Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Getting Crafty...

There is a point in time when you become tired of planning. Tired of typing, tired of flipping through resource books, tired of clicking around on pacing guides. When you're tired of planning, it is time to take a break and CRAFT! I had my little craftstravaganza on Sunday night/Monday morning. Armed with a brand new glue gun and a huge mug of coffee, I managed to make two cute new things for the Patch!

Like how I mix-and-matched my backgrounds? :)

I know y'all have seen this three-drawer organizer idea all over Pinterest. While I really try not to completely copy much off of Pinterest, I think that this is a FANTASTIC organizational tool! I know that when I see too much paper all over my table, I get a little wrapped around the axle...this should help! I found this pink beauty at Jo-Ann! 

The background is actually a happy bright yellow...silly lighting!

Next, I made my job board! My Mom gave me a bunch of little jean pockets last year - I thought they were adorable, but I never had any clue what to do with them! I came across them again while I was organizing my "office" (aka school junk room) and they suddenly reminded me of gardening overalls! I found the cute gardening gloves at Jo-Ann for about $2...I think that they add to the theme! I will stick student name sticks into the pockets to complete the board! 

Time to do some more planning...I hope you have a fabulous evening! 

<3 Kelsey

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Favorite Things Linky: Beauty Basics

I'm linking up with Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd Grade for her Favorite Things linky! Beauty basics...what to say? I LOVE makeup. Oh my goodness. I can't even lie, I love to wear makeup...bright, sparkly makeup. At all hours of the day. I have been asked to work at makeup counters. I have had dozens of children stop me mid-sentence to let me know that my eyeliner matched my shirt. I don't mind waking up an extra 10-15 minutes or so early to have time for my makeup routine...I like looking in the mirror and feeling "done." I don't cake it on (please don't picture me like RuPaul or anything), but I like to have smooth skin, pretty eye makeup, and lip gloss on at all times. Let's get to the good stuff...

Y'all like the artistic background? It's my purple fleecy blanket...

Skin - As far as my skin, I use Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths for Combination/Oily skin. They don't break me out or anything, so I like them! Garnier's Refreshing Gel Cream is a nice, chilly (?) moisturizer. I put it on about 5-10 minutes before I put on the rest of my face makeup. After my face has marinated with the moisturizer, I put on bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Mineral foundation. I LOVE both the bareMinerals loose and powder foundations...they look so natural. I used to look like a powdered doughnut when I first started using the brand, but then I realized how important it was to only use a LITTLE BIT and moisturize! I highly recommend the bareMinerals brand...it's not inexpensive, but it's so worth the money! I use Nars blush in...a word that rhymes with Borgasm (a little naughty, and this IS my teaching blog) so that I don't look like a mannequin. The blush is a pretty coral with a slight gold shimmer - I think it looks good on everyone!

Eyes - Urban Decay is my brand of choice for eye shadows and colorful eye liners...their Naked 2 palette is OUT OF THIS WORLD! I also like the Deluxe Shadow Box for its fun, bright colors (JUST SAW IT'S ON SALE FOR $10 ONLINE...GET IT NOW). My usual look for school is a neutral shadow on the lid/crease and either a dark or colorful liner to jazz it up! If you are in the market for a long-lasting dark eyeliner, skip the expensive stuff and buy Revlon ColorStay (pencil) eyeliner! I go through black eyeliner like I go through Pepsi One (quickly), and the Revlon one is fantastic and affordable! As far as mascara, I LOVE bareMinerals Buxom Lash for everyday looks. It's very soft, very dark, and lengthening! An AMAZING special-occasion (whether it's party, date, or you have a huge zit and need to divert attention) mascara I've found is Jordana Best Lash Extreme. It's very inexpensive, but it will make your eyelashes FANCY. Try it out, thank me later!

Lips - I'm not too picky with lip glosses. When I want to wear fun colors, I usually pull out my beloved Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. When I'm just in a clear lip gloss mood, I smear on some Maybelline Baby Lips (in the lime green tube) and I'm done!

Nails - Man oh man, I love nail polish. I have hundreds of them...I REALLY need to weed through them eventually! Four of my all-time, year-round favorites are OPI Cajun Shrimp (prettiest orangey-red cream), OPI Jade is the New Black (awesome jade green cream), Orly Emberstone (most amazing red/orange foil...try it on a pedi), and a new addition, Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Gilty Party (the best metallic neutral...it somehow looks gold and silver at the same time). 

