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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RECESS DUTY D E T A I L S 
gloves  |  jacket  |  beanie  |  umbrella  |  to-go mug  |  rain boots  |  dino socks  |  heart socks

For the first time in twenty years, Seattle had a white Christmas. We only had 4 inches of snow and the entire town shut down. I remember being in Boston a couple of years ago and there was 4 feet of snow and cars were still driving around. Seattle, stores closed. I hope everyone is recharging and spending a lot of time with friends and family over break. School is upon us and for a lot of cities, rain is rising and temperatures are dropping.

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Other Loved Items

The Merriest of Christmases D E T A I L S 
Pajamas: Top – Old Navy & Bottoms – Old Navy  |  Socks: Amazon – Similar 

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