Thursday, July 24, 2014

Editable and Non Editable Name Plate Freebie

Hi guys!  I know summer is slowing down for most of us { insert sad face here }
but...I wanted to try and perk you up with a little name plate freebie.  I am using owls again as my classroom theme but I tried to make some of these name plates a little more neutral.  Also I'm moving up to third grade ~ if you didn't know you can read about it { here }.  I tend to lean towards girly girl stuff so I'm trying...REALLY trying to be gender friendly this year.  I don't think a 3rd grade boy wants a pink owl on his name plate - but you never know so I have included 2 options for you.  One with words
(non - editable ) and one without ( editable ).  This is my first editable product so Don't Judge. LOL  I hope you enjoy it and can use it in your room this year even if it's for cubbies or lockers.  Let me know what you think in comments below...and what theme are you using this year?  Click link to take you to the editable one. **FYI it is saved in google docs.  You will need to click copy on each slide and open it in power point and paste each slide in to edit it. Then use the text can write on the line by the arrows anything you want:  Welcome Back!  Welcome to __ grade etc.  You can even type in their names if you have your class list and don't want to print them on there.  Enjoy!

 Click {here} for non editable PDF version

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BIG changes

So I have some exciting news...well exciting for me at least.  I'm moving to THIRD grade!  I'm moving to the BIG kid hallway...eek!  I'm so excited I can barely stand it.  Why you ask?!? 

I have taught first grade for about 17 years so don't get me wrong...there are plenty of amazing things going on with 7 year olds.  I love the growth in reading and writing, I love teaching phonics and reading too!  But it's time to move on and I'm very excited for the new challenge.
I will still be creating lower elementary resources that you have come to know, however I'm adding 3rd grade ones as well.  If you are an upper grade teacher this might be the perfect pack for BTS for you.
Here is a new pack for firsties and K's...I have found so many fluency packets that were too difficult for beginner readers - so I created one.
I hope you got a little kick out of my top 10 reasons for my change...I will always love my time with my sweet firsties but am looking forward to sharing what I'm up to with the big kids too.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#Vegasrocked ~ recap

So I'm still reeling from my amazing trip to Vegas for TPT's very first conference!  I truly believe that the most amazing part of TPT is :  RELATIONSHIPS
I met the most wonderful, authentic, funny, talented people ever.  I laughed, I cried.  I learned some great things and I will forever be thankful for what Paul Edelman has brought to all of us. 
I am linking up with my new friend Tamara on 5 things I learned in Vegas!

#1  Step out of your comfort zone!  I have always been extroverted and outgoing ready to meet anyone even strangers in an elevator.  However I will say that first night meet up was a bit overwhelming even for me.  But I tried my best to get to as many people I could to touch base, give a hug, encourage someone that has inspired me, etc.  I met a friend that I have been talking with/following since 2007 ~ that was amazing!
#2  I've always been a 'soaker' iner if that is even a word.  It's my new verb.  I realize big moments and take the time to first thank God the reason I'm even here and really try to take a mental picture/video of whatever that 'BIG' thing is....I knew this was 'BIG' ~ it was one of those moments to capture in my brain forever.  Don't let it go by too fast...stop and soak it all in.
#3  One of the presenters mentioned how important it is to post goals in your office/work space.  I have mental goals but I know how empowering it is to actually write them down and post them.  I kept that little gem and am going to start doing that.  #goforit  #nothingisimpossible  #lookatdeannajump
#4  My girl Kelley did a presentation on Data and that hit home for me.  I spent the morning looking over my data from April 1, 2012 and wow if you are a new seller and you can do that it will be a pick me up for sure.  Keep track of your growth when you are feeling down you can look back and be THANKFUL!  It is a huge motivator and very humbling.  #godisgood
#5   I met some really special people in Vegas and definitely felt connections with some more than others.  Meeting and hanging out with Tamara from Mrs. Russell's Room was amazing!  We laughed and talked about silly stuff but she also challenged me to do more in my store on my previews.  I felt inspired and encouraged...these are the kind of people you need to flock to ~ authentic but not afraid to tell you what you need to hear.  We all want to be better sellers but more importantly better people.  #begoodpeople
I'm adding a #6 here people:
Bring a Paul Edelman head with you to Vegas... LOL
 {just kidding}
If you were on the fence about coming this year...please come next year.  I want to meet all of you!!!  If you did go to Vegas link on up with my girl Tamara.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

M.I.A. = Busy Summer + Vegas Sale baby!

