Do yourself a favor and read this book:

It's based on this book:

Which you should also read.

I haven't actually read the latter of the two books because I'm currently reading 7 other books.

But I already know it's wonderful.

365 Days of Wonder is just a book with an inspirational quote for every day of the year.
Some of them are anonymous. Some of them are from famous people.
Some of them are from children from across the nation.

I like to look up the precept for the day every morning. I often make my students write in their journal about the precept and what it means to them. And then we get to talk about it.

These precepts make me laugh and/or make me think a little more deeply about life.
I'm good with either.

Mr. Browne's Precept for October 17:
"Normal is a setting on a washing machine."


my weekend

I couldn't tell you exactly what every talk was about and I can't give you an inspirational quote word for word.

What is I can tell you is this:

The Spirit that I felt this weekend while listening to General Conference was real.

The Lord does speak through his servants.

I have lots of things that I need to work on.

But my Heavenly Father loves me no matter what.

And he's gonna help me through whatever comes my way.

Mostly I feel like I can conquer the world now.

I can't wait to listen to all these talks again.

And I can't wait to read and ponder over them.

Because these inspired men and women said a lot of things that touched my heart.

And if, for whatever reason, you didn't listen to General Conference. You should. lds.org

Favorites off the top of my head?
D. Todd Christofferson
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
David H. Oaks
Jeffery R. Holland
Jorg Klebingat
Thomas S. Monson
David A. Bednar

But favorites are mean, because I loved them all.



A couple months ago I decided to create a new blog with wordpress. Turns out, I don't know how to run a wordpress blog at all. And I don't have the time or patience to figure it out. So, here we are, back on blogger. Where I'm much happier with my simple posts of words and pictures.

BIG news:
I'm a real life teacher.
Where people actually trust me with their children for 7 hours of the day.

I sorta think they're insane. But mostly I'm grateful.
I'm of the opinion that there's (almost) nothing better in this whole world than teaching.

There's this other 6th grade teacher who is sorta becoming my very best friend. We'll call her KC.
When I say my prayers at night, I say things like, "Father, thank you for KC. Thank you for knowing me well enough to give me her. Because I would have already gone crazy if it weren't for her. So, thanks."

Also, we have a hashtag.

The rock climber likes Vance Joy. So that's good.


today we played QUIDDITCH

The 5th grade classroom I'm student teaching in is Harry Potter themed.
Can you say meant to be?

We have houses, house points, Howlers, Sorcerer Stones, a Sorting Hat.

We say Wingardium Leviosa, and Disapparate regularly. 

And today, we played Quidditch.

Well, Quidditch for 5th graders. We even had Bludgers, Snitches, Keepers, Seekers, and Beaters.

But WAY better than Harry Potter:

The 5th grade classroom I'm student teaching in is complete with 24 fabulous 10 and 11 year olds.

Today Aubreye said, "Thank you for teaching me that, Ms. Richards." (Referring to fractions, of course.)
Osvaldo saved the note I wrote him about his awesome haircut the other day.
Savier double checked that he had grabbed his math homework to do over the weekend.
Angel is getting better at calling me Ms. Richards rather than teacher.
Bode got 90% on his math test last week.
AJ says, "I'm on FIRE!" every time he gets a math problem right.
German just has the cutest, highest voice ever.
No one killed each other during inside recess yesterday.
Jennyfer stays in at recess to work on math with me.
Two students asked me if they're allowed to nominate student teachers for the teacher of the year award.

I'm obsessed with teaching.


Room 39

Sure, I call Thomas and Tomy the wrong names on a regular basis and I definitely called Dany Andy the other day.
I almost forgot to go bring them in from recess yesterday.
And sometimes I talk way too fast and they all look at me with blank faces.

But Helen stood up in front of the whole class and spoke so everyone could hear her.
Dany AND Santi came up to the board and did a math problem yesterday.
Alondra answered a question in front of the whole class.
Allan hardly needed any help with the math assignment yesterday and Ammon didn't need any.
Turns out Andres likes my new attention signal.
Thomas talks to me about baseball and football on a regular basis.
Edith likes to come in during recess to work on math.
Dallas didn't give me one evil glare yesterday.
JT finally gave up on trying to prove that he can write sideways better than I can.
Lizabeth volunteered during math two days in a row.

And last, but certainly not least.
We had perfect attendance yesterday.