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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By default growing up in Washington state makes me a rain boot girl. According to weather.com it rains an average of 150 days each year in Seattle. With those statistics, I’m surprised I only have 2 pairs of rain boots– I might need to change that. Rain boots are a must when you live in the pacific northwest… or anywhere that rains more than 20 days a year. Sometimes the dilemma of should I wear rain boots to work today? can be easily decided because it’s not a Friday and you can’t wear jeans or leggings.

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The Cutest Little Rain Boots

My fifth graders at their first set of middle school presenters speak in their classrooms. I didn’t think much of it until the end of the day when one of them walked in with tears and said, “you’re not going to be my teacher next year.” Thanks to mirror neurons, 6 others joined in the fun.

Being the “can I eat lunch with you?” pushover that I am, we had a team lunch where I was drilled with middle school questions. “Do I have to have 7 different teachers? What if I’m upset, where do I go? Are 8th graders really big? Can I take my IEP with me?”

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Other Winter Loves

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Book: Fostering Resilient Learners
Button down: Similar  |  Jeans: Gap  |  Shoes: Amazon 

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Cozy Comfy Reading Accessories

I’m not going to try and lie for a minute: I sat under my desk and took a couple deep breathes this week. I came back to school fully recharged, happy, and excited… but totally out of teacher mode. I slightly was eaten alive by my novel study group on Friday and realized I needed to ask them which activities we have done that made them feel successful and they enjoyed doing. They made a great list and helped me reground myself in instruction and behavior management after a long week and a relaxing break. At the end of our conversation one of my students asked, “are you actually going to do the things we like to do?” I told them I wanted to honor their preferences.First and foremost, they are what’s most important to me and secondly is their learning. If I am listening to them and doing activities that they like, while they learn, I am doing what’s important for us. After all, I planned for the actives at some point in our time together 🙂 Instead of sharing how to dress each outfit up and down, I’m going to share my students “top 4” learning activities they would like us to do more.  Continue Reading

Other Winter Styles I love

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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit 

I can’t imagine that any other profession drinks as much coffee per day as teachers. Coffee is brewing in our staff rooms, our cute to-go mugs, and tucked away in our top drawers. Coffee flowing through our veins is what fuels all the magic that happens… aka life in all tiny humans.

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Smile Brilliant

How to Whiten Your Teeth //www.smilebrilliant.com/widget-article/#theteacherdresscode

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Dress: 
Similar  |  Jacket: Target  |  Scarf: Similar  |  Bag: Target  |  Watch: Marc Jacobs  |  Lipstick: Bobbi Brown

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Similar Loves

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Top: Target  |  Jeans: Nordstrom  |  Clutch: Target, but not a clutch… target sensory kit container packed with a perfect mixture of calming and sensory tools… all found at the famous dollar spot.

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Break is almost over and the lesson plans and teaching are slowly creepy back into our minds. Every year I try to start the New Year (and school year…) off organized. Organization is a huge part of our job that can make or break your sanity. I teach in total chaos every single day– before, during, and after school. I need a tribe of resources to help me stay on top of things. Along the way, I’ve found 5 teacher organization strategies that help me manage the day-to-day workload of teaching. These tools help me stay sane, continue to support my time management, and help me beat teacher burnout. Although I am writing using my special education lens, all these organization tips and tools can be used no matter what you teach 🙂

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