Wow, I just typed a whole lot! Sorry for rambling! :) I can't wait to read all of the other linky posts as well!

<3 Kelsey

Back in Action 2.0

Hello! After taking a LONG break from blogging, here I am again! I finished up my first year of teaching, and I am now fully enjoying my summer! I certainly hope you are too! :) I've tried to split up my time sort of evenly between me time (aka pool/nap time) and teacher time...some days are more balanced than others hehe! Here are some things that are happening during my teacher time...

1. LAURA CANDLER WORKSHOPS! Can y'all believe that the AMAZING Laura Candler lives in Fayetteville too? She is hosting two workshops in July, which I am SO happy to say that I'll be attending! I'd love to know if anyone else is going! If anyone needs me, I'll be the nerdy girl with the bangs happily writing down everything Laura says...

2. Playing with my new iPad - I used my supplement money to make the biggest purchase of my young life...a fabulous iPad! I'm trying to load it up with great apps to use during small groups...do any of you have any good recommendations? If you do, please leave a comment! In return for your great suggestion(s), you can choose a product of your choice from my TpT store for free! :) Don't be shy!

3. Revamping my spelling program for next year - I didn't like how my spelling system worked out this past school year. I am trying to create a fully school-based (no homework) spelling program based on the Words Their Way system. I feel like sending my kids home with 16 words a week and having a test on Friday did not serve my class well. Yeah, they could spell "resplendence" for me on a given Friday...but would they know it a month later? NO! I want to focus on actually helping my kids grow in their spelling knowledge and ability to apply spelling patterns to their own reading and writing, not just learn to memorize from a list. I have a really great idea of how I want to introduce the words and how they will work with them during the week, but I am still figuring out the assessment piece. Any suggestions?

It is good to be back! :)

<3 Kelsey

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Back in Action!

Hi all! I hope you've had a wonderful past few weeks! I'm sorry I've been MIA! We just finished up our Teacher Appreciation Week, and it was fabulous! It was so nice to be singled out and treated...not what I ask for, but nothing to turn down either ;) Many thanks to my sweet students, parents, and PTA! 

I actually had to request a sub yesterday morning for the first time this year...yes, the youngest, scrawniest teacher somehow held out like a champion (health-wise) for a very long time! The bad news is...I apparently have a stomach bug and a kidney stone bobbling around inside me at the SAME TIME! How? Oh well...I'll still be at school on Monday! I am a tough cookie! 

ANYWAYS, here's a great activity my sprouts completed last week...fraction kites! We are focusing on area models in fractions, which, admittedly, do not naturally lend themselves to as many cute activities as set models. However, I saw this cute idea on Pinterest (it was originally from Step Into Second Grade), and it got me all excited! 

A group of kites in our "Fresh Picks from the Patch" area

Here's one up close!

I love how this turned out! It was a fun, easy reinforcement activity! I hope you all have fantastic remainders of your weekend, and I hope the upcoming week is a joy as well! :)

<3 Kelsey

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Regions Brochure Project

Happy Tuesday, blogger friends! I'm super busy and not feeling too hot, but I wanted to put up a picture of our completed North Carolina region brochure bulletin board! My sprouts did an AWESOME job with their brochures...they worked in groups, completed a TON of research, and learned how to use a detailed rubric to solidify their chances of getting a good grade! 

Clearly an iPhone picture, but you get the gist :)

If you like the idea of a state regions brochure project, here's my rubric on TpT! Check it out if you get a chance! I would love your support and feedback! As a matter of fact...the first person to comment on this post will get a copy for free! Have a fabulous first day of May tomorrow! :)

<3 Kelsey

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Peace, Hope, Love, and Kindness

Good evening! I hope you had an amazing day at school, at home...wherever you spent your time! :) I'm linking up with Ideas by Jivey's Peace, Hope, Love, and Kindness party! My first linky...yay!

I can't lie, I've been SO blessed to have such a kind, tolerant group of students for my first year teaching. What's really something is that they all come from strikingly different backgrounds, and still meld together beautifully. One sweet memory that pops up is when I was walking down the hallway with one of my parent volunteers. Her son popped out of the art room with another boy in my class, who could be considered a wreck by some standards (horrible home life, rough appearance, hyperactive/hyper-impulsive, the whole nine yards). This boy called out to his mom, "Hey! I wanted you to meet ********...I love him, he's my brother." My other boy was just smiling from ear to ear...I doubt even some of his family has proclaimed that kind of care for him. It was such a sweet, genuine statement that my heart just melted.

