Is This How You Feel Right Now?

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Why is it that every year without fail at exactly this time of the year, teachers all over the world look and feel like our owl friend on the right?

When I saw this picture, I first laughed especially when my own son said, ‘Oh yeah mama, you definitely look like that owl, but then I realized that this is WRONG and teachers shouldn’t have to end each school year utterly exhausted, drained and looking so worn out!

Since I am now a certified wellness coach, over the coming weeks and emails I’ll help you with some self-care tips and strategies to get your new school year off to a great start and sustain the goodness throughout the rest of the year.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer holidays and really take time to unwind, sleep in, read that NON EDUCATIONAL book you’ve been dying to read, go to the movies, see friends, get back to nature, cook, laugh and take long walks.

Self-care, especially now is important because it’s time to restore balance. Your life was busy crazy up until the last day of school and so it’s really important to slow down and let your body regroup again.

It’s YOU time now so enjoy. You absolutely deserve it and it’s also part of being a Happy Whole Teacher!

I’d really love to hear from you on this one.

What are your thoughts about teacher burn out at the end of the year? What was or continues to be your major struggle when June comes around?

My hope is that with your help and this amazing community, we can share some of our experiences, struggles and insights with each other.

Share as much details as possible and remember that you could be potentially helping another teacher with similar struggles. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for being part of this awesome community.

Be safe,

Alejandra

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Magical 3D Arms

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I have started my after school activity Art and Science Extravaganza so I can have my art teaching fix! It’s so nice to be with students for a change.We are having such a good time and I will try and post as many of the activities we do so you can try them in your classrooms. Everyone loves art and everyone loves science so when you put these together you are bound to get excitement, and a lot of learning.

I saw this activity floating about on Pinterest and followed the link to a really good site: Krokotak. Here you will find lots of fun activities for all ages.

The appeal for this lesson is that it involves drawing, making patterns with makers to create an optical illusion that if done correctly is quite impressive. My club is for grades 1-3 and I found that the older kids were more successful with this particular activity. Younger students will struggle a bit however with your help, they can do it.

Start by having your students outline their hand and part of their arm with a pencil. Make sure they spread their fingers nice and wide. You will then have to model the next part which is to make black horizontal lines across the page with a permanent marker. When you get to any part of the outlined hand you make a curve or a little ‘hill’ and then continue with a straight line. Hills for the inside of the hand and fingers, straight line for any other open spaces. The lines should not be too fart apart or too close either. More details here for the process as I was too busy helping the younger students and couldn’t take photos.

Once the black lines are drawn, the magic and illusion begins with the help of colored markers. It’s best to use the thicker markers to produce even lines. I use Crayola but any good quality marker is great.

Starting at the bottom of the page, each student needs to pick one color and make a line right under each black line and do this all the way to the top of the page. Next, they get another color and make a line under the previous color and continue all the way to the top and so on. It’s important to really emphasize that you can’t change colors halfway- for the illusion to happen, there has to be a pattern. This is your cue to review what a pattern is :)

Once all the spaces are filled, you should have a 3D arm that seems to be on top of the colors–pretty awesome don’t you think?

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Become whole again and change your life. Let me show you how.

Easy Halloween Face Painting Idea

I have been battling a really strong cold or flu this week so my Halloween costume idea has not been on my priority list.

If you need a last minute idea that is really easy and looks like you spent hours and thought into it, turn yourself into a scarecrow. I found this idea floating about on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

All I had on hand was my mineral makeup, a thin brush and 10 minutes to pull this together. Put on a hat, your favorite farm shirt and you are good to go. If you don’t have mineral make-up, use any good quality face paint such as Snazeroo.

Happy Halloween!

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Sign up for The Happy Whole Teacher messages and get some loving’ pep talks to keep you happy, balanced, energised and inspired. Click on the link or image below to join for FREE. I would love to have you in my tribe.

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Become whole again and change your life.  Let me show you how.

Become whole again and change your life. Let me show you how.