Social Media & Depression

For a long time I have considered if being on social media has contributed to depression. You constantly see people living such a great life. Going to exotic places, getting married, having children… then there’s me. Just trying to make it through the week and my monthly pay check. Sure I should feel “successful” I’m a teacher, I mold young minds for the future  ( while losing my own mind). But why am I feeling so unfulfilled? What am I missing in life? Why do I feel like I can not quite catch my breath?

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Whenever I see this picture It makes me laugh, because as an “Adult” this is how we view life sometimes. ahh…

True Story: My Natural Hair Does NOT make me feel attractive

Let me start by saying I have always been “natural” I was born and raised in Southern California where a perm/relaxer was not necessary. I never did a big chop, but I did have heat damage from pressing and flat ironing my hair. I decided to stop putting heat on my hair and jump on the band-wagon of becoming a naturalista. Only thing these YouTubers didn’t tell me was 4 out of 3 times ( yes as a teacher I did that math correctly) your hair WILL NOT come out the way you expected it to. This is stressful for someone who doesn’t have an hour and a half in the mornings to retwist/wash/detangle/ blow-dry their hair in the morning.

I started to have doubts about my choice to go natural and started reflecting on my pressed hair days 5261_582807507759_1777223362_nHere was a wedding I attended with my hair flat ironed

I feel so attractive when my hair is pressed. There are days my hair doesn’t come out and I have cried because I was soooo frustrated with my hair. This whole “love the hair you were born with” blah blah blah, yes I get it. One should, yet I also believe do what makes you feel your best. Now as a black child of God my hair is so versatile, it can do many things. Now as a frugal educator, that comes at a price.  One does not have the money to buy a plethora of products hoping they work on their hair. *side eye*

All in all I enjoy when my hair does come out, ( which isn’t often) but I do not feel as attractive with my natural hair as do when it is pressed. Unfortunately, living in south Florida doesn’t help. The humidity won’t allow my hair to be great. So I just take every day as a gift that I have hair. IMG_0629                                                  Help my hair Lord. lol  Continue reading

iTeach

IMG_4860 IMG_4858 20141031_095248 20141031_095201 20141031_095243As a teacher I often have to remember  WHY I got into the career that I did. To be a leader. Make a difference in the world. It can be extremely draining, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Remember God will not give you more then you can bare. Every trial is a testament of Gods will. Stay encouraged!

Australia Board Games

Since we were studying Australia ( and I needed a project for my first quarter) I had my students to create their own board game. Based off of the continent/country/island of Australia. They had to have rules, procedures, and pieces of their game. They had to present it to the class with how to play. Some were REALLY nice and creative.IMG_4647 IMG_4652 IMG_4635 IMG_4636 IMG_4637

These are some of my favorite board games they created!

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Australia

We have been studying about Australia in 6th grade. As a class I had them research information about Australia and bring it to class. They were to print out pictures as well. These are some pictures from them working on them in class. You can find the country outlines here: http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm this is where I printed the pictures from.

 

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Aboriginal Dot Art

We are starting a new lesson reading the book Dr. Rabbit, which is based in Australia. Today I had students to watch a video on aboriginal dot art which is custom to Australia. I had a kangaroo cut out that they could paste anywhere. Some of them really took their time and it looks good.

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Ms. Leopard Print Cupcake

I want to just take a few minutes and introduce myself. I am a 6th grade teacher in Southern Florida. This is my first full year teaching 6th grade. I came last year in January ( that was rough) I use to teach 1st grade in Ohio, but it was WAAAAAAAAY too  cold there. I really like my school and principal. It’s truly been a blessing coming here. I moved to Florida last August with no job. Just a little bit of faith. I took that leap and it paid off. Not without some struggles of course. I started subbing and the teachers I subbed for were impressed.. ” You’ve done this before haven’t you?”… yes… yes I have. When I left Ohio I was completely DONE with teaching… I didn’t want to see another child under the age of 25. . . apparently I was running like Jonah. I still ended up teaching. This is going to be an AWESOME YEAR!!!!

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6th grade TEAM WORK!!!

Once again this first week of school I did a team building activity. Students were put into groups and were to build the tallest free standing structure using just tape and 7 balloons ( I gave them each an extra balloon just in case one popped… yes they could use the extra one in their structure). I gave them 20 minutes to accomplish this project as a team! This one was just as interesting as the spaghetti and marshmallow structure project.

Try it with your class. Lot’s of fun…

Oh also I had them moan in advance about their groups… if they decided to moan after I called out the groups they would have to sit out with THEIR HEAD DOWN ( bc they obviously can’t handle being in 6th grade)… and yes I had one to moan, and yes they sat out for the entire project.

Students need to learn early to show kindness to their classmates!

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6th Grade… I shall survive!

IMG_3622It’s the first week back to school, and also my first year teaching 6th grade from the beginning of the school year. This activity I did with my students we used:

1 Marshmallow (that had to be at the top)

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1yrd of  masking tape-

1 yrd of yarn

The object of this project was… TEAM WORK!!!

They were suppose to build the tallest freestanding structure using those 4 materials in 18 minutes. I had to stand without falling ( which was the biggest challenge of course). I was really impressed by what they came up with.

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