Cold Feet & Coffee.

My pride hates doing this stuff. But I realized writing helps me learn a little and feel organized. So here I am, pausing my research proposal in Starbucks (because my thoughts are twirling) with cold feet and coffee.

Have you ever slowly gone through a change? I’m not talking about putting a bandaid on a wound, waiting for it heal and then ripping it off once it has scabbed over. I’m talking about coming in with a bloody wound, wiping it with a wet paper towel, waiting for it to stop bleeding, cleaning it with that burning chemical liquid, waiting for it to stop burning, then covering it with Neosporin, then finally placing a bandaid on it. Only to know you can’t do anything to make it start bleeding again.


That is such a process. JUST gimme that bandaid, and I’ll be on my way.

This Easter was my first Easter to be away from home. I cried a lot because I was SO homesick. But I have never resonated with Easter, like I did this past weekend. The Spirit really walked with me throughout the day from the words, “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last,” (Mark 15:37) to “… You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Talk about an emotional process, just with the passing time from the words in between amongst the events that occurred. Watching Jesus die, waiting for the kingdom of God, Pilate surprised Jesus was already dead, wrapping Jesus’ body, to closing the tomb, to Mary and Mary wondering who was going to roll the stone away, I mean shouldn’t they both be on the mindset of teaming up to roll it away? That was a heavy stone, at least it looked like it on the coloring pages I colored in all my Sunday school days. Then to look up noticing the stone was rolled away, then finding a man sitting on the right side, Scripture states, “They were alarmed.” And in verse 8 Mary and Mary were speechless, and ran out the tomb trembling, bewildered and afraid.

If it were me, I think I would rather have Him die for a minute and come back to life. But I’m not God. I want mourning to joy in a snap. But I’m not God. Why not save the time and effort on all those emotions? Oh yeah, I’m not God.

JUST gimme that bandaid and I’ll be on my way. 

I found myself in a season of “SLLLLLLOOOWWWWWWWW CHANGGGGEEEEEE.” In the process of all the emotions that comes with pressing into Jesus… from death to resurrection, plus everything in between. Slow change in where I am currently located. Slow change in this unbelievable change of career, accepting this cold weather in April (YALL. I CAN’T WITH THIS WEATHER), opportunities and choices, daily living in little things, to how I approach reading The Word, in listening to His voice, and currently the hardest slow change, prayer. I am even slowly changing from

“JUST gimme that bandaid and I’ll be on my way,” to “slow change is so sweet,” as I type. SEE learning.

I look back as a little kid coming in crying with a bloody wound and my mom going through that sloooowwwwww process of bandaging me up. I hold on to the time we spent, especially the special privilege of sitting on top of her bathroom counter because us Kerr kids WERE NOT allowed to do that. I think of her patience with me in the struggle of explaining what happened, her graceful white hand with long fingernails reaching up to wipe my tears, her story she got to tell about how she fell off her bike, telling me everything is okay, keeping my mind towards her and off the burning of hydrogen peroxide, encouraging me to try again, to making a dirty mess on the floor from SO MANY wrappers and wipes, to walking out with a smile on my face. *insert laughter somewhere in there because I know she probably laughed at me.  Though it was slow, long, and I wasn’t healed immediately, I got the presence of my mom in all of that. NOW THAT IS SWEET.

I believe in the same way, the sweetness in slow change comes from just being in His presence. I cling on to, Mark 15:38, “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Joy in an instant because Jesus died for me, curtain was torn but then the process of emotions (life) to an even greater joy because He rose again. I get HIM. He’s in no rush. Neither should I. I would miss out on a lot.

I take back my, JUST gimme that bandaid and I’ll be on my way. 

Gimme that slow change but don’t let me do it without You, God.






Science Scavenger

For this science scavenger I saw something like this in one teacher’s room. These are science labels to allow students to know what will they learning in science that day. For instance, have all the labels up on the white board with the magnetic clips. The unit theme would have under it, “Insects.” The science weekly theme would have “butterflies” under the label. Today’s lesson would have, “life cycle” underneath it.

It’s just a good idea to have labels to keep students interested in reading, observation, and anticipating science’s lesson.


