Every year I spend a ridiculous amount of time working on my room, planning, printing, laminating, cutting, organizing, filing, etc. the two weeks before school starts. By the time the first day rolls around I am completely exhausted. Don't get me wrong, I am as excited as everyone else to see my new students and kick off the year, but I look like the poor little second dog in this video.

All that preparation is important, but don't let all the demands of teaching rob you of the fun of being a teacher! Keep in mind that YOU are the most valuable resource for your students. I guarantee that in the years to come that they will remember and care way more about you as a mentor and inspiration than they will remember whether you had a Pinterest perfect classroom.

It’s hard to be at your best when you are exhausted and stressed. I still struggle with this! Make time for you and your needs, and your students will be better for it. 

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To help ease that stress just a little, a group of fabulous science sellers is givng away FOUR $100 TeachersPayTeachers gift cards! All you have to do to enter is visit each of our blogs and collect the secret words that form the secret sentence. Once you have the sentence, go to any of our Group Giveaway Rafflecopter boxes and type in the secret sentence in the right order. The winners will be picked when the giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, August the 17th.

Many of the sellers (like me!) are having their own individual giveaways so be on the lookout for those! I am giving away two $50 credits towards any resource in my store!  

Enter my $50 Store Credit Giveaway below and make sure you hop to the next blog to pick up all the secret words.

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