We recently started an advocacy project in social studies - I am having each student choose an issue that they want to positively impact, and they will make and present informative posters. During a discussion on possible topics today, one of my students told me that they couldn't choose just one topic, because they want to help with many. It made me want to jump out of my chair and sing! I think being cognizant of the world around us and driven enough to make a positive difference is SO important, and my sprouts are sharing that belief! Let's all spread peace, hope, love, and kindness!

<3 Kelsey

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Finding Balance...

Hello! I hope you had a FABULOUS week and weekend, and that you're looking forward to Earth Day tomorrow! We talked a bit about Earth Day on Friday afternoon, and I challenged my sprouts to think about some ways they could personally show their love for our Earth. I hope they put their thinking caps on at some point during the weekend, because we'll be working on a fun writing assignment tomorrow morning! They should turn out very cute, I'll be sure to post pictures!

Administration sent out an e-mail the other day, informing us that we have 27 school days until our EOG tests, and 35 school days until summer vacation. What I am gleaning from this information is that we are finally in TESTING SEASON! (When I type those words, I envision myself as an Elmer Fudd-type character, and all my little sprouts are silly little hound dogs.) We spent the bulk of last week taking benchmark tests and practice EOG's...not the most exciting activities for any party involved, BUT a necessary evil. 

Since it is my first year of actual state test preparation, I am really trying to find a balance between introducing new subject matter and reviewing 27 weeks' worth of information! My principal offered to disaggregate our grade level's student data by class based on the practice EOG's completed (not like he has a million other things on his plate...seriously, super nice of him), and I am using the information he provides to make whole-group and small-group review materials. My stations will be primarily review materials as well! I'm also going to have to find more ways to help my sprouts practice bubbling, which we admittedly don't do very often outside of our ACC Math program (blame that on me, womp womp). How are YOU getting your students ready for testing? I'd LOVE any of your input and advice! As a special thank you, the first two people who give me feedback will get...

A) A bear hug from me (through cyberspace)
B) One product of your choice from my TpT store for FREE! :)

Since this was a long and rambling post, here is a picture of me locked up in "jail" from our school's Spring Fling this past Friday :)

Have an amazing week!

<3 Kelsey

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to ME! :)

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend so far! Today is actually my birthday...I hit the big 2-3! I spent Friday night and most of today in Raleigh with my boyfriend, and we had an awesome time as usual! Over the course of our visit, we ate at Piebird, saw the Evil Dead, went to the flea market, ate at the Yard House (Google it...my FAVORITE restaurant), and rode around on the motorcycle after getting home...lots of fun!

A funny birthday story from yesterday...while I was eating lunch, one of my girls came up to me and informed me that 22 years from Saturday, I will be 45. What? At least she WAS applying math in a real-world situation! :)

I'm done talking about me...here are are couple of things my sprouts worked on at the end of the week!

Our "creative" small group activity for point of view...I wrote all over my kidney table to make a giant sort, and then the sprouts categorized some passages based on their point of views. It was a great activity, but it further proves the point that I am essentially a graffiti artist in my classroom. ;)

We created a simple four-flap foldable to keep track of some of Earth's landforms! We are going to start talking about different bodies of water this upcoming week. I am excited for more opportunities to compare and contrast...I am clearly trying to reinforce that reading objective as much as humanly possible! Speaking of comparing and contrasting, one of my little sprouts came up to me on Thursday and informed me that he was comparing and contrasting two texts by the same author! Cool, right? I looked over at his desk and saw he had two different Big Nate books out...I then watched him read one page of one, and then one page from the other. It cracked me up! At least he was trying to demonstrate mastery of one of our objectives, right? :)

I hope you have a happy, relaxing Sunday tomorrow! :)

<3 Kelsey

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Break Shenanigans & A Very Important Question!

