Friday Five: Thankful Edition

Friday Five: Thankful Edition

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My Teacher Friends

How could a teacher start a thankful list without mentioning the people who always support her? Teacher friends are essential. Partially because they get it in a way that no other friend could understand. My teacher friends constantly uplift me and challenge me. We push each other to learn more, to do better, to grow. We also support each other when this challenging profession becomes too much. My teacher friends have supported me through the worst of times and helped me celebrate the best of times. I still remain in contact with my close teacher friends from my past schools. I am extremely grateful to have these wonderful people in my life. 

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My Students

…should students have come first? Maybe but I just got done Facetiming one of my teacher friends in the US! Teacher friends were on the brain. I am so thankful for each and every diamond in my class this year. I am also so grateful to have had the opportunity to teach all my friends of years past. How can you not take a moment to appreciate all the smiling faces that you work with each day? 

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Juicy Markers

You might think this is a joke but it is not…. if you teach lower elementary you might just understand. This year my class loves to take caps off of markers and lose them! 😂Just kidding! They’re in grade 1 and they can’t help it! We’re working on this clicking of the caps but until then I am eternally grateful when I pick up a whiteboard marker or a chart marker and it actually works. I mean, is there anything better? 

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HandWritten Notes

This week we had indoor recess due to air pollution. After indoor recess, I got so many cards filled with drawings of me and hearts and our classroom. I seriously treasure all of these notes that I have gotten over the year. In the States, I have a box that is full of them. There is nothing better than a note of appreciation from a child. 

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You!

If you’re reading this blog then I am so thankful for you. I love sharing my educational expertise with the world. Over my career, I’ve had several blogs but this is the one I’ve kept running the longest. I am so thankful to everyone who takes the time to read my words. Hopefully, I’ve helped you learn something or try something new within your classroom. Let me know what other things you’d like to read about and I would gladly post about them! 

I hope all of my American readers had a wonderful holiday filled with relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Leave a comment and let me know what makes your teacher heart grateful! 

Happy Polish Independence Day!

Happy Polish Independence Day!

Poland is Honestly Gorgeous!

Before I moved to Poland I didn’t have any real expectations of what I was going to find. This is my third year living in Poland and I can honestly say that it is a gorgeous country. I have tried to travel all over Poland in my time here and I still have more to see. Here are a few photos from around Poland.

It's Always Time for Ice Cream!

When I first moved here I noticed that people were always walking around eating ice cream. Time of day doesn’t matter. People here love to walk around the city and enjoy some ice cream!

Churros!

I know this one is a little confusing because I can guarantee that churros are not native to Poland. BUT They have churros at almost all of their markets and they are so delicious! I just love churros with all my heart. One of my teacher friends follows this churro guy on Facebook so we can always find his churro truck when he is near us! 

I've Never Had A Better Manicure iN My Life

My nails have never looked better! I have always wanted to have great nails but it just hasn’t worked out in my favor. I don’t know what my nail ladies do but it is amazing! I have never walked out unsatisfied. Ever. Even right now I got my nails done three weeks ago and they look like they were just done recently. I am living in a dream world. 

It is So Safe

If you follow me on Insta then you know about the fog situation the other night. Basically, it was so foggy that you couldn’t see across the street. The streetlights also created this eerie orange glow everywhere. This was the first time I was creeped out walking home at night. AND I wasn’t even creeped out because I thought something bad might happened I just thought it felt like I was in some sort of horror movie. There are a lot of scary movies where heavy fog is a sign of something terrible. Plus, this happened right after Halloween when I watched a bit too many scary movies! It was just me being a scaredy cat! 

It is so safe to live here. I have never felt unsafe no matter the time of day or night. There also aren’t really unsafe parts that you need to stay away from like in some other cities. 

Travel is so Easy!

Once you’re in Europe traveling anywhere is so easy. In my time in Poland, I have been to numerous different places all over the world. The most recent places were Finland and Estonia. I love to travel and it is easy to do so here. We also have a great school calendar that allows for many holidays to travel. What more can a girl ask for? 

Purple are countries I have lived in and blue are countries that I have visited. There is still so much to see in Europe! 

I'm Living My Best Life!

Friday Five: The Fastest Week Ever

Friday Five: The Fastest Week Ever

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Monday Teacher Work Day

On Monday we had the most productive teacher work day I’ve had in a long time. You know how sometimes these can go? There is nothing I hate more in life than unproductive time OR meetings without a purpose. This was not my Monday, oh no! We met and we got stuff done! People collaborated. Thoughts were shared. It was amazing! 

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...But How is It ALready Friday

And after Monday came Friday. Seriously! That is how fast this week went by. When I sat down to write my newsletter it took me a minute to realize all the things we had done. And that was the end of this week! 

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3 Day Weekend

Poland is celebrating 100 years of independence on Sunday. 100 years! So we have no school on Monday. This came as a surprise… not the independence but the day off school. I will always accept an extra day off! Who wouldn’t? 

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These Kids Stamina!

This week my kids could not be satisfied. When reading ended they were upset and wanted more reading time. When writing ended they were upset and wanted more writing time. When math ended… you guessed it! They wanted more math time. I don’t know what happened over the break but these kids came back with stamina like I have never seen in first graders. One day we wrote for almost 40 minutes and they could have kept going! But we were literally out of time. I hope this trend continues because we are going places. 

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Parent Dinner

At our school, it is a tradition that elementary parents take the teacher out to dinner. It is a cute little tradition that honors the family vibe of our school. Tonight is my parent dinner and I could not be more excited. 

How was your week? Did it fly by like mine? 

Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you! 

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