Monthly Plans, organization, Personal, Tips, Work Life Balance

Keeping that Home Work Balance with a Journal

I hesitate to call this a bullet journal, because bullet journal uses some features (like an index) that I don’t use. Instead, I just call it journaling. The key to journaling is making it functional for you. I change up layouts, themes and spreads every month. I’m not a good artist. I have horrible hand-writing. I just use bright flair pens for design and you know what? I love it. As long as your journal meets your needs, you are good to go.

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There are 2 basic supplies you need: something to write with and something to write in. i do suggest sketching out what you want on a page before you select a journal. I find that some standard journals are too small to fit everything I wanted on a page. I also don’t like when pages have a design on them that cuts into space. I found the perfect journal for my needs at Target. Its 10.5 inch by 8inch and gives me a lot of room to write. I use flair pens in mine, but any writing tool is fine!

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This is the left side of my monthly spread. This lists my October goals. As you can see, not everything is lined up. I don’t really care about that! Again, you do you. Rotating colors is about as fancy as I get. My goal here is to make sure I’m staying on pace for everything I have planned. You will see one part covered up; I’ll mention that below.

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This portion is a mix of personal and work/life goals. I want to read 6 books or magazines (I have a thing for food magazines and currently get Food Network, Rachael Ray and The Pioneer Woman but I am bad about sitting down and reading them). This is so I can stay on track with the overall goal to read more. The category refers to meeting one of the categories in my 2017 reading challenge.

Posting 5 new TPT products is to help encourage me to finally finish some of those things sitting in my “work in progress” folder, as well as bringing you a halloween themed weekly pack. MSB is magic school bus. I want to add 10 episode worksheets to the pack this month.

 

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This next section is my main personal section. I want to return to reading every night, but I know that’s not realistic. The nights that I have night class, for example, I tend to fall asleep as soon as I get home. So, out of 31 days, I want to carve out time to read on 20 of those days. I’ll monitor that here. I love to cook (hence the cooking magazines) so I want to make sure I try 10 new recipes. I’ll log those here.

It is also super important to me to “Date Your Spouse”. Dates can be anything. It can be going out to dinner or for a glass of wine. It can be walking the dog for an hour together. It can be putting our laptops away and enjoying the SNL we DVRed (because we can’t stay up past midnight on Saturdays, haha!)

It’s a reminder that 10 different times throughout the month, Corey and I need to find a way to put each other first. It is one of the best things we have ever done in our relationship, and I highly suggest trying it. I would recommend this method to everyone, regardless of relationship status! Maybe see or talk to a friend 10 times this month. Run 10 times. Take 10 bubble baths. Whatever! Find something important to you, do it 10 times and make that commitment to yourself.

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The last 2 monthly goals are more of a work/life basis. I have so many ideas for blog posts, so I an going to try and commit to getting 4 to you this month (this is number 1!). The last thing is a financial goal. I didn’t want to share this part, but I wanted you to get an idea. I LOVE coloring in blocks. Whether you are saving up for something, or chiseling away at some debt, I find it super motivating to pick a dollar amount, break it into smaller chunks and color it in as I make progress.

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On the right side of my notebook is my monthly outlook. It’s hard to balance a small business with a full time job, so I keep my TPT goals up here to remember them. This section could be for anything! If you are a student, maybe break a big end of semester project into chunks here. Maybe you are doing a deep clean/organization of your house and want to break it into sections here. Again, journals are versatile! Do whatever works for you.

I have an important dates to remember section too. I list any IEPs, trainings, due dates for grad school papers and the like here. It helps me quickly look and remember. The monthly chart below gives me more detail. I also put social engagements on here. Again, I want to be able to flip to this page and quickly see what is going on for the month.

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I absolutely love using my journal. It has helped me become so much more organized and productive. If you have seen those beautiful journals on Pinterest but you have been too overwhelmed to start one yourself, I hope this gives you some inspiration/ It doesn’t have to be pretty. It just has to work!