Today, I am blogging some bittersweet news...it is Sunday, the very last day of my Spring Break. Please don't get me wrong, I am SO excited to see my sweet little sprouts and my awesome coworkers tomorrow! It's just...I DON'T WANT SPRING BREAK TO END. I've gotten used to sleeping in until 9:30, puttering around, eating lunch for as long as I'd like...waking up tomorrow at 5:15 is going to be an epic struggle! I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things quickly though!

Anyways, here are some things I did over my Spring Break...

I spent a few glorious days back home in Williamsburg, Virginia...it was SO good to see my family! While home, I took advantage of my historic hometown and sent postcards to all of my little sprouts...I hope they liked the surprise! The ONE thing that I will never forget about my fifth grade teacher was that she sent me a postcard from Vail, Colorado over a break. It made such an impression on me that she thought about me inside and outside of school, and I want my sprouts to feel the same way!

Tomorrow we are having Mathapalooza...the third grade classes are rotating through all of the third grade classrooms, and we are each teaching a fun lesson on a topic that will be covered on our benchmark tests next week. I am reviewing 3.MD.1 with all of the little nuggets...I can't wait to scrape all the rust off of their little brains when it comes to elapsed time on a number line! I made a fun Four Corners review game for the students to play...I will be posting it on TpT soon!

Today was a balmy 75 degrees in good old Fayetteville, so I laid out at the pool! I want to warn you to put on sunglasses before you look at my shocking whiteness...oh well, have to start somewhere!

Woo Hoo!

Here is my important question I would LOVE to have answered...how do you link up with/participate in linky parties? I have no clue how to grab a button or get ahold of one of the big graphics to edit (i.e. the Currently... that everyone likes to do) I know it's a dopey question, but please bear with me! I'd love your help and input! I hope you have a fantastic day!

<3 Kelsey

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Time Flies!

Wow! I haven't posted in a while! The past two weeks have been CRAZY BUSY...I can't believe we're finishing up the third nine weeks tomorrow! We've been doing all sorts of fun stuff in the patch, including Oreo phases of the moon...

Informative and edible! My sprouts saw the Cookie Monster side of my personality emerge...

Landforms with modeling dough...

Check out my girl's cute island! Loving the hut!

Non-fiction text feature lapbooks (used an AWESOME freebie from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J

These lapbooks turned out fabulous, and my sprouts are taking them home over the break!

I recently created a brochure project detailing the different regions of North Carolina, and my sprouts have been working on it since last week. The project incorporates economics, geography, weather, graphs, and tourism! The brochures are turning out AMAZING, and my sprouts are so proud of their work! I typed up a rubric for the project, and I'll be posting it on my TpT page soon...you can sub in any state you would like! :)

I hope you've had a fabulous week so far!

<3 Kelsey

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Attention: (Mostly) Non-Schooly Post!

So I haven't posted about this on my little baby blog before, but my boyfriend is in the Army. He has a military ball at the beginning of April, and I have been STRESSING about my outfit. Today I went to the good ol' neighborhood Belk with my friend Amanda, and I found the PERFECT dress! 

Oh yeah, there's me! Hi! P.S. LOOK AT THE BACK!

You know what the best part was? I was ready to drop some money on this dress, but IT WAS ON SURPRISE SALE! Seriously?!? Now I don't have to worry at all, and I can just get all dolled up for a fun dressy night with my handsome sergeant! :) 

As for school, we had a GREAT day for the most part. Elapsed time is going pretty swimmingly...are any of you working on that as well? I'd LOVE to know...if you are, please comment on this post! If you take the time to fill me in on your elapsed time happenings, I'll send you any item you'd like from my TpT store, gratis! (Only valid through March 14th, 2013, so hurry!) 

 I hope you all had terrific Tuesdays!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday, Monday, Monday...

HAPPY MONDAY! Last night, after watching the newest episode of the Walking Dead, I plopped down into my bed with dread. (P.S. I'm the poet laureate.) I initially thought that Monday would be a hot exhausted mess, given the Daylight Savings Time switch. However, today was fabulous! Here are some reasons...

1) I completely forgot that I'd signed up for the C.O.W. (Computers on Wheels) for today...until our awesome media specialist rolled it down to the patch! SUCH a fantastic surprise! We were able to use the laptops to begin some space exploration research, and we were also able to work on some fun math games! 

