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Luxurious Yet Cheap Gift

For all my colleagues, I used my essential oil hobby to make a gift for them all. I made mini diffusers for the car. Teachers can clip these onto their car air vent for a calming experience when they are driving home after a crazy day.

You just need 4 items: glue gun

2. cute felt pieces

3. clothes pins

4. Young Living essential oils

Hot glue a felt piece to the clothes pin. I found these really cute flowers at Hobby Lobby. Then drop one or two drops of essential oil onto the felt. I put mine in a sealed plastic bag to hold in the oil scent and included a note. I am posting what I said on the note below in case you want to copy the idea.

Here is an essential oil diffuser for your car.  Clip it on your air vent or anywhere else you like.  It is loaded with a drop of Young Living lavender and peppermint.  This should help make your car an oasis of calm when you leave work today.

Thinking of ways to be kind helps distract me from the overwhelming (at times) work load and hopefully distracts the receiver of the gift also.

What a Clever Bulletin Board Border!

I saw this idea in the hallway. It was not my own, but LOOK how clever and beautiful! This is just vibrant colored paper folded in half. Then it is folded in a fan shape and stapled at the bottom The colors alternate. I think this is so beautiful and unique. Give it a try on your next board!

Use the Loom Platform to Make Your Virtual Life Easier!

I’m so glad someone told me about Loom! This virtual platform for video recording has helped my virtual workflow so much! Making videos once took so many more steps than when I began using Loom. Here are some reasons I love Loom!

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. It gives me a place to store all of my videos.
  3. I can do screen recordings OR camera recordings.
  4. I can do screen recordings AND camera recordings at the same time.
  5. It gives me a countdown clock before it starts recording.
  6. I can password protect all of my work and share my password with students and families.
  7. I can easily copy the link to share
  8. There are no ads.

Check out Loom here.

Encourage Your Coworkers

During this time of uncertainty, everyone around you is feeling the pressure of the unknown–even the secretaries and custodians. Have compassion on others. Be kind. Encourage. Appreciate others. Be aware that it isn’t just you feeling the pressure. It is everyone.

At times like these, even though you are pressed for time, take time that will multiply back to you. Do whatever is in your own heart for others in kindness. Here is an idea to help you spark an idea of your own.

I bought Reece’s cups for many of my coworkers and labeled it Reece’s for resiliency. Then I wrote a note to my teachers to tell them how special they were and how amazing all they were doing was.

Clean Your Classroom and Give Germs a Run for their Money!

I spent days dusting my new room this year. I consolidated a shared room and shared supplies from myself and a retiring teacher. There was plenty of DUST, so I sure was glad that my friend introduced me to Norwex cleaning supplies! They collect dust like nobody’s business. I saved a ton of paper towels and was much more efficient because I didn’t have to keep going back to get more paper towels. These cleaning cloths by Norwex are absolutely amazing! I have never seen anything like them! They clean an amazing amount of dust and disinfect with just a little water. I also use my Thieves creamer in a spray bottle. I’m not having to use Lysol. A simple rinsing out with water lets me start all over like I had a clean paper towel. I saved time and have a much cleaner and safer classroom! You can go here if you want to get a Norwex cloth, too.

Back to School Encouragement

I’m writing this post not to inform but to encourage. Just like the rest of the public school teachers across the nation, we are daily facing uncertainty. We want answers. We want things to stop changing. We want a routine. The known gives us comfort like hot cup of soup on a cold day. Sometimes, though, the uncertain and the changes reveal the broken system. We have many students leaving our public school system and going to private school. Parents are giving up luxury to enroll in private schools. Some parents are choosing to homeschool. Even further sell, some parents are choosing to work together to provide an education for each other’s children, working collaboratively. We have been stripped down to the very minimum…to what is truly important. Is this really a bad thing? Sometimes healing doesn’t feel so good when it is happening. Right now, we are in a healing process. A revealing of what is broken, and a heating if you will of our educational system. The results of this Will be better than what we are going through right now. Just know that it will be better and will get better. Then the “worst school year ever” just might be the “best school year ever”.

Giveaway Time!

How are you starting your school year with children? I am first going to start mine with some social emotional learning. I will allow mine to process what has happened to them the last few months and discuss this with their peers. Then hopefully we can resolve fears before I try to teach any curriculum. Otherwise the fears override the curriculum and not much learning happens.

To brighten your back to school season, here is a $100 TPT gift card giveaway. See below for details.


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How I’m Going to Start the School Year

Armed and dangerous is how I am going to start my school year! It is quickly approaching although it has been delayed a bit for our school district. I am not afraid of getting COVID-19 or any other set of germs, but I am also going to be prudent to make sure my immune system is boosted. I certainly don’t want anyone to have a reason to jam a large cotton swab up my nose.

To keep myself healthy, I will be cleaning with Thieves Cleaner, diffusing Thieves essential oil in my ultrasonic cool mist diffuser, and taking 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red per day. Thieves keeps germs at bay with its cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary blend. The cleaner will also keep germs at bay and help me clean all surfaces such as tables. It is very economical taking only a capful for a whole spray water bottle. I got my spray bottle at the Dollar Tree. Ningxia helps keep my body spared from free radicals, makes my mind clear, and gives me an energy boost. If you are interested in getting some Young Living Products yourself, you can go here and sign up with my enroller and member number 2600343.

Happy Independence Day!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the lunar eclipse tonight! This is great if you are studying the phases of the moon! In case you found the eclipse imperceptible in the midst of fireworks or you miss this opportunity, learn about the eclipse and see it here and here.

World War 2–Don’t Miss this Social Studies Opportunity

Have you noticed the strong correlations between World War 2 and the Covid-19 pandemic. The connections are so ironic that you can’t help but draw connections to them through teaching. Your former students, children, and upcoming students are LIVING history. No book can teach what we have and are living through. In case you haven’t drawn the correlations yourself. Here are some

  1. Government turmoil in the U.S. and confusion around the world. This is similar to the time of Hitler’s reign in much of Europe.
  2. A shortage of items in the grocery store, especially toilet paper, initially beans, rice, pasta, and then meat choices. Thank God that we do have food in the grocery stores! Our lives could be much worse.
  3. During World War 2 people became connected through the radio. Today we are becoming ever more connected with social media. Even people who are elderly are learning to use social media and other technology.
  4. Quarantine because of COVID-19 is a lot like Jews hiding in homes. In fact during this time I had two different children pick up the book the Hiding Place without my prompting. Here is a great link for seeing Corrie Ten Boom’s old house.

Here is a resource I made that uses World War 2 as a platform to teach cryptograms. My students really enjoyed it! I hope yours do too!

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