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Math Teach

Counting up: 1st/2nd

For 1st grade count only to $1.00, and 2nd grade use up to $10.00. First, set up subtraction problem of how much change would a person get if gave “this” amount. (ex: something costs $ .46, one gives cashier $1 bill.) $1.00-.46= Next, start with $.46 and the goal is to get to a dollar by breaking it down to zeros in cents value.(ex: .46+.04= .50 & .50+.50= $1.00) Add up what you counted up with (ex: .04+.50=.54) The change given back is .54 centsIMG_7863

Cereal Presidential Box

Presidential Pebbles

Used a cereal box to make a biography display on a president.

This box is about George H. W. Bush. The box is wrapped in white gift wrap that includes research on fun and presidential facts, pictures to describe George H. W. Bush.

Management Plan Continued

Attention Signals

Any time you can catch students’ attention without raising your voice or clapping your hands or constantly waiting on the whole class getting quiet before you move on is always a good idea. Teacher/student responses are great for attention signals. For example, teacher says “ready to rock?” students say, “ready to roll!” Or teacher says, “Class, class!” and students say, “yes, yes!”

Classroom Jobs

Classroom jobs need to be stated at the beginning of the year and kept up with weekly or monthly. One because students will never forget the jobs, and two it allows students to learn responsibility for their actions. Maybe not every student has one job for every day. But jobs can be rotated or students be rotated.

Types of classroom jobs:

Paper picker upper- Student picks up papers from students/passes out papers to students.

Restroom monitor- Student reports any incidents that happened in the bathroom. Students love to tattletale but this allows only one student to report back to the teacher and keep things in order at the bathroom. It prevents from stories being made up.

Lights- have students stand at the end of the line and turn off lights when everyone has left the room.

Station monitor- Have students monitor who goes to the station. Student can call out names from a chart on where each student goes. Student can make sure the list of the stations is updated and in order every day so students know what to do. Student can make sure before stations time is done that everything is picked up and in it’s place.

Substitute helper- This is the leader of the class that helps the substitute out when you are out. Lets the student be informative to the substitute about how things are run. It allows students to not lie about certain stuff. Also the substitute can know who to ask in the classroom with questions they might have about what and where to go.

There are plenty more jobs the teacher can come up with that might need help staying organized in the classroom. Jobs can be made up according to who the student is. For example, if there’s a student that always needs to be up make that student a job as the errand runner or the buddy to go with a student to the nurse or front office.

A way to distribute classroom jobs are classroom tags. It’s a necklace with a laminated card that says the classroom job. Sometime in the morning, teacher can place classroom job tag around the student the teacher has chosen to take that job for the day. The students do not have to wear the tag all day. But making time in the beginning of the day lets the whole class know who has what job. There’s no confusion on the teacher or students’ part. Once every classroom job tag is given the tag is placed on a board or chart. For example, there can be a chart with every child’s name on it and the job tag is placed under the child’s name. Or the jobs can be listed on a bulletin board and the tag is hung on a thumbtack to be in a place where it can be found for the next day.

Behavior Intervention Strategies

Still learning and needing growth on the behavior intervention strategies. But these are some strategies I have picked up on.

  1. Standing still counting down the time it takes for the whole class to be quiet. Once their full attention is on the teacher, count up the time it took and then take it away from recess time or lunch talk time.
  2. Address a student’s name when they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. It lets the student know you notice the behavior that isn’t acceptable.
  3. Praise for specific good behaviors. Like, state a student’s name and what the student is doing correctly. It allows other heads to turn and that student is the example of what every student should be doing.
  4. Constantly move around the classroom. Stand when students are being sneaky. It makes them stop because you are close in proximity.
  5. Monitor from your desk, keep an eye out for off task behavior and conversations.


Seating Options


First Day of School Plan

First Day of School Plan

Kid Kit

Math and Science

This kid kit was created with an old laptop box. Fabric and letters were hot glued to box. Inside: 10 activities(7 science & 3 math), all except two items are in box with sheet protectors, expo markers, and materials needed for students to accomplish activities.

All activities are plant themed with TEKS and incorporates different learning styles for students. Directions for each activity are attached to top of box with numbers so students know exactly what activity goes with what directions.


1. Ping-pong planting game.

2. Plant matching game

3. Gardening activity

4. Butterfly wheel life cycle and Flower Word Search

5. Garden fill in blank poem

6. Seed Identification game with QR code

7. Science Board game


8. Blooming fractions

9. Flower pot math

10. Planting skills

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