2) While poking around online the other night, I found a really cool city council simulation on http://cccoe.net/govern/simulationintro.html. We tried out the simulation in class today, and it was a BLAST! My kids had so much fun pretending to be the different citizens and stakeholders, and they even came up with some extremely valid arguments! Several of my students literally BEGGED me to hold another city council meeting about an issue important to our class, and I am planning for our next "meeting" later this week!

3) My little sprouts performed their solar system songs today. Two songs were actually catchy enough that we're going to record them! We're all super excited! Hopefully Music Producer Kelsey (aka chickadee on Audacity randomly banging on keys) can make the songs sound smooth and polished!

4) I finally organized my apartment today...do you ever let things get crazy at home so things stay somewhat sane at school? I know I do...this place was a problem! Now I am living in a beautiful oasis of calm (...sort of), and I type this to you as I enjoy a fresh candle and my clean space. :)

Since I feel awkward publishing a blog post without a picture, here's a snapshot of my classroom library:

Isn't it cute? I'll explain more about my library in another post, but I figured I'd give you something to look at! How was your Monday? I'd love to hear about it! Have a lovely evening!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Shenanigans!

Happy Saturday! I've had quite the day so far, it's really made me think about how important it is to cherish every day! I started off my busy day with a trip to School Tools...aka "Kelsey's Paycheck Muncher." I only purchased some bulletin board border and paper today though...proud of myself for not turning into a wild woman and buying everything!

ANYWAYS, on the way home, there was an INSANE amount of traffic. I can't lie...I started to get extremely impatient. I needed to get to school and do some work! However, as the traffic crept forward, I realized what the hold-up was - there was a HORRIBLE car accident being cleaned up. One car was entirely scrunched into an awful, unfamiliar shape. I was absolutely heartbroken and said a prayer as I drove by. As I drove towards school, I thought about how wonderful life is, and how easily it can be gone/changed in a matter of seconds. It's so important to live purposefully, let people know you love them, and remain cognizant of all the important things around us! 

Since I know no one on this Earth wants to read more of my philosophizing, let me show you my Saturday project :)

My revamped Word Wall!

Y'all, I have to be honest and admit that my Word Wall was the most depressing-looking thing in humanity prior to about 2:30 p.m. today. I wasn't keeping up with it, and it wasn't serving my children in helping them retain their important vocabulary words. Part of the issue was that I was tired of cutting my own word cards...lazy, I know. Once I ordered a humongous number of tiny cards and clear labels, though,  I knew my Word Wall makeover could commence! A couple of hours and 267 small labeled cards (I COUNTED!) later, my Word Wall is complete! I am so proud of it! I think I will be able to do a much better job at keeping up with it!

I hope you have a lovely weekend! 


Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's the Little Things...

Happy Thursday! My day was a good one, but I had one...unsavory situation go down in the patch. We had our state-wide tornado drill at exactly 9:30 a.m., and one of my poor kiddos threw up everywhere at exactly 9:29 a.m. Funny how it always works out that way, right? WRONG. 

However, the rest of the day was SO much better! My awesome parent volunteer came in, my little sprouts ROCKED OUT on their time quizzes, and a second grader's parent told me that she wants me to be her child's teacher next year! How sweet! I have a teacher workday tomorrow, and I'm excited to learn about some new questioning strategies! It will also be so beneficial to have a vertical team talk on math planning...I'm excited to find out what the second, fourth, and fifth-grade teachers are doing on their Common Core adventures! 

On another happy note, here's something relatively new in my classroom that I am LOVING right now! I threw away the groaty old nameplates I bought in August, and replaced them with sleek, bright Sharpie Paint Pen name tags!

Woo hoo...just as clear and bright in person!

I used Sharpie oil-based paint pens (found at Michael's) for the tags. They were SUPER easy to use...I "named" 24 desks in about seven minutes! I would recommend going over the names twice to give them some extra pop!

The paint pens...blue for girls, green for boys!

I've had the new "name tags" for about two weeks, and they still look as fresh and clean as they did when I first dabbled them on. Want to know the coolest part? If you scribble over them with a dry-erase marker and then erase over the whole shebang, they come off without a trace! AMAZING!

Wow, what a long and rambling post! :) Thanks for reading, I hope you have a lovely evening and a FANTASTIC Friday!

<3 Kelsey

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Looking Towards the Future!

