LADIES ->BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT!

Book Club

I have wanted to read this book for a while now! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it and I keep seeing it pop up EVERYWHERE!

So it must be a sign that my AWESOME girl gang decided to do a BOOK CLUB every month where we read a book together and the first book we chose was this one! 😱 talk about fate!

Want to read it with us?!? Follow the link to our page answer the questions and we’ll get you into the girl gang! We would LOVE to have you! 🤗

——> https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulgirlgang/

 

In case you don’t know what this book is about…

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Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with Marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

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Time

Every day it’s a race against the clock. There are 24 hours in a day and about a billion things to do.

😴— People tend to sleep for at least 6-8 hours every day.

👩🏻‍🏫— most people work a 9-5 so there’s another 8 hours gone.

🚘— most people probably spend about 2 hours (me being generous) in their cars traveling from work to home and other places

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦— if you have kids you KNOW they have sports stuff and school activities so there’s more time away from thing

💪🏻— most people want to workout so let’s say that’s another hour (at minimum) each day

🍎🥦— ya gotta way right? Which means shopping for groceries and cooking as well

So I can guarantee if I asked you if you thought you had time for an online business you would tell me NO!!!

What if I told you that you would be WRONG! What if I told you that you could build a successful online business helping women get healthy, feel better about themselves, and reach their goals all from your phone 📱 and for MAYBE an hour a day.

What if I told you that the ONE thing that we are encouraged to do each day to GROW our business only took us 1️⃣5️⃣ MINUTES on our team call on Tuesday night ‼️‼️

I know you all have 15 minutes of free time. So. If you’ve ever thought about doing what I do (or even if you haven’t) and your only EXCUSE was that you didn’t have enough time. Now you know you do.

Interested in more information??? Drop your email address belowand we can chat!! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

YOURE INVITED!!

Ladies!!! (Sorry guys but this is a girl thing!!)

Have you ever wanted a place to feel SAFE talking about your body, fitness, emotions and just life in general??? Well I have the place for you!!!

👊🏻We are OFFICIALLY a GANG!!!👊🏻

A GANG for ANY & ALL women to hang out (online) and support each other as we each focus on becoming THE BEST version of ourselves!

The POWERFUL GIRL GANG symbol has meaning:

~Fingers interlocked creating a chain link (we are stronger when we link arms and go forward together) and also the infinity sign (supporting each other forever!)

~Lowercase G’s to represent Girl Gang

~Looks similar to the Yin & Yang symbol:

“In Chinese philosophy, yin yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.”

There is NO LIMIT to what women can achieve when they come together and support one another!

YOU are welcome to join the GANG!!! –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulgirlgang/

***if you plan to join the group PLEASE drop your name in the comments below so I can also send you a friend request on Facebook so we can chat!

WARNING: you may be inspired, enjoy creating new friendships, find yourself happier, and get healthier if you join!

There are fun challenges within the group.

There will be experts sharing tips on how to improve in various aspects that affect women.

There will be TONS of support, encouragement, and inspiration!

***There will also be local meetups for GIRL GANG members around the world!!!!!***

Also please feel free to invite other women to this group! The more the better!!

The Help

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Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared ad no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, she she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope. The Help, is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

 

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I honestly don’t think that I cold even begin to say one bad thing about this book. Personally I grew up not really “seeing” color if that makes any sense. When I describe a person I don’t say “that black lady” or “that Hispanic man”, I might say that they are tall or short or something like that but the color of a persons skin is never the first thing that comes to my mind. So I cannot begin to imagine what it was like to grow up in the heart of the civil rights movement…until I read this book.

Stockett does an amazing job of painting the picture for you of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi. There is deep history in the black/white relationship and this story does an exceptional job showing the complexity of the spectrum. Not only was there hate, abuse and mistrust but the love, attachment and dependence as well.

This book is Stockett’s masterpiece, from the very first page the voice of the characters took such a vivid form and became more real with each word. Aibileen and Minny were my favorites, but I think that I loved Minny a little more mostly because of her strong willed character. Their relationship felt so strong and real through their words. You could feel how much Minny and Aibileen wanted and needed things to change and you could really get the feel of how difficult their lives were.