Monthly Plans, Teachers Pay Teachers

Mid July Check In

I know I know, I’m two days late with my check in but for a good reason! I finally took a little time off of the teacher grind and spent the weekend enjoying myself with family! Mu husband went out of town and although I missed him-it was nice to spend time with my parents, aunts & uncles and cousins!

First, it was an INCREDIBLE week for me on TPT. The Teachers Pay Teachers conference was this past week in Orlando, Florida. A hashtag called #spedtakesorlando was started on TPT. Authors added the hashtag to select products in their store and marked those products down to a $1. I sold more in a 48 hour span then I normally sell in 3 months! Look at this graph!

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I am so excited that so many people are trying out my products! It was incredible to see so many people interested in what I do and I’m already getting great feedback!

I am also excited to say that I have all of my September plans done! I still need to create some of the materials, but I have a framework for each content area. Check it out!

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So I can keep track, here is what I need to get done for each area, to make sure I stay ahead:

  • Reading: Comprehension Pretest/Post test, Emergent Reader, Guided Notes, samples
  • Language Arts: CVC word list
  • Math: Pre/Post test, interactive notes, scavenger hunt, task cards, samples
  • Science: weather notes, vocab cards, common storms, samples, water cycle notes, vocab cards, fold-able
  • Social Studies: Pre/Post test, pledge vocab, who am I reading passages,

I’m hoping to have all of that done by the end of the month, so I can spend August getting October/November prepped. YAY for being ahead!

My progress on my last set of goals: I got to 30 journals! Only 150 more to go! I started the scientific investigation items, but didn’t finish them yet. I actually pushed scientific investigation to October, so it was not as crucial as it originally seemed. I also finished the touch math product! I did not get to CVC file folders again and I’m guessing it’s just not important right now, so I am pushing it to the back burner.

Goals for the second half of July

  • Get all of the materials done that I listed above
  • Finish Oct. adapted materials for my lower students. I still need
    • Graphing Unit completed
    • Scientific Investigation Unit completed
    • Create Government unit
  • Print and prepare September Binder
  • Start creating a Special Ed teacher binder

I’ll check in on this list around August 1 (which is the due date for one of my closest friend’s first baby!!)

Adapted Books, File Folders, Math, Science

Recap of June!

I will be honest, my June goals quickly got pushed aside! I went to my county’s media center to print and laminate materials from my new Numbers and Counting unit on Monday and saw a sign that the center was closing for good on Thursday-so sad! They are looking to relocate it but that likely won’t be until August. I quickly got to work to get my September materials prepped, I didn’t want to be in that cram with all the other teachers fighting to get work in. I worked my butt off for 72 hours and I created 3 adapted books and comprehension materials for reading, units on the US symbols and the Pledge of Allegiance for social studies and a weather unit for science. So proud of myself!

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Although I did get the math vocabulary task cards and problem and solution passages from my June goals completed, the journals and CVC file folders got pushed to the back burner. Check out the picture above, though, and you will see that it was worth it!

Time for some July goals! I’m actually going to split July into two goal blocks-I wanted to make sure I make the most of this summer!! Here are my goals through July 15:

  • Get to work on those journals!! 180 is a big number to get to-maybe I can get to number 30 by July 15?
  • Finish the adapted graphing file folders and worksheets-one of the VAAP concepts (the alternative assessment in Virginia) is to insert data into a pre-constructed template. I am creating some samples to work on this with my lower functioning students
  • I also need to figure out how to teach the scientific investigation to my lower students-I’m going to push myself to have all of the materials created in PowerPoint by July 15.
  • Touch Math for money!! I made a touch math for quarters file folder for a kid who REALLY needed it for ESY, while I’m thinking about it I want to make some for the rest of the coins too.
  • Plan scientific investigation unit for higher kids-not going to go overboard. I’m going to use some pre-created materials, I just want to have the month planned out!
  • Those CVC file folders-can’t forget about them!

That’s good for now! We are off to Williamburg to enjoy the long weekend and watch two dear friends get married!! Happy 4th everyone!