Sight Word Practice

Hey ya'll! Today I'm going to be sharing some helpful tips and tricks that are all about sight words. Are you required to teach them? Every district that I have taught in uses the Dolch list. I know some districts out there use the Fry list. Our days are already so jam packed sometimes its hard to get that important practice in. I'm here to share some ways I incorporate sight words into our daily routine. 

Since our schedules are so crazy, I don't always have the time to do an activity. I made this sight word powerpoint to use as a quick review. When I have a few minutes to fill, I display this powerpoint through my projector and have my students call out the words. It takes only a minute or two and the kids really like it. 

You can listen to them calling out the words by watching the quick video below. I'm sitting at my computer and changing the slides myself. This was recorded with my phone so excuse the quality. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. This PowerPoint is a fun activity that can be used to practice sight words quickly and effectively.  All of the levels are included.

I can also set the slide to change automatically. I've been having it set to change the slide about every 2 seconds. They love to see how fast they can say them so if we go through a set and I have everyone on task, reading with good accuracy, I'll change the settings to 1 second and boy do they love it. Sometimes they can get it, and other times it's too much for them. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. This PowerPoint is a fun activity that can be used to practice sight words quickly and effectively.  All of the levels are included.

I've posted this powerpoint to TPT. I've included individual power points for the pre-primer - 3rd grade word lists. I've also included a powerpoint with all of the words. Each word list is also a different color. The powerpoint is not editable but you can set the settings for the slide to change automatically. You can grab this sight word powerpoint in my TPT store here. 

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. This PowerPoint is a fun activity that can be used to practice sight words quickly and effectively.  All of the levels are included.

I also like to incorporate sight words into our word work schedule. These are independent activities that your kids can do independently while you are working with small groups or you can use as a filler activity. One of their favorite games is Sight Word Stacking.

I cut some foam into 1'' squares and wrote sight words on each of them. Have your kids spread them out face down. Each student takes turns drawing a square. If they read the word correctly, they get to stack it. If they read it incorrectly, they must put it back in the pile face down. Students take turns stacking their words until their tower falls down! Then they must use the word that they drew in a sentence on their paper. You can read more about this here and grab the worksheet to go along with it for FREE!

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!

I have several sets of this made and they also use it as an early finisher activity. You can create multiple sets with each list to differentiate for your kids. They love it!

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Sight Words are so important for children to learn. Sight Word Stacking is a fun, hands on game for children to practice their sight words. It is a class favorite for sure! Visit this blog post to see how to play and grab a FREE printable too!


Johnny Appleseed

It is almost Johnny Appleseed's birthday! Are you looking for something quick, easy, fun and engaging to teacher your students all about Johnny? I've created this fun comprehension and flip booklet to use this year. 

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

This 7 page booklet about Johnny Appleseed includes a KWL chart to complete before, during and after working through it. Comprehension checks are also included on each page along with 10 true or false questions at the end.

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

After completing the All About Johnny Appleseed booklet, your students can create this flipbook to demonstrate what they learned.

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can get these activities along with 9 activity sheets in my TPT store. Click here or on the photos below to see it. 
Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Johnny Appleseed Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


Stand Up and Shout Out: Reading Workshop Beginning of the Year Ideas

Hey ya'll! We are back for week 4 of Stand Up and Shout Out guest blogger series! This weeks teacher rock star is Laura from Ms.Pretzel's 2nd Grade Bugs. Today Laura will be sharing some wonderful tips to kick start your readers workshop at the beginning of the year. 

Hey everyone!

My name is Laura K. (Ms. Pretzel) and I blog over at Ms. Pretzel's 2nd Grade Bugs.  I'm excited to guest blog with Marcy at Saddle Up for Second!
I teach in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.  I have taught 2nd grade (my favorite) for the past 7 years!  I'm about to start my 11th year (wow!) at my current school but have been in the field for almost 13 (started in PK).  I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips that can help you get a great start to launch your Reading Workshop.
 My goal is to develop readers and writers who are engaged, reflective, and are developing a lifelong love of literacy.  It's important to get to know your readers interest areas and reading habits.  This is a great source of information as you develop lessons for your students.  Jennifer Serravalle just recently released two great books The Literacy Teacher's Playbook for K-2 (2014)  and 3-5 (2013) and The Reading Strategies Book (2015).  Click here to learn more about her. Jennifer has some great tips!  

