{Teacher Tuesday: It's All Fun & Games Until Someone Throws a Desk}

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Welcome to another exciting edition of Teacher Tuesday.  Today's post goes out to all those who've ever had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  That's right, taking a chapter out of good ole' Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, because I had one of those days.  Let's be honest and call it what it was... it was one of those weeks.

Last week was just crummy.  My angel baby kiddos would turn into hellions each afternoon.  I felt like I was genuinely living a real life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!  Our morning routines would go as planned, and then BAM! out of nowhere, in exchange for the sweet angel babies, small, 7 year old demons would come back to my class from lunch.

I know what you're thinking... well, did you take them to recess after lunch?  Did they come back hyped up on candy and energy from lunch?  Did you give them red bulls instead of milk?  The answer would be no, no, and no.  I tried taking them to recess when they earned it, because come on they already have to earn four stickers to go outside, and since that didn't happen frequently I felt like I owed it to them to go outside, and they only get to play for 15 minutes, so really what's the harm?  Since we only went outside one day last week, and they came back from lunch/recess hellions I'm not going to blame the recess as the culprit for the out of control behavior I experienced last week.

Things got so bad last week, one of my students got so angry because I was having to discipline them for everything (and he totally has some anger issues), that he THREW a desk in my classroom, kicked the wall and stormed out my classroom and down the hallway.  Yes, you read correctly... that'd be threw a desk.

Between the desk throwing that day and all the running around, acting like fools, screaming, hollering and carrying on, I had had ENOUGH!  It's really hard to think let alone keep your cool when 16 7 year olds are past the point of no return.  I spoke to my principal and assistant principal, with another teacher who's having similar problems in the afternoon, and they decided neither of our classes would have recess at all anymore and that we would start a chapter book and read to them to calm them down instead.

[Note: Our class goes to specials for an hour, then comes back to class for 30 minutes, then goes to lunch for 30 minutes.  My principal explained to us that even though they have 30 minutes of instruction in between specials and lunch, they are essentially on recess for about 2 hours, which makes coming back to class and focusing incredibly hard for them.]

So, we tried it Friday.  After the initial whining that they weren't allowed to go to recess anymore subsided, my kids were actually more calm in the afternoon.  That is until we went into group work, the two instructional coaches were in my room, my kids began talking - not about math mind you - and desk throwing kid got angry about a consequence he received from making a bad decision.

You guessed it... he threw yet another desk and stormed out of my classroom in a rage.  Yes folks, that's two - count 'em TWO - days in a row of the desk throwing chaos.  Out. Of. Control.

Needless to say, I left for the weekend in tears, exhausted and ready to relax.  Thankfully I have some awesome teacher friends, the two coaches that witnessed the chaos, the school counselor who knows about said child's anger problems, and a wonderful husband who were all very supportive and encouraging.

If I have learned anything from last week, it is that being a teacher really does mean wiping the slate clean and not holding any grudges on your kids as a result of their behavior.  I was also reminded that the time these kiddos are in my classroom may be the only structure and good thing that happens to them all day.  That was definitely a reminder I needed, and yes, Monday morning was really hard.  I was still frustrated and annoyed at feeling like a babysitter last week, but being frustrated with my kids wasn't going to start us off on the right foot for the week.

I prayed to strengthen my patience and I am definitely learning to be more patient each day.  My only saving grace is that my slate is wiped clean each day too.

Next week is my very first 6 weeks recap!  Be sure to check in next week to see the top things I've learned this 6 weeks, some hilarious moments, and other notables.  For now, I'll leave you with this gem:

This afternoon I brought out my very first Halloween decoration for the classroom, a jaguar print spider.  I asked my kiddos what we should name him or her.  Here were the current names suggested: Ryan, Rocky II, and Brian.  Needless to say, I asked them to go home and think of some awesome names for our new spidery friend. :)

Welcome to 2nd grade, y'all!

