- Instagram is probably the app that I use the most. I love Instagram because I am able to see and share quick snapshots of everyday life.
- Snapchat is great because its like reality TV. It’s fun to see the behind the scenes of friends lives.
- The Netflix app is so amazing. I use it for car rides when going on vacation or when I have time in between something but I don’t feel like going home.
- Pinterest speaks for itself. Pinterest is inspiration! It’s Pinspiration!
- First 5 is a great way to spend more time with God. This app allows you to dedicate 5 minutes each day with God. Lysa TerKeurst has done a phenomenal job creating this app and creating meaningful bible studies.
- ColorStory is a great app for editing photos. I like that I can overlay filters, which I can’t do on Instagram. When done with your photo you can share it right on Instagram or Facebook.
- JoyFM Radio is one of my favorite stations to listen to in the car. I downloaded the app and realized that I can listen to it live from my phone while I’m cleaning, exercising, or just relaxing.
- Periscope is great for live video chat. I follow my favorite bloggers on Periscope, like Kate from The Small Things Blog. It’s great for Q&A sessions or just if you have something really exciting to share.
A Teacher’s Passion
Teaching is my greatest passion in life. Ever since I was a little girl, I have known that being in the classroom is all that I want. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I don’t regret, even for a second, choosing this wonderful profession. Being there for my students and helping them fill their brains with knowledge is enough fulfillment to last me a lifetime. There’s a certain feel about a classroom that makes my heart skip a beat when I walk in. The smell of dry erase markers, the desk plates that show ownership for each kid, the set up, the furniture, and the accessories that go along.
Organization is the key
To have success in the classroom, organization is a must. Training your students to keep everything neat and tidy is crucial to your sanity. The best way to do that is to provide all the tools for them to keep your room organized. Having office bins can be helpful as well as supply bins for each table. I am also a huge fan of color coding my tables with the the supply bins so that you can call your students up by table colors and organize all of their folders, binders, and book covers according to the color of their table.
Having motivational and educational posters around also helps the room to feel more warm and less bare. Having a cute border around your bulletin board that matches the theme of your room always makes the room come together. I have noticed that when your classroom is done up nice, the students respond better and feel more at home.
The Reading Corner
Having a nice reading corner is always so important to me as a teacher. The kids need to love reading and when they have a reading corner with comfy seating, good books, and pleasant lighting! Reading should be relaxing and it is our job as teachers to make sure that our students have a comfy reading corner to enjoy.
The Mini Lesson Zone
This area is so important to students learning and collaborating. The mini lesson zone is where the whole group learning happens. You want to be sure to have a comfy classroom rug where each student can have their own space. You also want to be sure to have a nice comfy chair for read alouds.
I hope that these four tips help guide you to inspiration for your classroom! The environment that we teach in is so important not only for the students, but for us as teachers. If our classroom is bland and boring, then we will probably be bland and boring!
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I am thankful for my health insurance. I know this one may sound a bit silly, but it is truly a blessing to be able to go to the doctor whenever I need to. Today I was at the eye doctor for a maintenance visit and I was thinking about all the people who can’t afford to go to the eye doctor to get glasses, who can’t go to the dentist for cavities, and who can’t go to the doctor for a cold. I am definitely lucky I am able to do all of those things.
I feel that we often forget to be thankful for the small things that we are blessed to have in our life. We run out of gas, we get the wrong milk, our bananas go bad before we get to them, and so on. The little frustrations in life often get in the way of our being thankful for the small and large blessings in our life. In lieu of the new year, I want to remember to be thankful each and every day. I am starting a series called 365 Days of Being Thankful. Every day this year, starting January 1, I will post something I am thankful for, whether it big or whether it small. Follow along and even join with the hashtag #365daysofbeingthankful.