Five Random Things for a Tough Week

It's been an interesting week. Good stuff and bad stuff. Let's start with the bad.

Unfortunately I can't give any details, but someone I care about is hurting right now, and there's nothing I can do to help. I'd love if you sent some positive thoughts our way. Thanks!

I don't know if you've heard about what's going on in my part of the country, but a super market chain is in crisis right now. Their beloved CEO was replaced, and the chain of supermarkets has all but shut down. Who is behind the shut down? The employees and the customers! The employees are protesting and the customers are boycotting. The chain has lost thousands of dollars in the last few weeks, and people are losing jobs. 

I know several people employed by this business, both young and old, teenagers, parents, seniors... all struggling because of this!

Plus, those of us who have always shopped at this chain, are forced to go elsewhere for groceries. Unfortunately, everywhere else is more expensive. 

For a single teacher putting her daughter through college, this is NOT good news!

Between trouble in the Middle East, the Ebola virus, and the hurricanes in Hawaii, things are totally bumming me out. I'd bury myself in my schoolwork, but I can't get into my classroom for at least another week due to summer school. Yes, I'm getting TOTALLY stressed out about that, because I just don't move quickly when it comes to setting up the classroom!

We need good stuff in our world!

One of the things I've done with this extra August time: I've been organizing all my freebies! I have a TON on my blog, so I've been locating them and pinning them on my Pinterest Freebie Board.  
Want to see some freebies? Check them out HERE!

I spent 2 days this week on Mentor Training

My district has an awesome mentoring program that spans the first 5 years for new teachers, and even has programs for experienced teacher, but new to the school. We had a great 2 days thinking in terms of what new teachers need and how experienced teachers can help them.

Did you have a Mentor? How did the Mentor help you?

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! Come along and see the fun! 


  1. I don't remember being assigned to a mentor, but I did consult with a veteran teacher quite often during my first year. I have been a mentor a couple of times (assigned) and enjoyed getting to know the teachers and helping them. Our school has a really strong mentoring program and we all say the same thing to our new teachers: ASK for help. We will be there for you!

    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. Carol,

      Thanks for your input! I never had a mentor either, but I had a couple of people at the beginning of my career who reached out and helped. I'll never forget them!


  2. Our school has an excellent mentoring program!

    The Math Maniac

    1. Tara,

      I wish every school did!


  3. I know how you feel when a few tough things come your way and it seems like there's more bad than good. I'm sending you positive and relaxing thoughts to try to ease your mind. :) I had a mentor and she was (and still is... even though she doesn't get paid anymore to be a mentor, we are a great team) such a help my first year. I would have been lost without her. I love the idea of having a mentor for experienced teachers too new to the building. My new teammate this year has taught high school special ed for 15 years and decided to move to elementary for the first time ever. She is overwhelmed to say the least and would totally benefit from something like this (although we'll all help her anyways, but still). I hope you continue to be able to see some good in all the bad and that the bad improves soon! Hang in there! :)
    Tales of a Teacher

    1. Kelli,

      Thanks so much! We need all the positive thoughts right now, as there is a lot of hurting going on.


  4. I had a great experienced teacher that mentored me when I first started teaching. She was wonderful. I think the best thing she ever said to me was 'pick your battles'. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself that you can decide how much to care about certain things.

    I've been a mentor for our district to some wonderful teachers. Ours is a two year program. We read a great book called Mentoring Matters. I really liked that we were encouraged to ask questions rather than give advice.

    Surfing to Success

    1. Mercedes,

      Thanks for sharing. I'll have to look for that book!


  5. Sally, we were just in Maine and New Hampshire last weekend and saw the boycotts and pickets. This has been going on for a month? I hope things get better very soon.
    Mentoring - my first year, no one was assigned to me but the Title I teacher took the new kindergarten teacher and me under her wing. I have paid that back several times., trying to be helpful to brand new teachers or new to the school teachers. We are a very small school with only 10 teachers. I have never been assigned as a mentor and at a Catholic school, we don't have money to pay anyone to mentor.
    Thank you, Mercedes, for mentioning the book "Mentoring Matters." I will look into reading that one to help me with my unofficial mentoring this year.
    Good vibes and prayers to your friend and you. Things will get better......

    Laramie's Fantastic First Graders

    1. Sharon,

      Thanks for the kind words. I'm hoping as time passes it won't hurt so much!


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