Sunday, January 26, 2014

Slim down Saturdays 1/25/14

Another week down! I barely survived this week. The kiddos were tough and I was in severe pain due to an impacted wisdom tooth, good thing I'm getting it pulled this Friday!

I decided last week to start using measurements as a way to track my progress. I have to say it's more rewarding than those silly scales! I lost 3.5" between my arms, hips and waist. The scale still says 0lbs lost... But hey, I'm happy with 3.5"! Go me! With that, my word for this week is positive. I need to stay positive and focus on the small victories.

I also need to drink more water! My days can become extremely busy and I forget to keep hydrated. Over the summer I drink 4-5 water bottles a day... Lately I'm lucky to get one bottle it. That's no Bueno! Hopefully I can get up to 2 bottles/day by the end of the week!

Share your weight loss victories on 3rd grade Tidbits Slim down Saturdays.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Slim down Saturday 1/18/14


Week 2 down! 

Sadly, I didn't loose any weight this week. Although I feel the 30 minute circuit at planet fitness has helped tremendously. My arm flab has gone down and my core area feels more toned. I've gotten several compliments that I look better because 'I've lost weight'. 

I set my goal last week to be in bed by midnight! I was successful 4 out of 5 nights. Hopefully this week I can push the time back and be in bed by 11:30. I have so much more energy. Another idea I had to help me through the week is to plan and pack my lunch on Sunday. So my word for the week is 'planning'. 

Share your Slim down with us over at Third Grade Tidbits  
Now onto week 3!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

My students need your help!

Hi Friends,

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org:

iPod Shuffles for Special Needs Students

Give to my classroom by January 25, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,
Michelle

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Slim down Saturdays 1/11/14

While scrolling through Instagram this morning I came across a photo from @ilovemyclassroom sharing her link up to Slim down Saturdays with Third Grade Tidbits.

I thought I would go ahead and share my own and try my hardest to do it weekly.


My goal is to loose 50 pounds by 2015, but 25 by mid year. Read more about my weight loss goals and new years resolutions

I worked out every day this week at planet fitness, mainly doing the 30minute circuit. I'm hoping next week I can do a little more cardio. I also want to try and get more sleep. I usually get 5 hours of sleep and really should be getting more. So next week I will try to get at least 6 hours. 

I am loving all the extra energy I have from working out and eating healthy. So my word for the week is 'healthy'. 
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Years Resolutions




I decided to be brave and post my new years resolutions.  When I set these, I immediately went into 'special ed' mode and started writing objectives for each one to make it easier to accomplish my main goal. 

Personal: Work out and loose 50 pounds by 2015.
    • Eat healthy and work out 6 days a week to loose 25 by June & set a wedding date. 
    • Eat healthy and work out 6 days a week to loose another 25 by December.
    • So far I've been using myfitnesspal, and sworkit to help me achieve this first resolution and following new blogging inspirations such as 'finding victory in loss'

Professional: Create better lessons plans & don't live at work.
    • I want to make lesson plans that are more engaging and that better suit my students individual needs. By the end of the 3rd 9 weeks I want to have at least 2 engaging lessons/week.
    • I need to try to leave work earlier than 6 pm.  My goal is to arrive 20 minutes earlier to plan and prep what needs to be done and leave on time (about 4:30) so I can fit in my workout schedule. I would like to have this routine down before spring break! (that gives me 7weeks)

Classroom: Work on transitions. 
    • This is something I've always needed to work on.  I will probably continue to work on it throughout my career.  I would like to see smoother transitions by the end of this school year and plan for successful transitions in August for the 14-15 school year. 

Blog/TpT: Blog more & create professional documents
    • I miss blogging. It's a great way to express my thoughts, actions and ideas! I also enjoy stalking following other bloggers! They area all an inspiration from teachers, cooks, diy-ers, workout blogs, etc. I would like to be posting at least 1 post a week until spring break, then bumping it up to 2 posts from March-June.  During the summer I hope to resume my 3+ posts a week. 
      • You can help hold me accountable to this resolution by following my bloglovin! I get motivated with the more people who follow me. :) 
    • I also want to make my TpT documents look more professional.  I hope to help other educators with my documents, but if they aren't functional and usable by others, there is not point in putting them online. I tend to only post what I use, hopefully for this year, I can make them a little more user friendly with better directions on how to use my files.

Just for fun: Hang out & talk with family more
    • Since I have started teaching, interactions with my family and friends have decreased.  I would like to connect back with everyone I love.  Instead of only contacting them weekly or seeing some people monthly, I would like to grab a bite to eat, Skype, and just hang out and catch up. We don't realize how awesome our relationships are with others until you become too busy to uphold those relationship bonds. 
What are your goals/resolutions for 2014? You can grab the resolutions picture from A Peach for the Teach, then share your blog post on her linky party!! 

