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Saying it all.. Grief and all..

I want to start by thanking each and every one of you all. I’ve been blogging through this platform since 2018 and honestly, I have made many friends that I will miss a lot.

I have decided to take a break.. I recently lost a very close loved one and I am having a hard time keeping myself busy or trying to find my purpose.

With this said, in my personal life, so many things are currently changing and with those changes I am required to put a lot more effort into my schedule.

I am also in the process of going into my second year of teaching! I am very nervous about COVID-19 and how my classroom and school structure will change.

Love you all and stay safe!

Posted in COVID, COVID-19, First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra De Primaria, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Time

“Teaching” during COVID-19

“What is the difference between remote and distance learning?”

everyone around the world

-During our current situation I’ve heard the terms “remote” and “distance learning” being thrown around. The term that I’ve been hearing lately is “online learning” which made me realize you can call it whatever you want but I am sure everyone may have similar feelings towards each.

What is it like?

I’ve been connecting with my kiddos through Teams (video conference calls) for about six weeks now (this is week number 6 for us) and I still miss seeing my kiddos in our regular school setting. I must say that our Principal and Assistant Principal have done an amazing job helping everyone and ensuring everyone remains connected, not only as “staff” but as a family. We are truly very blessed to have our school’s counselor available not only for our kiddos and their families but for our staff too. The district also has a program for our children to get breakfast and lunch everyday.

In addition, it is a work in progress that we keep trying to celebrating and embracing everyday. Some days in my intervention groups, I have 2-3 kiddos sign in, other days I have more. I must admit, it is often very hard to remain positive, but that’s when having a team and family come in. Although I am literally plugged to my laptop from 8 to 5 sometimes. My back is literally killing me as well as my neck pain. Something that I am enjoying is using the restroom whenever I want to.

With this said, I can not imagine what educators that have children of their own are going through. Personally, I do not have any children of my own, but I have a sister with special needs. I try to create as many learning experiences and as many entertaining memories for her but she misses school. It breaks my heart that she does not understand what is going on and why she can not see her friends. However, I am grateful that I get to see her beautiful smile everyday. I am also very blessed to spend more time with my mom at home.

What did you have to make peace with?”

My therapist

I have not completely made peace with everything but I am learning to let go of things I have no control over. I am heart broken. I am so sad I did not get a chance to give my kiddos and colleagues a proper goodbye. I did not get a chance to hug them as much as I would of liked. It makes my heart hurt that they will not get a chance to sign my yearbook or share stories with me. I also will not get the chance to hug to say goodbye to my teacher/friends that are retiring and moving. I did not get a chance to train my future safety patrols. The only thing that helps me find comfort is knowing that God has a plan.


I hope to be back soon. I love you all very much. I also appreciate all the sweet messages and all the shares. I pray you are doing well.

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Shopping with joy! + Newest Amazon Fav.

Welcome!

It is finally February! I hope this month brings us all the patience we need. This month I decided to mention my latest buys from Amazon! As many of you know, most of the items in my classroom have been purchased through Amazon. However, I’ve decided this post will include home and personal care items!

-My fun educational tools from Amazon will be going live next week. 🙂

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1. If you are like me, you will definitely love this magnetic key holder! I always struggle finding my keys! It is super easy to use and it holds AirPods too! Click here, to shop.

 

 

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2. My goal for 2020 is to drink more water! I’ve own so many different water bottles, but nothing tops this one! Its is so sturdy, handy, and low-key cute! So far I’ve dropped it twice, and it has not leaked a bit! Plus, it has a straw. Check out the wrist strap! Available in so many different colors! Click here, to shop.

 

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.03.46 PM3. This tool has been so essential lately! When I traveled to Mexico, I accidentally left it home! It is perfect if you travel and like to avoid overweight fees! I’ve attached this picture from Amazon. As I mentioned before, I misplaced it. Click here, if you want to see the other colors.

 

 

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4. Hate lint on your clothes? I’ve own one of these for about seven years now! It is super easy to use and clean! To see it in action, scroll all the way to the bottom! To get your very own, click here. 

 

 

 

 

5. This next item is one that I have had for a while now. This baby here has helped me with my anxiety and depression. It refreshens my mind and takes my worries away, even if it is just for a quick minute. I also use the minute timer at school. Click here, to check it out! 3F887218-F7A4-4D12-84A9-9FD2E40E4B30

 

 

 

 

Click here for my newest obsession.

I was rushing trying to get “instagram worthy” pictures of my items, but I decided to just post the ones I already have:
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Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, but it will support my blog.

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

 

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Made it to Winter Break!

Welcome!

