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End of the year Teacher Truths - Because What We Do Matters!

It's that time of year again. Time for our teacher truths. 

The end of the school year.
I know many of you are a few days away from saying goodbye to your students.
Some of you have already said your goodbyes.
I still have 16 days left and we are in the midst of assessments...but all I can think about is that last week of chaos.
The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!

End of Year projects
Celebration with parents and families
Transitioning kids to the next grade level
Grades!
Report Cards
Room clean up

The list goes on and on...
and on...
and on...

It's so overwhelming and emotionally draining for both us and the kids.

And every year I try to remember that I will be exhausted, frustrated and short tempered, and every year I forget.
I let the stress of the time of year get to me and I forget to enjoy each moment with my kiddos.
It's the last time we will be together...we need to make the most of it!

So I made a short list of 5 teacher truths to remember when the end of the school year rolls around.
I'm going to place a copy of these in my Erin Condren planner so it's front and center when June comes.


The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!

Look.
I'm a super positive and cheerful person...but teaching is tough and tiring and exhausting and we have every right to feel tired.
Honor your exhaustion.
It means you've worked hard.


The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!

Well, you might not have taught the Pythagorean theorem to your primary kiddos but still..
You have taught them so much.
And I know it seems so hard when you're running a small group with struggling readers and they are working so hard just to read the word, "the".

But you keep at it. 
And they keep at it.

Then suddenly, the lightbulb goes off, and those little strugglers are reading.
It might be one of the best moments in teaching.

That sweet lightbulb moment.

The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!


It's true.
But it's the end of the year, and while you've seen some major growth (academically or behaviorally) in some students. You might not have noticed much of a change in others.
Now, in no way am I saying you gave up or should give up on those "tougher" kiddos.
I am saying that it is important to be realistic about what we do.

The truth is, you can't reach every student, 
but you don't stop trying either.

The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!

Your kids appreciate you.
They don't always say it or show it.  But they do.
Those little notes they place on your desk...
Or the bouquets of dandelions they bring you during recess...
Even the random staples they find in the carpet and then bring to you in the middle of a read aloud...
Just different ways to say, "I love you teacher."

The end of the year can be exhausting for teachers, but these teacher truths will help you remember just how much of an impact you've had on your students' live. Click through to learn about the five teacher truths. From the exhaustion to the fact that you'll miss them, and even the hard to swallow fact that you can't reach them all. This post is sure to resonate with teachers at ALL grade levels. Click through, nod your head in agreement, and enjoy!

You will miss them!
Really!
Well most of them.

The year is over.
You are all exhausted and are in need of a much deserved break.
BUT...
You will think about one of your kiddos one day and remember their lightbulb moment...and a smile will creep over your face.
Or you'll get interrupted during a read aloud and it will remind you of the kiddo who interrupted you ALL THE TIME...because he just wanted to learn everything you could teach him.

You'll miss them.
And they'll miss you too.

I hope you have a great end to your school year.
And when you feel overwhelmed or sad or frustrated...
Remember these 5 teacher truths and know...
Everything will be ok.


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I know it's the end of the year but...

I know it's the end of the year but...
Sometimes I can't help but to think of the next school year.

I mean, I just reorganized the furniture in my room yesterday!

While, I try to keep the same color scheme every year, I love adding new elements of color and design to my classroom each year.
My room is rainbow/primary color themed.  I have pops of color throughout my classroom.



Well! I am so excited to have the opportunity to partner up with Creative Teaching Press!  They have some of the most creative, innovative and teacher friendly materials out there!


CTP has an awesome collection called Painted Palette that will work just perfectly for any classroom.  But, I've got some BIG ideas for it next year in my own room.
First, there are these:

How adorable is this?
I can totally see myself decorating my hallway with this collection and adding my student's names to the apples!  What a perfect way to start the year!

Then there is this:
Yup! Think of the adorableness of my class newsletters when the come home typed up on this bright, eye catching paper!

And then there's this:
I mean.
Can you even?
I just can't wait to decorate my word walls and thematic word walls with this border!!

The Painted Palette Collection is just amazing! It has elements that will truly make my classroom pop!