Hi teacher friends!  It's been a busy summer already - whew!  First off we were in Phoenix, Arizona for my daughter's volleyball tournament.  Then we headed off to Big Bear ( mountain resort area ) in I'm getting my { excited } self ready to head out to...Wait for it ~ ~ ~ VEGAS!!!!  I can't even wait to go and meet so many wonderful teachers - I can barely contain myself!
But I wanted to let you know I'm still around {sorta} and more importantly I'm teaming up with the Primary Chalkboard because...
I am in  Las Vegas for the 1st ever TeachersPayTeachers Conference! This place is amaaaaaazing! ...
I am here meeting up with teachers and bloggers from around the WORLD. How cool is that?!
Not to mention, my girls (and Greg) from The Primary Chalkboard are here!

If you can't be here with us, what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?!
We are hosting a *Las Vegas Style* Double or Nothing Sale!
20% off my whole store July 10th and 11th!

It is the perfect time to stock up on things for Back to School!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Vegas Double Down Giveaway Week

This girl is headed to VEGAS!!!

I'm so excited to be heading out in a couple of days and in honor of that my friends and I over at the Primary Chalkboard are having Giveaways and a SALE!!!!  Here's a graphic but enter on over on my fb page.
Here's the scoop:
See you on facebook!
One more thing:  I made this new pack and it's on sale 1/2 off for a couple more days!  K teachers you will love it!  It's 76 pages and only $4 instead of $8 right now.

Monday, June 16, 2014

If teaching is are doing it right!

Not everyone will agree with me on this - but I feel it must be said.  I have been a teacher for 20 years and I've been through some changes believe me.  I think we have gone through about 10 {at least} writing programs.  We have been taught everything from PAT time to Whole Brain Teaching. ( which I love by the way ) I have taught first grade most of these years and let me tell you that is a hard grade to teach...but it may be the most rewarding! 
What do I mean by the title of my post?!?  Well I have seen the teachers that don't seem to have a care in the world...I'm not sure how 'invested' they are in their work ~ their students.  That's not the type of teacher I am!  I wake up in the middle of the night and keep a notebook by my bed of ideas/strategies I can use in the classroom.  ( weird?!? maybe )  I tutor my low guys on modified days for free because I know they need that extra bit and probably aren't getting it at home.  I pray for every kid on my list before school starts and throughout the year.  My heart rejoices with them when they have reached a goal in school or outside of school.  My heart also aches for them when they are hurting/sick/sad. 
I have met so many wonderful, talented and dedicated teachers here throughout my journey with this blog - it makes me so happy.  Our world is full of hurting kids, families and burnout people in general.  When I visit your blogs and read how passionate all of you are it reignites my love for teaching and keeps me encouraged.  All seems well with the world again.
Teaching is hard ~ if we are doing it right.  We research ( on pinterest ) LOL and that is time sucking people! :oD

We try to improve our practices for the kids sake.  We either make or FIND (on TPT) better resources to help our kids understand and learn and grow.  Thank you to all of you I have met along the way - either at bloggy meet ups or I've become bff's with even  though I have never met you in person.  Thank you for loving kids like my own that come to school each day.  The world is a better place because of teachers that get it and really care!  I can't wait to meet or reacquaint with all of you in Vegas!  TPT teacher/bloggers ROCK!!!!  How do you stay inspired???

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

End of the year student gifts { freebie }

I'm officially on summer vacation and already enjoying every minute.  My son got his braces on the very first day of break...poor kid!
For those of you still wrapping up your year or if you already have stash this freebie away for next year!  My kiddos loved them and I hung the tag with a little raffia.
Grab it { here } ~ it's easy to print out, purchase some smarties and prep for your little guys. Happy Summer!