As you can see I’m so excited! It’s official! I made it to Winter break! The last two weeks were very challenging, but I made it! I’m currently on the plane on my way home! Christmas Eve is almost here and I’m going to get the chance to spend it with my family! I haven’t been home for about three years now! I’m so excited! I’ll finally get a chance to meet some of my family members from my momma’s side and I can’t wait!

I also have to vent about my terrible experience with Delta! I’m so disappointed. Every time I fly, I always fly with Delta. However, this is my second time traveling with my sister and mom through Delta. The first time was wonderful compared to today! The staff members in the check-ins and the Homeland security crew were so so rude!

Furthermore, traveling with my sister isn’t an easy process as we wish it would be. Her wheelchair often gives us trouble. Today was so horrible I felt so sick and wanted to cry! Yes, I had a panic attack! When the checking in process and baggage check was all over, I looked over to my mom and could see that I wasn’t being dramatic at all.

My Goal For This Week: To eat tacos from Tacos Ayala, and seafood from Las Palmeras! I also have to fix my room and get rid of all my old furniture!

Happy Holidays!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Feeling Conflicted About December Holidays + A Teacher’s Diary .. Send Help..

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this cozy weather! I have my heater on, fully blasting!

As all of you know, December is here! Meaning December’s holidays have arrived. As an educator, my weakness is trying to cater to everyone. With this said, I try to remain as neutral/unbiased as possible. I am aware that not everyone celebrates a certain holiday in December. So I take certain measures to ensure everyone in my classes feel welcomed. However, I’ve recently encountered a small teacher guilt moment. Many of my older kiddos have noticed the classroom does not have an elf on the self (their homeroom does), nor is our classroom decorated with Santas and reindeers (other classrooms are.) My classroom looks pretty much very blah at the moment. Although, I added a gnome and a tealight holder (it looks much better now than before.)

As I walk around, I see most of my colleagues so happily in their holiday sweaters, cute Santa earrings, and their classroom doors are tremendously festive. Then, there is me. I seriously feel like the grinch, it’s official, one of my kiddos called me out. I am unsure of what to do. Of course, I will be doing goodie bags for my kiddos that may include a snowflake pencil or a couple of Winter related items but I am unsure if I should include Christmas items. The last thing I ever want to do is offend or disrespect my children’s culture and beliefs. Have you felt like this before? If so, let me know I am not alone.

Am I officially a grinch? Help me, please.

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P.S. I normally don’t wear other earrings (I like to stick to my knot ones), but I caved and now own these Snowmen earrings.

 

 

 

*Side note: I purchased the beautiful handmade holiday gnome and tealight holder from a very talented colleague.

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Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.

 

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

C h a n g e s . . .

November 9, 2019    12:22 am

#PersonalThoughts #Journaling #FirstYearTeacher #FirstYearExperience #Latinaineducation

This week was probably one of the toughest weeks I have had in the past few months. I’m having a difficult time focusing on myself, my family, my faith, my goals, and my personal life. I am not sure if this makes any sense, but I feel like I’ve lost myself. I don’t have time to do much on the weekdays or weekends. I don’t even have time for self-care days. I LOVED SELF-CARE DAYS. I am always on the go, looking for new tools and ideas to incorporate in my lesson plans to make them more meaningful. With this said, my professional life seems to be going well, I’m getting things done! However, I keep trying to map out my 2020 and I seem to be all over the place with ideas. I have posts and ideas I’ve had in my draft for the longest and I don’t even post them. My motivation is completely gone, I don’t even know what’s next from here. Everything just seems so blurry (in my personal life) with no direction at all. Looking back at who I was a couple of months ago and who I aspire to be makes me feel like I’ve gone through a “shedding” stage in life.

I recently renewed my domain and now I am not sure what’s next.

I aspire to be one of those educators that inspire their children to learn, those educators that always have everything completed before the deadline, those educators that are fit and have time to go to the gym, those educators that always dress nice, those educators that have their hair done, those educators that can balance out their personal and professional life without a struggle. If you are one of those educators, help me out, what’s the secret?

 

 

 

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My Life : Race against time..

Hi, everyone!

Welcome back!

Before you start to read this please be aware this journaling entry is very personal and it is extremely a very sensitive topic for me. Lately I have been questioning all my previous and current life changing decisions and the motives behind them and it all finally clicked.

As I am revising my 5 year plan, I’ve noticed so many events have taken place. Events that I honestly did not plan, events I had no idea would happen, and events that were expected. Back when I was in HS my 5 year plan consisted of personal growth and it has been a wild rollercoaster! As I reflect on my college years, I realize that I always felt pressured to graduate on time and finish everything in a timely manner.