The message of this story is so extraordinary that alone should make you want to go out and run (not walk!) to your nearest book store and pick up this book! Equality. Freedom. Racism. Respect. Once you’ve read the book, go watch the movie. Seriously breath-taking and so worth it.

And never forget…

You is kind, you is smart, you is important”.

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What Kind of Teacher Am I?

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!!

I thought it would be fun to do something different so I went searching for a quiz to take and I found a few but I thought that I would take one from the ever popular Buzzfeed and share the questions and answers with you (as well as what answers I choose) and then give you my results!

  1. What student activity bugs you the most?
    a. constant negativity — I picked this answer because I believe that the type of energy you put into the world is the type of energy you get out of the world. So no negativity in my classroom!
    b. quitting before they start
    c. asking really dumb questions (side note I tell my students there are no dumb questions so I won’t be picking this answer)
    d. flagrant spelling errors
    e. insolence
    f. dismissing topics before engaging with them
    g. class clowns that ruin it for good students
    h. texting in class
    I. literally everything they do
  2. What do you need most to get through the day?
    a. diet coke
    b. a book to read in my down time (what down time?!?)
    c. lots of coffee- isn’t this every teachers go to? lol

    d. a few moments of peace and quiet
    e. reminding yourself that you care about these kids
    f. stopping to think about the big picture
    g. letting off steam with a few mean quips
    h. stopping for a deep breath to calm down
    I. booze, if we’re being honest
  3. Which teacher habit do you find it hard to break outside of class?
    a. calling everyone “mr” this and “ms” thatalso calling everyone “friends” because that what I say to my littles….
    b. always acting like an expert
    c. having a cold, aloof demeanor
    d. pushing in chairs
    e. trying to be inspiring
    f. correcting bad grammar
    g. making everything a “teachable moment”
    h. trying to help my students outside of school
    I. I doubt I even have teacher habits
  4. Which of these would be your ideal student?
    a. Hermione Granger
    b. Troy Barnes
    c. Regina George
    d. Lisa Simpson
    e. Rory Gilmore – sorry Harry and Hermione but I have and always will strive to make my students like Rory. The Gilmore Girls will forever have my heart. Rory was an idea student and I would pick her over anyone any day.
    f. Zach Morrie
    g. Scott Summers
    h. Jordan Catalano
    I. Harry Potter
  5. How do you respond when a student asks you a question you can’t answer?
    a. deep frustrated sigh
    b. admit you don’t know everything – I usually add that I will look it up and get back to them and then I make a note to myself if I can’t do it at that point and tell the student to remind me later (I promise that they will) and we learn something new together!
    c. withering stare of contempt
    d. make fun of them (anyone that does this I’m sorry you shouldn’t be a teacher)
    e. distract them with a new assignment
    f. pretend you know the answer (NO NO NO!)
    g. explain it’s not covered in the curriculum (basically that tells them you have no idea so just be honest!)
    h. tell some story that has nothing to do with anything
    I. tell them they are not ready to know the answer (okay?)
  6. What is your approach to discipline?
    a. stern lecture
    b. try to be firm, even if I know it’s futile
    c. I focus more on the kids who really care (no!)
    d. I make them learn from their failures
    e. toss ’em all in detention
    f. I try to talk out problems – I’ve found that sometimes this just works better than handing out detentions
    g. I am as harsh as I can get away with
    h. I try to make them understand why they act out
    I. I just don’t care anymore
  7. What’s the best perk of being a teacher?
    a. having summer off
    b. passing on your wisdom
    c. they pay me, I guess
    d. helping special kids reach their potentialthough I could really select multiple answers here, I feel this one is the most fitting. I want my kiddos to see and reach their best potential and sometimes they don’t always see it. When they do my teacher heart is happy.
    e. having power over children
    f. it is rewarding to watch kids learn
    g. being a positive influence in lives
    h. helping kids tap into their creativity
    I. the kinds inspire me, actually

My results!:

The Cool Teacher: You take a very relaxed approach to teaching, and try to treat your students with a lot of respect. Some of your colleagues may think you’re naïve, but when you connect, you really make a difference in your students’ lives.