Today was a GREAT Wednesday in my classroom! We were able to rock and roll all the way through the day, and I'm SO glad my sprouts are picking up telling time to the nearest minute! We played Splat! with a movable clock on the SMARTboard, and everyone had so much fun! We're moving on to elapsed time next week, and I'm hoping my students have as much fun learning the subject matter as I will have fun teaching it! We wrote up our weekly plans this afternoon, and we're using all sorts of modalities to reach the kiddos! It should be a good time! :)

I realized today that it was the 120th (?!?!?) day of school...where did the time go? I feel like I was just walking into my empty classroom, with NO idea of where to begin...

My classroom before I came at it like a spider monkey...

Now my classroom is all my own, and my head is already chock-full of ideas for next year! It's such a good feeling to know what works and doesn't work for you personally, and I'll breathe a LOT easier when I can apply that knowledge over the summer. I need to start a humungous to-do list of things for over the summer break, but I need to rock out the last few months of this year first! 

I hope you had a wonderful, thoughtful day as well!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Yes, "I Can!"

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I'm enjoying the cold, wet weather in North Carolina...just kidding, I am NOT! I was super excited to have a fun shadow observation out on the blacktop with my little sprouts today...clearly my plans were destroyed when we realized our shadows just weren't visible! Oh well, maybe tomorrow! :) 

Anyways, I wanted to post a picture of my "I Can" statement board! I absolutely love it!

One of my goals this past summer was to find a cheap, painless way to change out statements, and (of course) I found just the thing on Pinterest! I bought certificate frames from the Dollar Tree, popped bright paper into them, and voila! Perfect erasable slates! I covered my bulletin board with pretty fabric, hung up the frames, and then marveled at my genius (aka thanked goodness for my Pinterest prowess). I will definitely be using this set-up again next year...if I could set up my entire classroom to be dry-erase markable, I'd be in hog heaven! How do you display your I Can statements/essential questions/learning objectives? I'd love to know! :)

<3 Kelsey

Monday, March 4, 2013

Behavior in Bloom

Here is my daily behavior chart! 

Isn't it cute? I have to say, this picture is from the beginning of the school year, so this thing is looking a little more "gnarly" now. Oh well, it still gets the job done! :) It fits my garden theme, and it's a great visual as to how our day's going in the patch! I would prefer for every day to stay perfectly green, but we have more..."colorful" days every once in a while!

I made the chart out of large pieces of colorful paper I cut out and then laminated for reinforcement. Next year, I intend to make a similar chart! However, I think I will make the petals even tougher with license-type laminate. I don't want them bending over and looking wonky! I'm sure you could make a chart like this to fit a variety of themes! 

<3 Kelsey

Introducing Mervin

One of the most useful, recognizable objects in my patch is Mervin. Mervin started out as a sad little wooden critter, partially hidden in the clearance rack at A.C. Moore:

I scooped him up and rationalized decided that I could spiff him up with a bit of paint! After a little acrylic paint lovin', he transformed into this handsome devil:

Mervin currently houses my student name sticks. If you don't have a set of sticks, YOU SHOULD TOTALLY MAKE SOME! They are such an easy weekend project, and they make random selection a breeze! Mervin makes the cutest little stick receptacle, and my students think he's our class pet. I have no problem with that, since he is easy to care for and basically immortal ;) 

<3 Kelsey


Finally... my very first post! Welcome to my blog! I'm so excited to share my thoughts and ideas on this blog with other teachers! I can't wait to connect with a huge community of educators!

Where to begin? Well, for starters...I am a first-year teacher working in North Carolina. I am currently working with a FABULOUS group of third graders! I have a garden theme in my classroom, and I try to inject it into everything...sometimes it works, and sometimes it's a bit cheesy. I don't mind! :) 

I consider myself to be a very creative person, and I love to make all sorts of things for my classroom! (P.S., my room is also known as "the patch.") I also try to keep myself somewhat presentable for work (and with waking up at 5:20 in the morning...that can be difficult), so I might post about new nail polishes, hair tools, or any other goodies I come across! I figure that if I find something that cuts time and makes me feel better, it might work for you too! :)

I'm going to cut this introduction off for now. Once I really get rocking and rolling on here, you'll soon understand who I am and what I do, both as a passionate educator and as a silly young 22-year-old! I am so happy and excited to begin blogging, and I hope you'll read along and interact with me during all of my ramblings, tips, ideas, and adventures/misadventures! Have the BEST day!

<3 Kelsey