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Put the Lesson Plans Down...

It is officially Winter Break! Well actually my last day was December 15! Those of you that have been working this entire week have truly inspired me. I'm not quite sure how you have made it, but you have!

I'm going to be honest this year has been quite rough for me. As I am finishing Grad School I can honestly only think about graduating and moving on to do something to different. I've never felt like this being in the classroom. I've always LOVED it... but not this year.

Fun and inspiring haven't really been me this year... LOL.. because I have had little to no desire to actually be in the classroom. I have cried many times this year, and continuously asked God what exactly he was trying to show me through this school year... its been BAD. 

The weekend after Thanksgiving, one of my dear teacher friends was killed tragically in car accident. After that, I pledged to myself that I would first and foremost make it to winter break... Which I did!  But then I decided that I needed to take some time and care more for myself and I needed that little bit of extra umph to make it to June... June is a LONG way away.
I have been working on working less and caring more for myself. I think that is honestly something that we all need to do. Its ok to sometimes put the lesson plans down and care for you. If you are so stressed out and worrying about school all of the time, then there is no way that you can be a high functioning individual. You can't be a good parent and you can't be good to yourself. Let's be honest, Teacher burnout is a real thing and if we don't take care of ourselves first then we won't be any good to our students.

Sometimes its hard to think of not doing all the EXTRA things we do as educators, but I think we have to come to a point where we just stop doing those things and start doing more of the things that we love.... do something for yourself, do something for your children, just do something... or than cutting, laminating, lesson planning, shopping.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying that we have to stop doing those things altogether, but twice a month... thats a good start, do something for you!

Back to School: Favorite Read Alouds

Can You believe that it is Back to School time ALREADY! No really! I feel like summer break just started, because technically it did! But I am here today to share with you some of my favorite books for back to school time! YAY!

1. Back to School Rules!

This story is a great introduction to rules in the classroom. You can use it to give students ideas about what they should be doing in the classroom. I absolutely love the illustrations and you can turn it into a writing assignment to get kids thinking about the rules.

2. How Full is your Bucket

This book is great to get kids thinking about being kind to one another. You can get them to come up with ways that they can be a "bucket filler" and refer back to it daily. Incentives can be given when you see them filling up someones bucket.

3. The Best Part of Me

I love this nonfiction story. The black and white pictures are amazing and kids talk about things that they like about themselves. This leads to a great  discussion about the kids and gives them the opportunity to talk about themselves and them to write for a great hallway display.

Click on either of the images to go grab the Free My Best Part of Me Companion activity.


4. Pictures from our Summer Vacation

This is a good first week story to transition back from summer break. You could have students draw a picture to show one thing they did during their summer break.

Leave a comment below! What are your favorite read aloud books for back to school?

Welcome to Kinks, Coils, and Creativity in the Classroom

Hey girl Hey!!!1 (And guys too!) Welcome to my new Blog Kinks, Coils, and Creativity in the classroom! This blog combines 2 of my favorite things! Kinky, Coily hair, and Creativity in the classroom.

Really those two things sum up who I am!  So Let me introduce myself Just click play!

I hope you enjoyed that little intro! If you want to know more about me and who exactly this Carmen girl is.... Head on over to my About Me page.

So here is what you can expect a little bit of natural hair... if that's what you are here for click on the "Kinks and Coils" page at the top. You will also get a lot of classroom inspiration. Click on the "Classroom" page at the top if that's what you are looking for!

I can not wait to share my love for education and of course that kinky, coily hair with you!