Surviving Teaching… truly

Hello! This is the first post I have made in a few months because life has picked up speed and I have been truly just ‘surviving teaching’. Welcome back to reading!

I often get asked why I decided to call my blog Surviving Teaching, because it may elude a negative tone and generally education embodies positivity and optimism. The truth is, I decided on Surviving Teaching because as teachers, sometimes we thrive and rock it, and sometimes we are just figuring out how to be the best we can for those kiddos and are just trying to survive. I wanted to present an authentic perspective of what went into teaching, all the great and stellar moments, but also the ones where you question your sanity and at times want to claw your eye balls out.

The last few months, for me, have taken surviving teaching to another level. 

In September I began my Masters of Education journey with the University of Portland, I thought it was going to be easy to balance the needs of a full time teaching job, ESL instructional coach, planning a wedding, teaching Ukrainian dance and being a student.

HA! I was wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, I have LOVED moving through the journey of going back to school and exploring areas of leadership. BUT, as a new teacher who already has a ton on the go… it has been rough. Some days are hard, like really hard. And the online world of education and social media tends to portray the great and fantastic things about being a teacher. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of a student loosing it on you and expressing you aren’t doing a good job, nothing can prepare you for the heart break you feel when they are suffering, nothing can prepare you for the amount of patience and grit you are required to have to truly give 100% every day…. its hard.

Some days, I truly wonder if I want to be a teacher, and I definitely know other people are with me on this one.

I have been doing a lot of self reflecting over the past few months about my purpose in life, why I am here, what if I am no where near what I am destined to do. But, one wise friend of mine told me “it is ok to be blissfully dissatisfied with your life”.

The idea of being blissfully dissatisfied changed my perspective on what I am accomplishing now in my life and where I am destined to go. The blissful part comes from being truly happy where I am in my life; amazing students, great classroom, stellar support system, opportunities to grow and learn. However, the dissatisfied part comes from knowing there is something bigger and better waiting for me in my future self.

I have summed it all into one thought. Surviving Teaching… is all about being blissfully dissatisfied. About being present and happy in the moment no matter what is being thrown at us and knowing we are doing everything we can to push on and arrive how we can for our students. But the other side of it also includes enough dissatisfaction to challenge the present, grow, learn more and want more.

For everyone else struggling through balancing what ever you have going, I am with you. Surviving teaching is going to be our greatest accomplishment, and it is ok to be blissfully dissatisfied.

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Cheers,

Miss Rylance

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World Teacher Day: celebrating you!

Happy World Teacher Day!

www.unesco.org states that…

“World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching”

When I think about everything that comes with being a teacher, I think about so many things. Some of them include how lucky I am to live in a place where education and teachers are appreciated and how motivated I feel to improve the lives of teachers and learners in my own developments; but mostly, I feel so grateful that I have the best job in the world.

So this post is dedication for all of you fellow teachers out there. I am so proud to serve with you and I am proud of the difference that we are creating daily.

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To celebrate World Teacher Day, I decided to write a positive and uplifting post about the 7 best things I love about being a teacher. When I tell people about how passionate I am about my job, people usually think I am crazy BUT hopefully this sheds light on why it is so worth!

Reason #1: The Kids

I think this is the most cliche reason that teachers love to teach. But for me, its so much more than just working with a wonderful bunch of people. My students are like a beacon of light in my life, they give me energy and hope on the hard days, they teach me so many things about humanity and the ‘latest’ and greatest things, they bring me joy.

My students are my why. My students are why working so hard is worth it. They are my #1 reason.

Reason #2: Helping them discover themselves

I also love seeing how my students are deciding who they are going to be in the world. How they are going to be the game changers and world shakers. AND I love being a part of that discovery.

I love empowering different parts of them and helping them see their strengths and how they can change the world, I love making a difference in the person and path they are going to have.

Reason #3: My work is meaningful

I firstly just want to say, that I think many people have important work in our world and everyone contributes to making our lives awesome. But I love that my work is meaningful and making a big difference in the path of our future.

It is sometimes discouraging listening to the news, realizing the opinions and actions of others, and know that I can have a small part in making a difference in people and in lives is so worth it for me.

Teachers- you are doing awesome things.

