Monday, July 25, 2016

20 Relatable and Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Quotes help people come together... in a way, it is sort of like having a conversation with someone that just lights a fire inside of you.

You feel connected to this person, at the same time, you feel inspired. And educational quotes have always done that for me. Reinvigorate that teaching fire inside of me.
You come home from a really long day at work and you just need nothing more than to feel like someone understands, from a teacher's perspective.

Sometimes for good days and good reasons, and sometimes for other reasons. And that's where quotes come in.

I want to share with you 20 of my favorite relatable and inspiration educational quotes to just remind you that I understand and how amazing you are as a teacher.
If there could be just one college course on real life teaching, it would need to be all encompassing of this quote.
 Showing a genuine interest in each of your students as individuals, and respect, goes a long way.
Never forget how amazing your job is... and how it is so much more than a "job". You were given this journey for a reason. Never forget how blessed you are to have the students in your class that you do.
Change the conversation. LOVE this!
Yes, yes, yes! Teach all of your students. All the time. Every day. No matter what.
There is so much that goes on outside of the classroom that many teachers will never understand or know anything about. Struggles and successes... and the lesson plan is not always the most important thing.
This is one of my favorites that I previously shared on my Facebook page. Many of you loved it too, so I made sure to add it to this list.
Creating a classroom community is so important.
This one says it all.
Let kids play! Okay, there I said it. Let them play, let them be young and let them explore the world around them. #offmysoapbox
 It could be one or all of the above. Remember how important you are in a child's life.
This goes for "in real life" friends and the people you work with. Hang around positive people who inspire you and support you. Don't waste your time with anyone else.
We are such an important part of the little growing minds in our classrooms. We are helping to shape the future, so be very mindful in the words you use with, to, and in front of your students.
We are all heroes!
Special education teachers know all too well how important it is for natural communication to occur for all of our students, even our nonverbal students. Slow down, pause, and give appropriate wait time... if a child is trying to communicate in a non-traditional manner, let them!
Rita Pierson is my spirit animal... if you've not watched her TedTalk, you need to do that now.
Now more than ever, parents and teachers need to be on the same page. Not just us, but therapists, administration, the community in which we live and teach... we are all a part of a child's education and we all need to work together.
We are all leaders... and we need to remember that we are educating and encouraging young minds to be leaders too. #happyheart
I saved this one for last because I feel like it is a really powerful one. YOU are the magic in your classroom. Regardless of laws, mandates, state testing, and all of the other crazy things that happen, don't you ever apologize for the fire - that teaching fire that has told you you are meant to be a teacher... yeah that fire... don't ever apologize for it.

I hope your intrinsic love of teaching fire feels reinvigorated and you feel inspired, ready to tackle the upcoming school year. Feel free to pin the image below to save this post for days when you need a little inspiration.
What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Back to School with Erin Condren

My affinity for all things Erin Condren is not new... so when the new Back to School line came out, you know I was all over that.

The one thing I really like about EC products, besides the versatility and quality, is that the products she sells are functional for real life and school life.
When I received this box of goodies, my teacher mind immediately went crazy! Good crazy. I'm so excited I just can't hide it crazy.
Let's just start with this adorable, easy to grab and go to a faculty meeting notebook. Watercolor is so in right now too!
Let me just say that I am pretty much the perfect split of the Type A and Type B teacher. It all depends on the day.

But the Type A teacher in me can just see me walking down the halls [on time] to the faculty meeting on Wednesday at 3:30PM after a long day of teaching with this notebook in hand, ready to listen and take notes.

And then the Type B teacher in me says, "Yeah right girl, you aren't going to be taking any notes!" HA! At least I'll look super cool and get brownie points for attempting to be prepared and ready to listen.
And the Type A teacher in me also really needs a good pencil eraser that doesn't leave those dirty, smudged pencil lines after an erasing mishap. #teacherproblems

 PS. Those adorable pencils... yeah, those pencils... they come pre-sharpened for you.
Depending on how many notes you take at a meeting... or notes you write to the teacher the next table over... it might not be enough to last you an entire school year.

Enter the slightly larger notebook. The it'll still fit in your purse, slightly larger notebook.
The "I'm not going to lie, this is my true state of mind at a faculty meeting" slightly larger notebook.
I feel like it really has enough paper to last the entire school year of meetings.

Another really cool thing about this notebook is that the pages are perforated, so they will tear out easily and not ruin the binding of the notebook. #TypeATeacher
I have already started my back to school to do list... and while it seems short right now, at least I can check off making my dual tab flip books for Meet the Teacher Night.

I will be using the highlighters to cross off items on my list. Did I mention that it didn't bleed through the paper?! #TypeA
I wish I could heart-eye emoji these folders all day long... seriously!

I use folders in my classroom for everything, but there are special fun folders I use to take on field trips, for team leader meetings, copies I need to make, keeping track of professional hours...
I told you! HEART-EYE EMOJI! The colors... and the colors... and the scalloped pockets... and the colors! #alltheheartemojis
Okay... if you already own an EC Life Planner I am about to change your world with just two things: Sticky back pockets and a book of stickers.
 The sticky back pockets have a strong 3M adhesive backing...
...that perfectly fits right inside of your EC Life Planner. You could totally use one in your EC Teacher Lesson Planner too.

Watch a video comparison of the Life Planner and Lesson Planner here.
The stickers inside of the sticker book are just gorgeous all on their own.

Now I wouldn't say this book of stickers is an end all to buying every single sticker you need for your planners, but they will certainly help you spice up your planning.
Despite me being lazy and not adding on the number stickers to my EC Teacher Lesson Planner yet, the stickers just pop!

You can read all about my Lesson Planner reveal here.
Last but not least are the compliment cards. Before you go all "I don't need those, who has time!?" on me, let's take a look at them.
You get 12 compliment cards in one pack (I believe there are different packs available on the EC website.

The inspirational quotes and text on this set of compliment cards is perfect for teachers. You know that quote "the person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected"? Yeah... these cards will definitely help spread kindness and appreciation!
Each card has space on the back to write a quick note. You could leave a compliment card in your team teacher's mailbox or on her desk, or go the distance and pay it forward with coffee and a card.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Fonts for Special Educators

Teachers know all too well how much fun it is to pick out fonts for a lesson you are creating... yet how difficult it is to find one that students can independently read and understand. Special education teachers? We know more of the latter...
When the "h" looks so much like an "n" that your student with Autism then refuses to read because that IS an "n" no matter what you say.

While incidences like this are what makes our job so different day to day and absolutely worth it, after that happens once or twice, you stop thinking so much about making it "cute" and more about making it functional.

But finding these fonts can be difficult. As a self-declared "font snob" I have downloaded my fair share of what seemed to be great fonts for my special needs classroom, until the aforementioned "it's not an h" incident occurs and brings me back to square 1.

So to help you, I am sharing my list of go to fonts for creating resources for my classroom.

You might also like these previous blog posts: 10 Fonts for Teachers and My Favorite Fonts.