Saturday, May 31, 2014

Surviving the Chaos... Hop to a Bundle of Goodies!

Sorry... the Hop is over...

But we will join together again for something fun!
WooHoo! My buddy Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog has organized a blog hop... and this post has all of the info you need to join in the fun!

I am so glad that you are hopping along with us on this end-of-the year blog hop! For this special event, twenty teacher-bloggers have joined together to bring you some strategies and great ideas! My strategy is fairly mundane... but the links below can take you to some awesome ideas!


First let's talk about my strategy for surviving the chaos that is all too prevalent at this time of year. One of the things that keeps me sane (well... ummm... semi-sane?) is to keep a calendar with every minute detail included. I try to keep a few columns running... Things to Do, Places to Go, People to Call, and Looking Ahead.

This is a very busy time in sixth grade. We have several "culminating activities" on the agenda: Picnic at the Park, Game Day, Awards Assembly and Promotion. Sometimes I feel like my mind is filled with one endless list of details.

So I have lists. LOTS of lists. In fact, this week, I had several adults helping me organize things for our sixth grade picnic while I was still at school. I was beyond grateful for their help, but my control freak nature is always bubbling near the surface. Submit into evidence the list to the right... I'm so glad they still liked me when the picnic was over. And, for the record, it WAS lovely!

I know that list-keeping is a natural strategy for teachers. It's not the least bit novel. But my list making ramps up to a near frenzy in May and June! Those lists guide my day. My coffee and my lists are the beginning of each morning... and sometimes those same two items are close by right before I fall asleep! (No, not the same cup of coffee!)

While the hop is over, you can still visit the blogs below for some great ideas to tame the chaos.
And I'd love to know how YOU are surviving the chaos! Leave a comment below the links so that we can learn from your strategies too!

And just so you know: I used Lovin' Lit's Scalloped Frames (HERE) and Christina Bainbridge's font "CB Plain" (HERE--and on sale today!) for those little dividers.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Hopping!


  1. We are twins in the list department- I would DIE without my list making. Every day...ha ha. Nothing is better than crossing something off my "to do" list! Thanks for sharing you idea (and great way to organize your post!)

  2. What a fun post. The list idea would totally make my grocery shopping much easier, wouldn't it? How many times must I forget something before I try that list thing you speak of? Happy end o school year ... we've got 2 1/2 more days ... soon I'll be on a jet plane to sunny CA!

  3. Oh my goodness I am SUCH a list maker too ! Glad to know we are not alone in the world! happy summer! :)



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