Monday, 20 July 2015

No do it yourself!


I want to tell you one of my favourite stories, it is the story of my meeting with the most wonderful man. It starts out with me swearing off men forever. I really wasn’t looking at all. I was out with some friends and we were dancing and drinking and talking. One of my friends grabbed my arm and pointed across the room, she shouted in my ear, “Look at him! He is lovely” or something like that.

I wasn’t really paying attention so just nodded and agreed and said back “Go and talk to him”

“No! I can’t do that! I can’t just go talk to him!”

“Yes you can. Just go do it.” I said, trying to be encouraging.

“Go find out if he’s single, please” she begged me. So I agreed and walked over to this gorgeous man with dark hair and a killer smile……

And that is how I met the man I am now spending my life with (and yes, I am still friends with the other girl, she found someone else).
 

The point of my telling you all this isn’t (just) to brag, it’s because my life wouldn’t be the way it is now if I hadn’t walked up to a stranger and asked him out (for my friend, erm…..).

I do appreciate that I am very lucky, some people have real social anxiety, some people actually cannot do this. But a lot of people can, they make an excuse, take the easy option and get someone else to do it. I have an insanely happy life that just seems to keep getting better and better. But I do believe a lot of my happiness and luck comes about because I am not afraid to do things, or if I am afraid, I do it anyway, so go do it yourself! You could be missing out on something great!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Huge Seller Challenge Week 3


So for this week’s challenge we had to create a new product and I decided to be hard n myself and created a whole unit of work!

I am very happy with it, it is a complete unit on instruction writing. I thought that as I worked like crazy to finish this before the next challenge I would share my planning and creating process with you. 

When I am planning a unit of work I start with 3 big circles down the middle of a page of paper looks a bit like this: (only messier)
 

I then decide what I want my kids to learn by the end of the unit, I call this my big picture idea. Then I use each circle as a phase in the unit and I think about firstly what I want them to learn for each phase (for example phase one is usually recognise or get familiar with the text types). Then I brain storm lots of ideas for activities and lessons and just scribble them all down into whichever phase/circle they could relate to. My notes get very messy and end up looking a bit crazy like this:

 
Well they make sense to me and I guess that’s all that matters. Once I have all my ideas down and kinda organised I plan my lessons. I plan each lesson as if I had unlimited resources and time was no object. I do this because I can always scale them down a bit later and I find that once I have the full plan I can always find a way to work around resources I don’t have, (time is another issue).
 

So there you go my planning process! Here is my seller challenge pic for this week and you can find my complete unit on instruction writing here for TPT and here for TES.
 
If any wonderful lovely TPT’ers  also taking part in the challenge would like to swap products please comment and let me know.

 Nice to see you all again :)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Just getting by…

I love my job, I really do. Sometimes the kids drive me crazy and sometimes I am exhausted and sometimes it is a Friday toward the end of the year and it is hot and muggy and everyone is worn out. Today is that day. Today I am tired and the children are tired. It is on days like today that I need to remind myself how lucky I am. I get to work in my own space with people that constantly surprise me. I get to plan my whole day to include the things I want. I get to learn new things and try out fun experiments.

 

I need to remind myself that yesterday I went out into the orchard and built forts. Next week I will be fishing for tadpoles and watching them grow. Last term I played being red riding hood and ran around in the woods looking for clues to catch the big bad wolf.

 

I get paid for this! Sometimes I just need reminding that I get paid for this! I do have the best job in the world. I can say that now, as I am about to go off for PPA this afternoon and it is Friday!

 

One of my favourite poems:

 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Week 2: Dare to Dream


I realised that for some of my followers the last post might have seemed a bit strange.


I haven’t told you all, I am now selling my teaching resources. I sell them in two places here on Teachers Pay Teachers and here on TES.

I actually joined both these sites a long time ago to find resources I needed. Recently I have started to read around the forums and understand a bit about the sites and now I am selling on them!
 

It has been fun and I have found it a bit addictive. I love coming up with ideas for products and building on them for my stores.

Anyway, last week was the start of a four-week seller challenge. This challenge is run by Third in Hollywood and has been fab so far. Last week the challenge was to make over a product, which I did and you can read about it in my last blog post here.

Right, so with the explanation out of the way on with this week’s challenge.

Dare to Dream
 

The challenge this week was to write about our goals for our stores. Now I actually struggled a little with this. I do have goals and I do have plans, but not really in relation to selling my resources. So this took quite a bit of thinking about. Eventually I decided on my big goals for my store but compared to some other people’s they aren’t that big or interesting, but they are still my goals and I have a plan to get to them and I will work hard for them and I think that’s all that matters!

 

 

That’s it really. I think I might be a bit too happy with my life is this is all I can come up with!!
 
 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

TPT Huge Seller Challenge - Week 1

So I have signed up to the huge seller challenge over at www.teacherspayteachers.com. This week the challenge was to make over a product that needs a bit more life.

Sooooooo I have given my English unit of work on recount writing a bit of a make over. (here: Whole unit on sale!) This is a whole unit of work on recount texts. Exploring them, analysing them and writing them.

I am still learning about the best covers to use and playing around with fonts but I think I prefer the simple straight forward look.. what do we think?

Whole Unit! On sale!
The product is also on sale until Friday.

Happy challenge everybody taking part!

Whole unit on sale!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Go ahead complain…


I am a big believer in complaining. I like to moan. I think it makes everyone feel better, when things go wrong; moan to a friend, complain to your family and whine to your online connections.

 

I can moan just as much as the next person and I have no problem with people complaining to me. There is just one rule, which I try very hard to hold myself to, and which I really think other people should abide by….

 

You are only allowed to moan if you are willing to do something to make it better.

 

Now I’m not saying everyone can solve all the problems in their lives themselves, but you must be willing to stop making excuses and try.

 

It is because of this stupid rule I give myself that I ended up, this afternoon, looking like this:

 


I was getting fat. I was overweight and didn’t like it. I started to complain about it and then my rule kicked in.

 

Damn! I’ve done enough complaining now I am going to have to try and fix it.  So now, I run and I have for a year and it works I lost weight.

 

This is me after running in the rain, not for fun, not because I love to run but just because, if I’m going to complain I better get off my bum and do something about it!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Better late than never!

Ok so with a bit of perseverance and with help from my wonderful daughter I now have Instagram, Facebook, pinterest and twitter!

Oooohhh look at me all up to date and techy! Hmmmm.... I think am probably missing a few but they will do for now. I'm not really sure I have enough going on to fill all these sites! Maybe I need to get more interesting!