Monday, April 25, 2016

APP life-teacher apps

 I love things that make my life easy.  I am busy, I am on the go alot. I need to be able to do things on the run.  So imagine my suprise today to find my favorite online planning software has an app and even better, I could get it on google play! 
I finished my plans today while I was waiting for a parent to pick up student afterschool while sitting out in front of the school on the steps.  No laptop, not cords, no notebook, just me and my phone! 

 I love from my computer.  I am able to quickly write plans and be able to include learning targets and keep track of the standards I have been teaching.  There are so many features on planbook that I use often such as extending lessons so that I don't have to retype everything, everyday.  For example, I do morning work every single morning, without fail (except on Ipad day).  So, I typed in morning work left a place to write in the number I am on.  I also keyed in ELA and a blank space to write down the standard we practiced that morning.  Then I hit extend and It extends to all the days of the week and all I have to do is write in the numbers.  Now, back to the app...nearly all the features I use from the web are available on my phone, and extend is one of them.  I think I am gonna go ahead and write next weeks plans tonight after dinner, in my jammies, when I put the kids to bed.  I know it sounds crazy but if it makes me that happy and makes my teacher mom life that much easier, then why the heck not.  It is hard to imagine that I might be able to plan for the next 3.5 weeks that we have left of school but I can see it happening.  This app just turned this type B do class by the seat of my pants on certain days teacher into a type A planning machine!  Seriously!
What apps make your teacher life easier?  Inquiring minds want to know, and if they don't, I do.  Really.  I love an app that makes me a more productive teacher so that I can be a happier mommy!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Using MyFitnessPal to track 21 Day Fix containers

Because I love all my teacher moms here I had to share this!  I am doing 21dayfix before our disney trip and I have time to do exactly two rounds.  I love my fitbit and I love being able to have everything at my fingertips.  This is what I needed!  I am going to set up my fitness pal to do this right now!  This is not my video...the link to follow this youtube channel is on her youtube page.  But this was too good not to share!

I am going to do a Teacher Mom Fitness Linky so we can be fit teacher moms for the upcoming school year!  And don't forget, you don't have to be a teacher mom to be part of the fun!  You can be a teacher dad, a teacher pet mom, a teacher pet dad, a teacher grandmom or granddad, a teacher or a teacher mom to doesn't matter really!  Its about sharing, caring, lifting each other up and taking care of one another.  Good luck in your health and fitness journey if you are on one...if you aren't, I hope you will come on my journey with me!
Love and hugs to you all!

UPDATE!  The Next Day...I set up my fitness pal with my containers.  There are not enough places to do this.  I had to have a place to record any junk I might eat.  I am a visual person and being able to see how much junk goes into my mouth!  So, Since I rarely eat what is in the blue container (too many cheeses and I am not really much of a nut eater, I chose to combine blue and junk...And I combined orange and teaspoons.  This way I can see all I want to see and all I need to see in one place.  I am telling you people!  My mind is blown.  I have been tracking all day and I see how easy this can be the use these two programs together.  Don't be too caught up in the food description.  I think if you use your best judgement and the eating is clean, just choose the generic option unless you know it was Hillshire farms lunch meat you ate from your red container and you know exactly how many slices you put in there!  Here's to making things easy and doing it smarter and not harder! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sometimes changing everything is a good thing...

 Yes, I have changed it all...I have changed the URL, I have changed the name of the blog.  I have changed the look of the blog (I did this myself and while I don't love it yet, I am going to have someone who knows what they are doing really make it POP, but that is a post for another day!)
I have a really good reason for doing these changes.  
My life is different now, then it was when this blog was born 3 years ago.  
I can't believe this blog is 3. 
I have a little boy who is almost 4.  I have two girls ages 7 and 5, but he is mentioned as a frame of reference here really.  
I have been teaching second grade for 2 (which is about how long I have neglected this blog.)  I have grown so much as a professional these past two years...
BUT...the ball game is different for me now.  
The babies are getting older and they are in so much more that it makes it hard for all my content to be educational without having a piece or a part of the rest of my world sneaking into the text of my blog posts.  Will it turn some of my followers away...maybe.  (I hope it doesn't really!)
Will it bring new readers to the teacher mom blog...I hope.  
This blog is for me.  My journey as the teacher-mom.  Also....
I write this blog now for all my teacher friends who are moms.  
I write it for the ones who are still moms and who have been handling la vida loca for a whole heck of a lot longer than I have and...
I write for the teachers who want to be a teacher-mom too one day but might be terrified of how it will all fit together.  We all stick together and help each other will be ok and to tell you the raw, bare bones, honest truth...being a mom makes you a better teacher.  It did me.  A. Much. Better. Teacher. 
I write too for the people who think us teacher moms are nuts and for the people who look at us as saints :)  
I write for all teachers so that our profession might continue to be lifted up, refined and moved into the caliber and importance it so deserves.  We are the shapers of tomorrow and whether we are moms, dads or otherwise, we must stick together and learn from one another!
There is still going to be educational content.  That is why this blog started in the first place.  But, as I have grown in both of these professions, they have influenced one another in extremely profound ways.  
I hope you will continue to follow my journey and I hope you will invite some friends to read along.  I hope you comment, I hope you gain something from this crazy teacher moms life.  I hope if this blog and my experiences and opinions are not for you that you be kind and still be the light in the world that you are.  

Thanks for everything and I will see you soon!

Monday, April 18, 2016
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