2017 Recap

Hello and happy Tuesday!

2017 was a chill year, but a great year. I just want to show you how my year went!

January

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I began 2017 with my amazing boyfriend. This was our second new years kiss with many more to come! Fingers crossed!

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This was also the month I began working out, but I still ate what I wanted!

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Ended January by having a cute frozen yogurt date with my little cousins.

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February

I took tons of pictures of my dog. Look how cute she is! Lol

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For Valentines day I decided to surprise my boyfriend with a fun water balloon fight.

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My parents even surprised my boyfriend with a new puppy, which we named Logan.

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And of course started school. Props to my boyfriend for this awesome photo!

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March

Logan had his first puppuccino, which he loved!

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Took him for tons of walks.

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Went out to eat with the whole family,

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and ended the month by visiting my boyfriends family in Corpus Christi.

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April

Began the month of April by celebrating my cousin’s baby shower to celebrate the arrival of baby Sebastian.

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Three weeks later baby Sebastian was born!

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Ended April by celebrating my little cousins birthday at her favorite place Peter Piper Pizza!

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May

Started off May by studying for my organic chemistry final exam.

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Went to San Antonio to watch a Spurs game and took a picture with the biggest spurs fan!

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Went to the Natural Bride Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, Texas and fed a buffalo!

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Watched a ton of old videos with my grandma. (Those are my parents on Jan. 1, 2001)IMG_3820.JPG

Went bay fishing with my family in South Padre Island, Texas.

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And ended the month by celebrating my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday.

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June

Started June by watching my little sister graduate from high school,

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and my cousin!

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Celebrated my sisters big achievement by having a party!

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I even rode a mechanical bull!

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Ended June by celebrating my 21st birthday!

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July

Started off by going to Las Vegas for the first time!

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Had some awesome cupcakes at the Paris Hotel.

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Took tons of pictures with my boyfriend,

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and we even got a caricature done for us!

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Ended July by trying crawfish for the first time!

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August

Started August with the thought of starting a blog,

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while someone just didn’t stop growing!

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Ended August by starting my blogging journey!

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September

Started this month by adding a new addition to the family,

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and of course school had begun!

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Was able to see my boyfriend’s aunt, who I just adore, since a long time ago.

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October

Started October by celebrating my grandpa’s birthday,

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and my boyfriends birthday!

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Ended this month by carving a pumpkin for Halloween.

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November

Spent a whole lot of time going to Starbucks because of school.

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Took Lulu to the dog park for the first time, which she loved!

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Traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family,

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and ended November by going to work!

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December

Started December by celebrating my dad’s birthday,

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and I even got to hold baby Sebastian for the first time! He wasn’t too thrilled of me.

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Took a cute polaroid picture, which is now my favorite picture of us, with my boyfriend.

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Even got to make a snow angel (who would’ve known!)

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And finally…ended the year the same way it started!

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I hope this next year is just as amazing, and I can’t wait to be able to show you what 2018 looks like.

-Ashley N. Barron

Tips for New Substitute Teachers👩🏻‍🏫


Hello and happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great day!
School has been keeping me busy these last couple of weeks, and I finally had a little bit of free time for my blog!

I honestly can’t believe that the month of September is finally over. It went by so fast! On the bright side it’s finally October which means fall decorating and Halloween!🎃

Today I want to write some tips for any new substitute teachers who are needing any extra help.

I’m currently on my third year of being a substitute teacher. I know that isn’t a lot of experience, but it’s quite amazing what you can learn in such a short time.

Here are some tips that I’ve learned and I hope they can help you out!

Setting the Mood


From the moment you step into the room the students are analyzing you. They want to see if you’re going to be a strict substitute or a pushover.
I always begin by instructing the students to have a seat and stay quiet.

I make sure to always introduce myself whether I do a full day or half day. When I introduce myself I am not Ashley, I am Ms.Barron.

I explain to them of what I tolerate and don’t. I make sure they completely understand the consequences of misbehaving. Also, a lot of students believe that we as substitute teachers don’t have a lot of power. Make sure to let them know that you were informed by their teacher that you are allowed to send students to the principals office. Even if you weren’t told or allowed it always works with my students.

I cannot emphasize how important it is to set the mood at the beginning of class. Setting the mood is by far the most important tip I can give. It will make the rest of your day so much easier if you set the mood at the beginning of class.

Prizes 


This is probably my favorite tip and has made my day so much easier.
I usually go to the Dollar Tree and spend no more than ten dollars on knick knacks. I don’t buy individual toys because that would be crazy expensive and not everyone would be able to receive a prize. I usually buy packets of little prizes similar to Peter Piper Pizza or Chuck-e-Cheeses prizes.

Spending ten dollars so your kiddos can behave is totally worth it. Ten dollars worth of prizes will usually last you a good while. I’ve also gone to target and purchased sixty mini erasers for only one dollar, which is amazing!

I always explain to the students the rules in order to be able to win a prize. If I have to call on them more than three times they will not be able to win a prize at the end of the day.

For reference, I try not to give the Pre-Kinder and Kindergarteners anything that they can eat or choke on, like the mini erasers or play-doh. I try to give them pencils or stickers for safety reasons.

Also, try not to give candy away as prizes mostly because some students can be allergic to certain ingredients in the candy or they’re just not allowed to eat certain foods.

It is always best to be safe then sorry!

Don’t have unrealistic expectations


Now this is a tip that took me a while to figure out. At the beginning I always had unrealistic expectations. I expected my kindergarteners/first graders to be completely quiet. Which is nice in a perfect world, but far from reality.
I’ve come to realize that some of my classes will never be completely quiet. We might have quiet moments here and there, but for the most part, expect the unexpected.

Overall having unrealistic expectations just makes it stressful for yourself, and for the class.

Have a middle ground 

It is important to have a middle ground when being a substitute teacher. You don’t want to be that overly-strict substitute, but at the same time you also don’t want to be that pushover substitute.

Being a substitute teacher has been a crazy roller coaster. I can definitely say that I’ve come to really appreciate what teachers do and say that their job is not easy!

I hope these couple of tips were helpful to any newbie substitute teachers and if you’re not a substitute teacher but are considering wanting to become one I highly recommend it!

It is a great job for students, parents and pretty much anyone with an unpredictable schedule. I definitely love the freedom this job has given me. As a substitute teacher, you have the option of going into work whenever you want, so you pretty much make your own schedule!

It’s great for me since I’m currently a student at a University and sometimes I have exams that I have to study way ahead of time. If I need extra time for my classes I just won’t go in, but if I have free time I can schedule in work days whenever I want.

If you like kids you’ll definitely have a great time!

I hope you have a great weekend and make it a good one!

-Ashley N. Barron

Prizes I have used:

Fun Express Mini Eraser Assortment Novelty (500 Pieces) : $9.30 plus shipping and handling.

Assorted Colorful Kids Pencils (144 pack): 14.75 plus shipping and handling