Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Teacher's Serenity Prayer

Oh my crayons! The 2016-2017 school year is fast approaching for many of us. As you know, I try to do as many things as I can to keep myself upbeat and positive. Yes, I have rough days. However, I can't just sit in the doom and gloom. :) Below you will find the Teacher's Prayer as a FREE and yes FREE download in my teacher store. It comes in a variety colors for your choosing pleasure. I feel this is a FAB prayer to print, place in a frame and sit on your desk. I can't do NOTHING without GOD! Have a FAB day!



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Be Inspired...Don't Emulate

Hello my FAB peeps! Hope all is well on this beautiful Wednesday. Today I wanted to spread light on my first year teachers out there. As a first year teacher you can and will find yourself inspired by other teachers and professionals in your school. That's a FAB thing! I was so inspired 13 years ago my first year by my mentor teacher. THANK YOU NELL MUEHLBRAD! However, don't get caught up in trying to become them. BE YOURSELF, BUT BE YOUR BEST SELF. It will take your education career so far. Just click on the video and see what I mean. Spread the word to other new teachers out there too. ((HUGS)) and Blessings to you all!





Monday, July 11, 2016

What's In Miss May's Teacher Bag?



Hey teacher love bugs! My summer of chillaxin' is shortly coming to an end. NOOOOOOOO!!!! I feel like I just caught my breath like 5 minutes ago. LOL Every summer I LOVE to reflect and jot down my thoughts and ideas. I decided this year I am NO LONGER going to be the bag lady. I've decided what I need is going into my teacher bag. 

This teacher bag is so me! It just screams Miss May's personality!! :) I just posted a YouTube video about what's in my teacher bag. If you're curious about my FABULOUS bag it's from Consuela. It's based in Austin, Texas. Check out my video and remember to keep taking good care of YOU!





Monday, June 27, 2016

Teachers Have Bad Days

Hey my FAB peeps! Let's face it, sometimes our career can SUCK! We all have those days where it's just not flowing. Sometimes it can be a week of it being a HOT MESS!! I'm here to give you a video about what you can do to help you get out of that awful negative place when it gets hard.
Just click on this picture to watch the video.


The quote my mother sent me. I LOVE it and it inspired my teacher quote page and my video. 


This is from my Plan On It planner page and I plan to refer to this page often for some inspiration. Let's face it, I personally can't do anything without MY LORD AND SAVIOR!

Don't forget to check out my channel and watch about this planner page! Have a FAB rest of the day!

Monday, June 20, 2016

The BOMB DOT COM PLAN ON IT TEACHER PLANNER

Does anyone else LOVE YouTube like me? I can literally watch planner videos all day long. YouTube is the place to go (like google) if you're in need of an answer. Well one particular night I was watching teacher planner YouTube videos. Low and behold Maria Martinez's video popped up in my feed. Maria is the creator of the Plan On It teacher planner. I literally jumped up and down when I began watching it. Just click here and you will see what I mean. I have also created a video going in depth with this FAB planner! Just click on the video at the end of this post.


           This beauty is going to make my teacher heart happy this year!

You just don't know how HAPPY I was to receive this beauty this weekend. THANK YOU Maria!!

My niece gives this FAB planner a thumbs up!!

You can also, purchase Maria's teacher stickers too. There is a total of 295!! WOWZERS!! They're AMAZING!! Click here

Monthly spread. The boxes are large enough for plenty of writing.  I JUST LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the heading for the days of the week!! 

The simplicity and detail is amazing!!!




My niece LOVES the student info section. :)


                                                                   


Please check out my you YOUTUBE in full detail about this beauty.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Oh How I LOVE My Independent Firsties

Well hello my FAB peeps! Hope all is well for you and your loved ones. This evening before I go and work out with my sister n law I wanted to create a post. Tonight I'm posting about the beauty of when my Firsties gain such strong INDEPENDENCE in our classroom. You know after you're constantly reteaching and reteaching routines and procedures and you feel like they will NEVER get it. Then the DING happens. They GET IT!! I truly do cartwheels for my classes at the beginning of the year when I know they have truly mastered those routines and procedures.

