Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 2: HELPful Hints!

I'm back for Day 2 of the Blog Hoppin' Linky!

Today's topic is helpful hints and I have just a few little nuggets of advice from me to you.
I can't wait to read all of yours! I'm seriously taking notes! Ha! 

1. Don't forget to say "thank you" to the people who make your day easier!

Secretaries, nurses, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, and IT staff are the ones that I turn to with problems ranging from "Why won't my Smartboard work?" to "Someone puked on the floor!" to "So-and-so forgot their lunch but says their Mom can bring it in."
I've come to realize that teachers can be an impatient bunch sometimes, and I'm sure I'm no exception!
I really am grateful for all that they do to help our school be a great place to be!
I know I couldn't do my job as well if we didn't have these people helping us.
Two words, "thank you" can mean a lot!
PLUS, who doesn't like to hear that they're appreciated?
Go on, spread the love today! :)

2. Keep an emergency stash of chocolate for "those days"! 
In my wing of the school, we know who to go to when we're in need of a little chocolate fix!
For me, it's usually after I've dropped the kids off at the playground for afternoon recess.
My energy starts to slump & I'm in need of a pick-up.
Yes, I know, I should be reporting about my super healthy snack of veggies & almonds.
Uh, no. Not at 2:15. 2:15 calls for chocolate!
There are few problems that cannot be helped by the addition of chocolate...of this I'm sure.
Get chu' some! Share it! Enjoy it!

3. Winter is coming! Get a good recess duty coat! 
Over the years, I've gone back & forth between a wool pea coat a shorter-length all-weather jacket to wear outside for the recess duties I have a couple of times each week. They kind of kept me warm, but I have memories of being really cold out there!
This year I've decided to take the plunge & get something more akin to a PARKA!
Standing outside, not running around, on days that are COLD (but not TOO cold to let those kiddos out), can be be kind of torturous! As a teacher I can totally see the merit in letting the students out for even 10 minutes, even if it's just to scream their little heads off.
We all know. They need that!
Hopefully I'll take my own advice & find the coat I'm looking for before winter hits!
My ideal coat is long, with a hood, and insulated. That way, whether I'm wearing a skirt & tights, or pants, I'll be warm & protected from the wind. Score!

I'm excited to read more tips & tricks from all of you!
Check back tomorrow when we'll be blogging about our favorite classroom activities and projects. 
I recently did a project for parent-teacher conferences that was a big hit. 
See me tomorrow for a how-to on "Student Silhouettes".


  1. LOVE the advice :) - - Does a left over, secret stash of candy corn count in place of the chocolate?! ;)

    The Balancing Act I Call Life

    1. Yes! Absolutely! In fact, I've been known to raid the kids' prize box a time or two. Sometimes you just need a sugar fix! :)

  2. Cute! Love all your tips! I agree about a long coat - makes all the difference! Thanks for linking up.

  3. Girl - you are "right-on" about the chocolate. Our first grade team knows where everyone keeps their chocolate and we all have "rights" to get some even when the other is not in the room! :)
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    1. Yes! We have a similar agreement! It's a necessity!

  4. I ordered a coat from LLBean two years ago just for recess. It's been a life saver!

    1. Oh yes! I grew up in Maine and LL Bean was a cold-weather staple (and taking a trip to the store was SO cool!) That's a great idea! Maybe I can catch a holiday sale on a new coat!

  5. Do left over conversation hearts from last Valentine's day count? I'm all out of chocolate!!!!

    1. Hahaha...yes! They're actually a good probably only want to eat a few at a time...such is not the case for m&m's. Ha!


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