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“Teaching” during COVID-19

“What is the difference between remote and distance learning?”

everyone around the world

-During our current situation I’ve heard the terms “remote” and “distance learning” being thrown around. The term that I’ve been hearing lately is “online learning” which made me realize you can call it whatever you want but I am sure everyone may have similar feelings towards each.

What is it like?

I’ve been connecting with my kiddos through Teams (video conference calls) for about six weeks now (this is week number 6 for us) and I still miss seeing my kiddos in our regular school setting. I must say that our Principal and Assistant Principal have done an amazing job helping everyone and ensuring everyone remains connected, not only as “staff” but as a family. We are truly very blessed to have our school’s counselor available not only for our kiddos and their families but for our staff too. The district also has a program for our children to get breakfast and lunch everyday.

In addition, it is a work in progress that we keep trying to celebrating and embracing everyday. Some days in my intervention groups, I have 2-3 kiddos sign in, other days I have more. I must admit, it is often very hard to remain positive, but that’s when having a team and family come in. Although I am literally plugged to my laptop from 8 to 5 sometimes. My back is literally killing me as well as my neck pain. Something that I am enjoying is using the restroom whenever I want to.

With this said, I can not imagine what educators that have children of their own are going through. Personally, I do not have any children of my own, but I have a sister with special needs. I try to create as many learning experiences and as many entertaining memories for her but she misses school. It breaks my heart that she does not understand what is going on and why she can not see her friends. However, I am grateful that I get to see her beautiful smile everyday. I am also very blessed to spend more time with my mom at home.

What did you have to make peace with?”

My therapist

I have not completely made peace with everything but I am learning to let go of things I have no control over. I am heart broken. I am so sad I did not get a chance to give my kiddos and colleagues a proper goodbye. I did not get a chance to hug them as much as I would of liked. It makes my heart hurt that they will not get a chance to sign my yearbook or share stories with me. I also will not get the chance to hug to say goodbye to my teacher/friends that are retiring and moving. I did not get a chance to train my future safety patrols. The only thing that helps me find comfort is knowing that God has a plan.


I hope to be back soon. I love you all very much. I also appreciate all the sweet messages and all the shares. I pray you are doing well.

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Baby Gifting Ideas + Advice?

Two close friends are having babies! Yes, that’s right! I am excited! I’ve went to different cites but most of the places don’t carry enough “neutral” tones. Below are some links of items I found on Amazon. I am open for suggestions.

-Thank you all.

Dark tones

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Light tone

Footie

Washcloth (6 count)

Baby Healing Ointment (Aquaphor)

Tooth Fairy Box

 

I will be updating this post.

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My Secret Teaching/Learning During Quarantine Tool + Angelman Syndrome

Hi! I know it’s been a while but a lot has happened since the last time I blogged! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Before I start, I wanted to mention a special company that is so dear to my heart, Educational Insights! 

If you know me, you know I brag about them 24/7. I honestly love this company and everything they stand for. My kiddos and I love using their tools in our classroom! A while back, before the COVID-19, my kiddos and I received a gift! Not a regular gift, a cool educational gift!

IMG_4452 (I keep all our Hot Dot Pens and cards in this container for my kiddos to place back and that way we can keep it organized.) I also had 2-3 kiddos trying to take them home.

My kiddos enjoyed working with our Pete the Cat and Ollie! They loved our sets! Since the day the started to use them, I could see their confidence building up! If they made an “oopsie” they would look at it again and when they got it right they cheered! You can also find out what other items I use from Educational Insights and how I incorporate them in our learning environment by clicking this other post here. 

However, since we are under “digital learning” or “working/learning from home” not all my kiddos were able to take a Hot Dots pen home with them. Instead, we are able to pull up resources provided on their website! 

In addition, they provide all types of learning resources for all KIDDOS! Including kiddos in the early stages of learning! I recently purchased the Playfoam, and let me tell you, it is wonderful for therapy!

Many of you may not know, but my younger sister has Angelman Syndrome. She is currently 16 years old but due to her development delay I would say she is still in the early learning stages. Since we are learning from home, she is not able to receive her services for her safety and her therapists. So now more than ever, my mom and I are responsible for providing those sensory and learning opportunities for her. This Playfoam is perfect! The texture is amazing! Crystal really enjoys it! Plus, its mess free! That’s right! We don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess! We recently replaced her old sensory box with one filled with Playfoam and a couple of different objects.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll upload a picture here! You can also find Educational Insights on Amazon! If you are interested in purchasing from their website they always have promo codes! As of today, they have a 30% off site wide (excluding sale items) with the code LEARN.

