Happy June, friends. And I *do* mean happy! I don’t know about you, but this school year has been extraordinarily tedious, with all the extra testing, schedule changes, credential hoops to jump through and general squirrelly-ness. Yes, that’s a word!
I am more than happy to take a break from the routine and do a little something for myself before diving back in to lesson preps for next fall. I have convinced my wonderful principal to group my ESL/ELA students by level, not grade, and that’s a refreshing change. Instead of 6 preps, I will have 3. Keep your fingers crossed the schedule cooperates 🙂
In the meantime, I can’t wait to dive into my Pinterest board projects I’ve pinned over the last few months. Some of these are home, some classroom, and some just creative expression. Because the world needs more creative expression, right?
Project Number 1: Bullet Journal
Bullet Journal Idea (and lots of gorgeous illustrations) by Karoeza (website not in English but you can drool over her illustrations and artwork anyway!)
Are you a journal/planner/scrapbook fiend? I am and I’m proud of it. But all of that creativity has made it impossible over the years for me to find a planner I love and can stick with. It’s such a touch-and-go relationship. One planner has a great space for appointments but no room for ideas. Another has too much white space (yuck!!) but a gorgeous color scheme. I always go into a relationship with a planner thinking that it will be the best one ever, but by the end of about the third month, I’m dying to get a new one.
The other day, a planner guru I really admire on Instagram posted about her Bullet Journal. Like a bear to honey, I had to find more. I clicked through her images and found this wonderfully simple, short and inspirational video:
Go on, watch it–it’s only 2:51 seconds out of your life. I promise you’ll be inspired in some way! I was so inspired that I surfed over to Amazon, bought a new blank journal and am going to start my own version of the Bullet Planner on June 1st. I figure with the extra time I’m gifted with over the summer, I should be able to establish a regular cycle (read: daily) of planning, creating and reviewing (which is where I struggle) in the journal so that when school rolls back around, it’s become an integral part of my day.
What I’m thinking, too, is to integrate my regular artsy journaling and sketching work right into the Bullet Journaling system. I can’t believe I did not think of this before. Last summer break, I kept a daily sketchbook of quotes and artsy stuff, but never thought to integrate my planner. It could be so easy with printables, or even just handwritten calendars. Have I mentioned how excited I am to start this project?
So although the Pinterest photo of the Bullet Journal may not even technically be a bullet journal, but it fits my idea of where I want the project to go. I want the journal to be a daily part of my life where I plan my day and reflect daily on where I’ve been. Stop on over to my Bullet Journal Project Pinterest board and see more great ideas. Any chance you want to join me? Be my Bullet Journal buddy? 😉
Follow Beth F. Morrow’s board Bullet Journal Project on Pinterest. Project Number Two: CD Photo Project
CD Wallet Scrapbook by Mrs. Eggplant at WeddingBee.com I struggle every year to find something for my parents for their anniversary in July. You know the type: they have everything, don’t want anything, don’t want you to go to any trouble, can solve their own problems. My mom has more photo albums than a Dalmatian has spots, but all those photos don’t see the light of day often. My idea is to make her one of these out of photos she’s forgotten she even has. Maybe a few photos of me, my brother and sister, a couple of her mom, dad, sister and brother, maybe even a few of her and dad in their early years before gray hair…;-) I think she will love it. I can even see the kid and I putting one of these together for my grandma. I think they’ll be over the moon for them!
Lesson Planner template by Erica at Erica’s Ed-Ventures I suppose that I should include something fun on the teacher’s tangent, right? In addition to all my other little project ideas over the summer, I want to work hard to find a lesson planner or simple template that will work for me. I want to integrate all my lessons to have more cohesion and, at the same time, a fluidity to be flexible. That sounds really fancy–what it means is that I’m ready to go with my lessons as other things take big chunks of time away from my classroom so that I don’t lose momentum and focus. This pin takes you to Erica’s blog page, but it ultimately leads to a place where you can download several different versions of the template if you like.
Glad you stopped by to see three of my hundred hopeful Pinterest projects for the summer! Do be sure to check out the rest of the linky participants for more good ideas than you can possibly handle. And please be sure to join us by linking up a Pinterest post of your own during the month of June. If you’re a reader of mine, be sure to let me know in the comments when you link up so that I can pop on over and check out your blog. I love Pinterest ideas!