Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NEW: Slice of Life

Today a self publishing author named Deirdre Williams came and spoke to us about her journey writing Quit Khaliah. It was so inspiring to hear her speak on her journey and ideas. She was an incredible speaker because she spoke with such passion! Her passion pours through her heart and into words. Her voice really spoke to me because I have always wanted to be a writer. I just never knew what it actually took. After listening to her story, I realized that I too could become a self publishing writer one day. I have recently really found a passion for children's books so you can imagine how much I look up to her.

She is also an educator with so many wise words. Something that really stuck with me that she said is that as a teacher, you HAVE to get to know each and every one of your studnets because each and every one of them has a special gift. THAT IS SO TRUE! Every single person has something to offer. It is so important for people in general to recognize that but especially as teachers.

You ARE important,

P.S: Seriously go check out her website and book SHE IS AMAZING at www.booksbydeirdre.com


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

*NEWEST*: Tuesday's Slice of Life

I want to talk about a quote that the website Two Writing Teachers had up last Tuesday. It said "The scariest moment is right before you start". Those words really spoke to me. I mean, in all reality that is the absolute truth that applies to so many things go on in people's lives in a tiny sentence. Think about it... Do you remember a time where you absolutely nervous and terrified to do something (ANYTHING)? My mind goes back to first dates, walking into a haunted house, the first day of school each year, and starting working with my cooperative teacher in a kindergarten classroom. I have experienced every single on of these moment and the absolutely most terrifying moment was RIGHT before I walked into that building, classroom, and met the guy in person. After that, it seemed as if everything was a breeze. Just for that short moment it was absolutely terrifying. That short moment has nothing on what I have experienced in those situations. That short moment of fear always seems to turn out beautiful in some way. I will keep this quote in mind when I start preparing for my student teaching, taking those scary certification tests, having my very first classroom, and going on more and more first EVERYTHING'S! I hope you do the same...

P.S. I even thought about this in the aspect of writing. Writing can seem so scary but once you get started, there is no stopping! :)

Cheers to fear and the outcome it brings,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

*NEW*: A Little Slice Of My Life

First and foremost, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope all of you are having a spooky and splendid day! There is many reasons for me to smile today but I will just share one! I have a friend (student) in my kindergarten classroom that is always in trouble. He never really sits still (but I mean what kindergartener does?) and he is always talking and interrupting. Today, he came into school so sad and down. I was curious because it is Halloween and ALL the other kids were super pumped! He was very quiet, to himself, and just not the little boy I am used to. I went over to talk to him and he did not want to say much. I stopped and just gave him a quick smile and pat on the back. As we went to the carpet as a group for phonics, I sat at the back to observe like normal. My friend came over and plopped right beside me and sighed with heavy eyes. He then grabbed my hand and held it for the whole phonics lesson. As the lesson was going on he was engaging, not interrupting, and soon after he became his self! I was so full of joy and as crazy as it sounds I was so excited that he was back to his normal interrupting and not sitting still self! Moral of the story: sometimes it really only takes a helping hand (LITERALLY)!!!! I swear I learn something new every single day that I am in that classroom!! #BLESSED

Have a BOOtiful evening,

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Up to date: SLICE OF LIFE

Today I got to do my very first read aloud! I walked into the classroom super nervous (I always get nervous talking in front of people) but I have the most encouraging cooperative teacher. When I say I am blessed to have such an amazing cooperative teacher I mean I am BLESSED!!!! Anyways, I chose to read the book "It Came in the Mail" by Ben Clanton (uh, he rocks)! We focused on the character's feelings, how the character's feelings changed through out the book, and we related the book to our own lives which we found is sharing. This is a kindergarten class so the topic of sharing is such a hot topic. We even wrote down and figured out ways we can share better in our classroom and decided that sharing makes us feel "joyful"! That's right, JOYFUL! The children came up with that word on their own! I was shocked! I thought the only emotions they would get from the book is sad and happy. Boy, was I wrong! These kids are so smart and full of great ideas when you let them speak. Overall, the read aloud went awesome and I can't wait to get to do another one!

Have a great week,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

*NEW*: Slice of Life

Today I learned how quickly a tiny human can impact not only your life but the mood of your entire day. It was a normal day, starting with phonics and working up to recess but as an intern I look forward to lunch time (okay that sounds bad but keep reading)... I enjoy lunch time with the students because I monitor them and help them open difficult things to open (another side note: I spill EVERYTHING!!!!). During this time I get to freely talk to them about anything they bring up. One brought up the fact that his cookies were from a bakery and another brought up how their mom packed leftovers from dinner that he haaaaated. I even hear about their weekends. However, today one special little boy and girl told me "you are the best teacher Miss. Dickie". I thought to myself "I'm not even a teacher yet"... but I took the compliment with a great big "you are so sweet, thank you" and moved along on my day. As I am sitting here right now that comment is floating around my head and I can not help but smile. I realized that at the beginning of my day I was in a "bleh" mood and from lunch on I have been in a fabulous mood and I KNOW it was because of that comment. Those precious angels amaze me everyday!!!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Last night I got the horrible news that a town so close to my hometown was affected by tragic loss of a police officer. I'm not here to be a news broadcaster but, to keep it short, a 19 year old freshman at Texas Tech University was taken into custody and at the police station he shot and killed a police officer. He then ran on foot and was soon caught after. This just hit a little to close to home. Not because Lubbock is so close in distance to my hometown but because my dad is a former police officer of 22 years. All I could think about is that officer's family and my heart was broken. The thoughts sent chills up and down my spine because we really never know what God has planned out for us and how quickly someone we love can be taken away from us. 

The bigger picture here is to always tell your loved how much you love and appreciate them. It does not take but 5 seconds out of your day to send an "I love you" text. With all of the ugly that is going on in today's world, nothing is more important than reminding the people closest to you how much they are loved. I also thought of how important it is to spread love and positivity every single day! We all come across bad days. I mean, I have even had a horrible week but through out the week I tried to find the positive side in every aspect. That changed my mindset and I realized that these small worries come and go. We do face larger issues but with the help, support, and love from the most important people in the world to you, nothing is impossible. 

SO, never under estimate what some else is going through, always spread love and positivity, and make "I love you's" the most important part of your day! 

With SO much LOVE,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NEW: Slice of Life

This week is just a no-go for me already... Monday I woke up with a horrible migraine and awful sinuses. I had to go to the doctor to find out that I have an upper respiratory infection and bad sinuses.  The doctors can not do anything for these awful symptoms so they tell you to go buy NyQuil and rest. So here I am, still a struggling snotty mess! :( The worst part is that I had to miss seeing my kindergarten class this morning. It sounds silly to be bummed but I really am! I was looking forward to getting to see their faces and had hope they would cure me! I just had no energy and knew I could not give them my best today, so I decided to stay in bed. I was very eager to get to see them today because I could not stop thinking about them over the weekend! I wondered if Jonathan ever felt better or if Maya got the new toy she was talking about in class. It is really crazy how much these little souls impact you in such a short amount of time. With that being said, I CAN NOT WAIT to be back in the classroom with them on Thursday! I also can not wait to feel like myself again and give those babies all of my energy!

PS. Any suggestions to keep from getting sick during the school year???!! 

With much love,

NEW: Slice of Life