Tell us a little something about you...
I'm Mandy at Mandy's Tips for Teachers Blog and www.mandygregory.com. I have two cats and a husband and a stinkin' cute baby girl. She is ten and a half months old and I swear she is B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T. She can say da-da, na-na ( that's me- no ma ma for her! Nope, she likes to call me the name most grandmothers get. I'll take it- I have gray hair anyway!), Bo (my cat's name) and D (my other cat's name, Daisy). Seriously. Is she not a genius?
I went to college to be a teacher after changing my major. I had this wild hair to be an artist, even though I never took any art classes outside of the community center. Not even in high school. So I took several drawing classes, a portrait class and a watercolor painting class (which I LOVED). Somewhere in the middle of the portrait class I realized my portraits never looked like me and in my class of a whopping 12 people, I was no where near the best. I feared I would never have steady employment with my mediocre talent and decided to be an art teacher. And then I realized there are almost 0 job opportunities for art teachers since there is only one job per school and I majored in Elementary Ed. It was only fitting since I loved playing school and dreamed of being a teacher (and a waitress in first grade) as a child.
How long have you been teaching?
I think this is my tenth year. I always get confused because I started in the middle of a school year. So this is either nine and a half or ten and a half. I think it is ten and a half but they all kind blend together after the first two and the most recent two. Ehh. The kids were cute!
You might not know...
My first year of teaching a child hid a wild baby possum in her book bag (her dog had attacked it at the bus stop and she decided to "rescue" it) and snuck it out (wrapped in a jacket) on to the recess field. I caught her (and the possum) only after it had scratched about half a dozen children. I released it in the woods to let it crawl off and die in peace and realized a bit too late that this made it a bit difficult to test it for rabies. Whoops. But, I am totally prepared the next time a child brings a wild possum to school.
I have also given a child the Heimlich maneuver at school as well, but that's another story and another day.
What are you looking most forward to this school year?A new start. Not being pregnant. Not throwing up on people I work with. Finally being comfortable with third grade standards and expectations. A new approach to guided math/ math workshop. I have lots of fun new things on my plate!
What do you need to improve?I work really hard at getting organized, but have a really hard time *staying* organized. I want to learn to be a more efficient manager of my time. I still work late most days and it stressed me out trying to get home, make dinner, clean up and spend time with my husband and baby. I think I need to learn to say "no," but this is really hard for me because I *want* to do so many things!
What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?I love my Promethean board, my easel, chart paper, markers (Mr. Sketch are the BEST) and my BOOKS. I have tons and I LOVE them. I have so many they are EVERYWHERE in my house. I literally just gave away 2-3 boxes of my upper grades chapter books because I just had way too many.
That was therapeutic! See? I really am "The Most Boring Woman in the World," just like the Dos Equis guy but with a Diet Coke instead of a foreign beer.
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