I created a FREEBIE here that is a form I learned about from Jennifer about how to record observations about student engagement during Reading.  If you use Daily 5, I observe during Read To Self during those first week or two of school.  I also conduct reading interviews and make general observations about our conversations those first few weeks.  
 It's important to take your time introducing your classroom library to your students.  I often start by having my students bring in their favorite books (an idea I got from Kathy Collins--Growing Readers).  It's a great way to get to know the students.  

One of my students and I discovered that our favorite book series was the same (Little House on the Prarie) this year, while I learned another loved joke books.  There are many ways to ease them in to your classroom library.  I read the book Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen as a way to talk about treating books with respect and kindness, but it is also a way to talk about how the library is a treasure box with adventures and stories just waiting to be discovered!  It's my favorite part of the classroom!  
 There are so many options and ways to set up your Reading Workshop and I would be remiss to not mention the fabulous work of authors like the great Lucy Calkins, but I also truly love the setup that the 2 Sisters have passed on through their books The Daily 5 and CAFE.  If you haven't checked them out or been to one of their conferences, you should!  

They are phenomenal.  I have heard from teachers and parents about the positive impact The Daily 5  & CAFE lessons and structure have had on their student's independent reading strategies.  Their website is chock full of over 2600 lessons (videos too) that show you how to launch it in your classroom.  I have been using it the past 6 1/2 years (thanks to my teaching buddy T-Mac!!) with great success (in my humble opinion) :)  

My biggest tip is to start SMALL.  Take your time and ease into what works for you.  My first year I launched it mid-year and it was still awesome!  The 5 components are what research has shown are best practices for developing strong readers and writers (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Work on Writing, & Listen to Reading).  
 There are so many ways to teach these kinds of lessons, but the most important one I've discovered (especially for 2nd) is that I need to revisit this lesson again and again (sometimes with individuals several times).  The 2 Sisters have some great lessons called "I PICK" and "Choosing a Good Fit Book" that work well for this.  

I have another FREEBIE featuring the Five Finger Rule above as an additional activity I include in my lessons.  We read Goldisocks and the Three Libearians, which is a great way to introduce this concept to students.  
 This is also from the 2 Sisters (Jennifer Serravallo also has a lesson in her new Reading Strategies book) and is one that I have found can be applied to any aspect of the classroom.  I saw this incredibly cute anchor chart from Angie over at Lucky Little Learners on Instagram the other day and had to make one for myself.  I love her definition of stamina.  :)  

We record our work for Read to Self (one component of Daily 5) and Read to Someone on this chart.  You can see that we are building our stamina above.  Click above for further info on those lessons.   
 Every school has their own method of assessing student's needs and strengths.  My one tip is to look at all data points or "triangulate the data" as suggested by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan (authors of Assessment in Perspective--a fabulous read!).  Essentially you are looking at several different data points to help you understand, confirm, or reassess what you have gleaned.  While the methods above (DRA, Fountas and Pinnell, Dibels, PALS, etc.) are wonderful, it's important to look at students through the eyes of several data points (including observations). Click here to read a fabulous article on how to triangulate data from Choice Literacy (written by Clare and Tammy).  *Thank to my teaching buddy T-Mac for sharing this great resource!  
 This last tip is one that is often difficult to schedule, but incredibly important.  If you are lucky enough to have some historical knowledge from teachers (possibly a learning or reading specialist) (along with your current assessments) your conversations can be incredibly rich and rewarding for you as their teacher and your grade level team.  It is often useful to have (as many schools do) a record of where student's reading skills and engagement were the previous year, as a tool for comparison.  It is important to look at those data points as a starting point for discussion.  

I hope these ideas were helpful!  I know that teaching Reading as they say "is like Rocket Science" and can be challenging.  It is an area I continue to learn about, which is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teaching fresh, current, and grounded.  Lastly, I find it important to share your own reading and writing life with students.  I think they truly enjoy it and helps them to understand it's real life application rather than a lesson that may be less connected to their own experiences.  

