go into my classroom. ugh. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to go in for an hour or two. If I do there will be a post coming up about that! Today I am going to make a “to-do” list and write down everything I need to do so I am not running around like a chicken with his head cut off! Hopefully I will be able to work on some LRP and tests/quizzes. I thankfully have all my Bible and Science curriculum here at home so I can work on it! We will see how it goes.

I have decided this year on a dog theme for my classroom. It is what I did my first classroom in so I already have some things. I am toying with a few ideas. I am currently looking for medium size baskets for my students to have next year to hold their crayons, scissors, and other “artsy” things.” Last year I made them put them in the back and it really stopped a lot of unnecessary messes and playing in their desks.

Well, that was some needless ramblings. I feel a little more motivated to get started! I have been enjoying my summer and now it is time to start focusing more on school.

Are you doing anything different this year in your classroom? What is your theme?

New Class Website!

I just spent the last few hours creating a new class website for my classroom. My other one was on shutterfly which was ok, but I really didn’t have any freedom to add things I really wanted to. This year I am trying one on  It looks a lot nicer and I am so excited for the school year to start so I can add more to it!