Friday, February 24, 2012

Just Some Random Thoughts

I've been really off this week.  I've lost papers that I thought were right in my daily files, forgot to pick up my copies that I needed for a lesson and just been generally forgetful this week.  I'm hoping next week goes a little more smoothly.

So how many of you out there are the teachers who are still in your classrooms at 4 or 5 in the evening?  Yep, that's usually me!  But on Thursday, I had to leave right away to meet my hubby at the bank to sign some papers.  As I drove out of the parking lot at 3:15 (while there were still kids and parents hanging out in the parking lot), I felt like I was sneaking away, like I was cutting class or something.  But, you know - it was sort of nice, to be "free" at 3:00.  So I'm wondering - what time are your teachers allowed to leave for the day and how late do you actually stay?

On another random note,  we made the CUTEST Abraham Lincoln art projects the other day.  I saw these on Pinterest (of course) and knew I had to make these with my class. 

Now, I have to admit, when I saw these, I thought, "Oh, I could make those on my own."  But, after multiple failed attempts, I finally went ahead and bought them (and then wondered why I didn't just buy them first.  I mean, the pack was only $2 and they are super cute). Teri (a.k.a. Mrs. Cupcake) has made these really cute patterns that are easy for the kids to trace, cut and put together.   I know, I know...some of you are going to get really upset that I said I was trying to copy this idea without buying the patterns, but you know you've tried it at least once (or am I just a really bad person?).  But here's the moral of the story - I've learned my lesson!  No more trying to copy ideas.  I've discovered that they really never look as good as the original!  I know it's too late to use these this year, but you can get a head start on next year by heading over to A Cupcake for the Teacher's TPT store to pick it up.  And, for even more wonderful activities, check out her blog here.  Hopefully, you'll go and follow her blog, then buy a bunch of stuff from her TPT store and she'll forgive me for trying to make her craft on my own.

Sorry I've been such a slacker on blogging this week.  Hopefully next week will be better!


  1. For us, school is out at 3:26 and teachers are allowed to leave at 3:35. Many do! I don't leave until at least 4, but do find myself still there at 5 or 6 many nights. I always wonder how those teachers can leave soooo early! Plus, I get to school an hour before it starts and those same teachers show up 15 minutes before the bell rings...

    Krazy About Kiddos

  2. We can leave at 3:15. When I actually leave usually depends on whether I have a meeting or not, but regardless I take work home most nights. I'm there no later than 6:45 in the morning though.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. My students get out at 2:30 and technically I am allowed to leave at 3 but I NEVER get out of there before 4! (unless I have a meeting from 4-6 which is at least once a week!) and I think it's totally acceptable to use someone's idea as inspiration! That's why blogging is do fun! But my attempt at things is never as cute as the original so I normally end up just buying it too! I just love everything Teri does. She's amazIng!

  4. Hi Kristy! So excited to finally be commenting. I've been checking out your blog for some time and have been reluctant to get in on the blogging fun! My friend and I decided to go for it and work together on a blog - you'll have to check us out (just remember we are still learning)! Anyway, had to laugh about your leaving time... My husband and I usually carpool so I rarely leave before 5:00. Contract time is 7:40-3:50 (30 min. before and after). I left early for the doctor today and felt like I was sneaking out too. LOL! :-)


  5. I stay late every day...I know exactly how you feel about leaving "early" like that! =)

    First Grade Blue SKies

  6. Amy - I know, right. We have teachers like that too. I've always wondered how they can do that and get everything done.

    Crystal - I went and checked out your blog. Congrats on starting one! I am your first official follower! I can't wait to see all the cool stuff you two superteachers are doing.

  7. Hi Kristy! I just stumbled upon your blog and saw this post--you are too cute!! We *all* get inspiration from other blogs, that's what they're here for! I find that as long as we give credit for inspired ideas, all is good :) But you're right, sometimes it IS just easier to buy the unit from TpT!! I forgive you! Haha :)

    @Hadar- You're amazing!!


    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  8. Thanks, Teri! I feel better now, lol!