Thank you again Marcy for hosting!


Stand Up and Shout Out: Starting a Class Instagram

Hey ya'll! Welcome back to week 3 of my Stand Up and Shout Out guest blogger series. This weeks teacher rock star is Kristen from Easy Teaching Tools. I met Kristen two years ago in Vegas and we've done a lot of collaborative work together since then. She has some awesome ideas on how to integrate social media into your classroom. Today she is going to be sharing some great info on how to set up a class Instagram account. 

Hi there, it's Kristen over at Easy Teaching Tools!  I'm so happy to be guest blogging for Marcy while she goes and has her sweet little baby.

Have you wanted to be better about keeping parents in the loop but weren't sure of the easiest way?  I'm a huge proponent of keeping parents in the loop.  I think it's essential to be fairly transparent and parents really appreciate it.
Let me tell you that I've solved this dilemma-Instagram to the rescue.  Think about it, we love Instagram and learn so much from other teachers with it, don't you think parents can get the same out of it?  I blogged about the benefits of a class Instagram a few months ago.  

If I can give you one tip, have students be in charge of posting about their student learning.  Talk about student ownership...and very little work for you.  As teachers, we need to make things easier for us!  
Now, I'd love to share a video tutorial on creating an account, getting parent buy-in, teaching your kiddos how to run it, an adorable Instagram bulletin board and more!
I'd love to hear how you communicate with parents in your class!  If you'd like to win a copy of my Class Instagram Resource, enter here!
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Making the Most of Your Planning Period

Hey ya'll! School is officially back in full swing, the new is wearing off and the stress of all that comes along with our jobs might be starting to settle in. It drives me crazy when people say that teaching is easy. There is a lot more to our job besides just teaching different subjects. We have lesson plans, meetings, copies to make, grading papers, entering them into the grade book, and oh the paperwork. Not to mention printing and laminating resources for the weeks ahead of time. As teachers, we get a planning period each day. Last year, mine was 50 minutes, I know some schools get less than that some get more. I'm sorry but it is impossible to get everything we need done in that 50 minutes. So what do we teachers do? We stay late after school, we load down our teacher bag (which weighs a ton ya'll) and haul it home every day and even on weekends too. Our work is never done. So how can we get more work done at school so that we have more time with our families at home? We can do that by making the most of our planning period by setting a schedule. 

My first two years of teaching, I wasted so much time trying to get it ALL done in 50 minutes. I never got anything accomplished. I would work on lesson plans for 10 minutes, grade papers for another 10 minutes, then I would try to make copies of a few things. It was really a nightmare honestly. I was trying to get too much done in a short time. I finally set a schedule for my weekly conference time and it helped me so much. Here is a general run down. 

Mondays: Type up weekly newsletter and put it in their pick up folder along with their weekly spelling list. Graded paperwork from the week before was also placed in their folders. In 2nd grade, I'm all about teaching responsibility. I had a crate with hanging file folders. Each child had their own pick up folder. This is where I put all graded works, notes to be sent home, newsletters, etc. At the end of each day, they are responsible for getting their work and putting it in their take home folder. Then, I start looking ahead at what I'm going to teach the next week and jot down ideas.

The kids left every day at 3:30 and teachers are required to stay until 4:00. I'd use that 30 minutes to straighten things up, and making sure I had everything ready for the following day. I would also use this time to complete any paperwork that I had. It might have been at RTI form or guided reading data. 

Tuesdays: I met with my co-teacher and we planned out the next week. We taught the same concepts but used our own materials. If there was time left, I would start pulling materials to make copies. 

Wednesdays: I would write out my lesson plans for the following week and search for ideas on TPT. I'd then pull files to make copies. After school, I'd print anything new that needed to be laminated. This might be centers or new activities. 

Thursdays: This was my copy day. Copies for the next week were made and anything that needed to be laminated was done. Sometimes I would file away original copies and put things into their weekly drawers.

Fridays: Fridays are  my filing days/station day. If I didn't get it done on Thursday, all of my copies for the next week are put into weekly drawers and all of my original copies were filed back where they belong. Centers and math stations are set up for the next week so that we are ready to go Monday morning. I never stay late on Fridays. 

