I do it for the money….(NOT!)

If you’ve been here since the beginning you might remember that my very first (or one of the very first) blog posts was about “Why I became a Teacher”. You probably noticed that one of those reasons was not because of the amount of money that I get paid.

I remember being in college and so many people telling me that becoming a teacher wouldn’t make me a lot of money and that I should probably reconsider my major. I also remember a lot of people telling my that being an education major was an “easy” choice…but that’s another blog post.

I already knew that I wasn’t going to be making a ton of money becoming a teacher. If I were in it for the money I would’ve stayed in nursing school. But I wasn’t in it for the money. The money honestly doesn’t matter to me. Money doesn’t make me happy, you know what makes me happy? Working with my students every day and helping them to accomplish their goals and become better learners is why I became a teacher!

I can guarantee that if you ask any teacher; no matter where they teach or what they teach, they will tell you that it’s not about the money. It will never be about the money.

Xo’s Shelby

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42 days, 6 weeks, 1 program

I can officially say that I have successfully completed The Shift Shop…..2 rounds of it! Let me just tell you that round 2 as nothing shy of brutal, but I loved every minute of it. Why?!? Because my mind and my body made The Shift and I couldn’t be more excited to share my final results with you!

Just like I said in the previous post about my round 1 results, it’s not about the numbers on the scale or how many inches I lost. For me the pictures show it all…well maybe not all of it. Pictures don’t show the mental shift that was made during these 6 weeks. They can definitely show you the physical shift that was made.

Let me just start off by saying that there was a point in time where I didn’t think that I was seeing any results. I felt better in my clothes, but the number on the scale wasn’t changing and in my eyes my pictures didn’t look like there was a huge difference in them. But now that I’ve completed both rounds and I’ve seen all of my pictures side by side…..I can tell you that I did see results, and they were the bomb-dot-com!!!

Without further-a-do….let’s get on to those pictures!!!

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This book was literally Everything, Everything!

I hope at least one person got the title of this post….if you did please tell me in the comments below!!!

In case you didn’t….I’m reviewing the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Yes I know it is also a movie, but I haven’t seen the movie. I’m the type of person that must read the book before I see the movie it was made into. Most of the time the movie disappoints me anyways because they always chose to leave out important things from the book that should really be included from the book but I’m not a director or a screen writer so that’s just my opinion!

Enough about that, let’s get on with the review! Just in case you have no idea what this book/movie is about let me tell you just a little bit…

Maddy has a rare and famous disease, she’s basically allergic to the outside world and is forced to be confined to her house. She has been stuck inside her house, with her mother and her nurse and occasionally a few other guests. However these guests have to go through extensive health checks before they can come into the house. This poor girl hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

One day as she’s sitting in her house, she hears a moving truck pull up next door. She looks out her window and she sees a boy. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black – a black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that completely covered his hair. As she’s looking through her window, he catches her looking at him and stares at her. She stares back. She later finds out his name is Olly, and she knew from that very moment that she would certainly fall in love with boy. But she also knew that I would end in a complete and utter disaster.


To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I read exactly half of it in one night….staying up way too late might I add! But I didn’t care! I didn’t want to put the book down.

The writing style with all of the different drawings and notes and the emails and messages back and forth between Olly and Maddy were some of my favorite touches of this book. I also really enjoyed how it had a similar feel to The Fault in Our Stars (another amazing book I may just have to do a review on…and that one I did see the movie….and loved it just as much as I loved the book…shocker!!).

The book began beautifully with diverse and interesting characters, who are falling in love but cannot act upon their feelings. Their relationship builds rapidly though all they can do is mime through the window and chat online with one another. I’m a sucker for a love story and I loved how much Olly and Maddy truly loved each other.

Now…I won’t spoil it completely but I will say that the ending had me both shocked and a little disappointed. In my own personal opinion it took away from the whole premise of the book. At the same time I can appreciate this special twist but I could’ve been happy with a different ending. I promise you that if you read this book (or maybe even if you see the movie because I’m sure they didn’t leave this particular detail out), you will be shocked by the ending too. My jaw literally dropped! I’m not going to lie part of me (the romantic side of me that always wants a happy ending for the couples in books or movies because I believe that everyone deserves happiness!) was happy that the book ended the way that it did!