Reason #4: The ripple effect

Teachers are making impactful change- hands down- but the change that we are creating in society is sometimes missed. The reality of why I love my job is because we are changing the world from the bottom up, teaching the future doctors, prime ministers, teachers, business people, mothers, fathers of our world- that is epic.

Reason #5: Spreading my passions

Selfishly, I love that I get to talk about what I love every single day, and I get to make my students excited about it too. World politics, cultures, languages, literature, and being Ukrainian- what else could be more amazing.

Reason #6: The fame

I love feeling important to around 160 little people every day. With all the classes I teach, I have just over 160 kids. I like to refer to it as ‘the fame’ because we all know that there is no true fame in teaching; however, feeling important and knowing that the connections I am making with these kids are long lasting is so worth it.

Reason #7: Life long learning

Practice what you preach… that’s my motto when it comes to learning. I have a deep love and passion for learning from new people, new places, new things and I absolutely love that by being in a learning environment, I can continue to learn.

My students push me to learn new things, and I feel accountable to continue to better myself for them.

So today, here is my challenge to you. Think about a teacher through your life who has had an impact on your life. Reach out to them and tell them, or thank them in your heart for the universe put them in your path.

For all you teachers out there, know that you are doing an AMAZING job and that you are enough in this crazy profession we are in.

Enjoy World Teachers Day!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance

Classroom Makeover!

Welcome Back!

I am getting so fired up for the 2018-19 school year and everything that goes with it. This summer I was committed to doing some much needed relaxing, adventuring, and preparing in anticipation for this year.

At the end of last year, like many of us, I was feeling burnt out. I was so ready for a break and I knew that as much as I absolutely LOVE being a teacher, I needed some changes to get back into my ‘mojo’. Part of what I knew I needed is a classroom makeover.

I knew that if I had a blank slate and a fresh look coming into the school year, I would feel refreshed and ready to go! For different people, starting fresh might look different. It might be having a glass of wine, going on a vacation, or even changing their hair color. But for me, as crazy of an idea as it was, it meant a physical change to the place I loved most.

Before I give you the details of my new classroom… check out these before pics!

 

I knew that I wanted lots of neutrals (as my current classroom had every color of the rainbow), I knew that I wanted lots of lamps (for a warm glow), and a community based space for my students to hang out.

This year, I decided on 2 themes that I was going to base my whole year plan on. It was a hard choice, but I decided on Mindset and Literacy. Two very different elements, but two very important things that I could plan my room around. (more blog posts to come!)

In order to support elements of literacy, I created a few things in my classroom.

The first was an awesome reading corner! A place where students could see out little classroom library, hang out, and sink into a great read.

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My own little teacher space needed a makeover too. I added some cute wall paper to a filing cabinet, added some lights, and changed a few little things to have a more welcoming ‘me zone‘.

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I also found this amazing interactive bulletin board by Super Hero Teacher on teachers pay teachers! I love it because it promotes kids to read! Which is perfect for my theme! Each folder has a fact about reading, which are unique and could help students become intrigued in different topics. Then, in each folder there are reading challenges for students to complete! I think its going to be an awesome way to implement some competition and motivation in independent student reading! I can’t wait.

Also, notice how I used the wall paper to decorate the back of my filing cabinet! (I LOVE IT!)

 

The second theme, Mindset, is something different I am trying this year. Last year, I found that I struggled to keep my students on the same page. Half way through the year I created a classroom mission statement to align all our goals collectively. This year, I decided to make a growth and fixed mindset a part of the daily language an expectation for my classroom.

I created this great wall, where students can find motivation in different quotes to ensure they are promoting a growth mindset.

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I also used a series of quotes throughout my classroom to instill motivation in students through those hard times and remind them of positivity! My new circuit cutting machine was the perfect way for me to spice up all my bulletin board letters!

 

As well as this one! I think the bold letters and bitmoji thought bubbles are a fun way to remind students how a good mindset can be a game changer.

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This year I also decided on some other fun ways to change up my classroom!

Check out my DOOR!

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Organization was another big thing that I wanted to change. I pride myself on being super organized already. BUT a few things needed some updating. I created this little curtain wall for some exposed shelf’s in the back of my classroom so that I could organize all the ‘kid free’ stuff without them seeing it AND still making it look clean and simple. I love the new clean look. I just got the curtains at the dollar store and hung them with these great command hooks!

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I also changed all my labels for farmhouse themed ones to go with my clam/ neutral theme!

