Reading everyone’s #ARMMEWITH statements has helped me recharge and feel motivated upon returning from break. One thing that I’ve really appreciated is every single statement I’ve read, there is no blame placed on the students or their families. My students are often the ones that stereo-typically burn teachers out. They make us question our teaching skills and exhaust our strategies. We just can’t help them, we aren’t equipped too.

I see more than ever that as a community of teachers, our hearts are equipped too, but we have to fight a gigantic list of every day barriers. I don’t know how general education teachers have the capacity to get everything done they are expected to do. I have read so many inspiring statements from teachers asking for social-emotional resources and the time to teach it. I’m sitting here, my last night in Italy, scrambling to put this post together… because I know of a couple resources that might help get the social-emotional ball rolling.

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In my educational career, I’ve had two interviews. One for a paraprofessional position while student teaching and the other for my first teaching position. I can recall every little detail to both outfits worn. Not due to my love for fashion, but because I was so nervous about each and every aspect of the interview, I second guessed every little thing.

Teacher Interviews can feel like you’re on a supreme scream at Knott’s Berry Farm. We put so much pressure on ourselves to know exactly what the interviewer wants to hear. I remember reciting the special education process from start to finish. I used the exact language and order from the textbook. Preparing is stressful enough, that deciding on the right outfit to wear is enough to set us over the edge.

Not to worry– if you are preparing for an interview in education, you are already amazing and our world needs you. When thinking about what you should wear to an interview or job fair, I’ve only got one tip for you!

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The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on creating a writing activity to empower my students. It is called “If you walked a day in my shoes” and it focus on building resilience by owning our stories. In the very few quiet moments where they are all on-task at once, my brain wonders to thinking about the type of people they will be someday. Each of them carry so much pain, doubt, and uncertainty. They are only ten and eleven.

Yesterday one of my little ladies said, “I think I know why I can’t read. I’m so stressed and worrying about my family.  I just see letters.” As a fourth grader (I looped up as their casemanager), she was constantly having conflicts with other peers, had a major sassy attitude, and would randomly cry– she never once let on to what was inside her world. Girl drama and catty bullying is insanely hard for me to problem solve and I was constantly having to push through the instant heat wave of frustration every time they came to reading group from recess. “Mrs. Boston, SHE LOOKED AT ME! SHE WONT STOP STARING!” Seriously, people?

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Time to love bomb all the wonderful gals (and gents) in your life with kindness, cuteness, and the perfect Valentine’s Day teacher gifts for your bestie! This time of year, morale starts to decrease and the realization that standardized test preparation is just around the corner and… (insert all the other teacher responsibilities that are piling up). Continue Reading

It had been awhile since I actually stepped foot into an H&M store and I’m so glad I did. Well, step foot into a mall, I should say. By the end of the day or the weekend, the last thing I want to do is go shopping. On-line shopping has been my go-to the last couple months. I admit, I had forgotten how nice it is to try on the clothes before you buy them…

I think it would be more likely to find a unicorn than have an easy work week. Maybe it’s a teacher thing, a title thing, I’m not too sure? This week my readiness for spring could have been seen from the moon. I’m ready for some warmth! I’m feeling a little disappointed that the ground hog saw his shadow… 6 more weeks of winter? I’m wondering if this technique is an evidence-based practice. WELL! Cheers to spring inspired teacher winter outfits coming early. This weeks details are below!

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Top: H&M  |  Jeans: Nordstrom Rack  |  Shoes: Target  |  Necklace: Target

My principal said at the end of my last IEP meeting, “IEP meetings are one of my favorite meetings to go to.” .03 seconds later, head turn and disgust filled my fifth graders face. The next morning this student came in and said, “you know how Ms. Daisy is crazy and Mr. Klutz is nuts? Well you are crazy and Mr. Jones is NUTS! You guys LIKE IEP MEETINGS!!!”

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Valentine’s Day is in a couple weeks and I am pulling out every excuse I can to wear pink! About 5 years ago, I despised the bright & happy color… I’m still trying to figure out my logic and reasoning behind that one. How has it already been 4 weeks since winter break? Winter Teacher Outfit Roundup #4 is full of bright colors and pointy toed flats. Let the slow transition to spring begin!

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My H&M Favorites!

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Bright Coral D’orsay Flats: Old Navy  |  Bright Pink D’orsay Flats: Old Navy 

D’orsay flats say what? I just spent 10 minutes trying to read the word d’orsay. I don’t know if you have noticed, I’m kind of obsessed with all d’orsay styles right now. These spiced up flats are a mix between our summer sandals, pointy-toe heels, and ballet slippers. I currently own 7 different pairs of d’orsay flats and have not had to break in a single pair. This is very unusual for my feet and flats. D’orsay flats are a teacher wardrobe essential for a couple different reasons.

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D'orsay Flats All Day!

The week started off dry and ended in 48 hours of straight rain! Ironically, my students were in sync with the weather. Dry faces most of the week, tears upon tears, upon tears on Thursday and Friday. The field trip to their future middle school was the quietest my classroom had been all year. I turned off the lights, sat under my desk, and worked for 2 straight hours… zero disruptions. 

When the field trip was over, you would have thought we were practicing an earthquake drill because they walked in and immediately started hanging onto the desks for dear life. “HOLD ME BACK!” “I REFUSE TO GO TO MIDDLE SCHOOL!” “IF YOU DON’T COME WITH US, I’M STAYING HERE FOREVER!” The same kiddos explained the only class they kind of liked was drama. Shocking…… They are going to be naturals 😉 Due to my personal struggle of work-life-wife-dog mom-friend balance right now, I’m keeping this winter teacher outfit roundup short and sweet!

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My Favorite Nordstrom Rack Finds

Wedding Details

Venue: The Kelley Farm  |  Photographer: Caitlyn Nikula  |  Floral: Julia’s Floral  |  Dress: I do BridalMori Lee 

You know the whole love in first sight thing? I actually believe in it.

Today marks 8 years of loving my husband. I love sharing with everyone my story and hearing yours. Today I wanted to share with you the beginning of our story and introduce you all to the love of my life. Nick.

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