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Caitlin + Jessica

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  • Just finished putting together our Non-Fiction One-Pager Choice Board! 💕 In addition to the choice board, we also crafted specific brainstorming pages, so students produce *quality* work 🤗 (one of the things I initially despised about one-pagers was that the students really didn’t have quite enough direction - these brainstorming pages completely eliminate that problem!) Anyhow, let me know in the comments if you’d like me to DM you the link to grab it from our store! 😘
  • This bridge 💕⁣
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If you didn’t know, I actually grew up here in the Bay Area, but moved to LA to go to college. I ended up spending 12 years there and hating it the majority of the time. ⁣
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I constantly wanted to move back “home,” but now that I’m here, I want to move back to LA 😆 ⁣
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Classic case of the grass is always greener, right?!⁣
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But either way, I’m happy to be living in a place that really works hard to protect the environment. Plastic bags are illegal, plastic straws have been completely removed from stores, so many people compost and drive hybrid or completely electric cars, you can only water your grass on certain days, wood fireplaces are no longer allowed to be put in new homes, we recycle, reduce, reuse, and rot, and so much more!⁣
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Living in such an eco-friendly place where we all are trying to save our earth makes me so incredibly happy 😊 ⁣
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What are some ways you work to combat our carbon footprint and help protect our earth? I’d love to know, so I can start doing them at home if I don’t already!
  • Pay attention 💕⁣
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Pay attention to the little things that are happening in your classroom every day. ⁣
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Don’t be so distracted by all of the other STUFF that comes with teaching that you forget to see those things. ⁣
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The student who doesn’t seem quite like themselves? Pay attention and show them extra kindness. Check in and see what’s going on. ⁣
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The student who is just crushing it and working so hard after a rough first semester? Pay attention and send an email home to let their family know. ⁣
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The student who sits alone at lunch? Pay attention and gather some other students to sit with them and help them feel included. ⁣
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We all need someone to pay attention to us, so why would our students be any different?⁣
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Pay attention 💕 ⁣
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Pic from my sweet friend, Jeanine @thinkgrowgiggle
  • #cheesypost and I don’t care because this man keeps me sane, grounded, and incredibly happy 💕 ⁣
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I met my Mr. Mitchell years ago when I was a hostess at a restaurant and he came in as a guest. On his way out, he gave me his phone number, and I called him two weeks later. The rest, as they say, is history. ⁣
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You really can meet someone anywhere 😘⁣
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And in all honesty, I could care less about Valentine’s Day because what matters most is the day-to-day and the fact that I know he has my back no matter what. ⁣
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If you haven’t found the Mr. Mitchell in your life yet, don’t worry, he/she/they is out there 😘 And you never know where they might be ...
  • Romeo and Juliet haikus and chocolate? Sounds like a successful Valentine’s Day in middle school 💕 Got this sweet idea from my friend Amanda @mudandinkteaching 
Thinking of all of you and your students today. One thing I’ve been repeating in my head all day is that love is kind. I hope you’re able to experience that kindness and that sort of love in your life that we all need. 
And I hope you’re able to show that kind of love to your students as well. Especially when we get frustrated with them. 
Love you guys 😘
  • Seriously. Do it. ⁣
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Because at the end of the day, life is short, and we can’t spend too many of our waking hours dealing with ANYTHING that doesn’t serve us well. ⁣
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For me, and maybe a lot of you, this meant letting go of my emotions when it came to difficulties in the classroom. (And I’m not talking suppressing my emotions, but rather, practicing mindfulness with those emotions.)⁣
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Practicing mindfulness has allowed me to completely remove myself from school when I leave at the end of the day. ⁣
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Am I not a good teacher because of that? No way. ⁣
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In fact, I’m able to be a BETTER teacher because I’m not emotionally drained and exhausted anymore. ⁣
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Do I care about my students any less? Heck no!⁣
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In fact, I’m able to care about them MORE because I’m able to give more of myself to them when I’m fully present at school. ⁣
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So if you’re struggling to let go of what happens at school, I highly suggest you work on some mindfulness practice. ⁣
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✌🏼💕 Take care of yourself by taking care of your mind 😘📸 @theteacherspassport

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