{Welcoming Fall}

Let me just preface by saying I know us Texans don't truly get to experience the entire beauty of fall.  We take what bits and pieces we can get in the city, and try to sneak off the beaten path to engulf ourselves in burnt orange, rust, and gold.  Regardless, I too am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

As we welcomed the first day of fall today, and delighted in the slightly cooler weather, I was reminded why I love fall so much.  Like any season, there are things to look forward to, but I can't help and be excited for this fall.  I just have a feeling it's going to be a good one.

I have already indulged in my first fall run, and took both border collies on a separate 1.20 mile run tonight.  I'm sure people on the trail had to do a double take as I trotted along with two different dogs and passed several familiar faces as we ran.

Among other things, fall feels like a wonderful settling in time of the year.  Things are certainly changing, like the weather and trees, but people seem lighthearted and cheerful this time of year.  Fall, for me, is a time of refreshment, and not in the renewal type feeling Spring has, but more of a comforting rhythm of life.  With so much loss and heartache the past month, I am eager for a comforting, cozy place to rest our busy lives, and hungry for a time to be renewed by the LORD and reminded of what I am most thankful for, a God who loves greatly and never fails.

Here are a few things I am looking forward to this fall:

Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Dallas 1/2 Marathon Training
Running with Border Collies (and hopefully my handsome husband!) - there is nothing better than running with a dog!
Patio enjoying
Fireplace making
Leaves falling
Baylor Football
Baylor Homecoming
Chi Omega Besties Reunited
The start of Christmas shopping
Pumpkin Carving
Halloween Partying
Community Group Joining
Quiet times in the crisp, cool air
Wine on the patio
Lakeside sunsets
The State Fair of Texas
... and so much more!

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Happy Monday!

{Teacher Tuesday}

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Today I am excited to launch "Teacher Tuesday"!  My hope is that more teachers want to share their funny stories, teacher moments, lessons learned, melt your heart moments and we can get a link up going! :)

Anyway, yesterday marked the first day of my third week of teaching.  I know, I know, I can't believe it either.  Y'all, I have never been so tired from something so awesome.  I love every moment of teaching, though I wish the behavior problems would become very minimal... they are really draining.

My new schedule looks a little like this:
5:00 am - Alarm 1 - immediate snooze
5:15 am - Up and at 'em
6:30-6:45 am - Out the door to school (I like to leave by 6:30 so I get to school at 7:00)
7:00 am - Arrive at school/get last minute items ready
7:55 am - Bell rings - pick up 2C Little Bears in the auditorium
8:00 am - Eat Breakfast in the classroom - Yay & Nay - Lose all track of time
10:5% am - Thank Goodness - Planning Period - kids at Specials (PE, Art, Music, Computer) - Take a short breather and lesson plan - GO TO RESTROOM!
11:50 am - Kids back - time to finish science or social studies
12:30 - 1:00 pm - I never knew 30 minute lunches could go by so quickly.  Sit, eat, laugh/cry/lament/encourage with/other teachers.
2:55 pm - See ya 2C!
3:00 - 5:00 pm (sometimes 7:30 or 8:00 pm) - I've never left at 3:00 pm.  In fact, I've never left before 5:00 pm.  What the heck was I thinking that I'd get home early?  Maybe some day!

By the time 2:55 pm rolls around, I get back into my classroom, which is completely trashed by this point (although my kids are getting better at keeping things clean), I can hardly remember what day it is, let alone what happened that morning.  Days are long, but I haven't felt this alive in quite a while.

I love the challenges like figuring each kiddo out, getting to know them, understanding where they're coming from, and how to motivate them.  I like having to work hard to think of new ways to get my point across to kids, or teach them another way.  I don't want to be the teacher that stands in front of them and says the same thing over and over and over and wonders why they don't understand.  I also love learning new ways to do things I wish I had known in school.  Did you know you can do subtraction by breaking numbers apart and never have to regroup and somehow adding mixed in there too?  Yeah, I don't really understand that... YET!

I love calling home and bragging about my kids to their parents, even if it takes turning a talkative girl into a "social butterfly".  Yes, that's the kind way to say your child is super chatty.

I love dancing with my kids.  They let me indulge in my dance party dreams and will dance to "Shake It Out" by T Swift (my current fav song) over and over.

