Don't Forget to Take Things Home or to School

Welcome to the March Bright Ideas Linkup!



I am the first to admit that I am not a morning person.


It takes me a good while to be alert enough to function well and interact with other people in a socially acceptable manner. That made it tough to be an organized teacher.

I tried my best to make sure I was prepared each day. I made lists. I organized materials I needed to take to school the night before. I set alarms on my phone. But sometimes, despite all that, I left things at home that were needed at school that day.


I finally developed a method that worked for me when I was reading aloud Ramona Quimby, Age 8 to my third grade class. This is a great book for third graders because most third graders are eight years old. The day before we read the chapter about Ramona's problem at school with the hard boiled egg, I prepared 2 dozen hard boiled eggs to give my kids as a snack. They had to stay in the fridge until I left for school in the morning. This was a set-up for failure for me. I really worried that I'd forget to grab them before leaving.

So before I went to bed, I simply wrote myself a reminder on a sticky note and put it at eye level on the front door so I would see it when I left. Simple, easy, and it worked!

This method also works to help you remember to take things home from school or to complete a task in the office - I just put the reminder on my classroom door. You know, because my brain is fried after a long day with the kids working my teacher magic.

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March Currently

It's time to link up again with Farley for the March Currently. Boy, did February fly by!


  • I am listening to Fixer Upper on HGTV. I really like that show, but Joanna drives me crazy when she says "real-i-tor" instead of "real-tor." There is no i in that word! I really love the rustic look Joanna uses when decorating. It's totally my style.
  • I am loving that I blogged 5 times in February. Maybe I have my blogging mojo back! Or at all...LOL!
  • I'm thinking it's cold! I know San Antonio hasn't had the horrible winter so many of y'all have had, but I really feel the cold. My feet and hands never feel warm! The past few days we've had cold and rain. Now, remind me how I complained about being cold when it's over 100 degrees here this summer.
  • I am wanting to get done with physical therapy. The orthopedist told me I have a partial tear in my rotator cuff. I have 3 more weeks of PT to get through. I'm going 3 times a week and have exercises to do at home. I really try not to complain, but it's hard, y'all!
  • I am needing to clean out my closet. I went through it once after I retired, but I need to go ahead and be ruthless. If I haven't worn it since I retired, it's going!
  • Spring Break Plans: I am saving for the TpT conference in July, so I won't be making any other trips this year. I might make a short trip to donate the clothes I clean out of my closet!
Now go visit Farley's blog and check out the other posts this month! Don't forget the Rule of Three.
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