Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently

Hey Teacher Friends,
It's that time again! Currently with Farley is here!

Listening: Zig & Sharko. It's this French cartoon. Think Tom and Jerry, but instead of a cat and mouse, you can insert a hyena who repeatedly tries to eat a mermaid and is twarted by a bodyguard-like shark. No really! That is pretty much what happens. And they don't talk. Here is an episode. We found it on Netflix. 

Loving: How much relaxing I am getting done today! Already managed to sleep in and procrastinate. Success!

Thinking: What yummy food are you having on this holiday weekend? We went to a cookout for a friend's birthday last night and took hotwings that the hubs made. YUM!

Wanting: I only make it out to the movies when a kids movie is on or I make it a priority. See anything good lately?

Needing: I have a post about my new classroom, our bookstudy, and some other things in the works. Enter procrastination!

3 Trips: I love to travel. We are in the beginning stages of planning a vaca with my Mama for next summer. I would love to head out on a road trip to the Northwest, any California Park with giant trees, or a cruise. Not sure about cruises and kids. Maybe a Disney Cruise? Advice?

Have a wonderful Labor Day!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Modes of Writing Foldable FREEBIE and a CURRENTLY

Foldables are such a fun and interactive way to transform your lessons. They are student-centered and can be a good way to reach all kinds of learners.

If you have been on Pinterest lately (we all know I can't seem to get OFF of Pinterest), you have seen Interactive Notebooks.

Today I am sharing a fun and foldable way to introduce your students to the different modes of writing: Narrative, Informative, and Persuasive. Cut out and glue it down or tuck it away from later reference.

Go HERE to grab this from the shop

On to CURRENTLY! Linking up with Farley this month...and on the first day!

LISTENING: Jack White, in my opinion, is a genius! If you haven't listening to his musical stylings since The White Stripes, rediscover him now. IF you have been listening to him since then, can we be friends? Kidding, not kidding.

Try out this dandy ditty IF, and ONLY IF, you agree to jam out. Also, the first 5 seconds grows on you:) And listen to the vocabulary. He uses the word avuncular. Come on!

LOVING: I am moving out of the Harry Potter Closet. Not to complain, that office was good to me, but having crooked stairs in your space get to a girl, ya know? Being an Instructional Coach with no place to hang data and things was a challenge. More to come on the new digs in a future post! Let's hope I can rise to grow in the space.
THINKING: Speaking of growing... I'm obsessing over GROWTH MINDSET! Have you read Mindset by Carol Dweck?

If you want to revolutionize your thinking in a way that impacts your entire life, read it. I am making it sound like a cult. It's not, promise. Here, watch this instead:

Powerful, right? My faculty is reading Mindset for our book study this year. Not to mention that the hubs and I are working on using the language of the growth mindset at home with our Darling Dahlia.  I will keep you posted!

WANTING: A new purse. I know, material things, blah blah blah... I really think my productivity will improve from not digging in my saggy, limp, and otherwise beaten-down poor pitiful purse. You DO NOT want to see inside of that thing. My purse is worse that yours. Challenge accepted anyone?

NEEDING: A personal assistant... Seems a bit dramatic. Maybe I just need to get off of my rear and go grocery shopping? Or I could binge on Outlander books in prep for the new Starz series... I choose the latter. Have you seen this? Jamie Fraser. I am not responsible for how many times you end up watching just to hear his voice. I am well over 10 viewings.

Well wishes to all of you already heading back to your classrooms!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Positive Thinking Thursday- July 31, 2014

I'm linking up with Mrs. Lafflin's Laughings for Positive Thinking Thursday.

Here is my quote: 


I have been thinking about my job and how grateful I am to be able to center my role in our school around learning and growing as a person and a teacher. I think that this quote is so tied to that. 

So many times, teachers are called upon to do things and attend meetings and it can be maddening. I find it easier to cope with the demands of this crazy/wonderful/blessed career when I can take a moment to be positive and gain perspective about WHY we do what we do. 

Thanks for listening. I am so happy to participate in a link-up with a wonderful and inspiring premise. 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Classroom Friendly Supplies Sharpener

Howdy Teacher Friends, 

I don't know about you, but one of my pet peeves while teaching is an obnoxious electric pencil sharpener grating away. Sharpening pencils can be akin to folding laundry for me. And I despise folding clothes. 