I wouldn’t say I’m relaxed. My kiddos know the rules and they know that there is a time to play and a time to learn. They know the rules and they usually don’t push me. But I do believe in treating my students with respect. If I respect them then I can count on them to respect me as well. It’s a 50/50 relationship. Just like anything else.

Click the link here to take the quiz yourself! Let me know what your results are!!!

Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome back friends!! So being a teacher I have found that sometimes I have more time to read than other times. Right now is one of those times where I just do not have enough time to finish a book. I have been reading a really good book since January and I am just about half way through it. Though I have a lot of books that I have read in the past that I can write reviews on, sometimes I need and want to do something different. So I did some searching and I found this group through GoodReads called Top 5 Wednesday  and I thought I would give this a try!

Here’s a little bit about it:

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page by clicking the link –> here !

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I think that this is a really cool topic and I am very excited to respond to this! These are of course in no particular order:

 

1. Mr. Tushman – Wonder

As soon as I read this prompt I could not help but think of Mr. Tushman and the amazing book Wonder. Mr. Tushman is the principal of Beecher Middle School where Auggie begins his journey. Though we don’t see it first hand through the book I believe that Mr. Tushman was a huge mentor not only for Auggie but for the other kids mentioned throughout this story as well (such as Jack and Julian).

Mr. Tushman wants the kids to learn to be kind and tolerant to others – end of story. There’s not grey area, no hidden agenda. He even says it himself…

“I did not think asking these children to be especially kind to a new student would place any extra ‘burdens or hardships’ on them. In fact, I thought it would teach them a thing or two about empathy, and friendship, and loyalty”

Kids in general, not just in this story but in the world today, need to learn a lesson or two about empathy, friendship and loyalty. Mr. Tushman did just that for those kids that he asked to help Auggie adjust to his new school. Thus mentoring them.

I also believe that he was a huge help and mentor to Auggie. (Though I also believe that Auggie was a huge help and “mentor” for Mr. Tushman as well.) When Auggie was starting at his new school he was very nervous and unsure about the whole thing. The more he went to school he began to kind of enjoy it. There were some kids that were being nice to him, but he knew that the majority of the school was talking about him and didn’t like him. Through all the trials and tribulations of the school year Auggie was able to finish it off with more friends and more people on his side than he could have ever imagined as well as with a different attitude on school and life itself (I won’t spoil it for you just in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read the book yet…).

 

2. Miss Stacy – Anne of Green Gables

Miss Stacy reminds Anne that tomorrow is always another day! Such a great lesson to teach a young lady! She is also a wonderful example for Anne to emulate as a person. She is a very gentle and intelligent woman and leads by example. Something I think that we need to do a better job of…

 

3. Aibileen Clark – The Help

Let me just start by saying that if you haven’t read it yet, The Help is an amazing read! Aibileen’s character is wonderful and complex and one of my favorites in this story!

The book is set in the 60’s and Aibileen is a black woman who has been taking care of the babies of white people since she was a teenager. Throughout the book she teaches many values including but not limited to: kindness, intelligence, fairness, racial equality, civil rights and most importantly self-worth! —> Things that every child (even now) needs to learn!

 

4. Haymitch Abernathy – The Hungergames

Some may disagree but I loved Haymitch! Was he a little crazy? Sure. Was he drunk 90% of the time? Yeah he was, but to be honest if I were living his life I would probably need alcohol to survive too. But the point is that he cared. He did a lot to help Katniss and Peeta and he really did give them good advice (when they listened). If it hadn’t been for Haymitch one of them probably would’ve died in the first book and the outcome of the entire story would’ve been completely different.

 

5. Professor McConagall – Harry Potter

I know the thing said to avoid Harry Potter BUT I can’t help myself! I love Professor McConnagall so much! She was an amazing teacher! She was strict but she could also be kind and she knew when to be kind and she knew when to be strict. You knew better than to mess with her school or her kids! It may also help that she is the head of the Gryffindor House (#teamgryffindor)

 

Who are your favorite teachers or mentors?? Let me know in the comments below OR create a new blog post and be sure to tag me in it!!!