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I was inspired by some other amazing instagram teachers to convert my former ‘wall of awesome’, to a wall of awesome work with a few llama friends :)!

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Perhaps my favorite part of the classroom are my paper flowers! I absolutely love how they add elements of color and happiness to the bare walls. I think they create an atmosphere that is welcoming and (although a bit feminine) so pretty.

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I also made a large change to my furniture and invested in these tables! Last year, many of my desks started to break. I thought for weeks on how I was going to fix this issue. Should I keep the desks, should I move them, should I keep some… goodness the list went on. I finally caved and got these amazing tables at IKEA (teachers, they were only $41 each- so worth it). The thing about these tables, is that it is going to change the whole dynamic in my classroom. We are going from desks to community collaboration where students are working and sitting together. SO WORTH IT. (should out to my awesome sister who built all of them!)

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The biggest part of my classroom is that it is an extension of the person and teacher I am to my students. I put so much love and care and passion into my teaching and my classroom and I want students to feel welcomed and feel that passion and excitement when they walk into my door. I want us to share magical experiences as we read though books together and learn about the current events that are fluttering in our world. I can’t wait to teach them how a positive mindset can be a game changer no matter what kind of day you’re having. AND I can’t wait to create meaningful relationships and memories with every single one of my new students.

This classroom is from the outside complete, but I now have a TON of work on the inside to make this classroom theirs.

I can’t wait to see what these new walls have to bring.

Cheers,

Miss Rylance

PS. This post is dedicated to all the amazing helpers who made this classroom a reality. (You know who you are, and I love you all)

 

Surviving Teaching Year 2!

WE MADE IT!

The end of June is here, and its safe to say that we survived teaching for this school year! WHOOP!

June is always a bittersweet month for teachers; teacher burnout is evident, the days seems more like years, fun times are had, the rewards of all your hard work with the students pay off and sadly (or sometimes happily) you say good bye to your batch of students. I always feel like I am on board an emotional roller coaster in June- I want them to leave, I want them to stay, I feel like I have failed, I feel like I made a difference, I hope I did enough, I hope they leave my classroom better, I know they left my classroom better, I wonder what next year’s students will be like, I wonder if I taught everything they needed... its quite the ride.

As i’m sitting here in my empty classroom, with the bulletin boards down and the chaos for 8th grade tucked away (for now), I think about the students that made this classroom theirs. All the memories and adventures and risks that were experienced this year and it makes me SO proud. I often write a lot about how being a teacher is hard but rewarding, and I think that in moments where time seems to stop, like the one I am in right now, its clear that all the struggle and crazy and stress that happens in the profession of teaching is so absolutely worth it.

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Recently, I was interviewed by the Teachers on Fire podcast and in the interview Teachers on Fire host, Tim Cavey, asked me what the hardest part of being a teacher is and how I get through those hard times. It was a hard one for me to answer because the truth is, there are hard things everyday, but the greatness over shadows those hard times.

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My answer to him was this, that no matter what anyone says teaching is a hard job but the hardest days are when we don’t believe in each other or we don’t believe in ourselves as teachers. So, the way I get through those hard moments is taking them as learning moments, periods of growth, funny stories and moving forward. My challenge in these last few years as a new teachers was to focus on the amazing and spectacular things that were going to come with this journey, and it has made the experience beautiful.

Surviving Teaching was the inspiration for that positivity. For those days when it is hard to see the good, for the moments that are so amazing that I want to share with the world, for the stories that need to be told beyond the walls of my classroom.

As I close the chapter of my second year as a teacher, I thank you guys for following my journey, learning from my experiences, and joining in the joy.

Have a fantastic summer!

Cheers!

Miss Rylance 

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Culture in Second Language Learning

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of culture for my Ukrainian as a second language students. In all of the fun, I really reflected as a teacher of the importance of pairing cultural awareness and elements in second language learning.

I think among many second language teachers this concept is debated.

Is it really worth the time to teach students cultural elements over language structure and components? OR is it simply the worth of second language classes to teach primarily language?

I am on the side of- yes, not only is it worth it… but it is crucial.

Based on my experience, pairing cultural elements with second language acquisition is  the key to student motivation in second language learning. If students feel like they are a part of the larger picture and understand the life that people who embody that language have, they are more likely to WANT to use the language, invest in their own learning AND continue in language programs in higher grades.

