Sunday, August 9, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Once we arrived we went straight to the pool! I love the sweet girls I roomed with! Catherine from The Brown Bag Teacher, Sandy from Soaring Through Second, and Nicole from All Things Apple in Second are such amazing friends and teachers and it was fun to share such an inspirational conference experience with them!
They are all so incredible and inspiring and I'm pretty sure we talked nonstop the entire three days!
That evening was the Teacher Blogger Meet-up! It was so much fun see everyone and incredible to have a group of over 1,000 teachers in one room!!
Hope King is one of the first teacher bloggers I ever followed and she has the most amazing classroom ideas!!! In addition to being uber talented, she is also sweet as can be!! Love her and I am hoping to be able to visit with her again at the Ron Clark Academy!!
I was also super excited to see some of my favorite upper elementary bloggers who have been a huge support for me since I started teaching! Elizabeth (Funin4b), Tara (4th Grade Frolics), and Kristen (Ladybug's Teacher Files) are amazing and I feel like I have known them for so long! It was so great to finally meet these sweet friends in real life!
I also loved meeting CaseyJane (Wiggling Scholors) who joined us for dinner Wednesday night and Kayla (Top Dog Teaching) who was so fun to chat with! Seriously every single person I met was so sweet and inspiring and so fun to talk and connect with!
Also, there was an amazing photo booth at the meet-up thanks to GoNoodle! We loved the fun pictures and props!
Thursday and Friday were filled with everything from meet-ups to amazing conference sessions, to lunch with some fabulous girls!!
If you don't already follow these girls, make sure to check them out asap! They all have such an amazing positive energy about them! We were all smiles the entire time!
I absolutely love Joanne (Head Over Heals for Teaching) and her passion for teaching and anything that sparkles!! I can't wait to have our classes connect this year!
Loved hanging out with these lovely ladies!
Of course we also had to get a picture with Paul, who started the whole Teachers Pay Teachers movement!!!
We were also so happy to run into Cara towards the end of the evening on Friday!! She is absolutely adorable!
Monday, June 22, 2015
I've created an editable file for you to adapt to fit the needs of your classroom! You can change the font, colors, columns, and text to whatever you would like! You can access it by clicking on the picture below!
Monday, June 15, 2015
I am so excited to bring you a fabulous giveaway from some of your favorite teacher bloggers. We are giving away TWO prizes! A $260 Target Gift Card and a TPT bundle valued at almost $100! Please see the rafflecopter below for how to enter. Best of luck!
Teach. Inspire. Change.
Teach. Inspire. Change.
Teachers With Polish / Inspired Owl's Corner / Laugh Eat Learn / Simply Special Ed / Top Dog Teaching
School and the City / Pawsitively Teaching / Kayla in the Classroom / Mrs. Black's Bees / The Brown Bag Teacher
Tried & True Teaching / Lessons with Laughter / Sailing into Second / Soaring Through Second / The Primary Gal
Talk Pray Shop / A Teachable Teacher / Joyful Rigor With Ms. Jones / Sparkling in Second / It's Elementary My Dear!
Ramona Recommends / Easy Teaching Tools / One Sharp Bunch / A Kindergarten Life for Me / EB Academic Camps
Our TPT Bundle includes the following items (all valued at almost $100!)
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
The weather is always perfect in June and I like to send my students off to start their summer with some fun sunglasses! In previous years I've found cheap sunglasses at the Target Dollar Spot, but last year I found these ones from Amazon! They probably didn't last long and the lenses had some scratches, but they were cheap and my students loved them!
And enter the giveaway here!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
We still have 7 weeks of school left, but I know there are many schools that are in their last few weeks so I wanted to post about my end-of-the-year student gift for those of you who are almost done! For many years now I have given my students this special end-of-the-year Survival Kit for Life! Recently it got a little face lift as well as options without food and a shopping list! This gift is always such a special way to end the year and let my students know how much I care for them and leave them some reminders as they go on from our classroom!
I've always done this in the past using small sand pails from Michaels, but this year I saw a cute idea using these colorful water bottles from Michaels and decided to give it a try! (Thanks to The Bubbly Blond Teacher for the idea! The survival kit printable and items all fit nicely into the water bottles! Also, I tried out Alisha's idea of writing my students' names on the bottles using a Sharpie Paint Pen. I practiced on paper first and then just wrote their names with a few swirls and accents at the end of the letters! I don't know if they names held up after a wash in the dishwasher, but they looked cute when I gave them to my students and they were beyond excited about their customized gifts!
One thing that I especially love about the Survival Kit for Life gift is that it is meaningful and fairly inexpensive. Some of the items you may need to buy, both others you may already have at home or in your classroom!
After opening up and laying out all the materials, I load the water bottles (or sand buckets, or whatever I decide to use as the "container" that year) assembly-style! It is pretty easy and quick!
When I use sand buckets, I sometimes punch a hole in the tag and tie it to the handle with a cute ribbon. I did this for the water bottles and it worked, but I later decided that it would probably be easier to just include the label inside the water bottle. That way I wouldn't have to worry about them falling off!
If you are looking for a fun and easy end-of-the-year gift for your students, you can download the tags for free here! There are three different versions to choose from (one sans PopRocks and one without any food)!
I don't know about you all but I am always sad to see my students leave on the last day of school after the whole year we spent learning and getting to know each other! I always read this tag to my students when I give them their gift and there are always tears... from both me and them! Just a word of warning if you get emotional on the last day too!
To see the Survival Kits with sand buckets and another great end-of-the-year freebie gift you can see my post here!