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Thursday, August 1, 2013

My New Class and August Currently.

The 2013 - 2014 school year began on Monday. I have 22 cuties that are keeping me on my toes. I think they are a great class...but right now, it is hard to remember what second graders are like at the beginning of the year. My throat has hurt every day. My room is super cold (66 degrees), and I have not stopped talking, praising, redirecting, bribing, and begging for some silence while I do assessments. I have gone to bed at 7:00 pm twice this week. I guess I am turning into an old lady. My family could not believe it! The night owl, going to bed first?  That never happens.
The window for reading assessments opened on Wednesday and this teacher likes to get them done a.s.a.p. I have left the hard ones for last. TRC anyone? (running records on ipads are not easy :(
I have some siblings from prior years (which I love) and I, once again, scored an amazing room mom. The future is bright!

This August, I am currently...

Listening: To my new CD. My favorite song: Don't Stop the Party (Pitbull). My daughter's: We Are Never Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift).  You should hear us sing!  We really get into it, especially with our princess microphones.
View Large Image: Now That's What I Call Music-Vol. 45-Now That's What I Call Music

Loving: My Classroom. I did a ton of cleaning, moved furniture a few more times than I wanted, but it is done. I am sure I will be changing things up, but not any time soon. 
August is my birthday month, and even though we never do anything special (sad face here). I like knowing there is a special day where those who love me...think about me :) 

Thinking: about joining the NC Meetup Jen has arranged If you are an NC blogger/ teacher who'd like to join us, please contact her. We'd love to see you there. 

Wanting: I need to make better food choices. I have been making very poor food choices for a while and my body is showing it. I get too tired and just pick something on the way that is terrible for my children and I. I need to plan better, just like I do for teaching. Priorities, ha?

Needing: Needless to say, mommy guilt is hitting me hard. I have been spending tons of time making new things for my class, I have barely spent any time with my kids and husband. I think they are getting a bit resentful. The beginning of the year is so hard! I need balance. Please. Help me find it. It has been ten years. I should be able to let go of many things.

B2S Must Haves: Color pens (the thicker the point, the batter). A new calendar to write the thousands of meetings already scheduled and at least two-three new outfits. One for the first day of school, one for Open House, and one for picture day.

I hope all is well if you returned to work. If you have not, enjoy the time you have left.

Wishing everyone a calm, successful year,


  1. I can't believe that you have already started school, just can't wrap my mind about that one just yet being that I have not even been up to the school yet!

    I feel you on the eating better. I feel that that is a constant struggle as well.

    Happy Birthday Month!

  2. The first week of school is exhausting! I love how your classroom turned out. I can't wait to get into mine and get started organizing and decorating. Good luck finishing up your assessments and enjoy your birthday month!
    The Traveling Teacher

  3. Crazy how you already started school this week. I only just started working on my classroom this week!

    Happy birthday month! :)

    Diary of a Second Grade Teacher

  4. Oh Tania... I FEEL YA!

    I got my TRCs done pretty much in the knick of time before track out!

    I just saw about the blogger meet and replied to Jen! I had no idea, thanks for letting me know. I think I'm going to go since it's so close!!!

    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

  5. Your classroom looks fantastic! I agree- the thicker the point, the better when it comes to pens!

    Covered in Glitter and Glue

  6. Good luck on a new school year! Your classroom looks great :)

    Teachery Tidbits

  7. I found your blog through the link. I am also a second grade teacher and your newest follower. I would love for you to come on over and check out my blog if you get a chance. I can't wait to read more post. Thanks for sharing.


    P.S. - Classroom looks awesome!!!

    1. Jaime, saw your post and am excited visit your blog! Hope your year is great!

  8. Tania, your classroom looks amazing! I am beginning my 26th year and am moving back to 2nd grade after teaching math in 3-5 for the last ten years. Your blog has been such a help to me...because things have definitely changed since I was in a self-contained classroom! Anywhooo, Happy Birthday Month from one August baby to another! I hope your year is great!

  9. Tania,

    So glad your class is sweet, and I hope they stay that way!! ;) Mommy guilt is really hard - I'm always trying to find a balance. So excited to see you at the Meet Up!! I'm thinking we need door prizes...

    Hello Mrs Sykes


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