We went to computer lab twice a week for an hour. My school doesn't have a lab aid so I stayed in there with the kids. If we weren't working on a project, I used this time to grade my papers and enter them into the grade book. If it is taking you longer than 2 hours a week to grade papers in the primary grades, you are giving to many worksheets. 

Also, anything that we used weekly such as morning work, I ran copies off six weeks at a time. This way, I had it prepped in advance and it was ready to go. 

There were some days days where I still had to stay late after school or something came up and I had to take my lamination home to cut out but by setting a schedule, I reduced the workload that I had to bring home. I'd tackle one thing each day rather than trying to do several small things. Think about what you need to get done and start there. Work on a little each day. Then try to leave it at school. Make it point to go home on time 2-3 times a week. Use that extra time to enjoy your family and time for yourself.

Have a great day! 


Stand Up and Shout Out: No More Behavior Chart Clutter!

Hey Ya'll! Welcome back for week 2 of the Stand Up and Shout Out guest blogger series! This weeks  teacher rock star is Nicole from Learning Lab. Nicole is a super sweet friend of mine who I've come to know over the past few months. She has helped me so much on this new journey of mine as I become a new mom. 

If you haven't already checked out Nicole's blog Learning Lab, you need to go do it NOW! Well, after you read her post! She is full of awesome ideas that you do not want to miss out on. Today, she is going to be sharing some good info with you about those behavior charts that we all have a love hate relationship with. 

Hi there!  My name is Nicole Chavanne from Learning Lab.  I am so excited to have this opportunity to share some tips and ideas with all of you!

Like most of you, I have a love-hate relationship with behavior charts.  I LOVE them because I have seen them make a huge difference in the behavior of some kids.  I hate them because I hate clutter.

I like to keep behavior charts because they can show me patterns.  Maybe a student always has trouble on Tuesdays.  Maybe most of their behaviors come out on days they do not have Occupational Therapy.  It is so much easier to recognize patterns when I can see the data.

But, I like to send behavior charts home.  Parents need to know what is happening in school and often, the parents I work with have worked out a home consequence for good/bad days at school.  It is so wonderful when I get to work with dedicated and supportive parents!

So, my choices are:

1.  Make copies each day before sending home so I can keep a copy for my records.  This choice is terrible because I need to waste precious minutes during the most hectic time of the day to go to the copy room.  Not to mention, I would be killing so many trees!

2.  Send the original home and have the parents sign then return.  Well, this is terrible because sometimes the behavior chart doesn't come back and I lose that day's data.  Also, it prevents the parents from being able to try to keep track of patterns.  And what about the parents that want to celebrate a GREAT day by hanging that puppy on the fridge?

3.  Chart the results of the day's chart.  I used to have a table set up where I would enter the number of points a students would earn for the day and a small note.  It was never enough to really get a picture of what happened during the day and I was always having to tuck pieces of paper with notes in the back or make a copy of chart on really bad days.

No matter what method I tried, I always ended up with a huge pile of unorganized behavior charts from multiple kiddos because who has time to organize them into a binder right away?

Not great choices.  But that is what I've done for YEARS!

Another thing I have done for YEARS is have a home-school journal with some kids.  Each day, I would write a short (or long if it was one of those days) note home to parents.  Each day, the book would come back. That notebook held a wealth of information!  Hmmm...  That got me thinking!

Wait for it...
Ta-da!  I just took a bunch of blank behavior charts and bound them into a book!  Then, the book can go back and forth between school and home.  There is a wealth of data in one place and I don't have to worry about organizing loose papers each day.

It is simple (I like simple) and it solves my problem (I LOVE that!).

Say it with me, "No more behavior chart clutter!"

To see some of the behavior tools I have used in my classroom, check out my TpT store.

Nicole lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two (almost three) kids.  She is a special education teacher that works with students in 4th-6th grades.  She has worked as a self-contained teacher, a push-in provider, and in inclusion classes.  Co-teaching has been her favorite type of teaching, so far.  Nicole also creates special education resources that ALL teachers can use for her TpT store, Learning Lab.  You can find more ideas from Nicole on her blog or on Instagram (@Learning_Lab).


