The Ugly Truth

Okay, so we all know as teachers we are Super Women!  We selflessly care for the wonderful kiddos in our class.  We put in hours of time into our well aligned curriculum, have fabulous activities, literacy and math centers, inspiring art projects and keep our classroom lovely and tidy. 

Then we go home to wonderful families to prepare fabulous dinners, help with homework, do dishes, spend quality time with everyone and then have time to blog all about it. Right??

 The Ugly Truth is  when school's out there are two things I want to do, either nap or go surfing.  I drive a typical mommy van and it's usually loaded with a beach bag full of suits and towels and my surfboard.  There are many days when I tell my girls, "We can do homework later, mommy wants to surf."  But sadly, (for me) most days we head home to do homework and make dinner. 

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I feel like this all the time.  The Ugly truth is I really do not enjoy cooking at all!! Seriously, cooking just gets in the way of all the other things I would rather be doing.

 Luckily my significant other enjoys cooking and eating.  If it were up to me we would have Macaroni and Cheese or Tuna Sandwiches every night and that's pushing it!   A bowl of popcorn would be fine for me.  He usually prepares dinner while I help my daughters with their homework, or take a nap.

Which takes us to another Ugly Truth.  What does your classroom really look like??  We all stage our pictures a bit to make our classrooms look great, but what's on the other side of that chart stand over there? Holly over at Criss Cross Applesauce is having a fun linky. 

Okay so if you walk into my room it looks pretty good:)

Looks nice from far away, but what are all those papers shoved in those extra desks and whats all that stuff hiding under the table?

My book center looks pretty good, games look a bit scraggly though

Writing center has lots of fun stuff in there, but I think its starting to pile up

Umm, okay don't know where to put these things and this is just ugly
along with the horrible blue paper drawers

My center chart looks a little frayed and what's all that behind there?

All my PE equipment-Where am I supposed to store it??
And it's blocking my beautiful clean closet...
not bad, just don't look down....

I guess I could straighten up a bit, but there are creepy, crawly things in there!
So I just open it and toss things in.

I love this bulletin board of my Star of The Week letters...
again don't look down
My recycle bin is overflowing and that dead computer
has been in there all year. It's heavy and I don't feel like
lugging it down to the computer lab.

The Ugly truth is I love things to look nice and tidy, and I usually just open up a drawer and shove everything in. There you have it, confessions of a not so perfect teacher/mommy. Who knew??

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  1. I'm sorry you have to store your own gym equipment!!!

    Visiting your blog makes me want to visit hawaii!!!! It's on my bucket list of things to do!

    Let's Teach Something

  2. Thank you SO much for linking of three, please! :) Your classroom looks so great to me. I started this linky party for so many reasons. One being teachers can be so hard on themselves and when we look around blogland classrooms/teachers can look so perfect making my imperfections seem so....imperfect. Wanted to make current teachers feel good about their physical space and for upcoming teachers to know that they don't have to do it all and be it all. Thanks for helping in these efforts!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

    1. Thanks Holly!! It did make me feel better, knowing that we just can't do it all:))

  3. I am your newest follower from TBTS. I teach second, too! I love your blog name! Your "ugly" is just like me. If you open my cabinets, things will probably fall out at you. It's horrific.

    The Teaching Chameleon

    1. Thank you Colleen, glad to know I'm not alone in my closet confessions:)

  4. Hi Corinna,
    I think your room looks fine.I am also a new follower from TBTS! Stop on by if you get a chance.
    Classroom Companion

  5. I don't like cooking either. What's the point? There are so many other fun things to do :)) I'm lucky like you and my husband does pretty much ALL the cooking :)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  6. Just found your blog! I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit me...

  7. Ha! You are too funny! If I lived close to the beach, there would be no doubt that I would leave school so much earlier than I do!

    We have no storage so my tubs are stored under my kiddos' tables and since they are little I try to to feel too horrible about them not having leg room!

    Your room looks great to me!

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thank you Heather, it's good to know I'm not alone in my storage issues;)

  8. Thanks for sharing... I think your room looks great. I too love to have everything looking neat and tidy which means when you open up the large storage cabinet in my classroom things fall out. I have tried to keep it clean and organized, but it's such a perfect place to hide my clutter. Have a great week!

  9. I LOVE this post. Do you know my kids will ask me what's for dinner as we're WALKING into the building at 7am? I mean.....seriously. At 7am, they're worried about dinner? My mess seems to collect right behind my small group table. I put all loose papers and binders there until it becomes a nightmare I can't stand. Then I sort it out and start over. It's ridiculous!

    Extra Special Teaching


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