What a day!

Today was my first day back and I am pooped.
How did your day go?
Seriously tell me.
I want to know that I am not the only teacher who
fell apart at about 1:00.
You were tired today too?
I hit a wall after lunch.
All the energy and joy I started the day with…. evaporated.
The good news was that recess was only 15 minutes away and
the math that ends my day was an easy lesson.
Because math was easy, I felt super competent and even
my LOWEST kids did not need me to “mother” them in the process.
This was the math.
A WHOLE lesson on tens blocks. ScOrE!
I’ll take it on an exhausting first day back.
We took pictures today.
As you can see the kids were not exhausted…
Taking these pictures is always a highlight for me as I start a new year.
I take a picture every month.
Here is January’s photo.
These are super cheap paper glasses sold at Party City.
You can get them for 50% now!
They came in a pack of 6, so I was able to take super quick pictures
during reading groups. Then, they got to wear the glasses for reading.
Since the glasses are paper I can staple them to our
New Year’s bulletin board. BoNus!
winner 1
OK, I have a hard time announcing a winner
because deep down in my heart I want ALL my readers to win.
The first comment is my first winner.
Christy and Tammy you won!

My second winner is Linda!
Congrats my dear. Will you please leave me your email address?
Well, I love you all, and I don’t want anyone to leave empty handed.
Here is a sweet little freebie.
I adapted it from an upper grade freebie found on Pinterest, but cannot locate the original pin.
If you know or have seen the pin, do tell.
question 1

question 2
I use it in class until the kids are proficient and then
send them home as homework once a week along with the
textbook story of the week.
Download now
So how did your first day (or days) back go?


  1. You are NOT the only one. Today was my first day back and I am EXHAUSTED!!!I'm always amazed at how quickly I fall out of my routine and how much my regular schedule kicks my booty when I am back in the classroom. Here's to hoping we bounce back quickly! :) Enjoy the rest of your week, Katie. Lattes and Laughter

  2. My K's and 1's were bonkers! They were so happy to be back at school and with their friends but, MAN, they didn't stop talking! Tomorrow is only Tuesday!?!? It's going to be a long week.

  3. Hi Katie! I'm thrilled to have won this little treasure! Thank you so much, I absolutely adore it and will be using it in a few weeks when we begin our biographies unit! My email address is

    Thanks again!!

  4. Heading back tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you, & dragging like you were in the afternoon! I'll bring plenty of caffeine!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  5. Girls, you are making me feel so much better! I'm glad I'm not the only one either. And the talking! (Mine would not stop talking either.)

  6. Wooo-hooo! Thanks for the fabulous unit!!! We are so excited!

    Today was rough! I was exhausted just getting up and out the door. Our kiddos came in bouncing (plus we got a new student which just fueled the fire)and were chatty chatty chatty! Umm did we forget every rule over break? Let's just say we'll be spending some time boot campin this week! Welcome back...
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  7. My third graders started off SO sleepy that they had me fooled! I thought this is gonna be a breeze! Well 10:00 came around and they went cah-razy!!!! I still have a headache! :(

  8. We had our first day back last Thursday, but it was definitely the same for me! I was totally exhausted by like 11 am. The only good thing was that my kiddos were just as exhausted, so they were quite well behaved :)

    Hope you get back into the swing of things soon!

    Teachery Tidbits

  9. Today was day 2 for us and I had all day meetings. Can you say ZZZZZZ?? My kids were saddled with a sub on the second day back. After the meeting, I was DEAD (sometimes a day with adults is exhausting too) and then had to go back to my class to pick up the pieces from the day. So I feel you, girl--Pooped! Tomorrow's hump day, so hang in there!
    The Lightbulb Lab


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