Monday, June 05, 2006

My Licve Monday - Week 5

I apologize for my long absence! Life has been crazy! Between travel, illness, and a few other issues (anybody out there with an ex spouse in their life? It's making our life fun - not mine, because I don't have one, but dh's), this is my first opportunity to blog. Thank you to those who were concerned. I have returned - no thanks to Blogger. I've been trying to get on to Blogger forever now and finally the heavens blessed me with a log in. Woohoo! I swear on all I hold holy, if Blogger freaks out on me during the process of blogging tonight, I will jump through my computer screen and strangle some innocent Blogger worker.

Ok, now for the real stuff.

Week 5 - Pictures of something significant to me.

My pictures are actually rather dumb. But I took these pictures before the school year ended and they do mean something to me. It's the bulletin board behind my desk in my room at school.

Why is it significant to me? All the other bulletin boards in my room are educational in some way. But the one behind my desk is for me and for fun. As I tell Mark and students, I spend 8 hours of my day in this room. I want one area that feels homey. And so I fill the bulletin board behind my desk with fun little things. Each year it changes because I let the students contribute to it too. I hang up pictures they draw me (which you see a lot of), stories and poems they write, their school pictures, or whatever else they give me.

I also hang special things. This year I had about a million pictures of Camden hanging up, showing his age progression. It helped me not miss him as much. You see the little red school house and the little chalkboard looking things below it? That was made for me six years ago by a student. She made it as a wedding present to me. I treasure that handmade gift like no other.

The yellow and blue bags were bought for me by my mother, also a school teacher. They have funny little pictures, like a kid with a pencil through his head that says "Education Victim." The Christmas looking balls were a Christmas present from one of my best teacher friends this year. A framed poem was a college graduation gift (it's about teaching).

It's very special to me. When a day is stressful or overwhelming, looking at my special bulletin board restores peace. It represents a big part of who I am - a teacher.

I can't wait to read yours! Please don't forget to post your link if you participate. Leave a comment too!

Next week's topic - A favorite childhood toy. Share one (or more) of yours with us.

32 comments:

Dawnyel said...

Are you missing school already? I was beginning to worry about you! Now that I know you're back I'll link up! :) You'll have to tell us about your last week!

Valarie said...

Good to see you back! I need to do that picture cluster thing just because I'm missing the baby stage.

emlouisa said...

Ooh, how fun!!! I should send you something to put on your board!

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I love the bulletin board. I can totally appreciate the need to have your own personal space and I think it's really nice that you let your students contribute to it. If I had my own classroom, I would use your bulletin board as an inspiration for my own. Thanks for sharing and welcome back, Rachelle!

Jettara said...

Love your board. I have always wanted to be a school teacher and have such creative things from my students. You are a really lucky woman. Welcome back. :)

SuAnn said...

I love it! I so need to remember to do that once I start teaching.

My Full Hands said...

How fun to have a personal space that your students contribute to. I bet it makes a big difference when they see their gifts to you so proudly diplayed!

EvaRob said...

this is cool...I love the board.

sheri said...

I'll send you my senior picture from 1992 to hang on your board. THAT will bring a few laughs on an otherwise dreary day, let me tell you.

Char said...

Fun! Glad you're back!

Char said...

Fun! Glad you're back!

Stacy said...

Welcome back!

My mom is a school teacher who also has one of these boards. Somehow I knew that would be your picture for this week...

Rachau said...

I love your board.It is so nice how you can make it feel a little like home.

Sunny said...

I like your board! You definately need an area that is just YOURS. And I love the teacher portraits :)

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Very sweet pix!

I put my "L" list up, finally!

Gina said...

Glad you are back. You've been missed. I like this post! Things that make us happy... that is what the picture of significance is turning out to be for everyone. I love this idea for an MLM.

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Nikkie said...

Good to see you back! I just love your board!

Amy said...

Finally blogger is not being a PITB!! It wouldn't let me post yesterday and ate my post twice. I love your entry and that you do this every week. keeps my creative juices going. And this week was hard to think of a thing and not a person :)

amerimeximadre said...

It sure is nice to have something all your own. And I feel your pain with blogger!! I have had problems posting pictures and stuff and the site shutting off mid post. grr!

beth said...

Yay! You're back. I love that board and I'm sure your kids did too. Happy summer to you.

And yeah, what is up with Blogger lately? Driving me crazy.

Lei said...

This was a good one, Rachelle And I didn't participate, lol! Monday's are sluggish blogging days lately. :(

But I DID want to say I am happy you are back home in blogging land. You've been missed. :)

Stephanie said...

Can we all gritch and moan about Blogger?

Seriously Rachelle, you have been missed. Did you see that I checked you about a thousand times a day?

I hope things are better with the ex.

Nettie said...

What a fun bulletin board to have. I always love when my children's teachers do stuff like this. I think it makes the room feel more "homey" for them, too!

Carrie said...

Rachelle that is wonderful. I love your bulliten board. We miss you tons. Can you see we are all stalking you?:) I still have not gotten to my life Monday. Things have gotten crazy around here. Good luck with the ex.

Maine Mom said...

Glad your back! Sorry I took up two spots on your link list...blame it on blogger! That's neat that you have a bulletin board in your classroom that represents you. I bet your students love to look at it, too.

Frog Legs said...

I have an ex-- and all I can say is... I am very blessed to have him. took MANNNNY years to get to this point. :) I am glad you are back-- I checked often :)

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