Sunday, 9 September 2012

Time to shake things up.

I realise that it is time to turn things around. It is time to make the most of my amazing family and my fabulous job. I am determined that I can be a Mum and a teacher without feeling guilty about neglecting the other. I haven't really wanted to admit that I haven't been having as much fun as I have in previous years. I haven't been very excited about walking into my classroom every morning. I have really, really struggled with the fact that my job is so much more than that- it eats into an enormous amount of my time.  I rarely switch off from teaching and it creeps into my waking thoughts as well as my dreams, all the time. I miss out on so much with my own children while I am thinking about the children of others. While I am planning gorgeous performances for parents to enjoy- I miss out on seeing my boys perform. Here's the thing though...I really can't imagine doing anything else. Being a teacher really is pretty special and I really do love what I do. I have just too exhausted to appreciate it.
So I have decided to love what I do. I can't change the fact that I have to work and I can't imagine ever having another job that I could love like this one.  I ask myself constantly "Am I the teacher I would want for my boys?" I use that as my guide to check that I am enthusiastic, passionate, fun and creative. Hmmmm....all I have to do is create the fun and find things to make each day special. This morning (before I even left my bed) I started the search for fun. I pinned cool ideas and made notes and then I went shopping. I so badly wanted to go to school today to set everything up for tomorrow, but I also really wanted to visit my grandparents and they won!
Tomorrow morning my class will get to play with our awesome new writing centre- I have had a visual timetable card for that for 2 years but I have never been able to add it to the rotation..until this week.
 I might be a bit excited about going to work tomorrow :)

Blackboard paint on clip boards!!! I have been busting to crack open the blackboard paint :)

How cute are these clipboards. Only $2 from Big W and perfect for all sorts of writing fun.


Joe had a go at trying out the stamps. He loved them so much that he insisted on keeping a set for himself.


Pretty, pretty stationery....I LOVE stationery! The frames will be my little signs in the writing centre.


Ohhhhhh drawers of lovely stickers and pretty paper. 


I have goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities for card making.


I love, love, love these stamps...Jonas loves them even more.


Joe's new writing centre at home. Planning for school meant fun with my boys too (don't tell them that it was accidently educational shhhh hehehehe)

8 comments:

  1. Can you come and teach at our school so my girls can have you as their teacher???

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  2. LOL- I would love to :) Mrs Walshaw is so often my inspiration so I will just let her finish the year out before I make my move on Jasper Rd. I am so grateful for amazing teachers like Kaye to keep the standards high.

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  3. melissa, you're the teacher that we all pray that our children will get every year.Fun and enthusiastic.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Ronnie xxx Thankyou <3

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  4. Looks like you have found some new inspiration to share! Looks amazing! I would love to attend the writing centre and stamp away!!!

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    1. Those stamps are the best fun Bron and the kids at school had so much fun writing me messages today.

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  5. Last christmas we used air dry clay and cookie cutters to make tree ornaments. We used the letter stamps to make them personal with the giftees initial. They worked out great!
    So glad the kids loved it! Such a fun literacy lesson too!

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    1. What a lovely idea Bron! I could use that one for home and school- thanks for the tip :)

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