How many of you in the past have gotten Mrs. Happy or Mr. Happy I'm done, what do I do now? Oh my gracious! Especially, when your in the middle of a conference with another precious soul, or even just walking around monitoring your whole class. Well about 5 years ago I started a I'm finished, Now What bulletin board. However, it wasn't as cutesy as this one now, but it got the job done. I thought I would share it with you all. All you have to do is place your choices somewhere in the classroom. I never place it by my teacher desk or small group area. Before the choices go up, I do like to introduce them little by little. I NEVER want them to feel overwhelmed and I'm not a fan of just having stuff up without a purpose. Then as a class we practice modeling independence and modeling not being independent. Of course, we model the right way again. It sticks to those cute little brains. :) If you click the photo below it will lead you to the right place. ENJOY creating those independent scholars. Off to working out I go! Love and ((HUGS))



Thursday, June 9, 2016

THE BOMB DOT COM EDITABLE NEWSLETTER

Hey my FAB peeps! School is out for the 2015-2016 school year!!! So far summer has been pretty FAB! What have I been up to? Netflix, naps, chill, pool, sleeping in, organizing, and so much more. As a teacher I'm just catching up on these important things. :) So I'm sharing this post about parent communication. I LOVE building those positive relationships with my parents. It makes for a VERY smooth and happy school year for us all. I feel it also, develops that trust between us. So besides email, remind, phone calls, conferences, and notes home, I send a weekly newsletter. Yes weekly! I send it out every Monday morning when I arrive to my classroom. I didn't like sending them out on the Friday before the new week. Why? Well I do believe school is important, BUT I felt like the kids and parents needed to just ENJOY the weekend and NOT worry about the next week until Monday. Now, I'm not saying that it's wrong to send out on Fridays it's just what I prefer. As ALWAYS do what works BEST for YOU. Below you will see an example of an old newsletter that I have sent out to my Firstie parents. It's cute, fun, eye catching and to the point. I don't print 20+ of these suckers out weekly. (Lord knows my printer would be upset with me) I save it as a pdf file and send to parents in a group email. I also save it as a photo and send through remind as well.

So I created 48 editable newsletters for you! Just make sure you have POWERPOINT to add your text. Have a FAB summer teacher peeps!

Teamwork is something I always want my Firstie parents and I to have.
                                                                 

CLICK EITHER PHOTO TO SEND YOU TO THIS PRODUCT!





Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dear Remind, Thank You!

Dear Remind (formerly known as remind 101),

You have given me the opportunity to communicate with my Firstie parents even more these last 3 years. I've been a teacher for 12 years now and I feel that I'm pretty FAB with my parent communication. These past three years your company has made it even more FAB for myself and my Firstie families.

I am CONSTANTLY using your app to communicate with my parents. Yes, I send emails, make phone calls, and conference, but this is an added bonus. I send my parents remind texts on a regular basis. Library is tomorrow, picture day, conferences, open house, carnival, spelling tests, homework, etc. You name it and I remind parents about it. Not only do I remind my parents about these things, but I try my best to take a photo of something we are doing at that moment in class and send. My parents LOVE and I mean LOVE how I do this. Parents have said, "Miss May thank you for sharing this I was having such a hard day." I even take "usies" with kiddos and send to parents individually.

Thank you for allowing me to have a one on one text conversation with parents. I don't mind giving my cell number. but I like your app because you keep the history of conversations. Below are some snapshots of how I use your amazing app!






So this is where I took a photo through your app to show my Firstie parents what we were working on during writing workshop during that particular day. They were persuading me to give them 30 minutes of free time. They did awesome with this too! So of course, they received it.

We just had an AWFUL storm yesterday where it flooded pretty bad. I wanted my parents to text me when their Firstie arrived safely home yesterday. They did and I did as well. Thank you Lord everyone was safe.


Here I just wanted to wish my parents a Happy Mother's Day. I don't send reminds just Monday through Friday, but even Saturday and Sunday too. :)

This is another idea where I reminded my parents to ask their Firstie about something we are learning about.

Sending parents our short e and long e sort.

Remind as you can see, I LOVE your app. It's such a FAB way to communicate with families and building those POSITIVE relationships with them. As the year slowly comes to an end (3 days left). I'm very grateful for the relationships I have built with my parents this year as well. THANK YOU Remind for your FAB app!

((HUGS))
Miss May