Inspiration for a new school year!

Happy Back to School y’all!

I hope you’ve had a great few weeks back, and if you go back this coming week, I wish you the very best.

I had a great back to school!

I’m teaching 5th grade science and math this year… math was added at the last minute because our enrollment numbers were not as projected. I’m a little nervous, but I’ve got good people around me that I can turn to when needed. So… it’s all good.

Last year, I started with a new grade level (5th after about 5 or so years of 2nd, which, by the way, was not my cup of tea), a new school, and a new district. My kids could be a bit challenging, but all in all it was a good year.

This year, I feel like it’s all coming together. I have the lay of the land, my kids are really nice, and there are less than 50 of them!

It’s the little things.

So, how ’bout a little freebie to inspire you?

I’ve not always been an inspirational quote kind of person, but the older I get the more I appreciate what so many of our predecessors have had to say about life, learning, and hard work. My favorites tend to come from Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard’s Almanac makes for some good reading… I loved it in college American lit class), and Albert Einstein (who can’t relate to the ultimate underdog?). Click here or on the image below to access and download this printable with a quote from good old Albert.

I’ve also created a set of doodle coloring pages for kids that feature quotes meant help develop a growth mindset and inspire kids to set goals, get started, work hard, and be successful. I didn’t want these to just be posters that hang on a wall and look nice. My hope is that by making them coloring pages, students can “spend time” with the quotes and really contemplate what they mean and how they can apply the advice given.

Also… I have finally finished my Painless Data for Math TEKS product line!

I don’t know about you, but the word data almost makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit. I know it’s important, but there is more to learning than a number. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that (I’m channeling my inner Forrest Gump). So I created this set with the intention of providing an avenue for systematically recording data that teachers can use when collaborating, planning, and that looks really good when admin wants to to see a data notebook (even though you probably have a good idea in your head as to what your kiddos can and cannot do). But, that’s a soap box I’ll avoid for now.

These data worksheet sets are all available individually, as a K-2 Bundle, a 3-5 bundle, and a K-5 Bundle!

Again, I hope you all have a fabulous back to school and an even better school year. I’ve got a few science-themed posts (with freebies) in the wings, but for now, I must step away to write some lesson plans… or take a nap.

Y’all have a great week!



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