I actually went old-school last year and resorted to using a hand crank sharpener last year after my most recent electric died. It was the LAST time I spent $70.00 plus on a sharpener that lasted less than an entire school year. While old trusty was free, and it got the pencils sharp, it was LOUD and ate the pencils to nubs pretty quickly. 

After our custodian installed a sharpener like this:

it seized up. He could't fix and we had to install an entirely new one. 

Enter The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener!

I ordered the Precious Pink version to review here. 

Since I don't have my own classroom this year, only the Harry Potter Cupboard Office, I was able to recruit some of my teachers to try it out in addition to me. 

  • The sharpener was quiet. Not silent, but by far more quiet than an electric sharpener or even my old trusty hand crank. 
  • The price is right. You can't beat 24.99. You can get three for $53.97. I would consider purchasing one for each student group in my class (if I still had one). 
  • Every single pencil that I sharpened with had a perfect point the first time. And it didn't chew the pencils up or grind them down to unusable nubs. Score!
  • Shipping is free. 
  • Lots of fun color options are available. 
  • They sell replacement blades, so you won't have to scrap the entire sharpener if it dulls.

  • It is a little confusing to work when you first try it. I recommend watching this video
  • You have to hold the sharpener with one hand. It also comes with a handy little clamp for mounting on a flat surface, but I wasn't able to get it clamped really tight. With that being said, they now offer a permanent mount. Woo hoo!
  • While my big kids (grades 4 and 5) would be totally capable of using this sharpener, I think that it would take lots of practice for littles to work it. 
I will order more of these little babies. In the spirit of full disclosure, a couple of the teachers who tried the sharpener were not totally sold. I think that they were turned off by the mechanism that holds the pencil. 

Give it a try! For $24.99, it is TOTALLY worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Practically No Prep Listening Center QR Code FREEBIES. Ya heard, plural.

Hey Teacher Friends,
I may be late to the QR code party, but I am arriving with bells on!

Here is my latest obsession: safe and easy listening centers. Click the caption to go to the resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

12 QR codes that link to safe share videos

6 Qr codes that are Cinderella variants

Did I mention that these are free? Grab em! You can also see all of my safe share read aloud links here: Safe Listening Center Pinterest Board

All the best,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Safe Share Read Alouds on Pinterest

Hey Teacher Friends,
I am so excited to share this with y'all! I have been compiling YouTube videos of books being read aloud. I have painstakingly curated Safe Share links to a Pinterest board. Ya heard, Safe Share! That means no ads. No possibly inappropriate content blaring out of your speakers.

Here is the link to the Pinterest Board: Safe Listening Center.

Enjoy! I will be posting a link to the QR codes that I am making to access these dandy little videos with any QR scanner. Neat! What a nice addition to your listening center:)

All the best,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One for Me Linky

I have been thinking about my resolutions. Have you? I know that some people think that resolving things at the New Year is silly, but I LOVE it. Last year, I resolved to stop drinking pop (soda, coke, soft drinks...depending on your location! LOL!) That has been a staple resolution for about 5 years. I try, I fail, I retry. This year it actually materialized when the hubs quit smoking. In November. I count it as a victory. 

I was drinking more than three pops a day. Like Sonic Route 44 Coke first thing, then a can or two or four. depending on my stress level. 

For years I had suffered from caffeine headaches when I didn't have something by say, 10am. How messed up is that? 

I also resolved to try all foods that I had previously said I didn't like again. I realized that many of those foods were the victims of my tastes as a child. I was pleasantly surprised that I like mushrooms. I am also MUCH more easy going in restaurants. I still don't like olives. Sorry. Those suckers taste like dirt. 

This year I have a few as well. I plan to check in with y'all monthly on my progress. Motivation, right? 

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics today to talk about my big one. I will tell you my list and then for the grand finale, my 1 for Me. 
  • Lose 10 pounds and keep it off. I lost about 10 this year when I quit drinking pop. 10 more would be great. 
  • upgrade fixtures in our house. I LOATH our dining room chandelier. 
  • have more "me" time. I am always nicer when I am able to be alone. Are you that way? It could just be a bubble bath or window shopping. 
And now the big one

Be better at birthdays. 

Seems simple, right? I am HORRIBLE about remembering to call/remembering at all/planning ahead/sending a card/making it a big deal.

I actually spoke to my sister this year on her birthday. Didn't wish her happy birthday. 

I weighs so heavy on my heart. I guess the biggest thing is that all of the people I neglect on their day, are great to me on mine. 

Maybe I will do something like this board. It could fit into "me time." Yes?

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