Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The feeling is REAL

"As long as you are in my life, I am not going to let quitting be easy for you.  I am going to challenge you, confront you, push you, and coach you.  You can whine.  You can throw a tantrum.  You can shout and swear and stomp and cry.  And the next day, guess what?  I will be here waiting — smiling and patient — to give you a fresh start.  Because you are worth it." Read the full teachers's story here. It is the best thing I have read in a really long time.

I always heard that saying, "If you love what you do you won't work a day in your life," and today that saying came to life for me. 

Now, anyone who says teachers have an easy classroom is open to visitors!! Come and see just how easy my job is. But, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about how much I love my job. Yesterday my decision to be a teacher has never felt so right.

Yesterday was our science STAAR test and the kids were beat by the end of the day. These days can be exhausting even though we aren't really physically doing anything. Everyone is basically on lock down and you have to stay quiet all day, which is really hard for everyone in the situation.

We got our kiddos math and reading STAAR scores back last week and I have been dying to tell them the good news, so after everyone was finished with their science test, we were able to let students know how they did.

Just to give you some quick background information, I teach at a Title I school. Click here if you are unfamiliar with what that means. The struggles educators go through on a daily basis are far more complicated than math, science, and reading. These kids need us, and we need them.

I really don't know any other way to say this than just saying it. Telling my students their scores yesterday literally brought tears to my eyes. Some of my babies have struggled year after year. They are told that they can't do it or they won't ever be able to pass. I wanted to change that mindset, and I did.

One of my babies burst into tears after I told her that, not only did she pass both tests, but she exceeded the academic proficiency level. My heart was bursting with joy and my eyes were filled with happy tears. To know that she worked so hard to pass this test and the results paid off is more than I could ever ask for. I held her as she sobbed and I told her how proud I was of her. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.

Another one of my babies has never been able to finish a test in time. This particular cherub and I have been working on pacing throughout the year in order to ensure that he could complete the test before the time was up. And guess what?! It paid off! Again, happy tears. This baby said, "I don't know if I can ever get this smile off my face!" Melt my freaking heart, why dontcha!!

I'll be honest for a moment. I am no Mrs. Nice Guy. The way my class works is pretty simple. Everyday we learn something and that night for homework you do a worksheet over whatever we learned that day. When you turn the worksheet in the next day, I grade it and, if you miss a problem, you stay in for recess. Simple as that. At first, my kids thought I was the "hardest everrrrrr," (seriously, that's exactly what they would say) but it only took a short while for them to start buckling down and realizing that I mean business and that I was being hard on them because I knew they could do it. 

By the time testing season rolled around, my cherubs were begging to stay in for recess to get help on their homework. At first I couldn't hardly get them to stay, then I couldn't get them to go play! In class, they would straight up admit when they didn't understand something, and the dynamic of my classroom changed for the better. Finally, my babies weren't embarrassed when they didn't understand something, they weren't afraid to ask questions, and they weren't afraid to admit they were wrong. And let me tell you. All those recesses spent with me paid off.

People, this is real. This overwhelming emotion is real. My heart is so full! 

I know this test isn't what school should be about. I won't even get into that debate because it is like beating a dead horse. But what I can say is that for students like mine, they see this test as almost the impossible. They dread it and they hate it more than anything. Then, to see them conquer it, man...I can't even begin to tell you how that feels.

It makes me sad to even think about this year coming to an end. This first year of teaching has been more than I ever hoped for. These kids changed me. They have me wrapped around there little fingers and they know it. I would do anything for them and I pray that I have made even the slightest impact on their life...even if I am the "hardest teacherrr everrrrrrr."


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WIWW: Linen and Lace + Link Up

Linen and lace has always been one of my favorite combos. It has been feeling like summer here in Texas (we completely skipped spring...90 degree temps already!), so I am busting out more of my summer wear. I found this lace top for $3 at Forever 21 a couple years back. The linen pants are also Forever 21 and I hemmed them with no sew tape using my hair straightener. Innovative I tell ya, innovative.

- Today is my kiddos science STAAR test. Prayers for them, please!

- I went to Old Navy yesterday and spent some of my reward money...and I can't wait to show off my finds! I have been wanting some of the items I got for a really long time!

- Yesterday I snoozed my alarm five times. That tells you the kind of week I'm having.

- "Mrs. T! You're teeth are so shiny! Like the people in the commercials!" Thank you, student, for your gracious compliment on my "shiny" teeth.

- Is it Friday yet?

Now for the link up!

- All I ask is you link back to my blog and link to a specific post. 

- Write about something fashion related (accessories, shoes, modeling, make-up, etc.)

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Happy Wednesday! 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

11 Facts About Me & 11 Questions Answered

11 Facts About Me
1.) When, and if, Chris and I ever have a baby girl, her room will NOT be pink. No, no, no pink!
2.) I don't have my tonsils anymore.
3.) I have an Master's Degree in Business that I don't use at all.
4.) I could never give up cereal, chips, and ice cream. Never ever.
5.) I have never lived at home since I moved out to go to college.
6.) I am the worst at remembering to send cards for birthdays/holidays/special occasions. I never remember! That is one thing I need to get better at!
7.) I hate red roses and most chocolate.
8.) In high school I took my Mom's car and went and picked up my friends to drive around. It was completely pointless, and I was only 15. The next Monday at school I got called to the office and a cop was waiting there to lecture me about how I was looked up to in our community and basically how that was a really stupid decision. Thanks, Mom, for setting up that little intervention for your straight A student.
9.) In high school, I once spent all my money I had saved (like $400) at Abercrombie. I got approximately three things. Yes, I do regret that decision!
10.) In 7th grade I had to sing in a play. It was awful.
11.) I used to be the girl at the sleepovers that froze everyone's underwear. Can we all be 10 again?!
11 Questions Answered
1.) What makes your life lovely?
2.) What's your favorite sound?
Toddler/baby laughs. It is the best!
3.) If you had a month off from life (work, school, responsibilities) and a sizable budget , what would you do?
Probably travel to places I have never been. Australia, New Zealand, London. 
4.) What's your favorite kind of cupcake?
5.) What's your favorite animal?
Dogs...especially my two mutts :)
6.) What's your favorite quote?
Excuses are like armpits. Everybody has them and they all stink!
7.) What's your favorite caffeinated beverage?
Coke. It is soooo good.
8.) What's something you hope to accomplish this year?
Workout consistently and eat healthier. I also want Chris and I to build our savings so we can buy him a new truck with cash.
9.) What's your favorite season?
This one is hard. During summer, I wish it was fall or winter. During fall and winter I wish it was summer. I would say a good spring day is pretty hard to beat.
10.) If you had $1000 to give to your favorite charity, which one would you give it to?
Some charity for single moms and their kiddos.
11.) What's your favorite place you have ever traveled to?
New York City. I would move there in a New York minute!

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*post inspired from Kristen