Monday, March 30, 2015

#Motivational Monday

Anybody ready for spring break?

Need some chicken soup for the next few days? 

My kids are SERIOUSLY feeling the spring fever, so as I crawled into bed last night, I thought of an idea! They need some motivation! And when I feel upset, I try to remind myself to be thankful. I try to think of all the happy ideas that I store in my pot of chicken soup. I knew I couldn't ask my students to think of EVERYTHING that makes them happy, so I capped it off at three. 

So I put it to the test today, and if you're willing to give it a try, here's what I did. Come up with three things that you love, that make you happy, or make you feel good. Come up with one thing that brings you down or bums you out. Model for the kids. And WAH - LAH! There you have it. Motivational Monday

So here are some pictures from today: 

My Motivational Monday Ticket

It actually was a rainy Monday morning today! ...Which perfectly set the mood for #MotivationalMonday! Here's a view of the kids working after I modeled this for them and posted it on the Mimio. 


This friend is apparently very competitive. [It brings me down when...] "I loose a game :(" 
I usually put happy faces in 100's when I'm grading papers... So I wonder where he got the idea to do another sad face in the "oo" of "loose" ...hehehehe... so cute!

"A lot of tests and homework." - TRUTH

(Poor Kids)
They have it so rough!

If you would like to try my #MotivationalMonday Tickets, please download the template from my google drive (click the link below), cut in half, and please come back to comment and give me feedback!


Have a great week!
~Sarah :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Autism Angel

I stumbled upon something that I wanted to share tonight. As I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, I found a video that caught my eye. I work with students with Autism on a daily basis. Although mine are extremely high-functioning, I still wonder about what makes them tick. They are such fascinating individuals, and I'm so lucky that I get to work with such angles everyday. 

We don't always have good days, but most of them are. On the other days, I somehow find myself reflecting on what went wrong - what caused such behaviors. Many of you have and/or will encounter children with Autism. Therefore, you know how each individual can be so different. 

This video is an excellent reminder of how remarkable the human brain is. And how to never underestimate the power of a child. Enjoy! :)