And since CTP is celebrating 50 years of awesomeness, they are giving away $50 to spend at their store.
That's right!! You can win $50 to get your room ready for the new school year!
Think of all the goodies $50 will get you!  Entering to win is simple.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter below!


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Head on over to my pal Bethany's blog and see what awesome goodies she has to share with you. www.shipshapefirstgrade.blogspot.com

Teacher's Night Out


When I started blogging and creating products for TpT, there were a lot of things I never expected would happen to me.  I never thought I would be cutting and pasting ©Vera Ahiyya to the bottom of every work page I created.  I never thought I would be turning one of the bedrooms in my house into an office so that I commit myself to this second "job" (only in quotations because it doesn't feel like a job!)  However, the one thing I truly NEVER expected was to connect with other bloggers and TpTers out there and have those connections transform into life-long friendships!

How did these relationships take off?  Well, it started with some innocent stalking on Instagram.  You know that moment… you're scrolling through their photos and you can't stop tallying the things you have in common or the amount of times you've laughed out loud at their hashtags?  So you make the bold move to follow them.  Then, what do you know?  They follow you back and start liking your photos too!  Those likes slowly morph into some humorous comments, and you feel like a Kindergartener on their first day of school- "I made a friend!"

So how do you turn a virtual friend into life-long friend?  Well, with a BLOGGER MEET UP of course!!!  My first blogger meet up was a wonderful experience, although I was very nervous.  I even tried to talk myself out of going, and my husband had to push me out the door.  If you're anything like me,  push yourself to go and meet new people and GO!  You will be so happy you did, and you'll meet some awesome people… perhaps a life-long friend!

In an effort to give more Bloggers and TpTers this experience, a few of my blogging besties and I have arranged a New England Teacher's Night Out.  It's going to be EPIC and let me tell you why:

First of all, it's a NIGHT OUT, so you can leave those cardigans at home!  In addition to a great evening of fun, we have also been working closely with some of your favorite clip artists and TpT authors, as well as some awesome Educational Companies!  Let's take a closer look at their super generous contributions shall we?

Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating has created an adorable CUSTOM clip art set for her New England fans.  She has graciously made these available to everyone who attends our Teacher's Night Out Meet Up!  If she is not the definition of incredible, I don't know who is!


Kimberly Geswein of KG Fonts has kindly donated a giveaway item!  One lucky winner will score a bundle of her beautiful frames and papers!  If you are familiar with Kimberly's work, you know how amazing she is!  Her fonts, her clip art and her generosity make her one of the top people I'm looking forward to meeting in Vegas this summer!


Heidi Songs is offering these beauties!  We love her educational songs and so do our students!  We are incredibly grateful to her for her generous donation, and we can't wait to give this DVD set away to one of our Meet Up friends!


Do you love GoNoodle?  Silly question!  We all do!  Well the masters of brain breaks for the classroom have donated a super cute (goody filled) tote bag for every person attending our meet-up!  Woohoo!


Sheila Jane of Sheila Jane Teaching is not only one of the most talented people I know, she is also one of the most generous!  For every teacher attending our Meet Up, she is donating a 30-day FREE Teach Happy Membership!  She is so very inspiring, and we are so happy to be spreading her positivity with this Meet Up!


Jen Lium from Teaching In the Tongass is joining the party!  One lucky winner will be going home with a $100 (yes $100!!!) Gift Card to her TpT Store!  I could spend all day looking through her products, but to get $100 worth for FREE would be amazing!  Thank you Jen for your huge heart and generosity!  We love you!


We have been fortunate enough to partner with Educents and Teachers Pay Teachers for this Meet Up as well!  For many of us, these Educational Companies are what inspired us to start carving out our little corner of the internet.  We are so grateful for everything that they do for teachers!  Therefore, it couldn't be more fitting that we have them represented in our glorious giveaways!  We are pleased to announce that Educents will be donating some Goodie Bag "SWAG!"
Our sweet friends over at Teachers Pay Teachers have generously offered 3 awesome Gift Cards for 3 lucky winners! If you sign up for the Meet Up by tonight, you will automatically be entered to win one of these TpT Gift Cards, so click {HERE} to sign up!
We hope to see as many of you New England Bloggers and TpTers as possible!  It's going to be an EPIC evening and you could very well meet friends that will last a life time!