Finding your place.

I’m still very new at this whole teaching thing. And really, I’m still very new at a lot of things. Motherhood. Marriage. Life. And I don’t always feel very good at any of it.

I’m still figuring things out. If I’m honest, I’m not really very sure about much of anything. I don’t really know what I’m good at. I don’t really know what my “thing” is.

I’m not the smartest or the most creative. I’m definitely not the most organized or the most dynamic. I don’t have the prettiest classroom or the most exciting lessons. I’m not the best at twitter and I’ve only posted on this blog a handful of times. I’m giving the teacher Instagram thing a whirl, but I already know I don’t have the energy or the fancy Cricut to keep up.Β I don’t have the most experience and I don’t really have any great resources to share.


As I was thinking of all the things I’m not and all the things I don’t know, I thought of something else. Something I can do.


I can be an encourager.Β 


I can help someone remember that they matter. I can give a virtual hug (confession: I’m not much of a hugger in real life) after a hard day. I can write a note. I can be a sounding board. I can help us all remember the truth when it’s easier to believe the lies. I can be a positive voice and a supportive friend. I can be an encourager.

So maybe that’s my thing. Maybe that’s my place for right now, and probably for always. It might not be super fancy, and probably won’t get me published or make me famous–but still, it matters.


So be encouraged, friend. You have something that matters too, no matter how big or small it may seem to you. We need it. We need you. The inexperienced. The master teachers. The published authors. The bloggers with more drafts than posts. The teachers with ugly worksheets. The classrooms that belong on Pinterest. The dreamers. The rule followers. The artists. The laminated labelers. And those of us that fall somewhere in between.

Find your place, whatever it is, and live in it.

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Hello, 7th grade.

Friends, neighbors, mathematicians! I have an exciting announcement to make.

No. I haven’t forgotten that I have a blog. I’ve just been a tad busy with growing/birthing/feeding the most precious tiny human in the history of the world.

But I digress.

I’m moving to 7th grade!Β 

Yep. Call me crazy, but I’m really pumped about this new adventure.

I spent a little bit of time in a 7th grade classroom during my time at Auburn, and I absolutely loved it. And since I’m suffering from mom brain and hurrying to finish this during nap time…

REASONS I’M EXCITED. (In list form.)

  1. The content is super fun. Hello, unit rates, negative numbers, scale drawings? Yes, please.
  2. Illustrative Mathematics curriculum! Can’t wait to work my way through this awesome FREE resource.
  3. Our middle school has got it going on. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside some fabulous teachers.
  4. Seventh graders are hilarious and awkward and stinky and wonderful. Amen. (In all seriousness, 7th grade is such a formative time. I’m super excited to be a part of my students’ growth and discovery.)
  5. ONE PREP. (*ish) Technically, I have 2 preps since I have an advanced section of 7th grade, but still. It’s a very welcome change after being used to having three preps every term.Β  I’m really looking forward to having a little more focus.
  6. A fresh start. As much as moving classrooms is annoying, it’s forcing me to reorganize and be more thoughtful about my classroom set up. Big thanks to Angela Watson and the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek for giving me some good direction.
  7. I get to be a little goofy. Maybe? I’m hoping that I’ll feel the freedom to bring my silly side out a little more with the younger kiddos.
  8. I’m the only 7th grade math teacher. And while that might be a tad lonely, I’m SO thankful for the community of educators I’ve found online. I don’t know what I’d do without the #MTBoS. (Besides probably cry and quit.) BUT — this means I’ll get to see the entire 7th grade class in my room. That’s exciting!
  9. I get my students for the whole year. I’m used to changing classes every semester, and don’t get me wrong, sometimes that can be nice. But it can also be tough to really dive into the content and build deeper relationships. I think it will be SO nice to have more time them.
  10. Change. Change is good sometimes and this change is coming at a really great point for me. I’ll be fresh back from maternity leave and I know that leaving my little boy is going to be tough. On the flip side though, I have so many things to look forward to as I’m coming back to work. In my third year of teaching, I’m getting to experience something completely new and I’ve got a good feeling about it. I think 7th grade is going to be a great adventure!


I’m hoping to share my journey by blogging/tweeting/gramming about it as much as I can. Looking forward to doing this thing with y’all!