10 Tips for First Year Teachers

Hey Ya'll! Most of you are officially back in school and if you're not, then you are about to start. Over the past several weeks I've gotten several questions from first year teachers asking for advice. I was a first year teacher not long ago. I remember how scary and exciting it can be all at the same time.  After 5 years under my belt, I definitely am no where close to having all the answers but I have learned a lot about myself as a person and as a teacher during that time. If I could give a new teacher advice, here is what it would be.

Don't be afraid to be yourself. I quickly learned that in the world of education there is always going to be someone who doesn't like something that you do. You are going to have to grow a thick skin and you are going to have to do that quick.

Lets talk coworkers...A coworker might not like how you teach or the way you run your classroom management but that is ok. Sometimes they will share their opinions with you and other times you might over hear it through your classroom walls (yes that might happen, yes it will hurt your feelings,  shake it off and go on with your day). Just because you have a different teaching style than your coworker doesn't make you a bad teacher. Share your opinion. Just because you new doesn't mean that you aren't entitled to share how you feel. What works for you and your students might not work for someone else. Find YOUR teaching style and what YOU like and go with it. Who cares if your coworker doesn't like it! You will quickly learn what is best for those kids and how they learn. If that means putting on a silly song and dancing around like a goof ball, DO IT! 

Making connections with your students is one of the most important things you can do. Get to know each one of them. That means going beyond knowing how they are doing academic wise. Get to know what their hobbies are, what they do after school, what their likes and dislikes are etc. One thing I do is try to attend their events outside of school. I go to their basketball and little league games, dance recitals, church performances and so on. 
Make it a point to talk to each kid individually every day. Hug on them. Joke around with them. Show them that you care. Most of the time, you are the only positive role model they have in their lives. 

Lets talk parents...First off, those parents are just as nervous to talk to you as you are to talk to them. Some will be super supportive and others will think you have no idea what your talking about.  Always be open to what they have to say, even if you disagree with them. Admit it when you are wrong about something. Work together to come up with a solution to the problem together. Let those parents know that you are there to do what is best for their child.

I know that I have become a good teacher not because of test scores but because of the relationships I've built with parents and students over the past five years. One of the kids I taught my first year still writes me a letter every summer. I've had parents from students that I taught at 2-3 years ago message or e-mail me thanking me for what I did for their child. I make it point to continue those relationships. They don't stop just because they aren't in my classroom anymore. Those kids will always be part mine. I took the time to make those connections and that is the biggest reward you can take away from this job. 

This is a big one ya'll. This is one of my favorite quotes. 

Everyone has to start somewhere. It takes time to find your teaching style, develop a routine, and build your classroom. I've been teaching for 5 years and still am no where close to figuring it all out. It is hard not to compare yourself to others on your campus or to what you see online. Just remember, those pinterest classrooms all had to start somewhere. Take your time to develop relationships and establish connections. Don't compare to yourself to other teachers. Don't compare yourself to teacher bloggers. Don't compare yourself to others. BE YOURSELF! 

There is always going to be that one teacher on campus that is in everyones business. There is always going to be someone who doesn't like the way you teach. There will always be that teacher who will try to tell you what to do or boss you around because you are new. Don't let that happen. Thick skin remember. Take the time to form your own opinions about people you work with and students you get. Ignore the coworker that doesn't like your classroom management practice or the way you teach. Letting those kinds of people under your skin is what they want. Show them that you are better than that. Do your own thing and be AWESOME! 

As a teacher, you should always be willing to learn more and improve your teaching methods. Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are going to be times when you feel at a loss. You will feel like you have failed those kids because they just aren't getting something. There will be a time when you have a student with behavior issues and everything you've tried isn't working. It is ok to ask for help. It is ok to not know what to do. 