Want to know how it ended?? Check it out for yourself! Have you read the book or seen the movie?? If so which one did you like better? Have you read any of Yoon’s books? If so which ones? I’ve also read The Sun Is Also a Star (and did a review on it already…go check it out!!) Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

Classroom Update!

I’ve shared a few pictures on social media with friends and family but I wanted to do an official blog post about how I updated my room! But before I talk about it I just want to give a huge thank you to my schools, Home and School team! If it weren’t for them none of this would have been possible!

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With that being said, this is my second school year taking on the task of teaching technology to preschool – eighth grade at my school. I spent three days a week last year in my room trying to think of how I could make it more functional and more up-to-date for our students. This is what my classroom looked like at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. We were beginning to update the space by purchasing new monitors and a new smart board. But, the more I sat there the more I realized that the tables that I had in my room….needed to go! None of them matched, they were uneven, and the size was ridiculous for the amount of space that I had to work with….but for the year I made it work. I just knew that I had a vision where my kiddos could come in and have plenty of space to sit comfortably and work together without feeling like they were all sitting on top of each other.

I did my research and found some amazing tables that I knew would be perfect for the lab! After taking my proposal to Home and School, they agreed with me and with their help I was able to purchase my beautiful tables!

 

When the tables came in I was so excited and happy! I couldn’t wait to get them put together and arrange them how I wanted to. Let me just say that to have a vision and watch it actually come to life….was amazing! I couldn’t be more excited to finally have my tables in my room! It took my dad and I a whole day to put them together and arrange them in just the right place so that everything would work in the room. Talk about an exhausting day! But I am so pleased with the room that it didn’t matter. (A huge shout out to my dad for all the hard work he did to help me get my room ready….I’m really not sure what I would have done if I didn’t have his help…oh wait yes I do…I would have been sitting in my room in a corner rocking back and forth sobbing uncontrollably!)

No of course you can’t have a new setup like this without some new decorations right?!? I’m not gonna lie my room was a little sparse in the decoration department last year, but to be honest that was because I just didn’t have that much room to work with and my mind couldn’t come up with any ideas that worked with the room. But now, I have more wall space (that I can actually get to) and I was able to find some amazing decorations on Teachers-pay-teachers to help me out!

The first thing I changed up were the bulletin boards behind my desk. I added an apple boarder to the one and added a banner that I made with my Cricut (best Christmas present ever…thanks mom and dad!!) Then I changed my rules board to match my room a little more and I love it so far! (No my desk does not look like that right now, it’s actually a lot neater but I took these pictures while I was still in the process of working in my room…I promise I’m much more neat of a person than that!)

The next thing I added was a rewards system (Bitcoins…shoutout to Linda Kamp from TpT and AroundtheKampfire.com for the resource!!) The way that I am using this reward system is by having each class earn a set amount of “Bitcoins” based on good behavior, for example if they as a class stay on task and are good listeners then they earn Bitcoins for that class period and if there are any issues during the class period I will take away Bitcoins). As a class once they have reached 50 Bitcoins (preschool and kindergarten) or 100 Bitcoins (1st – 8th grade), they can turn their Bitcoins in for free time on the computer. So far the kiddos seem to love the idea (especially the older kids! They were super excited to hear about this!). The next thing that I added that I didn’t have last year were classroom jobs (for preschool – 5th grade), I am hoping that these jobs make cleanup time and transitioning between classes a little easier!!

Last year I had these wonderful colorful buckets at each table next to each computer, inside each bucket I had the headphones that went with that specific computer. Since we bought new monitors and new tables, there’s just not enough room on the tables for the tubs. Originally that made me sad because I love the idea of having the headphones in a bucket and out of the way instead of on the table or hooked over the computer monitor. My original plan was to get a bookshelf that I could fit 36 of these little tubs on so that the kiddos could come and get their headphones when they needed them. But my dad came up with the idea to use the shelves instead and let me just say that I LOVE the idea so much! Not only are the headphones in their tubs, but they are out of the way and look super cute! I also thought it would be a cute idea to have a printing station – basically my printer, paper, pencils, a stapler, 3 hole punch and pencil sharpener are all in one area so that the kiddos know exactly where everything is. So far I am loving it so much!

Of course the only thing left to do is show you the final product!!! I could not be more excited or happy with how it turned out! Again I would like to thank Home and School for helping me out with all of this, my dad for helping me set everything up (and being so patient with my when it came to moving the tables around for about an hour straight…) and of course my mom for helping my print, cut and laminate about 1,000 different things for my room!

