So, I decided to start my own 'teaching blog.'
Your kidding. Really? A teaching blog? That hasn't been done before...
This might be the end of me. I have a severe problem already. I have my list of blogs I check out weekly, plus Pinterest, Etsy, and a ton of other random sites...
then I copy the awesome links and add them to this bad boy:
This is the 'monster.' It is a rather large Excel file where I keep all of the awesomeness I run across... while online. It's getting out of control. Mostly because I like to 'hunt' while consuming wine. I l.o.v.e wine.
Also, I guess I should mention that I am an American teacher on hiatus (sort of)... living in Switzerland. That's right. Switzerland. Chocolate, cows, cheese, mountains, wine, European speedos, etc. The weight gain is inevitable.
My husband and I will be here for about three years (began March 2011). Prior to the move, I taught for two years then worked as my district's assessment coordinator. Going from working full time to being domesticated has it's mental challenges. I miss having my own ginormous classroom and being able to hang with teacher friends after school for happy hour. Also, I have a group of former students and parents that I'm obsessed with and miss dearly. We stay in touch, but I miss going for ice cream dates and dinners. I miss a lot of things... :(
I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher over here and a student myself... learning French (OMG I don't want to talk about it). Actually, I should be called an IESYFL teacher.... 'Is English Seriously Your Fourth/Fifth Language?' It's insane how many languages my students know. I am fluent in one and can hold a 3yr old-ish conversation in French. They make me feel like a 'stooopeeed American.'
Anyway, I decided to start this site because I have so much crap on my computer (links, pictures, documents) and in my boxes of files, that I feel I need to share. Also, since I'm not teaching full-time, I need to stay on 'my game.' I don't want to move back and not know about all of the cool stuff.
The site is very plain and simple because that's how my mind works. I LOVE looking at all the cute blogs with the scrapbook paper backgrounds and cute graphics. However, those are seriously some intimidating decisions for me. I change my mind often... about everything. Except my husband. I'm keeping him. I have self-diagnosed ADHD and my mind goes crazy when I look at all the cutesy stuff. I find myself thinking about ducks, shoes, or other randomness. I decided to keep it simple looking. Maybe?
If you haven't noticed yet. I'm slightly sarcastic and some would say 'crazy.' That's ok. This will probably be my longest post because I feel the need to explain myself. I like to use lots of pictures and keep things short and sweet.
I also have a slight addiction to school supplies. If I come across a sight like this...
...I feel the intense urge to purchase a massive quantity of 24 cent crayons, markers, rulers, pencils, folders, etc. Even if I have no need for them. Sharpies? Obsessed. Colored cardstock? OMG! I get anxious just looking at a Lakeshore magazine or a Michael's ad. I began my 'hoarding' in college even before I had my own classroom. Crazy. I love any and everything that I think I could use with my kiddos or in my room. Hence the name...
A lot of things on here are amazing gems I've found elsewhere (I always give credit and links), but I'll post a lot of my stuff too. Enjoy and hope you like!