Just remember, whatever your goals/resolutions are try not to become worn down by them. They are supposed to help you become a better you! Just do your best and "keep it happy".
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

How I survived my first semester teaching pt2

View part 1 of this post to read my top 10 tips from my first semester teaching!

Here are the top 8 forms and documents I used to help me through my first semester as a special education teacher. I hope some of them can be helpful to you!

  • Communication log
    • FREEBIE!
    • This log saved my life when I wasn't able to remember when or what I talked about with certain parents.  I know that sounds bad, but when you are trying to remember a million things and so many people telling you things you need to write it down.  I hope this communication log will be beneficial to you and your sanity! 
  • Class lists (3 versions)
    • FREEBIE!
    • These little lists have saved my life! I laminate them and use them as checklists, roll call, to-do lists, or pass them out to staff and parents who need a list of students. 
  • Return forms reminder (English & Spanish)
    • FREEBIE!
    • I have found this to be the most efficient way to send home forms to parents.  I attach this sheet to the front of the papers that need to be returned and I have had about 90% return rate since I started using this idea. 
  • Paperwork thank you
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paperwork-Thank-you-1045092
    • After I receive the completed and signed paperwork, I am sure to send a thank you note back home just to show my appreciation for doing what I ask. 


    • When you're in a bind and you need to jot down the behavior of a student during an incident, pull out this handy ABC chart and fill it out.  Now you don't have to remember every detail because you've already documented it while it was happening or immediately after the incident. I made several copies and keep the blanks in a binder. At the end of the day, I input them into our data program.  It takes the guess work out of things and eases my stress level because I don't have to remember so much info. 

    • This has to be one of my most used forms.  I only have 7 students on my caseload, but I fill out every space on this form for ARD/IEP meetings.  It keeps me from missing deadlines, loosing papers or contacting the wrong people. 


View part 1 of this post to read my top 10 tips from my first semester teaching!

Friday, January 3, 2014

How I survived my first semester teaching pt1

I've collected some a lot of things since August 26, 2013. I've been given pieces of advice, and paperwork.  I've learned from my own trial and error.  Sometimes things can be extremely useful and other times I've had to take suggestions with a grain of salt.

I've decided to share some of my experiences and advice in hopes it can help other wonderful teachers, paras and educators! Let's get started.


  1. Keep your desk clean.
    • It helps with your sanity to have things organized and in its own place. I've also learned if you have less stuff on your desk, you have less to clean up when a student has a meltdown and decides to make poor decisions with the teachers stuff.
  2. The principal can be a great resource!
    • I absolutely love how easy it is to talk to my principal and he is always willing to try his best to work things out and give you the support that is needed. I feel he has most of these qualities
  3. Get a massage regularly. 
    • I purchased my first massage package in October! It made the biggest difference in my attitude and made my aches go away! Its totally worth the money. 
  4. Do a little work at a time. Don't wait until the last minute and try to cram everything in before a deadline. 
  5. Plan things ahead of time. 
    • Seriously, if you think you're planning early...plan a week earlier just in case I haven't mastered this one either. 
  6. Try to put yourself in other people's shoes. 
    • Don't jump to conclusions immediately and try to see from each others perspective. It tends to make a big difference in the outcome. 
  7. Wear comfortable shoes. You never know when you will need to run. 
  8. Always wear a watch. 
    • Being a special education teacher I've stopped caring if my watch matched my outfit. I learned I needed it for a number of reasons ranging from timing a seizure to using it as a timer during a break. 
  9. Keep laughing.
    • If you aren't laughing about something by the end of the day, you will have an extremely long year. 
  10. Be thankful and pray. 
    • Be thankful to have a job where children look up to you and love you (even on their bad days). I always pray to inspire and teach my students. I ask to have respect, patience, and flexibility with the staff and parents. Lastly I pray that my mind and body will stay focused, my passion stays strong and my professionalism keeps developing. 
I have a few helpful documents to share with y'all on this post "teacher survival tips pt2".  Also, check out some other helpful resources on my TpT site!

January currently

Its 1:30am and I am wide awake. I think it's because I've been a good girl with my new years resolutions' and I have successfully worked out every day this year! ;) 

As I am laying in bed I figured I could be productive.  I was going to upload this post with my tablet but the battery is dead therefore I am on my phone. I've never posted from my phone before. I pray the post is readable.

Anyways I'm linking up with Oh boy It's 4th grade and sharing my January currently.

Currently I am listening to the red dirt road playlist on Pandora. I am worrying about my never ending to do list but loving the cold weather and my vacation time. I need to get my wisdom teeth pulled because they are giving me an aweful headache right now. Every since my engagement I've been drooling over pinterest wedding stuff. Lastly a tradition I started with my fiance 3 years ago was going to IHOP around midnight on Christmas eve.

That's my January currently. It's not too exciting, but I would love to read about your currently.  Link up with us over at Oh boy it's 4th grade!