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Here’s to an amazing school year! To all of my other teacher friends out there I hope you had a successful first week/couple of days back!

Xo’s Shelby

2 ingredients…1 healthy snack!

Do you have a sweet tooth but you’re trying to eat healthy?? If you do then I know that you’re feeling the struggle, and it is real!

But I may have something up my sleeve (thanks to my friend Danielle!!) that can help with that. Oh and did I mention that it’s super easy too!

Ingredients:

1 banana
Peanut butter

 

Directions:

Honestly you can do this one of two ways….

  1. Peel and slice the banana
  2. Put a little bit of peanut butter on each slice of banana
  3. Place banana slices on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer, let them sit in the freezer until the banana is frozen.
  4. Take them out of the freezer and enjoy

 

Now if you’re impatient and don’t want to freeze them, you can always just take out that step and just slice the banana and put some peanut butter on it and enjoy! This is seriously one of my favorite snacks and it’s super easy and delicious too. Oh and healthy for you too which is always a plus!

What is your favorite healthy snack?
If you have a sweet tooth, what is your go to? Mine is anything chocolate…but I really like chocolate ice cream! Leave your answers in the comments below!!

Xo’s Shelby

Mind…..Blown…..

Have you ever read a book and felt like you knew exactly what was going on the entire time?? Thought you had it all figured out….until the final few chapters and then all of a sudden the truth hits you out of nowhere? Yeah, that was this book!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is one of the most amazing, addicting, intriguing and consuming books that I have ever read. I can honestly say that I was consumed by this book. I stayed up way too late on one too many occasions reading this book. After the first night of reading the book, 92 pages in (30% of the book read at this point) I thought I had it all figured out. I wrote this comment on Goodreads “I’m addicted and starting to think I have a theory….don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I feel like Adele has cancer or some other terminal illness at this point. She knows her husband is cheating but instead of getting angry she’s befriending his mistress and making a plan?”

 

Well….let me just say that I was so far out in left field with that guess that it wasn’t even funny! Okay maybe it was a little funny?? As I continued to read the book my mind did change a little bit and I think I came up with at least 10 other different scenarios that could’ve been possible. I’m not gonna lie for the longest time I honestly just thought that Adele was certifiably crazy! Then just like Louise I feel for her act and almost felt sympathy for her and began to think that David (her husband) was the crazy, manipulative and overbearing one in the relationship. But when I thought about that theory I thought to myself, that can’t be possible because he doesn’t treat Louise that way so why would he treat his wife that way?? Granted it could have been because he wasn’t happy in the marriage but why not just divorce her? David and Adele had some secret that was holding them together but what could be so terrible that he can’t divorce her??

I could talk about this book for hours….in fact I talked about it to a friend for a good hour! But I don’t want to give any spoilers! So here is the summary that Goodreads has on their website.

“Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.”

After reading that I’m sure you know why I picked this book for my selection from Book of the Month! (I mean honestly this was the best idea ever….thanks Book of the Month for existing!!). This book clearly did not disappoint me one bit and I can promise you that if you read it, it wont disappoint you either!!

Have you ever read any other books by Sarah Pinborough?? If so what book was it and what did you think of it?? Have you read this book?? What did you think of it??? Leave it in the comments below!!! Happy reading!

Xo’s Shelby

5 Tips for Classroom Management

As I have said before, I have not had a lot of experience when it comes to being a teacher. I’ve only been doing this for 3 years, but one thing that I made sure I had a good handle on, even during my student teacher, was classroom management.

If you have a rowdy class, or even just one or two students who tend to get a little out of hand, it is important to have a plan in your head before it happens.

