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Michelle Ferre  TEACHER | VLOGGER | TPTER | ORGANIZER 🍎 4th grade teacher in MD 🎓 Sponsored Capella Student 📝 TpT: bit.ly/pocketfulofprimarytpt 🎥 YOUTUBE CHANNEL:

IT’S OKAY TO STRUGGLE 👌🏼
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None of us have perfect days every single day. That’s the reality of teaching... there are good days and not so good days 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Even teachers with decades of experience will agree... you never fully have it all figured out and there will still be times when you struggle. THAT’S OKAY! ❤️
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Last week was definitely one of those weeks where I was riding the struggle bus 🚌 I was tired. My lessons were blah. I felt uninspired. Sound familiar?
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Just remember that you aren’t alone. We all experience the same feelings, just at different times. Be gracious with yourself and remember you are still a rockstar teacher 🍎
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You can watch the full vlog with the link in my profile or the bit.ly link below:
bit.ly/teachervlog183

FIND THE PEOPLE THAT GET YOU ❤️
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Those that know me in real life know that I am very much an introvert. I’ve never been one to have tons of friends 🤷🏻‍♀️
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One of the reasons is because I find social interactions in general EXHAUSTING! One of the ways I cope with stress is just isolating myself and stopping my communication with others.
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I am so thankful for these ladies because they GET me! They understand when I shut down and don’t talk for a while. They support me when I need it and are always, always there for me. I can’t ask for anything else.
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One year ago today I was traveling to visit these amazing ladies and I hold those memories so tight because they truly are my squad. They are my group that I can always go to and know I will be understood ❤️
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So thank you @teachlikeagirl, @makingastatementinsped, @missjohnstonsjourney, and @megslope! I am not always the most present friend but I am always, always here for you too.

YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS!✨
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It is okay to take time for YOU! But what exactly does that mean?
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That doesn’t mean sleeping in half an hour or painting your nails. Taking time for you means FULLY disconnecting.
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I personally think this should happen at least once a week. Disconnecting means not even THINKING about school and not feeling GUILTY about it!
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I know what you’re thinking... “it’s impossible for me to not think about school!” I get it. I’ve been there. But it isn’t impossible. You have to LEARN to disconnect. It’s hard at first but it gets easier.
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I used to be proud of myself for how often I worked on things for school. Now I’m proud of myself for putting myself first ❤️

ORGANIZATIONAL TIP 💡
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I always have a TON of materials for math. Between task cards, templates, and games, it is a LOT to store! 😬
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I grabbed these drawers on sale at @michaelsstores two years ago and absolutely LOVE them! 😍
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Each one has 8 drawers which is perfect since I have 15 math units! Inside each drawer are the vocabulary cards, task cards, templates, and games I use for the unit 👍🏼
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The black and white labels are part of my Assorted Bright Labels which are EDITABLE! These are the 2 inch by 4 inch labels which fit perfectly under the handle ❤️
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You can grab the labels here:
bit.ly/assortedbrightlabels

HAPPY #FABFITFUNPARTNER RIGHT HERE 😍
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The best part? You get FULL SIZE brand name products! You get hundreds of dollars of products for less than $50! 😍
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If you want to grab your own winter box before they sell out, visit www.fabfitfun.com and use my code POP10 for $10 off your first box! 🙌🏼
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This post was in partnership with @fabfitfun but the opinions are my own as always ❤️

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR ASSESSMENTS? ✏️
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My students had two major assessments last week which meant lots of REVIEW! In my weekly classroom vlog, I go over my absolute FAVORITE review game! 🏀
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You can watch the full video with the link in my profile or the bit.ly link below:
bit.ly/teachervlog182

THANK YOU VETERANS! 🇺🇸
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Thank you so much to all those who have served and continue to serve in the military! ❤️
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Today we honor and thank you for your commitment and sacrifice to our county and our people!
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Special shoutout to both of my grandfathers who served in the Navy and my dad who served in the Army!

When I think of you, I think of our weekly bike rides to Wendy’s for lunch in the summers, our Wednesday night dinners at Holly’s Restaurant during the school year, and the white Lifesaver mints you always kept in your fanny pack (which burned my mouth but I always took one anyway). I think of your sense of humor, your toughness, and your constant love. I think of how lucky I am to be your granddaughter. I miss you already. ❤️

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS ❤️
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One of my favorite class rewards is allowing my students to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to have on their desk for the day.
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I always thought fourth graders would be “above” stuffed animals but NOPE! They LOVE them! 🐻
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One of my favorite moments was when I turned my back for a minute and then turned around to see this at an empty desk next to the student 😂
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I literally could not stop laughing. The pencil though ✏️😂
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This is what I love about fourth grade. They are mature and independent but also so young at heart ❤️

MY FAVORITE REVIEW GAME! 🏀
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If you aren’t playing Trashketball in your classroom, you NEED to try it! Thank me later 💁🏻‍♀️
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Here’s the simple explanation:
▪️Students play on teams
▪️Teams answer questions
▪️Correct answer = 1 point and one shot at the basket to earn bonus points
▪️Incorrect answer = no points and no shots at the basket
▪️Most points wins!
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All you need to play is a trash can, ball, and some questions! The only prep required is coming up with the questions and I even have a template you can use!
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My template comes with both PowerPoint and Google Slides versions! There are also templates for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 questions! Just type your questions and answers and you are ready to play (the slides are all hyperlinked) 👍🏼
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You can purchase the template (which you can use again and again for any subject and any grade level) using this link:
bit.ly/trashketballtemplate
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If you want to get even fancier, you can get this basketball hoop trash can from @bedbathandbeyond or @amazon and get a toy basketball from @partycity or @fivebelow! 🏀
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Do you play Trashketball in your classroom? Let me know in the comments! 👇🏼

CHANGE YOUR MINDSET! ☀️
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How often do you dread the start of the week? You didn’t finish everything on your to-do list and you’re already exhausted. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
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You have to make a CHOICE to chance your mindset. Choose to be thankful you get to go to work on Monday! You are lucky to teach your students and make an impact on their lives 🍎
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So here’s to a happy Monday! You are alive. You got to make a difference today. You made someone’s day brighter ☀️

NEW CLASSROOM VLOG ALERT! 🍎🎥🚨
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This week’s vlog has classroom management ideas, my Halloween costume, and a Halloween STEM activity! 🎃
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Halloween week is always super hectic (especially when Halloween is on a Wednesday) but my secret is to just embrace the crazy! ❤️
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You can watch the full vlog with the link in my profile or the bit.ly link below:
bit.ly/teachervlog181

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