Friday, July 11, 2014

Space: The Final Frontier

Hi, friends! I wanted to share with you my latest projects! I found the cutest space clipart and it inspired me to begin working on a Final Frontier pack for you to use in your classroom. Here is what I have completed so far but I am working to finish complete sets as soon as I am back from my trip!

I can't wait to share some of the great ideas that I learn at the conference! I hope you enjoy looking at the new set! There will be more to come.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throw Back Thursday Teacher Style!

Welcome back to another #TBTTS! Throw Back Thursday Teacher Style!

As I explained in my first #TBTTS post, I am sharing with you resources that aren't new but have definitely gotten a fun facelift! Today,  I am going to share a freebie that I created to help students reflect as they read. It has activities that focus on before, during, and after reading skills like visualizing, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion. I offer two versions in this freebie, one for picture books and one for chapter books. I hope this helps you students to not only read, but think WHILE they read.

As always, feel free to pin for later and click on the picture to download your FREE version!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Kagan Conference: Travel Time!

Hello, friends! I wanted to let you all know of some very exciting news! I will be out of town all this week as I will be attending the Kagan Conference in Orlando, Florida!!! Woohoo! I am so excited to be learning about all of the great collaborative strategies that I can use in my classroom. I have heard wonderful feedback about the strategies and how there will be so much that I can automatically integrate into my lessons.

I hope to take mental pictures this week and maybe even share some pics! 

Are you familiar with the Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies? Which one is your favorite? Comment below! I would love to hear about them!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

God Bless America Sale!

The fun and excitement began yesterday, but I wanted to celebrate a little longer with a "God Bless America" Sale. My store will be have everything at 20% off through tomorrow evening! It would be a great time to snag a few of my bigger packs for a deep discount!  Just click on the link to explore!

Right now, I am preparing for my week long conference next week! EEeekkk! I am so excited. I hope to snap some pictures and share some of the ideas that I feel really stand out to me about the Kagan method of cooperative learning. I have been brainstorming so much for next year. I have been wanting to turn my classroom into a more cooperative learning setting and less lecture. I plan to utilize Kagan structures, the Daily 5 and Math Clubs to do this. I will update you with any ideas that I have. My pinterest has been blowing up the past few weeks!! I think we should get in-service credit for that! Don't you? LOL

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Summer! I am enjoying it although I feel like I might be even busier now than I was during the school year! How does that happen? Today is one of my favorite days. It is my country's birthday and I love it. It is a day to celebrate freedom, family and friends. I plan to do all of those today!

Before I jump in on the festivities (the ribs are smoking as we speak!), I wanted to share an updated version of a freebie that was one of the earliest additions to my store: Learning 4 Keeps. At the beginning of every year, I strive to create an environment of respect for my students. I remind them that they should not only respect their classmates and teacher, but also their classroom and themselves. Here is a set of posters that you can use to establish these expectations for the rest of the year. I hope you enjoy it!

Have a fantastic holiday weekend to all of my fellow Americans!

"America: Land of the Free and Home of the Brave"

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throw Back Thursday= Updated Teacher Binders!

Hello, friends! I am so thrilled to be working on my blog and store this summer. Have you ever felt like you were on a ride that was full of bends, twists, even flips and it didn't seem to end? Yeah, that would be my life right now! I am so thankful that God has been with me through every stage, step, and scary moment. I would never had kept my sanity without His help. Once again, I look to Him today as I went to the doctor and received news that I wasn't expecting. A quick procedure could potentially be major surgery. I am once again looking at something beyond my control and simply trusting that God knew about it before I ever got here. :)

BUT, let me share with you my #Throw Back Thursday: Teacher Style!

This will be a series that I will do as often as possible that shares with you my resources that have been revamped and made to be even more fun. Today I want to share my Teacher Binders that have been updated with new calendars for 2014 and 2015! If you have already purchased these binders, you can redownload to get the newest versions. Let me share just a bit of the feedback that I have been receiving. It truly makes my day.

Julie G. ~ Thank you! Big help to all teachers! And so very cute!

Jennifer K. ~ Cannot wait to print and set up for this school year!!

Tana W. ~ Love utilizing this in my beach themed classroom.Thanks

I am so excited to hear that teachers are loving them! Here are the binders that I currently have available. As always, feel free to pin and just click on the picture to visit them in my store! :)

And here is my newest pack for the sports fans! 

I will be adding more themes soon. I am thinking about a cute space theme. 

What do you think? Do you have a theme you would like to see? Comment below and perhaps that will be next!