After speaking to my parents and some soul searching, I realized when and where it all started. The year I lost my grandma. I lost my grandma when I was about to turn 12. As soon as I found out I canceled my birthday party. You know it is not easy to deal with the death of a loved one. But losing a grandparent is indescribable. Realizing you will not see them or speak to them or hear their voice is the most painful part of it all. Going back to Mexico and not having her around to talk to, hug, or sit with has been the worst pain in the world. Since that year I felt completely guilty. Guilty, because I felt like I ran out of time to make her proud. She did not get a chance to see me grow as an individual. She did not get a chance to see the amazing daughter (my mom) she raised be the World’s Best Mother. Ever since that I year I realized my life was a race against time. A race against time to reach my goals and make my family proud. I know that ironically death is a part of life, but I am not okay with it at all.

With this said, I realized I have always and still continue to speed up my journey. Most of the time I forget to relax and enjoy the little moments in life, even the little chaos life throws at me. The fact that it has been almost a year since I graduated college makes my realize how fast life moves and we have no control over time. “El tiempo no perdona.”

So what’s next? Instead of running full speed I plan to walk the race by the ones I love  and enjoy the time and view.

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

 

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Finding “THE” balance between my career and my personal life.

Where can I begin?

Welcome BACK!

If you are new, hi!

To be honest I don’t even know where to start. Finding a healthy balance between my career and my personal life has not been easy at all. My main goal by December is to have it worked out to a point that I don’t feel guilty for spending less time with my amores.

Why change? I personally am in a place where I love my career. I honestly love what I do. However, I feel the need to start setting boundaries between both to prevent me from “burning out” and start on building a stronger life I’ll be proud of. I realized that I’ve distanced myself from my extended family. I’m in a very long healing pathway right now.

Things that I’ve changed so far:

  1. I’ve been trying to leave my classroom at a decent time. With meetings taking up most of my afternoons, I’m trying my best to leave as soon as I possibly can to spend the rest of the afternoon at home. (Even if that means working on school work at home.)
  2. Stopped comparing my life to others. It’s super easy to get sidetracked by what others are doing. For example, watching someone else balance their life so easily. I constantly remind myself that everyone has a different story and priorities. My life is a little complex but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have two amazing teachers I admire and aspire to be like. Their priorities are in order and they do an extraordinary job teaching!
  3. Learning to say, “No.” I hate not being able to help others at times but I’ve learned that my time is valuable and there are going to be times when I have to pick myself over others. Nothing personal, it’s impossible to make everyone happy.
  4. Having an agenda. That’s right! I’ve invested in a small calendar, I have it color-coded with important dates connected with my career and personal events. I’ve also merged it with the calendar on my cellphone.
  5. Confirming appointments! Time is very valuable, so I’ve been confirming plans with my family members/ friends 24 hours in advance.
  6. Being open to evolving. Evolving is not something that happens overnight and it’s an ongoing process. It can also look very messy before it gets better so I’m learning to be even more patient.

That’s all I have, for now, thank you!

Thank you for joining me on my new journey as an educator. I can’t wait to continue to grow! Don’t forget to be kind and love one another. & always lead by example!

✐ 𝙼 𝚒 𝚜 𝚜  𝙻  𝙼  ♡

 

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Teacher Tired:​ A level of tiredness I did not know existed! + FREE SUPPLIES

Welcome back!

If you are new, Hi!

I am so excited! I just realized I gained a couple of new friends on here!

Update: I lost track of what week this is (Week 3) for me! As many of you may know, I spent the first week of school working with my kiddos in K. With this said, I am now working with my regular first through fifth-grade kiddos and will start serving my K kiddos next week!

Feeling: I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to my BTS schedule. I wake up at          5:25 am every morning and usually get home around 5:00 pm. As you can tell my sleeping schedule is all over the place! I’ve been spending most of my time doing my LP and looking up research-based interventions for my kiddos. I believe I discovered a new level to tiredness I had no idea existed!

Personal Life: Although my work schedule is currently a little intense at the moment, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my friends!  Seeing them and catching up with them is seriously the best therapy!

Current Goals: I am currently trying to stop drinking Coca-cola but it seems harder than I thought it would be! I also want to make more “teacher” friends! I even started my very own teacher Instagram!  So add me on there it is: _teachingwithjoy

Current Coping Strategies: Avoiding Caffeine, journaling, yoga (my version of it lol )

Side Note: I’ve been obsessing over succulents plants (Echeveria elegans) but I am afraid I will not care for them properly, any advice?

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