Setting Project

This past week I was selected as one of the lucky teachers to receive an eval by my administration. After ten years of teaching, I have learned that these come with the territory and that it’s best to just go with the flow. When I was younger, without kids, and eager to be the best I strived to put on the “dog and pony show” for all evaluations and observations. Over time, I have learned the value in letting observers and evaluators to see the “real teacher” with “real students” doing a “real lesson”.

Now that I work part time (two periods of 8th grade English), I tend to go with the flow of my grade level and somewhere lost the “me” in my lesson planning. I was caught up in staying with the group, even through I was missing out on the day to day hallway collaboration that helped with the “group flow”. After a pre-evaluation meeting with my admin, I decided it was time to find myself in what and how I was teaching.

I couldn’t have been more happy with the results! I was able to pull together a greta lesson on the importance of setting and its impact on conflict and theme in a novel. As I was building the lesson, I had the great fortune to be finishing and starting two lessons that really helped me develop a rationale and understanding that made this lesson accessible to my students. A week later and my students are actively engaged in a project that I designed on a whim, I received glowing feedback from admin and the students are pulling ideas from the text and making connections I couldn’t have possibly anticipated.

In the fast-paced world of teaching, collaboration, and unit design, sometimes its important to throw caution to the wind and be you!

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Back to School

Last year, I looked longingly at all the back to school posts from my teacher friends.  For the first time in my life…I wasn’t doing the back to school preparations.  I knew I was fortunate to have the choice to stay home with our kids, but at the same time I was sad.  I missed all the back to school things: classroom decorating, lesson planning, buying new school supplies….all the pens and planners.  I was able to accomplish a lot in the past year and help me kids grow!

Fast forward one year and guess what…I am going back to school!  I realized I needed the   routines that come with teaching again!  I found the perfect part-time job that let me be a teacher and a mom.  I am fortunate to have walked on to a great team at a great school and to be honest…I feel a little guilty that I get paid for teaching these kids!

Woo Hoo for a new school year and a new job! Harry Potter for the Win!IMG_0098

 

Work Lunch

What I miss most about being a stay at home mom is a “work lunch”.  Every day my husband calls on his lunch and he’s always doing things like… taking a scenic drive through the hills, grabbing lunch with a co-worker and even just sitting his car watching YouTube. I’m jealous…. my lunches consist of shoving down whatever is easiest, snacking on the remains of a three-year olds discarded lunch, or a lunch date with a three-year-old who prefers my phone to me! I kiss the days when I could lock the door to my classroom, turn on some music and just chill!! There are lots of perks to being a stay at home mom, but I miss my “work lunch”! I would love to hear your thoughts… what do you miss about work… what is your favorite way to “lunch”.  #worklunch #sahm #arbonnefizzismyfuel

Teacher Things

For the past few months I have been writing content for an Ed Tech company.   Great company…super fun creating activities and seeing them come to life.They are doing some amazing things for education and I cannot wait to see them implemented in classrooms around the world. Kudos to those school districts making Educational Technology a priority and purchasing the software and hardware needed to make all types of 21st century learning available to their students.  The possibilities are endless.

My work with content/curriculum has inspired me to continue with my creative outlets and create lessons for Teachers Pay Teachers.  After researching and researching and yep- researching….I have finally begun to develop a few lessons.  I must say I was amazed at what I was able to create using free tutorials and resources! Thank goodness for Pinterest.  Here is a peek of what I have been working on…be sure to check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store when it is up and running!

From Lesson Plans to Tutus and Tantrums

IMG_0055Hi! Welcome to my journey on the Mom Life.  My name is Tristen and I am a former teacher, retired after only nine fun-filled years in the classroom. My husbands job relocated our little family from our hometown to the East Bay of CA. We left grams and aunties, friends and coworkers for a little community in the hills.  So far so good. We’re making new friends and getting involved.  Staying home with the kids has opened my eyes to the challenges of parenting…you know the stuff the grams used to do!!!  Join me on this adventure called Mom Life.