Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's Your Why-Part 2

My heart is seriously about to burst! You all are just the sweetest. I have had so many educators reach out to me and let me know how much they like this week's Monday's Moment about identifying your why for being a teacher.

So, some of my wonderful friends asked to make it into a link party! I have never done one on my own before but what better way to start than by all of us sharing why we teach?! Before you get started, you may want to check out the video below where I share some of my favorite "why" reasons and read the original post here so that you are all caught up on the purpose of my What's Your Why? message. 

Anywho, I am really passionate about my career, and I know that you are, too! Spend a few minutes thinking about why you do what you do. There is a reason that you wake up every morning and walk into your classroom ready to tackle a day full of learning with your students. Here are just a few of mine!

Now it is your turn! Grab the image below, add your "whys", and link up to this post! I cannot wait to read them all!

Please feel free to use my button! Also, you can always find me on Facebook so that you are the first one to see the Monday's Moment video each Monday morning! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

What's Your Why?

Each week, as I sit down to record my new Monday's Moment segment, I spend just a few short minutes gathering my thoughts. Then, I turn on my computer and hit record. I don't really plan what I am going to say. Sure, I have some ideas. And yes, there are many times that I think about what I want to talk about during the week(this usually happens at 2:00am and I have to try to write it down RIGHT then so that I don't forget), but the words that I have shared for the last few weeks are truly from the heart. 

That's why it took a little bit of courage for me to hit "post" this week. If you have already seen the video than you probably know why I was a little afraid. I am no stranger to tears, but it is a whole new story to SHARE those tears with a few thousand people. It leaves you vulnerable.

This week's Monday's Moment was all about me sharing my WHY.

What do I mean by that? I mean..what is your why? Why do you teach?

Why do you do what you do?

Hopefully, you can begin naming off a million different reasons as to why you do what you do. 

My heart smiles with you because I feel you. I get it. Really...I do. 

You see...the reality is that those who are not educators don't always understand WHY we teachers do what we do. That's okay. Truth be told..there are some jobs that I don't understand "why" others would want to do it either. 

However, no matter what profession you are in, we all have a "why". Please allow me to share my list  with you and feel free to share yours. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday's Moment- inspiration from the heart

This is going to be one of those "raw" posts so brace yourself!

Last summer, I was extremely blessed to attend the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Las Vegas. It was exceptional on so many levels. One of the biggest things that I took away from trip came from Rachel Lynette's session as she talked about teacher creators finding their creating "niche". Her niche is task cards. She is the task card queen and you better believe that if I am looking for a task card then I am going to head to her store first. Angie from Lucky Little Learners has found her niche in her brag tags and interactive notebooks.

Little old me has been patiently waiting for me to find my creating niche. Maybe it will happen one day. But, in all reality, I am okay if that never happens. I have said from the very beginning of my teaching journey that one of my favorite things to do is find what works for educators and then brag on them and share their ideas with as many people as possible in hopes of helping other teachers. 

Like..I REALLY enjoy it. And, that has been the goal of my blog from the beginning. I want to show you what and whose creations I am using in my classroom and how. I think that this might be my niche. There are so many teachers and educators out there who are AMAZING at seeing a need, creating it, and sharing it with others so that we can use it too. I mean it when I say that I love each of you for the gifts that you have been given and the generosity within you to share those gifts with there rest of us. 

I know that I am a better teacher because of you. SO thank you big. 

I really enjoy motivating and encouraging other teachers, and I know that it is easy to get bogged down and defeated. Those challenging situations that we are sometimes faced with can be taxing. It is nice and necessary for educators to be reminded of how fabulous, awesome, and essential you all are. I don't want you to forget about your love and passion for our job. 

So, with all that said....I made it my goal in 2015 to take a slight turn in my blogging and social media journey. Each week, I am going to be sharing a "Monday's Moment" on my social media accounts. I had planned on keeping it on Facebook, but I have had several individuals ask me to post it on here as well. We will give it a whirl and see how it goes!

The Monday's Moment videos have one goal-to share my passion for teaching with you. The videos will be 5 minutes or less(unless I get sidetracked!) and talk about thoughts, quotes, tasks, or any other random thing I can throw in there for you. I want you to connect with me for a few minutes and leave the video smiling and feeling as if you can walk into your classroom for the upcoming week and tackle anything and everything. 

Even if just ONE teacher watches it and smiles then I will consider my mission accomplished. 

I get so stinking excited just thinking about what this year has in store for the Monday's Moment videos, and I have already aired two of them on my Facebook page. 

You can view today's video below.
And, I just laugh hysterically when I see the freeze frame for this video. I will have to work on that for next week. Oy!

I would really love for you to participate in the Post-it note challenge that I mentioned in the video and then share with me the motivational note that you left yourself. You can snap a picture and tag me on Instagram with #mymondaymoment or you can leave me a photo on my Facebook page. 

It would seriously make my night. 


GO move mountains this week folks! Inspire yourself. Inspire others. GO DO YOUR THING!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Currently

Happy New Year! 2015 is going to be our best year yet! What better way to start off the new year than with Farley and her Currently link party

Listening- I am NOT a Swifty, but I couldn't resist her new album. I love I may need an intervention soon. 

Loving-I create a goals list every year. I am seriously loving my new goals for 2015. I really believe that positive energy is addictive, and I cannot wait to share all of that energy with you. Have you checked out one of my teaching goals for the new year? You can check out the video on my Facebook page here

Thinking-My winter break has been great. My family, who lives in Souther California and upstate New York both got to come have Christmas in the Smokies with us. It was such a wonderful experience. I have also gotten a lot of lazy time AND wedding planning done. I will be going back to work refreshed and ready for the second half of the year. 

Wanting- I really want time to slow down. Don't get me wrong-life is super groovy right now, but it is just flying by way too fast. 

Needing- I am slightly behind on our wedding save the dates. I need to address about 160 of them by next week. Anyone want to help?

Yes, 2015 is going to be awesome. For reals. 
Maybe we will get to start building our lake house.
I wish for SNOOOOOOW!