my first week.

While we were eating dinner on Friday night, and my husband asked me an awesome question.

If you had to pick 2 words to describe your first week, what would they be? 

The first word came quick, I didn’t even have to think.


All the teachers out there know exactly what I mean. By Friday afternoon, I was basically a zombie. The walking dead. I didn’t even know my own name.

YES. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I didn’t have to think very hard about the second word either.


I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. And I feel incredibly grateful that the Lord has given me this opportunity.

To teach. To touch lives. To be an encouraging light. And to do math!

Basically, after my first week of teaching I’m feeling all the feels. Here’s a brief rundown.

  • It was H.A.R.D. Most of the time I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water.
  • At one point, I said the EXACT WRONG THING and completely confused my Precal class. And well, I felt pretty stupid.
  • The previous teacher in my position was what some might call a legend. He was there for over 25 years. He was pretty tough, but most of the students respected and admired him. That’s kind of intimidating and difficult to follow. And I can tell already that a fair number of my students are more than a little skeptical of me. That new teacher. She is verrrrrry different. 
  • The “Math is like…” activity from @MrOrr_geek was a huge hit. The administration and the English teachers loved it! My students did an awesome job with it and really surprised me with their creativity. I’m planning to post about it soon. 🙂
  • I’m super lucky. Fortunate. Blessed. Whatever you want to call it. I could not ask for a better school to begin my teaching career in. The administration is fantastic. The teachers are the real deal. I’m really thankful to be in such a positive place where I’m encouraged to be creative and do my best.
  • My first week of plans could have been an advertisement for Illustrative Math. I love how easy it is to find activities that match the standards!
  • All the praise hands for #MTBoS!!!!! I can’t say this enough.  I couldn’t have survived the first week without y’all.
  • Also, my feet hurt.

my classroom.

While I’m busy making plans for my FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL, I wanted to take a break and share a few photos of my classroom. I’ve still got some work to do… and maybe even some rearranging… but I’ve been having fun making it my own.


A sweet friend of mine made this gorgeous door hanger! You can have one too. 🙂 AbbyChicCo


These are the positive classroom norms from Jo Boaler.


The standards for mathematical practice.

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My “happy wall” behind my desk.

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Y’all are awesome banner —  a spot for displaying student work & other fun stuff.

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Word wall — hoping to add to it as the year goes on. Also, I used the number line that Sarah linked to on her blog Math = Love. (PLus she has a vertical one too!) Super easy to print out and hang up!

Horizontal Number Line. 

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The view as you walk in the door… My back corner looks a little cluttered, so I want to work on that.  But otherwise, I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂

(I need to take another picture from the back of the room. I’ll try to add that next week!)

I’m official. I have a name tag.

It’s the little things in life. It really is. Who knew that a little plastic name tag with an incredibly grainy photo could be so exciting?!

It says, “Math Teacher”. So I guess that’s what I am. It’s official.

I. Am. A. Math. Teacher.


I just finished my first day of new teacher orientation and can I confess something to you really quick? I’m one of those nerdy people who likes meetings.

I know… 


We are super annoying.


Regardless, today was really fun. I loved being around some fellow bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, naive, stars-in-our-eyes, brand spankin’ new teachers. It just felt right. And made me feel less uncool (double negative?) for being so excited about this new endeavor.

And yes, we talked about lots of overwhelming paperworky details that kind of made my want to stick a needle in my eye, but overall I’m feeling good.

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. So fortunate to work with people who really care about the students. Blessed to get paid to do something that matters. Something I love. And I’m pumped it’s FINALLY time to get started and see all that this year holds.


You know that feeling you get when your click-click-clicking up a roller coaster at the very beginning? Right before you’re about to take off? You’re kind of scared. Definitely excited. You’ve got some butterflies, for sure. But still you can’t seem to wipe the smile off of your face?

That’s the way I feel right now.

I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a wild, humbling, crazy beautiful ride.

Until next time, math nerds. 


I’m participating in #MTBoSBlaugust this year, and it’s pretty awesome. I’m hoping to blog at least twice per week during the month of August, and hopefully document some of the ins and outs of my very first month of my very first year. It’s exciting stuff, people. And thanks SO MUCH to all the kind teachers of the #MTBoS who have been so encouraging and helpful as I prepare for this adventure.