Throughout the year, I use cultural holidays and religious events to embed cultural components into language curriculum, but this month I did a few extra things to make my students proud to be second language learners…pride is SO important.

  1. We hosted a Ukrainian Day on Ukraine’s Vyshyvanka Day (Ukrainian Shirt Day)

    Here are some of the awesome things that my students organized:

    -Blue and Yellow face paint (Ukraine’s flag colors) for all students.
    -Name Tags of translated names for all students.
    -Ukrainian Folk music over the intercom
    -Perogy and Ukrainian Kubasa Sausage sale at lunch. (Where all proceeds went to support Ukrainian war effort)
    -Kolomayka Dance (Circle Dance) in the gym at lunch hour
    -Ukrainian Photo booth with Props

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    All of these things were great initiatives to get students involved in promoting culture and pride for their second language learning. Many students said that they would have liked to do it more than once this year, but the important thing was that it instilled a sense of pride and accountability for their second language learning.

  2.  In their language classes, cultural elements are embedded. With my grade 8 class, we learned Ukrainian vocabulary in relation to food. We then were able to go into the home economics room and cook 2 recipes using the Ukrainian vocabulary we learned.

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    All the students love eating and cooking to it was a great success for engagement.

    Within my grade 7 class, we learned about cool facts about Ukraine. They could choose what ever topic they wanted and then they made a 2 minute vlog video about their findings.

    Just like Canadian culture, we looked at a series of vloggers that exist in Ukraine and listened to their take on different current topics happening in their lives. The students loved it because they all have their favorite ‘YouTubers’ that they follow.

    They were so excited and invested to use language to create their own vlog- it was awesome.

  3. Edmonton (our city) hosted its first ever Ukrainian festival (UFest) this past weekend because of the large community that exists here. Many of my students attended with their families and were in the festivities.

    I decided to volunteer for the event to prove our involvement in the community outside of our classroom. I believe it is so important to extend the knowledge that I am trying to instill in my students to the rest of the community.

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    The festival was a HUGE success and it was great for many of my students to see me active in the community able to support culture.

The reality is that language is culturally acquired skill. The importance of second language students understanding the culture that their language comes from and the way that people live using that language is crucial. Otherwise, there is limited engagement as the the ‘why’ it is important to continue to invest in learning.

If you’re a second language teacher, I challenge you to take on some cultural elements in your classroom! Try it out and see how it goes!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance 

 

Blogging in your Classroom!

I think the power of digital literacy is MASSIVE for our students. Our world is moving to a place where digital portfolios, websites, and blogs are becoming prominent features of information sharing, business, and the job market.

In my classroom, I felt that equipping my students with background of how to create a blog and how to navigate their way through using digital media was crucial for preparing them for their futures.

I believe that by the time they are ready to depart into the working world, the ability to create digital portfolios and represent themselves online will be very important. SO I decided that every student in my class needed a blog.

I started with an online platform for classrooms called Edu Blogs. It is an awesome way for teachers to control what students are posting online, while still giving them the freedom for creativity.
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With this platform, each student can create their own blog while getting posts pre-approved by me (their teacher) and they can read each others work for student encouragement and support.

The first phase of this project was developing the blog and giving them a series of quick writes to create a series of their first blog posts. This was an amazing way to get students writing, reflecting and creating online.

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Students loved it. They had ownership of their own work, they were creative and they were using literacy skills that they were excited about.

Part 2 of this project was forming a Lit Circle around their blog.

For those of you who are not familiar, Lit Circles are small groups of students who gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach.

My idea, was to give students a book tasting with different genres and books associated with each genre so that each student would be reading a book they were interested in. This was a great way to collaborate with my librarian and get students interested in what they were reading.

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We transformed the library into a little restaurant and students recorded the books they wanted to read on a little menu card.

It was great!

I then had students choose the book they wanted and section it into 4 parts.

Having each student read a different book was a challenge in figuring our how we would all finish at the same time. The 4 parts of the book turned into their 4 weekly reading goals. At the end of each of the 4 weeks, students had to get to the end of their part.

They then created a new tab in the blogs to record their progress with the book they were reading.

At the end of each week I am posting a series of questions they need to answer in regards to their books. This will be a way for them to reflect, analyse, and write about the literature they are reading while keeping current with their blogs and using technology in the classroom.

