Sunday, August 25, 2013

Keeping organized with a few FREEBIES!!

Sorry I haven't posted preview photos yet. It has been a crazy week of prepping for back to school. I thought a few freebies might make things a little better, but first let me explain what prompted me to create these.

Teaching has so much STUFF! It can literally end up everywhere. I try really hard to get myself organized and keep things at least somewhat in order in my classroom. However, it can really be time consuming. One way I help myself stay organized is by having a teaching binder. I know what your are thinking..doesn't everyone have one of those these days? Probably, but I like mine because I have made the forms I put inside all fillable PDF forms. Therefore, I can quickly type and save information and reuse it the whole year. I just print a new copy when I fill up a grade record or a checklist. It saves me a ton of time because I am not rewriting names 500 times. It takes all of 2 seconds to reprint!

I decided (since I promised freebies last week and didn't quite get there) to share my checklist and assignment tracker with you for free.

You can get them here.

School starts tomorrow and I am in the process of working on an introductory science foldable set. Hopefully both go well! For those of you who are also about to make the plunge back to school, I wish you a happy and wonderful year. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet the Teacher Monday (Teacher Week '13)

I am excited to be participating in Teacher Week this year. Be sure to check back all week for a classroom tour, some organizational tips, and some freebies later in the week, but today is Meet the Teacher Monday!! Since I am sure you don't want to know is the quick version of meet the teacher.

1. I am headed back to 3rd grade this year after a year in central administration. Telling teachers this in professional development last week definitely got me some odd looks (not to mention the people in HR when I signed my new contract), but the pay cut is worth my happiness...and I am happiest when I am in the classroom. Thankfully my husband (who also teaches) was totally understanding and agrees...happy wife, happy life!

2. I am about to celebrate my third anniversary tomorrow. I am so thankful to be married to my best friend (cheesy, I know...but so true). He goes out of his way to make my life easier and better, and I wouldn't trade him for anyone or anything else...not even Brad Pitt in the 90's.

3. I am the proud momma of an almost 1-year old (Wednesday is the big day!). Cute as a bug, the girl stole my heart from moment one. She is spunky and full of personality...and stubborn and opinionated, just like her mom. We let her have at her smash cake yesterday to some totally adorable results, as you can see below.

4. I love my DVR. Now that our baby girl is the primary focus of our days (and nights), the DVR has allowed me to indulge in some junk TV before bed. America's Got Talent, anyone?

5. Ice cream and iced coffee are my weaknesses. Bring me a Blizzard from DQ and we might as well be best friends. There is just something about ice cream that makes a person happy...probably all the calories, unfortunately. As for the iced coffee, a girl needs caffeine to get up throughout the night with a baby and to still conquer the world during the day...

And there you have it! Be sure to check out the other fabulous bloggers linking up for Meet the Teacher Monday, and pop by tomorrow for a tour of my new classroom.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy Made It Monday!

So I promised sneak peeks of my blogger buddy present...Rachel, if you are reading this look away now or have your present partially ruined!!

I got a little crafty and made her a Pinterest inspired clipboard and dry erase message board combo. I had a blast cutting and attaching ribbon. It reminded me of my old high school cheer days when we would use ribbon and fabric strips to make hairband versions of this. The good old days...

The hardest part was getting the word "notes" right where I wanted it in a font I liked. Let's just say more than a few pieces of scrapbook paper died in the process...and I might be a bit of a perfectionist.

So without further ado...

Super cute and super easy! I have two more weeks before school starts, and I am thinking it might be time to make myself a few of these as well!! 

Those of you prepping to go back...what are you working on? 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Where did summer go?

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I can hardly believe the summer is winding to a close. I have professional development this week, and then its only a week before I go back. Then there are those of you who have already had to cast your flip flops aside and leave the beach behind! Every year it seems to go faster and faster, and this year was no exception.

#1 Blogger Buddy Surprises:
It has been busy, busy around here. (Hence why my Five for Friday is hitting on Sunday...oops). This week I got the sweetest package from my blogger buddy, Rachel from A Tall Drink of Water. The funny part is it was on my doorstep when I got back from mailing HER package full of goodies! I spent the week busily creating some super cute stuff to match her classroom decor for the year...which just happens to also be almost identical to mine. I don't want to give away too many secrets, but I will have a few cute things to show for Made It Monday!

#2 Starbucks Iced Coffee: 
I am pretty sure I just spent the rough equivalent of my last paycheck on caffeinated beverages this week, and all of it went to Starbucks. Nothing wakes me up quite like a venti iced coffee with cinnamon dolce syrup...(random funny, my autocorrect would like cinnamon dolce to be cinnamon douche. Nope, autocorrect, I am not drinking any cinnamon douche coffee. Thanks for checking.)

#3 My Year-at-a-Glance:
So my district publishes these lovely at-a-glance calendars, but the curriculum department are all divided by subject. We never get a solid document that contains the at-a-glance for all the subjects put together. Seems easy enough...right? My guess is they don't think about it, and it is easy enough for us teachers to do it ourselves so no one ever mentions it. In fact, maybe I will send an email tomorrow about this. Anyways, I finished compiling my document and did a little rearranging to better fit the schedule of the year.

#4 iFLY:
I finally did a good job birthday planning for my husband this year and managed to surprise him with a trip to iFLY. For those of you who don't know what this is, think of it as skydiving for chickens like myself. Back when we were dating, my husband said he wanted to go skydiving. I, of course, nixed that idea about as quickly as the words came out of this mouth. The last thing I want to do is jump out of a perfectly good plane with another grown adult strapped to my back. For those of you who this is your thing, AWESOME! I, however, don't even like driving down big hills in the car. Long story short, they recently built an iFLY near our house, and I figured this would be a great way to get brownie points for remembering the long forgotten dream of my husbands without having to worry that I would wet my pants and/or die. I still got nervous despite being a total of maybe 5 feet off the ground most of the time...sometimes 6 inches, but it was super fun.

#5 Writing in Science:
Anyone use this resource? My husband and I went to a PD on it this week. It seems like an awesome way to help expand the expository writing your students do. My district is transitioning toward a Problem Based Learning focus this year, and I think I will be able to merge the two quite nicely. They sell the book on Amazon so I am hoping to get one last book read before the school year gets into swing.

Have a fabulous week!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lamination everywhere!

I spent the morning at Lakeshore Learning today laminating. I had bought this awesome science word wall
 from the fabulous Ginger Snaps...

and decided if I didn't prep it now, it may not get done. Well, I may have bit off more than I can chew for right now. Combined with the writing unit I just bought, I walked away with 62 feet of lamination...yep, 62 feet! 

Happily it only cost me slightly over $20 so I didn't break the bank. However, I am not even a third of the way through, and I have the classroom prep blister on my thumb from cutting. I guess that makes it official....summer is over. That being said, you may want to pop over to Oh Boy 4th Grade and enter her contest to win $100 from School Outfitters!! You can enter here.

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