Build relationships with you coworkers. Find that person you can talk to. My first year teaching, I had the best teaching mentor. She taught in the room right next to me and our rooms were connected by a bathroom. I don't know how I would have survived my first year without her. I can't tell you how many times a day I would walk into her room and say I need your help and we would talk it out. When I left that school, I was heartbroken because I was leaving her. At the next school I taught at, my co-teacher became like my second mom. There was a large closet  in between our rooms and that was our meeting spot. Sometimes I would just open her door or she would open mine and we could just tell by the look on each others faces that we needed to talk to each other. Sometimes during the day you need that mental break, even if it is just for 5 minutes. Let the kids read, color or even talk and take a moment. Take time to develop those friendships with you coworkers or your principal. No question is ever a dumb one. If you don't know how to teach something. Ask for help. If you've tried everything to get your class to settle down. Ask for help. If you don't know how to run the new grade book system. ASK FOR HELP! 

Have you asked for help and your still stuck? Turn to YouTube. Yes, I said YouTube. Search "how to teach addition with regrouping" and you'll get TONS of videos with several different methods. Search pinterest, read blogs, e-mail a teacher blogger, shoot e-mail me and I'll try to help if I can. The important thing is to know that you don't have to do this alone. You don't have to learn on your own. ASK FOR HELP!!!

I hate to tell you this but you are going to mess up. You are going to mess up more than once. I'm also going to tell you that it is OK! Sometimes you'll be in the middle of a lesson and realize that you've said the wrong thing or even taught something the wrong way. Sometimes the kids will catch on, and if they do they will correct you. Laugh it off and go with it. It shows them that it is ok, even for their teacher to make mistakes. You are not perfect, you are never going to be perfect, so why try to be?

Make a scheudle. By this I mean, make the most of your conference time. Our job is overwhelming. We don't just sit around and color all day. We have to plan our days, make copies, go to meetings, grade papers, fill out paper work, etc. I'm sorry but you can't get all of that done on your 45 minute conference period. You just can't. Set up a schedule for your planning period and stick to it. Do one thing at at time. For example, on Mondays you meet with your partner and plan the next week. On Tuesday you plan your lessons. Wednesdays, you are going to make copies. Thursdays, you are going to file paper work. On Friday, you are going to grade papers. If you try to do all of the above every day during your conference time, you won't ever get much accomplished. Do one thing at a time and get as much done as you can. Make the most of your conference time so at the end of the day you can go home and enjoy your family. 

Now with all of that being said, you have to learn to be flexible. That schedule you have set in place will sometimes get messed up. You will have unexpected things happen throughout your day and you just have to go with it. Sometimes a child will get sick during the middle of a lesson and you have to stop. Sometimes a parent will show up or an unexpected meeting will be called during your conference time.  You will have fire drills, pep rallies, class birthday parties and so on. It is ok. Your day isn't going to go exactly how you have it planned in your lesson plan book. Pick up where you left off the next day and keep going. 

This is something I think every teacher struggles with, including myself. Yes there are some days you are just going to be at the school late. It happens to all of us. You need to know that it is ok to leave that stack of ungraded papers on your desk and just go home because lets face it, you are going to throw them in your teacher bag, go home and turn on Netflix and not even touch them. Make a point to get as much done during the day as you can and go home when you are allowed to leave at least 2 days a week. Start there. Leave the mess on your desk. Leave the ungraded papers. Leave your lesson plan book. GO HOME!!! Turn on Netflix and watch 4 episodes of The Walking Dead (my obsession) or your favorite show. Go for a run or take your dog for a walk. Go out to eat with your family. Read a book...for ENJOYMENT! As teachers, we get so wrapped up in our jobs that we often loose the time to do the things that make us ourselves. We don't do what we love to do because we are so worried about those kids we see for 8 hours each day. Take the time to still be yourself. The stress and worry can wait. Trust me.

Just breathe. You are going to have days where you want to give up. There will be days when you come home and cry. There will be days that you come home and need a strong drink at 5:00. BUT there will also be good days. Days where everything goes perfectly. Days where that one kid finally has that light bulb moment. Those days that remind you why you became a teacher. Breathe through all of those tough movements and know that all of the good outweighs the bad. Don't burn yourself out too quickly. Those kids need you and you might not realize it but you need them too. Enjoy those moments you have with them because you will cherish them forever. 

If you are 22 and starting your first year or 40 and starting your first year after changing carriers, I wish you all the best of luck. Education is the most rewarding profession. It has its ups and downs but know those good moments are worth it all. 

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