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{NBPTS} My best tips for candidates!

Working on your National Boards? I have been getting a lot of emails lately, so I wanted to take a minute to write about some of my best tips and advice for getting started (or pushing forward!) If you are a candidate in EC-GEN, MC-GEN, EC-Literacy, or MC-Literacy I highly recommend you check out The Power of Accomplished Teaching website. When I worked on my boards I was the ONLY person in my state that year to do so. I had ZERO local support and had NO idea where to even begin. A little bit of research landed me on The Power of Accomplished Teaching website and I'm so glad that it did. Without the support of this site and the NBCTs behind it there is no way I would have certified in just one year. There is a small annual fee to join, but the resources you gain there will be invaluable … [Read more...]

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Currently {May 2015}

Better late than never, right? While I have a few minutes here is my Currently for May 2015! LISTENING: Sarah is down for her nap right now so I'm listening to the PEACE & QUIET! LOVING: I'm loving my new Thirty-One All-In Tote! I was able to pre-order this bag and can't wait to use it this weekend for an overnight trip. This bag will be the customer and hostess special during the month of June! Check out my website or VIP Customer Group for more info! THINKING: I'm thinking that I am SO excited for our beach trip! We are staying at The Beach Club in July and I don't think I can wait that long... I'm ready to go NOW! WANTING: I am wanting something sour... sour patch kids, sour straws, whatever! I've had this craving all week! NEEDING: I'm needing to work on … [Read more...]

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December Currently! {2014}

LISTENING: I'm listening to Sarah's favorite TV show... Sid the Science Kid! LOVING: I love watching Sarah learn and grow each day. She will be 18 months old this Wednesday! This past month she has learned lots of new words, knows how to throw trash away in the kitchen, invented a few more dance moves, gives kisses, and has become obsessed with stickers! THINKING: I cannot stop thinking about how excited I am about the Polka Dot Parlor new site launch! I began working with Staci from Quirky-Bird about a year ago on updating my website. I always wanted to build my brand from the ground up with a custom web design and Staci has done a phenomenal job! We are getting close to the finish line and I am hoping to go live with lots of new products by January 1st! WANTING: I am wanting … [Read more...]

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Meet Me! {teacher blogger linky}

Hi everyone! My name is Bethany McClure and I'd like to welcome you to my blog, Learning is a Journey! I started my blog a few years ago as a way for my students and parents to stay up-to-date on classroom happenings. Since then, I've expanded my blog to not only include topics pertaining to teaching and learning, but also topics that are important in other areas of my life such as my family, running, music, and Auburn to name a few! I would love for you to take a look around and follow my blog via one of the options listed on the sidebar! Here is a little bit about my sweet family... I have been married to Scott for 4 years! We met at Auburn University. War Eagle! Scott was getting ready to graduate with his engineering degree and I was finishing up my 2nd year of teaching 1st grade at … [Read more...]

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August Currently! {2014}

I'm so excited about my new blog design! I've been working on it all week. I've decided that I just can't manage two blogs anymore so I'm combining my teaching and personal blog into one. I hope this will bring a bit more variety to my blog as I include posts related to teaching, as well as my family and personal interests. Watching the War Eagle/Roll Tide special on ESPN2 this morning really made me excited for football season. I can't wait to see Sarah in her new cheerleader uniform! Only 3 more weeks... WAR EAGLE! I've just finished reading Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life. He and his wife Heidi Powell are so inspiring to me and I'm hoping that by following their Carb Cycling plan I can lose my last 15 lbs (or more!) to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It has … [Read more...]

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Currently {november 2013}

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for November Currently! Listening... to College Game Day! This is my favorite time of year. I'm excited that we finally have some Fall weather. Cool weather and Auburn football makes for a great day! War Eagle! Loving... my sweet baby girl. I am so blessed to have the sweetest, most beautiful daughter. I can't believe this little pumpkin will be 5 months old tomorrow! Thinking... I'm excited to mentor National Board candidates. I've received a few requests through my blog for information about the National Board process. I'm attending a webinar later today and can't wait to learn more about Candidate Support from other NBCTs. I can't believe it's almost been a year since I certified as an Early … [Read more...]

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{GIVEAWAY} Celebrating 200 fans on Facebook!

This week we made it to 200 fans on Facebook! Thank you so much for your support of my blog Learning is a Journey! To celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away your choice of 3 products from my TeachersPayTeachers store. All you have to do is enter to win below! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Classroom Awards & Google Reader

It's the end of the year and time for Classroom Awards! How do you recognize your students at the end of the year? Last year, I wanted to recognize my students for their individual efforts and unique personalities. I created my Classroom Awards & Certificates for Primary Students and they are available in Chevron, Stripes, and Polka Dots! I love having the families join us as I give out these awards. I always describe the award and tell why I have chosen the particular student who is receiving it. The students LOVE trying to guess who is going to receive each award! This year after our awards ceremony, I had the sweetest grandfather thank me for doing individualized awards. He said he knew it meant so much for his grandson to be recognized as the "Marvelous Mathematician" and he could … [Read more...]

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Summer Bucket List!

I am so excited that Summer is almost here! I'm joining in with the Summer Bucket List linky party hosted by A Cupcake for the Teacher, Miss Kindergarten, and A Modern Teacher. The most important item on my Summer Bucket List is to spend time getting to know our little girl. I am almost 9 months pregnant and have a c-section scheduled for June 3rd! We are so excited about welcoming our baby girl into our family... most of my time this summer will be spent navigating the waters of new motherhood! My husband and I have a lot to learn, and thankfully we have all summer to figure it out! As soon as I can, I want to begin running again. I continued running up until week 26 of my pregnancy and then my feet began to swell. For the past 3 months I've only been able to fit into one pair of … [Read more...]

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Weekend Crafts!

This weekend I crafted a few things for the baby's room! We've been buying and receiving a lot of clothes and since there are so many sizes I wanted to create some closet dividers. I love how they turned out! I created a template on PhotoShop, printed the PDF file onto a full sheet of label paper, cut them out, and then stuck them on the dividers. I used the blank closet dividers from The Container Store. I want to experiment a bit more with creating these dividers and am hoping to be able to add them to my Etsy shop sometime soon! My second craft this weekend was a hair bow holder. I wanted to create a piece that we could display on the wall in order to add some color to the room. I created a framed hair bow holder using an 11 x 14 open back frame that I found at Michael's. I … [Read more...]

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