I love when they "get it"!  I have never felt like a proud mama bear until I became a teacher.  My smile grows wide and I high five and celebrate the heck out of my kids when they have that ah-ha moment and understand.  My kids are smart too.  They are cray-cray, but definitely smart.

I love getting to be a goofball when teaching.  Teaching is the one profession, other than acting (and is that really a profession?), where you get to be 100% yourself and it works.  Unless you're dull... then maybe teaching isn't for you. ;)  The other day we talked in accents because one of the three little pigs had a British accent.  Another day we flexed our muscles to help us remember contrast goes on the outside of the venn diagram and put our arms together to remember compare went in the middle of the venn diagram.  We also sing a lot, and rap a lot.  You know I'm in heaven.  Teaching has allowed me to really put a lot of myself into my lessons.

Do I like having to deal with discipline though?  Heck no.  It's the worst!!

Last week, a student got so angry that I took his tickets away, BECAUSE HE STOLE TWO FROM MY TICKET BIN and we DO NOT steal in Mrs. Nabors' class, he drug his desk across my classroom and started chunking pencils.  I wish I was kidding.  The next day, two of my students pushed each other, and some other kids are the playground, all while another child was so mad he grabbed his backpack and started walking out of school.  Most of this happened in the afternoon and the culprits were my boys.  Out. Of. Control.  Needless to say, we're working on behavior management in the afternoons, AND my kiddos have to EARN their recess.  I'm not taking them to recess if they can't behave in the afternoons. && trust me... we both need that recess.

While I stress over the behavior management problems, I have to give myself a break too and remind myself it's only the third week of school, though it feels like the 100th.  Our time flies, but it sure is fun each day with these sweet kiddos.  I can't wait to see how the LORD uses me in their little lives and how He uses them in mine. :)

Sorry for the randomness of this post, but in the future I hope Teacher Tuesday for me will be a little more structured.  Sometimes you just have to write and see what comes out! :)  'Night y'all!

{2 Years of Wedded Bliss - Meet the Husband of Newly Nabors}

Today, my hunk of a husband and I celebrate 2 years of wedded bliss.  The only words I can think of to describe the past two years is, "WOW"!  Though we celebrate only 2 years of marriage today, we have been together 7 years total on this very day.  Blows my mind.

Being back on the Baylor campus yesterday reminded me of where it all started, walking around campus, loving on kiddos at WyldLife together, and more laughter than you can imagine.  So many of my favorite Baylor memories have Ryan in them, and I am grateful that when we are on campus now we're still making new memories together.

Our wedding was easily the best day I have ever experienced.  There was so much joy, so much laughter, and so much love.  I love to go through pictures and relive that day.  It was pure bliss.  So, today I want to take a moment for you to get to know the man I love so dearly and share in our happy day together.

Interview with the Husband in Newly Nabors

1 // What's the name of my blog?
Newly Nabors

2 // What do I typically write about?
Current events in your life

3 // What do you and I like to do together?
Go to the lake, play with the doggies.

4 // Am I good at staying on our budget?
Are you?  When you want to be, and sometimes "oops" you spent $300...

5 // What do I do when I'm home alone?
Take a nap.

6 // What do you do when you're home alone?
Watch TV or play video games

7 // What's my favorite accessory?
Your wedding rings

8 // What's an acceptable amount of money to spend on a makeup item?
*Furrowed brow* $20

9 // What's my favorite TV show?
Pretty Little Liars

10 // What's one thing I couldn't live without?
Ry: Nutella.
Me: Really?
Ry: Yeah, you hoard that crap!  Also, coffee.

[Sidenote: This is the first month I have had Nutella in our house in several months, but yes, I might have hoarded it.]

11 // What's been your favorite thing about our 2nd year of marriage?
More stability. It's nice to know how to live together and not be figuring everything out.

12 // What's your secret to a successful marriage?

Special thanks to Ry for completing this silly survey.

Ry, I love you more than words can describe.  Thank you for being a support, a confidante, my love, a good father to our puppies, for pointing me to Christ, and for being my best friend.  I look forward to spending more anniversaries with you, to serving you, to growing with you more each year.  I love you!

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