Five for Friday 7-22-16

I created my Classroom Letter Labels and added them to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store! I'm so excited for this product because it is something I plan to use in MY classroom! And with 9 designs I'm all set for at least a few years! ;) Plus it's only $3 (and the product is 67 pages y'all!).

I also created a Classroom Number Labels set with matching designs…I personally plan on using the numbers for labeling the computers. Now I just need to decided which design will match my class decor this year.
And if you want BOTH and want to save some moola (I mean, me. I love saving money!) then you can grab the Classroom Labels Bundle I created for just $5.

I am SO excited to use Brag Tags in my classroom this year! If you haven’t heard of Brag Tags head to Lucky Little Learners post HERE. I first heard of brag tags from Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder’s Shenanigans in Second. Since I’m a specials teacher, instead of having a necklace for each student, students will receive brag tags thought class then add their name under the larger brag tag on the Brag Tag display wall. I created this set of Tech Brag Tags to use in my computer lab as well as larger versions of the Brag Tags for my wall display and a “Brag Tags” letters for a sign. Grab them HERE from TpT!

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I finally spray painted my Teacher Toolbox! I bought this 
Plastic Storage Cabinet from Amazon way back LAST year.  I finally painted it using 
Krylon Black Spray Paint and it looks kind of dreary now but when I add the colorful labels I'm hopeful the black will look more neutral! Being a specials teacher, having community supplies has been a LIFE SAVER! The students take such pride in knowing where the supplies are and they are fascinated with all the little drawers! If I become a classroom teacher, I'm bringing this toolbox with me because community supplies are AWESOME!

I decided to do a check in on my Summer To Do's and here's how I'm doing so far!

 I’m rocking it with my decorations goals (plus I even did some extra things like turned some of my decorations into TpT products!). Hooray! Wait…Maybe I shouldn’t celebrate JUST yet.
Nope, you’re not mistaken. My Lessons and Curriculum to do's are: Exactly. the. same. Oh boy. I did read a bit of the Responsive Classroom book but I am NO WHERE close to my other goals. Let’s look at it this way: now that my brain has had a rest, and I was able to get most of my classroom decoration planning done, I can focus on my Lessons and Curriculum to do's! [But creating decorations is so FUN! Sigh].

 I'm five weeks into marathon training and I love looking at my paces for workouts now and seeing how far I've come. Something I wrote in my 
Believe Training Journal  recently was "Progress is possible. Progress is possibility." Sometimes I get caught up in the whirlwind of "where is this leading me? I'm putting in this effort. Is it even getting me anywhere?" I get too focused on the end goal and fail to see how each little bit slowly adds up to progress and that progress leads to possibilities I only dreamed of before. I think I'm reaching a point in my training where I've been tracking it for a while and I can look back and say "Wow. I've come far. Long runs, and speed work and cross training DOES pay off." And it's similar to teaching. Sometimes it can feel as if the daily effort being put in isn't leading anywhere but when I pause to look back, I realize how far I’ve come and how each effort lead to larger changes. Okay. Reflective rant completed. :) 


Five For Friday 7-8-16

donors choose, osmo, coding
My first Donors Choose project is up! I have wanted to use Donors Choose for a longggg time but it always seemed slightly intimidating. When I discovered these Osmo Wonder and Coding Kits I was fascinated but wasn't 100% sure I wanted to plop down the money myself and the money is definitely not in my school budget. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and use Donors Choose! Head over to my project page HERE to learn more about the project. 
Oh! And the best part is until July 12th, all donations get matched by using the code LIFTOFF when you donate! If you can donate ANYTHING (seriously, even a dollar would be appreciated!), I would be so thankful!

differentiation, Choice Board, Early Finishers,
So excited to share this new product from my store with you! I created  the Choice Board for my classroom when I realized one of the classroom management issues I was having was when students would say “I’m done! Now what?”. Put on the spot, I would make something up for them to do. My second year of teaching, I wanted something more structured and that was a part of their routine. This product includes a header, a checklist for students to use before they consider themselves “done” (and is anyone ever REALLY done with their work?), and 13 choice cards (plus two blank cards) that I change throughout the year. The choice card options are largely technology based with some more generic choices. This product has been a game changer in my classroom which is why I want to share it with you! The choice cards also serve as a great differentiation tool as you are able see the types of activities students are drawn to and students are able to explore more deeply topics from past lessons. I included in this product two designs, one that I used last year and one that I am planning on using this year to match the rest of my classroom decor. Head HERE to preview the product and to buy it for your classroom!

I placed my Amazon orders with the supplies for my classroom decorations...and had it sent to my house..TWICE...before finally placing the order correctly so it got sent to my school address. Sigh. Definitely suffering from some summer brain!
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I decided to go in Thursday and open up some of the packages. SO MANY! It felt like Christmas!
planner, Erin Condren
I also filled in my planner for next year and used the label stickers but haven't quite mastered the use of Washi tape!

Summer Reading

Last week I had the opportunities to read to kiddos at our local library and I had so much fun! It was neat talking to them and reading to them again!

I'm at the end of Week 3 of marathon training. So far it's going pretty good. The part  I'm most excited about is seeing how yoga, weight training and plyometric drills impact my form and make me a stronger runner. I've always been pretty much a purist when it comes to running and it's been exciting to introduce more cross training - and to actually be enjoying it!

Monday was the Fourth of July AND it was day 4 of the Olympic Track Trials! The Olympic Trials are to me what the Superbowl or World Series are to other people: I obsessively fan girl, attempt to make patriotic deserts and cheer like heck whenever a Oiselle runner is racing (Highlight from the week: Kate Grace was first in the 800 Finals!).

Happy Friday!


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