So....here I go! This week was a shopping week for sure! I stocked up at Staples where I got 120 notebooks for 20 cent each....30 each in red, blue, green and yellow! I also snagged some great classroom tools from Michaels and Target! The highlight of my week was taking a Lakeshore trip with two of my favorite teacher friends!
This entire month I have been celebrating my birthday! My actual birthday is Monday, August 19th but, I work hard--I deserve the entire month ; ) Well, every year for my birthday I make a list of goals that I would like to achieve by my next birthday. Last year, since I turned 35, I decided to make a list called, "40 before 40". I also did a "30 before 30" when I turned 29. A few things that were on the top of my list are: Obtain National Board Certification, publish my first book Summer in the City, start my own publishing company, grow my TPT business, run a 5k...check, check, check, check, almost checked! FYI in the pic below, that is me at some of the Bday celebrations...the best was going to see Beyonce <3!
I run my first 5K tomorrow with my sisters for my birthday : ) I am excited but I heard it is very upbeat and family friendly so I don't know if I will be "running" the whole time...some people said that it was a lot of dancing and having fun. It is still very exciting and I am really looking forward to it! I started running a year ago and since then I have shaved over two minutes off of my time. Last year this time I was running a 14+ minute mile (and yes sometimes I felt like power walkers were passing me, lol). But this past summer my fastest mile was in the 11's and I average 12:58 when running 2+ miles! I am proud of the progress I have made; my goal is to run more 5K's, eventually a half marathon and maybe....and that is a strong maybe....I will run a marathon. Aren't those stickers on the back of your car COOL...Yes I really want a 13.1 on the back of my car : )
On a slightly somber note....as we start this school year, my union, the Phildelphia Federation of Teachers and my school district are going through some major changes. I am always reluctant to talk politics on my blog as it relates to public education; however, I will say this....There was the possible threat of schools not opening on time due to a serious budget crisis...since then things have changed in regard to our contract that hasn't gone over so well with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. With that said....I am predicting a challenging year as the union and the district work to agree on a working contract.... I attended an important meeting this week and plan on attending future rallies. On a positive note, I love what I do and look forward to meeting my new students in September and regardless of what goes on politically, my students will get a top notch learning experience while in my care!
In fact, I will be doing some more shopping come Sunday because I have a cart load FULL of things I want to purchase to start my school year off right!! Don't forget to stop by my blog this weekend, I will be hosting a very very special giveaway!! If you will be shopping during the TPT sales, I have a sale you don't want to miss!
Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to share your thoughts, in the comments below! I hope to post 5 new things next week--- hopefully I'll have pictures because I pray I can get into my classroom a few days!