 

 

 

It’s not a MOMENT it’s a MOVEMENT

I want to start off by saying that I am extremely proud of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and all of the other students who have been affected by gun violence, for being courageous enough to use their voices to speak up and to be the change in the world that we need. They are the ones who put together this movement and they are the ones who organized the rally in Washington D.C. and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I would also like to commend their teachers because these students willingness to do this just speaks volumes about their teachers and the impact that they have had on them and the things that they are teaching them.

I was watching Brittany’s (fivefootoneteacher) Instagram story the other day and something that she said really hit me. I can’t remember her words exactly so I will just sum it up for you…

She said that everyone is getting back to their daily lives, everyone is going to Starbucks, learning, and having arguments….while her and her kids are still dealing with the grief and the trauma from the tragedy that happened on February 14th.

She couldn’t be more right. We are all going back to our daily lives. We are getting our Starbucks, we’re learning, we’re arguing…maybe evening arguing with our kids (I hope that you know when I say kids I mean students….my students are my kids they always will be, but I know any teacher feels the same way). But what I hope is that Brittany and her kids know is that we will never forget. We will never let this slip through the cracks. I think that by attending the rally in Washington D.C. (or one of the sister rallies) that we can see that. As educators we have truly had enough and we are not going to let this continue to happen.

So please, as you go through your every day lives, please remember that even though our lives are “back to normal” theirs are not. They will never have a “normal” life again. They lost classmates, they lost their classrooms…their home away from home, the teachers lost their belongings, they lost their sense of comfort and safety. They are slowly working to get it back, but it is not easy and no matter what they do things will never be the same.

Anyways…that’s not what I came here to talk about today, but I felt the need to address it.

Continue reading “It’s not a MOMENT it’s a MOVEMENT”

Stay Gold…

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The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world; greasers and socs. A soc (short for social) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has a attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers — until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

 

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I remember reading this book in either 7th or 8th grade and loving it so much (and loving the movie too!). The Outsiders is one of those classics that just never gets old. This classic follows a group of teenage boys who tend to get into gang fights, hug one another, and occasionally burst into tears…talk about an emotional roller-coaster ride.

This book is amazing to read with middle school students (possibly even freshman in high school), it focuses a lot of the idea that even though everyone is different we are all still the same.

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As you read the book you really can take note in how the boys really strive to take care of each other the best that they could. They might have been dirt poor but they did what they could for each other no matter what. Honestly, having friends like that is amazing. Knowing that no matter what they always have your back…you don’t really see that much anymore.

Like I said earlier, the boys liked to fight. For the majority of the beginning of the book we follow Ponyboy and Johnny (Johnny was honestly my favorite). Ponyboy and Johnny were best friends, they did just about everything together. Even though most of the greasers had it bad, Johnny seemed to be way worse off than the rest of them. His parents treated him badly and more often than not he slept outside. One night, he got a pretty bad beating from the socs, they almost beat him to death. The socs seem to make a game out of cruising around town and ganging up on the greasers when they’re alone or in smaller groups. Seems real fair doesn’t it?

One night, Johnny and Ponyboy were out doing their thing when they were yet again attacked by the socs…and this time Johnny stabs and kills the soc that beat him up before because they were trying to drown Ponyboy. They run and tell Dallas (another greaser) and he helps them get out of town. Why? Because that’s what friends do, they help you get out of trouble when you need it.

Dallas sends them on the train to stay in an abandoned church in another town until things die down a bit. Dallas gives them some money and a gun for protection. While they were in the church they played cards and Ponyboy would spend time reading Gone With the Wind.

I don’t want to spoil too much because if you haven’t read the book what I would tell you next would ruin the whole thing. So I won’t say it but what I will say is please go read this book!

Not only is this book amazing but it will for sure have you feeling all sorts of emotion.

I’m going to leave you with this, because it wouldn’t be The Outsiders without this quote.

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Book Blogger Hop #4


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Hello there blog friends!! Welcome to my fourth Book Blogger Hop! I am super excited and I hope that you are too!

This amazing Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the amazing Billy from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and I am very excited to be hopping on this fun train!!