I am SUPER excited about this cool project.

Let me know if you have ever done a lit circle in your class!

Miss Rylance

Student Leadership

Often, when I tell people I teach grade 8 they often give me a reaction like “oh good luck” or “yikes, how do you do it” or my favorite “well I wouldn’t want your job“… and my reaction is usually “I love mine, my kids are great“.

The reality is that students who are around the ages of 11-14 have a bad stigma attached to them in our world (for some weird reason). I have been thinking about why these brilliant and creative minds in my classroom are seen in our society somehow as threatening or juvenile, and I know that definitely our adolescent years are the times that we make mistakes, fail, try again and they are most likely going to experience those things, but why they are so feared is beyond me.

I was also thinking the last little while how as a society we could put more responsibility on our youth  to be the centers of change and come out as the heroic people I know them to be. If you look in the United States right now, youth are leading the charge to change gun violence laws… brilliant!

How can we as teachers continue to foster this type of movement and create students who are willing to take the plunge?

My solution… Student Leadership

I’m not talking necessarily about a leadership team (which is also awesome and essential), I am talking about individual responsibility and accountability on each student beyond academics to be an inner leader.

I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about creating a class mission statement for your classroom, which is essentially a set of principals that you build your class off of. By implementing this, I have seen a big change in my grade 8’s taking ownership of their actions.

Although we are still trying to figure out how to instill student accountability into every student here are 2 awesome things that have helped so far.

  1. Create a school APP.

    I got this idea from an awesome conference I attended when a high school, in a rural community in our province talked about their successes with a school APP and unifying their student body. When I saw their presentation, I thought… we can totally do this.

    So what did I do…. I googled ‘how to build an APP’ and created our own school APP. It has been awesome! All social media accounts are linked, student announcements, bulletins, updates… and it is an awesome way to make students accountable AND create positive school spirit.
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    If your school doesn’t have an APP… its needed. 

  2. Student led assembly’s (ENTIRE student ran)

    We felt that our students needed a greater voice and representation within out walls. Instead of religious celebrations or sports based pep rally’s, we needed a way for EVERY student to be represented.

    We gave them the task of creating their own assembly and then stepped back and waited to see what they created.

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    And it was brilliant!

    Giving students the voice and choice to represent what they choose in an assembly is a great initiative.

 

These two things are not difficult to achieve within a school, and perhaps you have a few of your own. BUT student leadership is necessary to success.

Have a great week!

Miss Rylance

Living with Intention

These last few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. Spring break brought a much needed pause in the insanity and busyness of being a new teacher.

Spring break gave me the greatest gift of all… a new FIANCE! And I am over the moon to share that I will now be making the remarkable shift from Miss to Mrs! The day that he asked me to be his wife was the best day of my life, met with joy and so much excitement for our future… a journey I can’t wait for.

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The weeks coming back, and most teachers know were difficult. The shift to the last chunk of the year. The push of trying to motivate students past the spring break brain while still trying to see the silver lining.

Although it was difficult, lots of awesome things happened. 

  1. Awesome Japanese Cultural Field Trip for social studies!
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  2. Cooking using second language vocab in Ukrainian!
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  3. Sharing my knowledge about cultural links to language acquisition at a community networking event!

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All of these things make my heart so happy in thinking about the growth my students are experiencing.

However, tragedy also stuck our community. On April 6, 2018 a terrible accident involving the Humboldt Bronco Hockey Team happened leaving 16 dead and 12 injured. This accident sent ripples through our country, our community, and my family.

Being in Canada, it is easy to identify with these boys and this tragedy. Everyone either plays hockey, has a child who plays hockey, or knows someone who plays hockey. Most people have experienced long bus trips across the prairies. People know the dedication, determination and passion that these players had and the incredible future they had in front of them. All of these elements break the hearts of Canadians. For the players, coaches, trainers, announcers, first responders, families, friends… for everyone.

For my family, it struck a chord deeper. My brothers grew up playing competitive hockey and as my Dad puts it ‘ there is one degree of separation between everyone in the hockey world’. We knew these boys. My sister loved one of these boys. My brother played in the same league as these boys. The reality of loss has been draped over my family.

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It has been so hard. 

In all of this. I have been trying to determine why. I have been trying to understand how good could come out of this situation.

But then this happened. 