Check them out! Also, if you would like me to do a blog post about #Angelman Syndrome let me know! I’m more than happy to let you all in a special place in my life!

Also, this blog is not sponsored. All recommendations are legit!

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Classroom Essentials from Amazon! + Teacher Edition!

Welcome! Today I will be sharing my favorite classroom (teacher edition) essentials I can not live without! I’ve included links in case you are interested in a product.

Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Some of the links are affiliate links. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, I make a very small sales commission that will help my blog. I also like to see what items we share common interest.

With this said, lets get started!

  1. Scents! When I moved into my classroom, I wanted to make sure my classroom had a special touch! I wanted everyone that entered my classroom to feel welcome and cared for. As I mentioned on my instagram, I use the oil plug ins in my classroom and the automatic spray holder for my home. Out of all the scents, the Cashmere woods is literally my favorite! I also tried oil diffusers, click here if you would like to compare them.
  2. Skin Sticks! Yesss! My very first one was given to me as a gift! My friend/mentor introduced me to them and now I have three! I am equally obsessed with the Bamboo and Almond & Honey . As a teacher, I spend most of my free time washing my hands as much as possible! Water can quickly dry our hands,  the skin sticks are travel friendly and fun to use. They are super easy to use and leave my hands feeling A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They don’t leave my hands feeling oily, instead they lock in moisture that can literally last me a whole day! If you get a chance you should try them out! Click here, if you are interested.
  3. Propolis Spray! Yup, that is right! Unfortunately, I tend to get sick every season! My friend/mentor introduced me to Beekeeper’s Natural throat spray! If you would like to compare prices, click here. I trust Beekeeper’s Natural spray because it is alcohol-free, keto friendly, uses raw honey, and only contains THREE ingredients.
  4. VapoRub + Excedrin! There are days when my migraine symptoms will not go away, for those days I have VapoRub! I often get laughed at for using vaporub for almost everything! But it works! I apply some to my temples and nape. With this said, I keep a bottle of Excedrin inside my desk! Since I was 10, I was diagnosed with both Migraine with aura. I was under a special treatment for 4 years and unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. The older I get the worst it gets. Excedrin is here for me and helps me get through a day of teaching!
  5. Sanitizing and disinfecting! Last year we experienced a stomach virus at my school! As an EIP teacher I work with almost 60+ kiddos a day and interact with a lot more! Our janitorial staff used Purell multisurface disinfectant spray to sanitize and disinfect the school. Every afternoon I spray lysol disinfectant spray on desk, tables, materials, and chairs. I also like the way it doesn’t leave a residue behind!

Thank you so much for your support!

Let me know what your essentials are!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Shopping with joy! + Newest Amazon Fav.

Welcome!

It is finally February! I hope this month brings us all the patience we need. This month I decided to mention my latest buys from Amazon! As many of you know, most of the items in my classroom have been purchased through Amazon. However, I’ve decided this post will include home and personal care items!

-My fun educational tools from Amazon will be going live next week. 🙂

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1. If you are like me, you will definitely love this magnetic key holder! I always struggle finding my keys! It is super easy to use and it holds AirPods too! Click here, to shop.

 

 

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2. My goal for 2020 is to drink more water! I’ve own so many different water bottles, but nothing tops this one! Its is so sturdy, handy, and low-key cute! So far I’ve dropped it twice, and it has not leaked a bit! Plus, it has a straw. Check out the wrist strap! Available in so many different colors! Click here, to shop.

 

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.03.46 PM3. This tool has been so essential lately! When I traveled to Mexico, I accidentally left it home! It is perfect if you travel and like to avoid overweight fees! I’ve attached this picture from Amazon. As I mentioned before, I misplaced it. Click here, if you want to see the other colors.

 

 

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4. Hate lint on your clothes? I’ve own one of these for about seven years now! It is super easy to use and clean! To see it in action, scroll all the way to the bottom! To get your very own, click here. 