  1. Start The Year Strong….then you can back off (but not too much!!): What I mean by this is, if you start the year off letting your students know who is boss (you), then they will respect you. Have your rules for your classroom set in stone, be harsh about them, do not cut any slack whatsoever. If you have clear rules and clear consequences set in stone from day one, the year will go smoothly. To help your students understand exactly what you mean when it comes to the classroom rules, show them. A large number of the population learns better when they can see someone doing whatever it is that they are being taught. Lead your students to understand your rules by example. Take the first couple of days to really hone in on the rules and show them examples of ways they would be breaking or following a rule. Then there will be no questions about it later. Then after maybe the first month or two of school you can let the reigns go a little.
  2. Be friendly and Smile: Something as simple as a smile can build such a strong relationship between a student and his or her teacher. A smile helps them to know that you not only care about them, but you are also being polite and kind, which they will then return back to you. As silly as it sounds, if your students like you, they’re more likely to want to listen to you. Another thing to add to this, say hi to your students (past, present and even future) in the hallways. You would be surprised what a simple “Good Morning, Alex” could do for a student. They could be having the worst day, and something as simple as a teacher taking a minute to say hello, and use their name, could change that completely around.
  3. Have fun! : Learning is very important, but that doesn’t mean that the kiddos don’t deserve to have some fun too! In my computer class there will be days when I have a lesson planned and ready to go, however if a class walks in and I notice that they seem like they’ve had a rough day, I might give them a free day. There is no reason to not allow them a little bit of time to relax. Or we might play a quick fun game before we start a lesson. There are so many different ways that you and your students can have fun and still be learning! Take advantage of those opportunities, I promise you and your kiddos will thank me later!
  4. Find a fun and effective way to get their attention: There are so many ways to get your students attention. You can even let them help you pick out how you get their attention that way they know what to expect. With my smaller kiddos some of my favorites are: “1 2 3 eyes on me” and then they will repeat back to me “1 2 eyes on you”. I also on occasion will clap a pattern and they know they are supposed to repeat it back to me. Now sometimes you could try every little trick in the book and they’re still not going to get it. So what do you do when that happens?? I talk in the quietest voice possible, sometimes I’ll give a command. For example; I’ll whisper, “If you can hear my clap 3 times” and maybe 1 or 2 kids will clap. Then that will get some more kids attention, keep going and soon enough you’ll have the whole classes attention. One thing that I have noticed that is not very effective (although I have been guilty of this many times, especially with my older students), is standing in the front of the room with your arms crossed….waiting. The problem with that one is then you have students saying “shhhhhhh!!!!!” and that just adds to the noise and you begin to waste valuable instruction time.
  5. Stay Calm: Yes that may be easier said than done, especially if your class is having a particularly rough day. But if they can look at you and know that you can keep it together (even if on the inside you feel like running and hiding in the corner to cry and rock back and forth…yeah we all know that feeling!), then they are more likely trust you and listen to you. Staying calm gives the students the opportunity to be in a safe learning environment which is only fair to them. If they feel safe, they are more likely to succeed.

 

Like I said, there are so many more tips that I could give you. However these are the ones that I try to focus on each year! To my fellow teacher friends out there, leave in the comments below what works for you and your classroom!

Xo’s Shelby

1 Program…3 weeks…the results are in…

Well friends…the results from Round 1 of the Shift Shop are in and to say that I’m excited about them is definitely an understatement.

If I’m being completely honest, I wish that I could physically show you how much my MENTALITY has changed…because yes there are physical changes…but the shift that my mind has made…is beyond amazing.

I’m not gonna lie the 3 weeks in round one were brutal. The workouts were hard, especially week 2 and week 3. But I pushed through and I made the shift and I loved the program so much that I committed to Round 2! Yes I just said I committed to 3 more weeks of this…and these next 3 weeks get even tougher! I am currently at the end of the second week of this second round and I am feeling amazing!

I could sit here and talk more about more about round 2 BUT that will be in a later post once round 2 is complete and I have officially GRADUATED The Shift Shop Program! (Holy crap that is crazy to think about!!!) To be honest, the only other program I have “graduated” from with Beachbody is the 21 day fix. I am so excited to add this to my list of programs I have successfully completed!

Okay, okay I know you’re thinking “I just want to see your results” I’m getting there I promise!!

I’m not gonna lie I was a little embarrassed taking these “before” pictures. Let me tell you why….there was a time a few years ago when I weighed 174 lbs…and I can 100% promise you that starting this challenge I was NO WHERE near that…and I’m still not anywhere near that number. I’m not saying that the number on the scale matters, because it doesn’t. The scale does not define me and it does not define you either! Before I go off on a tangent, let me get back to my point….I was embarrassed because I didn’t realize how much I had let myself go. I knew that I wasn’t in the right place, but I honestly didn’t think that it was as bad as it was. Looking back at those before pictures I know that I will not let myself get to that point again.

I can confidently share my results with all of you because like I said earlier, I have made an amazing Mental Shift…and guess what that shift has helped me to realize that I don’t care about who I was 3+ weeks ago. I care about who I am NOW and where I am NOW.