A country standing behind a team. Behind players. Behind Canadian boys. Uniting together regardless of belief, religion, background, values… with one vision it was understood that with intention we were one.

AND my students become my beacon of hope.

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I took this as motivation to find the why.

I believe that it is integral that we live life with intention every day. I am not talking about goals or dreams (which are also important). I am talking about the little things. 

  • Taking time to answer a phone call from a loved one when you really ‘don’t have time’.
  • Exchanging a smile with the person making your coffee in the morning.
  • Telling the people you love how much they mean to you.
  • Doing things daily that make you happy.
  • Doing the things that scare you.
  • Sweating, and rewarding your body with exercise.
  • Eating the cheese pizza even if it isn’t good for you.
  • Take the trip.
  • Spend the money.
  • Stress less.
  • Be late.
  • Slow down.
  • Live with intention everyday.

My heart breaks for everyone suffering from this loss, and I pray for you, the people who we lost and all the people who are still fighting for their lives.

But as our Country moved forward, and pick up the pieces… I challenge you to find your daily intention.

#HumboldtStrong

Miss Rylance

Feeling Lucky

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My sisters and I had the chance to visit Ireland for the first time last year and since that moment my love for Irish culture, traditions, and appreciation of life has grown so much.
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My favorite part of being in Ireland was learning about their pride and experiencing the brilliance of their culture and this week I was excited to bring that culture into my classroom.

Each year, I remind my students of the greatness that St. Patrick ushered into Ireland and how we can learn from his perseverance and persistence he encompassed in working to free the Irish of oppression; however, this year I took it a step further in my class. I took a moment for gratitude.

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I find that sometimes it is important to stop for a moment and ask ‘why am I lucky’, ‘what am I grateful for’, and in the spirit of the Irish and those lucky charms that were floating in the air I tasked my students with an awesome St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room.

It was my first time facilitating an escape room for my students and I loved it and so did they. They used QR codes and their technology at each task, were engaged, working together, learning about their faith and St. Patrick and building critical thinking skills- it was awesome!

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Shout out to ‘Oh the Humanities’ for this awesome find!

I also took a minute and asked students to reflect on what they feel lucky to have! It was perfect for a quick reflection, building empathy, and a writing task to start class.

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Here is a link to my teachers pay teachers account for your FREE download of this awesome resource. 

Of course, after the students reflected on their luck, they were rewarded with the leprechaun cookie. This piece of gratitude from me was to remind them that I am lucky because I have them. My students are truly my lucky charms and they remind me of that daily.

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PS. Check out my awesome St. Patty’s outfit!

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Have a Lucky St. Patty’s Day!

Miss Rylance

Here’s to all the Women!

Potentially the thing I am most passionate about is strong, committed, graceful women in the past, present and future. The women that have gotten us here, the women who are working to be amazing today, and my amazing students who are going to grow into those amazing women.

As March began, I was so excited to usher in International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Not only to shine light on influential women in the world and in history in my classroom and with my students, but also to celebrate the amazing women and mentors in my life today.

In my classroom, I often take time to make my students aware of AMAZING women who have shaped history, taking the extra moment to give them information and build awareness. BUT I love that this month gives us an excuse to celebrate the weakening gender gap and cheer on the greatness that has become.

Some things I did in my classroom this week to promote Women’s History:

1. I partnered my grade 8 class with a grade 6 class and together we created a wall mural to celebrate women in history (which will be displayed out of my classroom)
If you want your own… check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers!

2. Since we are doing poetry in English, I got students to write a bio poem about a a woman who in their opinion has shaped history positively.

For those who aren’t familiar with a bio poem check it out!

3. Daily quote of the days/ Morning Music selections were all by women

It is so important for all of my students to understand all facets of history and our world and I challenge you this month to take the extra little bit to make sure they know the significant women who are a part of the story.

This week, I want to dedicate my post to all the incredible women and mentors in my life. I want to say THANK YOU to all the women who continually inspire, push and support me. You guys all know who you are, but truly from the bottom of my heart thank you. You are all my ‘why’ every day.

To my students, thank you for continuing to find in you the motivation to do amazing things. I can’t wait to see what you do with the amazing abilities you have. 

I recognize that it is because we support each other that greatness is possible and I feel honored to be chosen in your tribe.

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To all women out there, lets support each other.

Cheers,

Miss Rylance