But anyways a little bit about this Book Blogger Hop. Here’s what happens. There’s a question selected for each week that we can answer for you guys and if you click the link at the top of this post you can find links to even more book bloggers who have answered the same question. It’s pretty cool! So I figured every once in a while I would add an extra post in and share with you a Book Blogger Hop! So here’s my first one!

This weeks question is from Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books

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Here my friends is my answer! Normally I would say no. Leave a classic a classic, don’t mess with it, don’t add to it just let it be. However, when Harper Lee’s book Go Set a Watchman was released I will gladly say that I ordered it as soon as humanly possible and read it as soon as it was placed into my hands. I will also say that I loved every single word. Some may disagree with that statement and that’s okay. But, I loved that book and I cherish it very much. To Kill a Mockingbird is the book that gave me my love for reading. So to know that there was more gave me so much excitement I swear it was like I was a kid on Christmas morning! I would read it 100 times over. Other books…not so much.

 

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Dear Betsy Devos

In case you haven’t heard…Betsy Devos, 11th U.S. Secretary of Education took to twitter with this…

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And as you can imagine, teachers are responding. The hashtag #morethanastockphoto has over 1,000 posts on it. So many pictures of teachers showing how their kids are not just sitting at their desks doing worksheets. How we as teachers do more than just spit information out at our kids while they sit and take notes.

What was her goal with this? To show the world how far education hasn’t come. Well Betsy, we are all here to let you know who wrong you are. Personally, my heart breaks knowing that someone who is supposedly leading the way for education in the United States, doesn’t fully understand what a classroom today looks like.

Teachers have been posting picture after picture of their classrooms. Most of them show how their kids are laughing and collaborating. They’re working together! What I love most about all of these pictures though, is that 99% of these classrooms have flexible seating. Hmmm, Betsy, did your stock photo have flexible seating? Part of me wonders if you even know what that means. (Clearly not because you think that our students still sit in their desks all day long).

Not that Betsy will ever see this. But I want her to know that she needs to know better in order to do better. She needs to visit a current classroom to know what they look like instead of assuming. We all know what happens when you assume things.

Our classrooms are basically a home away from home for our kids. In order to make them feel like a home, you should see the amount of decorations that we buy, or sometimes the things that we create. We spend countless hours building relationships with them so that we can reach them and them so that they can grow and become the good that this world needs today. They are our future. They are worth every penny spent.

As teachers we go above and beyond for our kids. We go in early and we stay late, sometimes we come in on the weekends. We lose sleep thinking about what we can do better for our students. We set up meetings with parents outside of contracted time so that their child can succeed. We work and plan on the weekends. We spend our own money to be able to give our kids a little extra so that they can do their very best.

That image that was shared was a stock photo of a government funded classroom with the minimal effort put into it. I can tell you that no teacher in my school, or any teacher anywhere really, has a classroom that still looks like that. But I can say that I know thousands of teachers who spend their money on their classroom. I do, and I don’t mind it one bit. Why? Because I want my students to feel at home in my classroom. I want them to walk in and feel engaged and ready to learn.

Teachers today do so much more for their kids than stand in front of a classroom and talk at them. I know so many teachers who will go out of their way to set the stage for their kids. They dress up silly, they do room transformations, they embrace their weird (yes I’m quoting Joe from @mrdtimes3). They also focus on creating a loving and safe space for their kids.

Can I just take a moment to point our something else?? Notice how instead of using the word “student” I’ve been using the word “kids”. Well, these are our kids. They are with us for 8 hours a day. Sometimes they come to us with their problems. Their safety, happiness, and wellbeing are number one priority in our eyes. I care for all of the kids that walk through my classroom door as if they were my own. So it’s safe to say that I have 250+ kids. Do some of them drive me a little crazy? Sure, but if you ask a mom I bet that she will say the same about her own kids. That doesn’t mean I don’t love them. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want what is best for them. It just means that we are all human and sometimes we get bothered by things or we say things we don’t mean or do things that we shouldn’t do.

Now that I’ve said my peace. If you are a teacher please share below a picture of your classroom! I would love to see what they look like!

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