Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are You a Parent?

This year will be my 13th year as a teacher.  Numerous changes have occurred throughout my years of teaching.  Most of them, I feel, have been very positive and have made me into a better teacher.  

I remember when I graduated college (Go Falcons!) and I was super excited to get my first teaching job.  I then got a job in my hometown and at a school that I went to when I was little.  I was so excited to decorate my classroom and to be doing what I always imagined and wanted to be doing.  
photo of wolfelicious classroom

I got a great mentor and the other teachers at the school were so helpful!  My school year started and I remember feeling intimidated because the parents of my classroom were much older than me.  I felt scared!  

I now had my own classroom that I always wanted but with being just out of school I felt people didn't think I knew what to do.  Not the staff at my school, they were wonderful.  I guess I felt that way from the parents because they thought I was so young.  They would say, I never had a teacher like you?  Are you a parent?  

What did that mean?  

Then the school year progressed.  I had some wonderful students and some that were wonderful but needed a little more help to be that way.  I felt like I finally had my dream job!  I was doing what I always had wanted to do.  

The year, I felt, was going well and my students were learning.  Then I remember someone telling me, you will understand better when you are a parent?  

What does that mean?   

So, every teacher needs to be a parent to be a better teacher?  

Is this true?  

For years, I debated with myself what exactly being a parent had to do with teaching.  I didn't think being a parent would change my teaching at all.  I thought I would be the same kind of teacher that I had always been. 

I know it takes a very special person to be a teacher.  We know we aren't in it for the money.  Are teachers that have children better teachers than teachers that don't have children?  

I know it always upset me when someone would ask me if I had children.  I didn't think it made a teacher better at their job.  After teaching for so many years, I think it depends on the teacher if she/he is a better teacher because they have children.  
photo wolfelicious children

I think for myself, it has made me a better teacher because I always think about, what if that was Liam?  What if that was my son?  Is that how I would want his teacher to handle the situation?  I do believe that the teachers that have children of their own feel this way in their teaching.  I think it helps a teacher become a better teacher because it puts more meaning into their job.  It isn't just a child you are teaching, it is someone's child.   Would you want your child treated this way?  

What are your feeling about this subject?  Do you like it when people ask you if you have children?  Does it change the view of the teacher?  Let me know.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Distressed Furniture using Chalk Paint

My summer vacay is going great!!  I love getting time to spend with my boys and doing whatever I want all day long.
Photo of Wolfelicious Distressed Furniture

A couple years ago I got the buzz to redo a piece of furniture in my house.  I love the distressed look so I decided to take my buffet table and distress it.  Well, it was a lot of work, but I LOVE how it turned out.  Check out the post here.  When I heard about others using Chalk Paint to distress furniture, I found some furniture that I wanted to change and got started creating.  

Chalk paint allows you to just paint your item instead of priming and sanding.  Fewer steps involved with Chalk Paint so furniture is finished faster.  Win! Win!

Instead of buying the expensive Chalk Paint, I decided to make my own.  I used Plaster of Paris. (I got mine at Micheal's and used a 40% off coupon).  I mixed about 2 1/2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with some water.  Once the clumps were out I mixed that concoction with one cup of latex paint.  Then I applied it with a brush.  Easy peasy lemon squeezey.   I applied two coats of paint before I distressed it.  After I distressed the furniture I either used wax or poly on the top.  

Here are some pictures of the furniture I did.  I am super excited to show you.  The bad news is that the pictures don't do the furniture justice.  The furniture looks  tons better in person. 


Photo of Wolfelicious Chest

Photo of Wolfelicious Chest

Chest- After
Note- the red seems really bright in the picture.  Live in person it is not as bright.

                                     Photo of Wolfelicious Chest

                                      Photo of Wolfelicious Chest

Photo of Wolfelicious Distressed Furniture

Photo of Wolfelicious Distressed Furniture

Coffee Table and Side Tables- Before

Photo of Wolfelicious Table

Coffee Table and Side Tables- After

Photo of Wolfelicious Table

Photo of Wolfelicious Table

Photo of Wolfelicious Table

Photo of Wolfelicious Distressed Furniture
I love how the tables turned out!  Again, I wish the pictures captured how great they look, but you do get an idea of how they look.  The Chalk Paint made fewer steps in creating my look for my furniture.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Mystery Hostess Party

I am having a Mystery Hostess Party!
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