Now I could sit here and tell you my weight at the beginning and the end, and I could tell you all of my measurements, and my body fat percentage and all of those other boring numbers, but I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves! So the moment you’ve all be waiting for…

 

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Am I where I want to be? No, not by any means. But I am still working on getting there and this program is helping me so much! As you can see in these pictures 3 weeks made for some great results! Like I said before…pictures speak for themselves! I cannot wait to share my overall results with you in the next few weeks!

XoXo Shelby

1 Short Story With a Big Twist!

I opened this book and I will say the first line had me in….shock? I won’t tell you what the line is because if you read the book I want you to have the same first reaction that I did! But what I can tell you is that I absolutely loved this short story!

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I have ever read and The GrownUp did not disappoint one bit! I never knew that a 64 page book could give someone chills! (Yes I just said this book was only 64 pages!)

Flynn’s writing played with my mind the entire time I was reading this story. I kept thinking to myself that I knew exactly what was happening and what was going to happen. But the more I read the more I kept questioning myself. Originally when I completed this book I thought to myself, “I need more!!” But now that I’ve had some time to process…I’m glad that it was left open-ended.

There are some instances where explanations and closure are needed, and when it comes to books I am usually all about getting closure. This book was different, this book plays with your mind and gives you, the reader the opportunity to create your own truth and your own ending and I really enjoyed that.

In this novel a canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. One rainy April morning, she is reading auras at the Spiritual Palms (where she works) when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our narrator immediately notices that Susan, though rich, is an unhappy woman who is eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, why this “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home, the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes that she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s stepson, does not help matters with his disturbing and sometimes terrifying manner and imagination. As you read this short story you will follow these three characters through a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and hat, if anything, can be done to escape it.

In case you couldn’t tell this is kind of a ghost story! Which was another reason I loved it!! I read it all in one sitting. Now…since this was a short story…I will leave you with a short review. I mean I could definitely talk about this book a little bit more, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it!

Have you read this book or any other book by Flynn? If so leave it in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

 

How much water is ENOUGH water???

I’m sure you’ve heard this about 1,000 times but let’s just talk about it some more, shall we??

Water is something that is very important! The cells inside of your body need water to function properly. Those cells contain water and are even surrounded by water and when the body becomes dehydrated the cell membranes become less permeable, hindering the flow of hormones and nutrients into the cell. This also prevents waste products that can potentially cause damage to those cells from flowing out of the cells. When this occurs, your energy is depleted and fatigue can take over your body. That’s not all it does either!

Here’s a list of other things that water can do to help your body:

  • Help with headaches
  • Improve your mood
  • Flush toxins out of the body
  • Improve Digestion
  • Promote weight loss (hey who doesn’t want help with that?!?)
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve your complexion
  • Prevent hangovers
  • Regulate body temperature

See why water is so important???

 

So how much exactly is enough?? Well take your body weight, divide it by 2 and that will give you the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces. For example if you weigh 150, divide that number by 2 and you get 75; that’s how many ounces of water you need a day. Now, if you are more active then you need to drink a little bit more to compensate for the loss of water during exercise. The recommended amount of water for those who exercise daily, is 100 oz.

Now you’re probably thinking “100 oz is a lot of water!!” and I totally agree with that! But there are ways to make drinking it easier! Here’s a few…

  1. Use a straw: You can drink more at a faster rate if you do! It seems simple but it makes a difference I promise!
  2. Buy a pretty water bottle: Yes…I said to buy a pretty water bottle. When I purchased my Bubba Cup it made it so much easier for me to drink more water! It also helps that It holds about 48 oz. of water! Fill it up twice during the day and I’m just a little shy of that 100 oz. goal!!
  3. Add flavor to your water: I know sometimes water can be…boring! But you can always spice it up with different fruits and stuff like that! Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for flavored water!!
  4. Make it a game: This might sound silly at first but it helps! I make it a game with myself. I tell myself that I have to fill my Bubba Cup up one time and drink it all before lunch (which is around 11:15 sometimes 12:00 depending on the day!). Then I fill it up again and I have to finish it before I leave work. Sometimes it is definitely a lot harder than others, but it makes it easier to get my water in when I know I have a challenge!

 

Do you have a fun way that you make sure you get your water in each day?? If so be sure to share it in the comments below! I would love to hear them!! Happy guzzling!!

Xo’s Shelby