Monday, July 23, 2012

Back from Vacation/Preparing for School Linky Party

Wow, I've been away for a little while it seems (I miss two whole Monday Made-It's). Well aside from being super busy gearing up for my first year teaching and dealing with some family hiccups, I also went on vacation with my boyfriend. We just went to Ocean City, MD which is not to far away from where we live, but it was a vacation all the same.

When I got back from vacation (and got back on to my working out regiment) I weighed myself and realized I had lost 50 pounds!

(Picture links to my other blog which is more weight loss and personal tidbits)

I'm really happy and I feel an extra push to meet my final goal weight!

Mrs. Crouse invited me to her very first Linky party that is all about getting ready for the next school year! Here are the rules!

1. Post about this linky party on your blog
2. Follow my blog
3. Answer the following 5 questions:
- What grade do you teach?
I will be teaching fifth grade!
- What is the greatest advice you received during your 1st year of teaching?
Set a time for when you are going to leave at the end of the day. When that time comes you should be packing up and getting ready to go so you can have a fresh start for the next day!
- Do you have a checklist that you follow when preparing your classroom?
I should/will as soon as I know how big my portable will be and approximately when I can move in!
- What are some must haves in your classroom that you cannot live without (ex. items, books, posters, management strategies)?
Classroom management that makes students accountable for themselves, but also classroom management incentives that help the class learn to collaborate as a whole. Also, some of my childhood favorites as books in the library such as Harry Potter, Super Fudge, and the Bailey School Kids. 
- What is something that all teachers should have in their classroom?
A place that is just theirs, be that their desk or desk chair, something off limits to the students, so they know when you are in this place, they must use another strategy to answer a question they might have. 

Awesome questions!! They made me think! I hope you all join us for the linky party!


  1. Congrats on loosing 50 lbs! That's amazing!! YOU LOOK GREAT :)
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

  2. Congratulations! You inspire me in my weight loss journey of 50 pounds as well! I too am a new teacher this year! I love the advice on setting a time to leave at the end of the day. I definitely think I will be doing that this year...maybe try to be heading home an hour after the day ends! I look forward to reading about your year and feel freeo come see my blog!