Saturday, November 30, 2013
Do you have your wishlist loaded up and ready for the big sale? I know I do. Monday and Tuesday is the date for Teachers Pay Teachers big Cyber Sale! Most sellers are offering 20% off their entire store, then TpT will give an extra 10% off when you enter the code "CYBER". (Don't forget that step! I always do!)
I've linked up with the girls at Primary Possibilities. Check out their links of many of the stores who are offering 20% off. I can't wait to start out the new year with new resources.
I am currently working on a Figurative Language introductory powerpoint with the theme of "What Does the Fox Say?" I am hoping to finish it and get it posted before the sale. Check out the first two slides. I love the 3-d clipart I used from Away With the Pixels! That girls is a talented artist! Wish me luck on getting this done! I want it ready for the sale, but even more important, I need it for instruction in my class next week! Enjoy the weekend and Happy Shopping! Remember to enter the code CYBER!
Sunday, September 1, 2013
For the first time in many years, I have a teacher's edition to follow. Our district has not had an adopted LA curriculum resource for as long as I can remember. I have been finding and creating my own materials and ideas and have learned to love that freedom. Again this year, I am teaching the struggling readers in 6th grade. Our district has decided to implement Read 180 for these students. It is so weird to have a book to follow! I may like it, but I haven't decided yet. I'm looking for anyone who has used this program who can give me tips and tricks to make this successful. Anybody??
Friday, August 16, 2013
Ready or not, it is that time! Time to head back to the classroom. I'm not really ready yet. I've spent the summer crafting close reading lessons for Learnzillion, so I haven't had my regular pool time yet. However, today I met my new 6th graders which made me get quite a bit more excited to start a brand new year. Speaking of a new year, I made myself a cute new calendar for my teacher binder. I'm repeating last year's polka dot theme in my classroom, so I just had to have a coordinating calendar. I decided to put the calendar in my Tpt store in several different themes. Check them out this weekend during the big Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale! Everything in my store is 20% off, and Tpt is giving an extra 10% off of that if you ENTER THE CODE BTS13! (I forgot to enter the code last time!) I know I'll probably spend more than I earn, but I am super excited about this sale. I have tons of items on my wishlist. Have a great year!
|Pink zebra stripe version|
|Calendar is double page spread for tons of room!|
Monday, August 5, 2013
I love starting a new year with new kids. I'm not always excited to end my summer, but I do love a fresh start. Today I saw a video which I thought was really inspiring. I think it might be a great way to start off a new school year. Yep, gonna use it!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I wanted to share this website that gets my thinking wheels turning! Apparently, this website won 3rd place at Pitchfest yesterday, pitching new technology ideas to the Dept. of Education. (*Learnzillion won 1st!) I watched their video and thought of all kinds of ways this would help my students. Watch it and see what you think of, and then please leave comments about how this could help your kids! I'll check out 2nd place tomorrow!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Have you seen this pencil sharpener on Pinterest?
I have looked at this sharpener with a mixture of skepticism and desire for about two years now. Could it really be that quiet and functional at the same time? Well, I finally broke down and bought, not one, but a whole 3 pack! I'm willing to gamble when it is not MY money. I ordered this on my room order. And....they arrived before school was out this year! Oh so exciting! The verdict......YES! It is quiet enough to talk over AND it is very effective at the sharpening thing! I unpacked just one. My students knew how excited I was by all the squeals and exclamations I was making. Who would be the first to get to try it out? Well, me, of course. So, I demonstrated the process of how to use the sharpener. The results were oooohhhed and ahhhhhed over for sure. The only bad thing was that I didn't quite trust the students to use it without supervision. I found myself going over to supervise every time someone went near the thing. I'm sure the new will wear off over time. So, if you have some extra school money to spend, I give this product a big thumbs up!
Monday, June 24, 2013
Well, I must say I'm kind of ashamed of myself! I had the delusion that I would do better on my blog during the summer when I had "more time". As you can see from the date of my last post, that theory has been proven wrong!
I do have an awesome excuse. I was selected to the "dream team" for Learnzillion! I had a fantastic time in San Francisco (all expenses paid!!) learning to create high quality lessons based on the common core standards for their website. Late this fall, be sure to visit Learnzillion.com for FREE lessons and text resources. Each lesson will be created by a talented teacher who will have spent many, many hours delving deeply into the text. The reading lessons will all be based on text dependent questions, and the writing lessons will also be based on the same text. Can't wait! But that's my excuse. My many, many hours on Learnzillion lessons have occupied most of my time this summer.
My friend, Katie, at "Sparking the Mind" has been doing a much better job keeping her blog up to date and full of terrific teaching tips. She is celebrating reaching 100 followers on both her blog and her store at TpT. Her celebration is good news for YOU! She is throwing a huge giveaway. Several TpT stores have donated items to be given away, including me. Head on over to Mind Sparks and get yourself entered.