 

 

 

 

5. This next item is one that I have had for a while now. This baby here has helped me with my anxiety and depression. It refreshens my mind and takes my worries away, even if it is just for a quick minute. I also use the minute timer at school. Click here, to check it out! 3F887218-F7A4-4D12-84A9-9FD2E40E4B30

 

 

 

 

Click here for my newest obsession.

I was rushing trying to get “instagram worthy” pictures of my items, but I decided to just post the ones I already have:
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Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, but it will support my blog.

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

 

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Made it to Winter Break!

Welcome!

As you can see I’m so excited! It’s official! I made it to Winter break! The last two weeks were very challenging, but I made it! I’m currently on the plane on my way home! Christmas Eve is almost here and I’m going to get the chance to spend it with my family! I haven’t been home for about three years now! I’m so excited! I’ll finally get a chance to meet some of my family members from my momma’s side and I can’t wait!

I also have to vent about my terrible experience with Delta! I’m so disappointed. Every time I fly, I always fly with Delta. However, this is my second time traveling with my sister and mom through Delta. The first time was wonderful compared to today! The staff members in the check-ins and the Homeland security crew were so so rude!

Furthermore, traveling with my sister isn’t an easy process as we wish it would be. Her wheelchair often gives us trouble. Today was so horrible I felt so sick and wanted to cry! Yes, I had a panic attack! When the checking in process and baggage check was all over, I looked over to my mom and could see that I wasn’t being dramatic at all.

My Goal For This Week: To eat tacos from Tacos Ayala, and seafood from Las Palmeras! I also have to fix my room and get rid of all my old furniture!

Happy Holidays!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Feeling Conflicted About December Holidays + A Teacher’s Diary .. Send Help..

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this cozy weather! I have my heater on, fully blasting!

As all of you know, December is here! Meaning December’s holidays have arrived. As an educator, my weakness is trying to cater to everyone. With this said, I try to remain as neutral/unbiased as possible. I am aware that not everyone celebrates a certain holiday in December. So I take certain measures to ensure everyone in my classes feel welcomed. However, I’ve recently encountered a small teacher guilt moment. Many of my older kiddos have noticed the classroom does not have an elf on the self (their homeroom does), nor is our classroom decorated with Santas and reindeers (other classrooms are.) My classroom looks pretty much very blah at the moment. Although, I added a gnome and a tealight holder (it looks much better now than before.)

As I walk around, I see most of my colleagues so happily in their holiday sweaters, cute Santa earrings, and their classroom doors are tremendously festive. Then, there is me. I seriously feel like the grinch, it’s official, one of my kiddos called me out. I am unsure of what to do. Of course, I will be doing goodie bags for my kiddos that may include a snowflake pencil or a couple of Winter related items but I am unsure if I should include Christmas items. The last thing I ever want to do is offend or disrespect my children’s culture and beliefs. Have you felt like this before? If so, let me know I am not alone.

Am I officially a grinch? Help me, please.

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P.S. I normally don’t wear other earrings (I like to stick to my knot ones), but I caved and now own these Snowmen earrings.

 

 

 

*Side note: I purchased the beautiful handmade holiday gnome and tealight holder from a very talented colleague.

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Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.

 

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Educational Tools! + Teacher Budget Friendly!

Hi! Welcome!

As an intervention specialist, I am always looking for fun, educational, and interactive tools for my children to use in and out the classroom! Since my classroom is a #TeacherFundedClassroom I am very selective of what tools to incorporate. If you follow me on instagram you know one of my favorite brands is Educational Insights ®.

In my first block for the day, I have 13 kiddos. Since they are in first grade, their goals are entirely different. Most are sight words, writing sentence structure, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and I have a specific child that works with letter recognition.

To be completely honest, it is often very difficult to sit with a child one-on-one, let alone help build their confidence. With this said, it has been over a week now since my kiddo started working with the HotDots alphabet and phonics kits. I decided to pair those kits together since they go hand in hand! I highly recommend this product! I don’t think I can express how important it is to incorporate fun educational tools in the classroom.

When I finished with my assessments this week, I noticed a huge boost not only with his confidence, but with his letter recognition! I am truly amazed! I know I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I recommend this product for parents, guardians, caregivers, and/or teachers, to use with their children. It’s definitely worth the price!

This blog was not sponsored. 🖤

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